Posts Tagged wacky gadgets
Years ago we told you about Yves Rossey, a.k.a. Jetman, when he managed to pull off some aerial loops and roll himself like a plane while wearing a jet pack, thousands of feet up in the air and at over 200 mph. He was 51 at the time. Rossey must be getting bored. He released another video a few weeks ago and he is jet free this time. Yep. A human glider. (at age 53 to boot!) And apparently there will be an opportunity in the future for you to learn the art of gliding from Jetman himself.
His human glider video (below) will make you stop and say WOW. Not just about the beautiful Swiss scenery. But he drops out of the plane at over 11,000 feet (3,500 meters). He maneuvers his way around peaks and through valleys at about 150mph and even builds up enough speed to regain 300 feet in one fell swoop. Remember, this is all in an unpowered glider! Like with the jet pack he landed safely with assistance of a built-in parachute. The tease Jetman offers at the end of the video is the fact that Jetman Glider School is coming soon. Meaning you could learn from this pilot and inventor. There is no other information given yet, but we’ll stay on it. Maybe you can join me in school!
[ Learn to Glide from the Master copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
I’m always on the lookout for interesting items that can set the mood for a good party, or even commemorate a visit from Santa or the Tooth Fairy. Nothing says “surprise” on Christmas morning better than some nifty visual effect that seems magical, and as simple as the concept may be, these Zero Gravity Balloon Weights might just be part of our Christmas.
Fantastic Floatables announces their patent pending “string-less” balloon weight control system which is made up of a series of adhesive backed tabs that can simply be stuck on almost any 18 – 20 inch foil or latex balloon either before or after inflation, and then adjusted to achieve “zero gravity”. (the point at which the ballon will hover in mid-air without the use of a string)
Each sticky tab will raise or lower your balloon about 1 or 2 feet, so once you know exactly what kind of hovering effect you desire, you can add or remove tabs in order to “place” your decorations. As your hovering ornaments begin to loose their buoyancy, you can also remove tabs to keep them hanging around at approximately the same levels.
Fantastic Floatables WeightPacs contain enough weight to float two eighteen inch round balloons, and WeightPacs can be combined to float all kinds of specialty balloons, but the manufacturer suggests their own Neutral Buoyancy Toys, including Super Saucers, so you can be sure of obtaining the special effect that you’re looking for.
So if you’d like to plan your own alien invasion, check out fantasticfloatables.com with WeightPac prices starting at only $1.99 and Saucer kits that include the WeightPac coming it at under 6 bucks, why not create a little holiday magic?
Global warming? No kidding. This summer has been brutal. With temperatures in the hundreds for the last few days I am willing to try anything to stay cool. Luckily we have air conditioning in the house, but I can’t stay home just because its hot. We have places to go and people to see, whether I want to or not! Maybe it wouldn’t feel so darn miserable if there were a bit of a breeze…
Check out the iPhone Dock Fan from Talme, it simply plugs into the charging port of your iPhone and uses your power supply to keep the breeze blowing. Able to run for up to six hours on a full charge, the iPhone Dock Fan may be just what you need to get through your kids next 4 sessions of sports camp. The fan blades can be adjusted to work in two different directions, depending on how you ‘d like to hold the phone and the blades are made from a soft urethane material that won’t cut your nose off, or any other body parts you’re particularly fond of… very handy.
Although it doesn’t appear that you can actually use the phone to make a call and enjoy the cool breeze while you do so, its still a cute novelty item that could be a plus during whats left of this steamy summer. Designed to work with the iPhone 3G, 3GS, and 4. It also works well with the Apple iPod Touch 1st through 4th generations and for only 9 bucks at amazon.com, it a fun little accessory to have, just don’t get your hair stuck in it!
First I need to call your attention to the tiny white rectangle in the upper left quadrant of the above picture… That’s an iPhone, and the rest of the picture is the speaker dock. Yes, I agree, a picture that included a small car might have brought the whole size thing into a bit more focus, but we work with what we have. Suffice it to say, this thing is huge.
This enormous speaker system measures a ridiculous 8 feet wide by 4 feet tall and weighs in at more than 700 pounds. This steroidal system offers up a deaf defying (yes, that was on purpose) 10,000 Watts and over 130 decibels of mind numbing, chest thumping power. The threshold of pain comes it at around 120 decibels, just thought you should know.
The dock comes equipped with a 30-pin connector on top of the unit that allows you to connect your iPhone or iPod touch and, luckily, in case there isn’t enough room to connect your iDevice, the speaker also has Bluetooth connectivity in order to play your audio selections wirelessly from any iPhone, iPod touch or most other Bluetooth compatible devices.
Look inside this gigantic monster dock and you will find a 3-way system with two 18-inch sub-woofers, dual neodymium mid-range woofers, and two titanium-diaphragm compression drivers for pumping out the high notes (think glass breaking). Look closer, and you’ll see me living in it, with a $30,000 price tag I’ll have no choice. While not yet listed on the Behringer website, it is technically available… I may need to wait for the iNuke Boom 2… maybe the prices will come down a bit.
