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Planet, the global imaging company that recently acquired Google’s Terra Bella satellite imaging business, is introducing a new tool called Planet Explorer Beta that allows its users to view how its image captures of Earth from space change over time. It’s available to the public without a login, which means petty(sic) much anyone can check…
via TechCrunch – Planet’s new Explorer Beta lets anyone time travel through geospatial images
SunGlacier makes sculptures that produce water from thin air!
The brainchild of Dutch artist Ap Verheggen, the WaterCube is one design that melds art and technology. A photovoltaic solar panel powers the device to cool an aluminum block so that it causes water to condense on the core. Continue reading
The Italians keep on coming.
Aether offers sportswear for the outdoor enthusiast who wants function without sacrificing modern design and aesthetics.
When Aether decided to show off how functional their ski stuff and motorcycle jackets really are they decided to do it by motorcycle. The video, Chasing Winter combines two passions: motorcycles and skiing. Continue reading
This time of year is hard on batteries.
New technology has made car, truck, RV, motorcycle, ATV and snowmobile batteries more reliable and much easier to maintain. But the cold months of winter will inevitably reduce the cranking amps of any type of battery- gel, AGM, Li-Ion, etc.
Fortunately battery charger technology has kept pace with all these new-fangled batteries. But the wrong charger will kill a high dollar battery in a matter of minutes. Inexpensive float chargers are only suitable for your old school lead-acid battery.
The Indianapolis Museum of Art wanted something a little different for the concession stand in their nature park. The Swedish firm of Visiondivision complied.
Incorporating a 100-foot tall yellow poplar as a horizontal beam they designed a building that functions as shelter, playground, light fixture and monument. The design is called “chop stick” and it has become a huge attraction for the museum.
More at Designboom
Here’s a temporary shelter that will truly impress your friends and express your inner designer.
The BAFF Pavillion is the product of YWD Designs and at first appears to be rather baffling. The modular structure can assume a variety of shapes and provides shade with a series of interconnected bubbles.
Can a stop-action animation be far off? We think not.
Learn more at Designboom.com.
New Camp Stove Goes Off the Grid
One of the most clever camping gadgets we’ve seen since the Noah Tarp by Kelty is this awesome little camping stove from BioLite.
The stove burns wood but uses a thermoelectric generator to run a fan that makes the fire ultra efficient. Think of it like a miniature blast furnace. The electrical energy can also be used to charge small electrical appliances- like a phone or MP3 player.
Weighing only 33 ounces the makers claim a liter of water can be brought to a boil in only 4 1/2 minutes using less than 2 ounces of wood. A home version is also in the works.
Even in a world without wires we still have to plug into the grid. Bummer.
But now you can get the party started without the hassle of wires or power cords! This clever device is the Eton Rukus Solar, a Bluetooth speaker system with a built-in solar panel charger.
According to Eton the batteries run for about 8 hours and a full recharge takes about 6. To make the info panel easy to read in sunlight (and suck less juice) the display uses rugged E Ink technology- like a Kindle. A mesh pocket on the side nestles your MP3 player or mobile device while a nearby USB port can even provide it a recharge. There’s also a non-solar model if you can’t afford the extra bucks required to get off the grid.
So all you need to do now is decide whether you want it in green, black or white!
Um… I’d like green, please.
There are dozens of quality backpack tents on the market. The new Spitfire 2 from Eureka offers a durable two person tent that packs light and sets up easy.
The Eureka Spitfire 2 Tent provides all the ventilation and headroom of the Spitfire in a tent that sleeps two comfortably. Set up is fast and easy with post and grommet corner attachments and clips to attach the tent body to the Spitfire 2 frame.
This tent is well made, packs light and sets up easy. It’s a big value for the price and makes a great choice for backpackers and hikers who want travel light.
- Material: Wall – 70D nylon, 1200 mm, Fly – 75D Stormshield polyester, 1200 mm, Floor – 70D nylon taffeta, 1200mm, Mesh – 40D No-see-um
- 2 pole hoop style tent
- 9 mm DAC Featherlite 7000 series aluminum frame and clip attachments make the Spitfire 2 set up fast
- Post and grommet corner attachments with locking end tips make set up easy
- 4 storm guyouts on fly
- 2 side opening doors are constructed entirely of no-see-um mesh
- Sizeable mesh panels for air flow in the Spitfire 2
- 2 interior storage pockets hold essentials
- Bathtub floor with taped seams wraps up sides of Spitfire 2 tent to protect against splashing rain
- Poke-out vent in fly has zippered access via mesh roof cloth
- Sleeps: 2
- Seasons: 3
- Vents: Poke out vent in fly
- Doors: 2
- Windows: Full Panel Mesh
- Storage Pockets: 2
- Frame: 9 mm DAC Featherlite 7000 series Aluminum
- Center Height: 3’7″
- Tent Area: 38.76 sq. ft.
- Floor Size: 10’9″ x 5’10” x 4’4.5″
- Pack Size: 5″ x 17″
- Min Weight: 4 lbs. 3 oz.