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Aerodynamic helmets

July 9th, 2009 No comments

WIth the Tour De France underway and my hometown hero, Lance Armstrong, performing as strong as ever (I hope nothing happens between now and the time this actually posts), I thought I’d post some tech related to cycling.
Cycling may seem like an awfully low tech kind of sport. It involves lots of muscle and sweat, and pretty much no electronic gadgets at all, but you wouldn’t believe the amount of science that goes into helmet design.

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The Rudy Project Wingspan TT Helmet, which was just announced for the Tour and is in use by the German team Milram, has shown between and six and thirteen second benefit over competitors in a 40km test trial performed by an independent testing lab.
I’m sure you know that races like this can be won and lost based on milliseconds. So every advance they can make in aerodynamic helmets gives an edge to the competitors.

I myself don’t cycle for speed and therefor won’t be spending the $299.99 they’ll be asking for this helmet when it comes out on the market.
But I’ll definitely be interested to know how much of a difference it will make for the German team who are sporting them this year.

Here is their (rather uninformative) YouTube video for the helmet:

Via Popular Science

Coleman On-Demand Portable Water Heater

July 7th, 2009 2 comments
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Coleman Portable On Demand Hot Water Heater

Technology is really making us to become ultra portable. Next up, the Coleman Hot Water-On-Demand Portable Water Heater. This portable water heater can produce up to 5 gallons of hot water within 5 seconds! It runs on a rechargeable battery and the heat comes from 16 ounce propane cylinder. The propane can heat up to 40 gallons of hot water. No more cold showers during camping trips. I wonder of Bear Grylls from Man vs Wild will be carrying this.

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Via Gadget Grid

Urban farming movement is a revolution

June 29th, 2009 1 comment
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Urban Farming

This is a very exciting and much needed change in our food culture especially in the urban areas where access to fresh produce is limited or expensive for minorities. What you tend to find is more fast food is located in the poor urban areas which are one of the causes of obesity and diabetes. Urban farming promotes a self sustaining food supply system in a community garden.

Benefits

  • Use of Solar Energy and reduction of carbon foot print for trips to grocery store
  • Quality fresh vegetables and fruits
  • Less reliance on fast food and thus reduction in obesity and diabetes
  • Less waste
  • Implicit excercise through gardening

I think this is SOOO important for us to really take back our food communities from fast food nation like McDonald’s (McDeath), Burger King (Murder King), Taco Bell (Taco Hell). It benefits us in so many ways.

Via CNN

Jump-o-Lene

June 15th, 2009 No comments
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jump-o-lene

Remember as a kid you there were those giant and potentially dangerous trampolines? Now we have something called the Jump-O-Lene which can accommodate two kids. It has an 82 inch jumping surface. It is filled with air for that bouncy effect. The mattress is made up of two separate heavy duty vinyl cushions for extra bounce. Repair is easy. it comes with a kit. The Jump-o-Lene supports maximum of 120 pounds. It inflates with any air pump or 120 volt AC electric pump. The dimensions are 82 inches deep and weighs 21 pounds.

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Travel Honey GPS detector finds your parked car

May 27th, 2009 1 comment

While I am elephantine in many ways,  memory is not one of them.  I am constantly wracking my brain when it comes to remembering where I’ve placed my keys or my wallet or my girlfriend.  And finding my ride in a megamall parking lot is a royal pain.  Until now.

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Travel Honey GPS detector

This handy dandy little gadget is a multifunction GPS tagger and location finder.  Can’t remember where you parked your car?  Well just remember to hold down its little locator button before you leave your car.  A two-second press will lock the current GPS coordinates into its little brain.  Then when you’ve loaded yourself down with consumerism goodies, use the direction finder to navigate yourself back to the set coordinates (and your car).

But that’s not all.  It is connectable (and rechargable) via a micr0-USB port.  When connected, the dongle acts as a GPS unit for your PC, meaning you can use software like Streets and Trips to navigate yourself to your next megamall destination.  It is constantly recording your GPS coordinates so you can plot all that data using Google Maps or Google Earth.  It even provides software to allow you to attach pictures to GPS points.

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Travel Honey GPS detector

All that for only $54.  A bargain.

First Store 4 U GPS Receiver + Location Finder + Data Logger + Photo Tagger Travel Honey GPS detector finds your parked car

Via Chinavasion via Geekalerts via DVICE.

Contech Electronics Scarecrow Motion-Activated Sprinkler

May 27th, 2009 No comments

My parents now have a beautiful flower garden. At our old house, we had a problem with moles and badgers eating all the fruits of their labor. I never understood how scarecrows worked for farmers since they are pretty static. When was the last time you were frighten by a scarecrow that wasn’t in the Dark Knight?

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Contech Electronics Scarecrow Motion-Activated Sprinkler In Action

The Contech Electronics Scarecrow Motion-Activated Sprinkler immediately shoots startling burst of water when it detects intruders coming onto your lawn. The noise and movement of the Scarecrow scares away animals which then are conditioned to avoid your yard in the future.

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Contech Electronics Scarecrow Motion-Activated Sprinkler

The Scarecrow is really easy to setup and does not require any special tools. Just install a standard 9-volt battery, connect the sprinkler to your water hose and pusht he 17-inch stake into the ground. You can also adjust the sprinkler arc to cover the area you want to protect.

What’s also great is that you can keep animals off your lawn without harsh chemicals that pollute the environment. This is even safe for neighbor’s kids who like to test their boundaries. It is safe and environmentally-friendly.

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Mosquito Repelling Digital Watch Ideal for Outdoor

May 25th, 2009 No comments

Summer is a great time to go camping and explore nature. Unfortunately, you are not the only one outside. We also have to face mosquitoes which can bite, sting, and even carry disease.

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Mosquito Repelling Digital Watch Ideal for Outdoor

The Bug Scare Mosquito Repelling Digital Watch is great for picnicking, camping, traveling, hunting, fishing, jogging, hiking and gardening. There is no need for sticky sprays to ward off those vampire mosquitoes. The mosquito repellent watch uses advanced harmonics circuitry to emulate ultra sonic high frequency to ward off pregnant female mosquitoes, which are the type most likely to feed on your blood. The frequency reproduces the presence of male mosquitoes to keep the pregnant ones away.

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Now let’s see if James Bond has this on his Christmas shopping list.