I have some fantastic childhood memories. I don’t know why, but one of my fondest memories is of my father and I hiding candy from each other . Both of us had a sweet tooth and if you just put your stash in the regular cabinet, lets just say, your goodies didn’t last very long. So we hid candy and cookies everywhere, in tins, behind books in oatmeal containers, but when it came to ice cream… that was fair game, I mean it had to go in the freezer right?… what else could you do?
Well heres a nifty gadget that can protect your favorite frozen delicacy from your Dad, pesky brother, freezer raiding co-worker or roommate or last but not least, your kid. Ben & Jerry’s Euphori-Lock is an ingenious little device that can actually secure your favorite pint of ice cream with a three digit combination lock.
Sure, the more hardcore criminals will simply saw the side of the carton or drill through the bottom, but for the rest of us, a locked up pint of ice cream certainly says NO! much better than a threatening sign.So while not its not foolproof, it is fairly easy, simply attach the device to your favorite pint and let guilt do its job. (no one want to get caught hysterically sawing through an ice cream container)
Now that I am an adult, I would personally like to see a device that might taser or otherwise electrocute a freezer thief, but I can see some relatively unpleasant legal ramifications of such strong deterrent measures, so for now I’ll just go with the Euphori-lock, only $6.64 at Ben&jerrys.com and maybe just tell my kid it will electrocute her if she gets the combination wrong… that could work.
Okay, so in case you missed it, I just did a post on wearable technology, but what if you didn’t want to wait till the end of this year, or simply didn’t want to shell out the big bucks to have a computer contained within your eyeglass lens, or neatly strapped to your wrist? Well, there is another option.
Check out hardcore technology lover Dave Hurban, mild mannered tattoo artist and piercer by day who has gone one step beyond in order to have the ultimate in wearable tech. Mr Hurban recently pierced his wrist and then surgically implanted four super strength magnets in the resulting pocket in order to magnetically attach his iPod, to his flesh.
Of course I find that a funky colorful strap seems to work equally well, but it certainly has much less of the wow factor associated with surgically implanted dermal anchors. The procedure, now called iDermal, is being used primarily to anchor an iPod Nano to your skin which seems to withstand a solid workout or a jog in the park… and functions equally well as a simple strapless watch, for when you are feeling less, shall we say… sporty?
I have to say I’ve seen other body modifications that are far less practical, and I am a strong believer in “to each his own”, however, as much as I love my gadgets I’m not sure I’m ready to give them a permanent home attached to my body. Although, as much as I lose my keys, I might need to consider a dermal anchor implanted somewhere….. now be nice.
[ iDermal – The Latest in High Tech Body Modification copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
iDermal – The Latest in High Tech Body Modification
Imagine this if you will, you’re walking down the street engaged in a video chat with your friend, who is 6000 miles away, taking pictures and planning your day when you realize you don’t know where you are, as you look up and to the right a computer screen appears in your line of vision, and you ask it to find the nearest subway station, and it does. The coolest part of this story is that this technology is out on our streets, right now.
Welcome Google’s foray into augmented reality glasses, housed in a pair of sleek and uber-cool glasses is a clear display that sits above just one of your eyes, these glasses can stream news and information, access maps and send or receive messages via voice command. The glasses can also take video or pictures, Android based, with a 3 or 4 G connection the Google glasses will also have motion sensors and GPS.
Initial reports tell me that the glasses will contain many voice activated features but they will also require some head tilting and nodding in order to scroll or click, and while reports say that the Google Glasses navigation will be easy to learn, I think it will make for some interesting people watching… Some reports are also pointing to an augmented reality contact lens already being under development.
Okay, so I love where this is heading, Apple is also working on a “wearable computer” project, but theirs is one that would be worn strapped to your wrist – I’m thinking I like the idea of the glasses better… Somehow it just seems more high tech, what do you guys think?
No word on price yet, but a best guess says it will probably be in line with a quality Smartphone, and you might be able to have a pair in your hot little hands by the end of the year!
The rest is here:
Google’s Project Glass – Welcome to the Future
I hate to get out on the roads these days. It may be just me, but it seems like its getting worse, maybe its just the sheer number of folks out on the open road, but most days I feel lucky just to make it to my destination in one piece. Are we all just terrible drivers, or is it just a few, that make the rest of us look bad?
Well how about this? Nevada has the distinction of becoming the first state to issue a license for a driverless car, and the lucky recipient is Google. So the next time the car in front of you is making you positively nuts there may not be anyone there to give the middle finger salute, and honking the horn will fall on deaf ears (or no ears at all for that matter.)
These automated cars use video cameras, proximity sensors, GPS and a laser assisted range finder in order to ‘see’ other traffic, as well as detailed maps that allow these phantom vehicles to navigate the open road. At the present time Google has a fleet of 8 vehicles including an Audi, a Lexus and several Toyota Priuses, (or should that be Prium?), and where the heck are they going anyway?
So how would you happen to know if you just got cut off by a driverless car? Simply take a break from the swearing and check the license plates, the ones on the driverless cars are red and have the infinity symbol on the left hand side that is meant to represent “the future.”
I’d like to say that this new technology makes me feel a bit uneasy, but driving already makes me feel like I’m taking my life in my hands, so is a car driven by technology apt to be more, or less safe than cars driven by humans? What do you guys think? I’m thinking I’d rather take my chances with the tech….
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The Driverless Car – Should we be Afraid?