ITS Tactical recently featured three cool little devices that let you hide important stuff during your escape from the zombie apocalypse. The Hollow Half Dollar was used by spies during the cold war to pass secret messages and smuggle microfilms out of the country. The device looks like a regular half-dollar coin but inside, there’s room to store a MicroSD card. To unlock the coin, simply place it in one of the two included “unlock rings”, tap it on the table, and viola, you have access to the hollow compartment inside.
Check out this futuristic hi-tech gaming bed from Italy-based HiCan. The High Fidelity Bed is in such high demand that HiCan has started an exclusive reservation list for customers. The bed comes equipped with a JVC HD projector, 70” slide-down screen, and a high-end built-in computer. Aside from that, the bed is equipped with a state-of-the-art 4.1 surround sound system, built-in iPod controls, temperature controls, adaptive LED lighting, motorized shades for absolute darkness, as well as a reading light and a full media complement with a game and entertainment console. Before you rush off, understand that the price tag is currently set at $52,000. Ah, those crazy Italians…
Designer Sankalp Sinha has created an alarm clock that includes a high-quality music player that holds 32GB of music, a touchscreen interface, beautiful LED illuminated side panels – and when you press the snooze button it delivers an electrical shock to discourage any further lounging around. The singNshock clock delivers an electric shock pulse via an aluminum coated shock plate with just enough voltage to “trigger neurological functions”.
Made in Germany and constructed from hundreds of tiny 4.0 mm stainless steel rings, the PaleoBarefoots Delinda are modern-day running shoes made of chainmail. The PaleoBarefoots Delinda, a self-described piece of foot jewelry, works best for hiking on natural surfaces in and around water. It is GoSt's lightest model. For running and more intense walking, the closed instep of the Anterra is more suitable. Like all PaleoBarefootsa consistently purist minimalist shoe, which guarantees maximum barefoot feeling, freedom for feet and toes, immediate Kneipp effects and reflexology massage. They are ideal for jogging and other sports activities in the great outdoors. For true backcountry adventures across tougher and changing terrains, the Pronativ steps up to meet its wearer's rugged pursuits. If you are keen to "feel" what is happening under your feet, far away from roads and usual trails, these shoes are made for you. All shoes come with a choice of 6 lace colors.
Check out this nifty personal TARDIS Smart Safe from Firebox in the UK (on sale for $49.99 at Amazon). The safe is a replica of the TARDIS as seen on the mega-popular Dr. Who British television show. The safe is remotely operated via cellphone using a custom designed application for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android phones.
SanDisk has done it again with their SanDisk Cruzer Fit USB flash drive. The drive comes in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB storage sizes in a form factor the size of a dime (0.5 by 0.7 by 0.3 inches). The device includes a protective cover and small lanyard hook. A built-in LED allows you to monitor the drive's activity. The device includes SanDisk’s SecureAccess software, which enables you to password-protect and encrypt your private files using 128-bit AES encryption (supported by Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OS X v10.5 or later). Also included with the flash drive is the option of protecting your data with secure online backup offered by YuuWaa, an online data storage and backup service (up to 2GB cloud storage). SanDisk notes that the small form factor makes the device perfect for notebooks, tablets, TVs, car audio systems, and other small host devices for continual storage.
This little device really took off in New York when Hurricane Sandy survivors discovered it provided heat, boiled water, and allowed them to jack in to its USB port to charge their smartphone devices. The Biolite CampStove sells for $129 and runs off of any renewable biomass such as twigs, wood scraps, even pinecones - all without generating any smoke. It is about the size of a water bottle (8 inches by 5 inches) and weighs only 33 ounces. The stove will boil 1 liter of water in 4.5 minutes and its built-in thermoelectric generator outputs from 3.4kW to 5.5kW to provide up to 4 watts for charging USB chargeable devices. Biolite says 20 minutes of charge time provides 60 minutes of talk time which is pretty good for an in-the-field charger.
The Meneghini La Cambusa refrigerator runs $40,500, features a modular design, and of course includes a standard fridge and freezer section. The three-door La Cambusa, measures 8.2 feet wide, weighs 1,100 pounds and includes 26.6 cubic feet of storage space. It also includes fitted temperature-controlled pantry, double pantry, space for coffee maker, ice-maker, microwave oven, steam oven, multifunction oven, and a flat-screen television. It comes in several designs, including a wood-clad model that can be painted more than 500 colors to give it an “antique” look.
According to Apex, Apex Predators are predators with no predators of their own, residing at the top of their food chain. Created by artists Mariana Fantich and Dominic Young, the shoes look classy on the top, but pretty nasty on the bottom. With 1,050 teeth (denture teeth), some of them old plated, the shoes are going to be pretty noisy on the street and guaranteed to turn some heads.
This creative hoodie/sweatshirt design looks like a knight’s protective armor. Designed by Chadwick Dillon of Flint, Michigan, the Grey Knight Armored Hoodie includes a retractable face mask and visor. Good luck getting one of these “limited edition” hoodies though. The demand has been so great that the one-man SOFworks cannot keep up. According to his post on Etsy though, it appears as if he may be calling in reinforcements.
Wool, written by U.S. writer Hugh Howey, was self published through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing system (it can be purchased from Barnes and Noble too). The series, which can be purchased as a single omnibus edition, consists of six novellas – Wool, Proper Gauge, Casting Off, The Unraveling, The Stranded, and First Shift. Wool tells a post-apocalyptic story of a subterranean world inhabited by citizens who are restricted, misled, and forced to “clean” windows in the toxic outer world as a death penalty for “bad” behavior.
Western Digital (WD) announced today the availability of its new WD RE 3.5 inch hard drive line. The drive uses No Touch technology which keeps the recording heads from touching the disk media and hence, less wear on recording heads and drive media surfaces. They offer up to 4TB storage space and are excellent for write-intensive applications.
Caro (Carolina Fontoura Alzaga) is a multidisciplinary artist with a penchant for repurposing castoff materials into works of art. In the video below, she shows how she takes recycled bicycle parts to make stunning chandeliers out of rims, bicycle chains, spokes, and other cycle parts.