Archive for December, 2009

The Next Big Step in Running Shoes – New Technology To Absorb Shock

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The On Running Shoe is meant to combat the problems created by over-soft shoes that make your support muscles degrade.

Running shoes now feature all manner of crazy shock-absorption systems. But the industry’s dirty little secret: All that padding might not be good for you. A new shoe being released in February attempts to solve that problem, and has just won an ISPO Brand New award, a German laurel that recognizes the year’s most innovative sports products.

According to the inventors of the On Running Shoe, the problem with modern running shoes is that when you hit the ground on a big cushy sole, you don’t have a solid surface to push off from with your next step. As a result, some of your support muscles atrophy, due to lack of use–and that leaves you prone to injury.

The On, by contrast, has a sole that collapses on impact, offering cushioning. But teeth in the shock absorbers–which are shaped like a piece of rigatoni–lock when fully compressed.

That certainly looks a whole lot more comfortable and a lot less embarrassing than running barefoot–or worse, running in the Vibram Five Fingers, a sort of padded sock that’s become the rage among barefoot runners. (I’ve spotted three people in my neighborhood sporting these. That’s bougie Brooklyn for you. The shoes are also apparently all over San Francisco, natch.)

The On Running Shoe is expected to cost about $150, and the final design will be unveiled when it comes to market, two months from now.

Source:  Fast Company

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Steward Advanced Materials Thiol-SAMMS: The Toxin Terminator

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This simple-looking white powder can get mercury-contaminated water 100 times as clean as any other method, for about half the cost. Each grain is actually a carefully engineered molecular sponge designed to absorb more than half its weight in mercury.

The product of more than 15 years of research, Thiol-SAMMS is made of silica molecules assembled into a spongelike pattern of holes, packing the surface area of a football field into just one teaspoon. Sulfur atoms, which can bind poisonous mercury, coat each of the minuscule holes. When the powder meets a tainted liquid, mercury seeps inside and bonds with the sulfur to instantly form a stable powder safe for landfills—the first time anyone’s been able to send mercury waste to the dump without an expensive separate step to neutralize the toxin.

SAMMS has successfully cleaned wastewater in a variety of settings, including a coal plant, an offshore oil rig and a chemical manufacturer. Four treatment tanks, each with a 10-pound load of the product, can treat about a million gallons of water. Soon SAMMS cartridges might help clean up lakes, streams and sewers. Thiol-SAMMS can also recover precious metals such as copper and gold, and researchers are now switching out the sulfur for other atoms so that it could mop up radioactive waste.
$50–$750/pound; sammsadsorbents.com

Source:  Popsci

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Medical Acoustics Lung Flute – breaks up mucus with vibration

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The nearly 10 million Americans who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease rely on medications and strenuous coughing to help break up the thick gobs of mucus clogging their lungs. The Lung Flute does the job with just 15 to 20 puffs of air. Blowing into the reed instrument (see how it’s done here) sends a steady 16-hertz vibration into a user’s chest, dislodging mucus in the lungs so that it’s easier to cough up. Scheduled to receive FDA approval this fall, the flute also serves as an easy method for collecting deep-lung sputum for tuberculosis tests—especially useful in developing countries where TB is prevalent.

For more on how the Lung Flute came to be, see our Innovator Profile on inventor Sandy Hawkins.

$40; medicalacoustics.com

Source:  Popsci

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Ears Gunshot Localization System

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Uncovering a gunman’s position is traditionally a deadly game of luck and patience. This year, the U.S. Army gets help from the Ears system, a wearable, palm-sized device that weighs less than 6.4 ounces and can pinpoint a gunshot in less than a tenth of a second, even when mounted to a Humvee moving at 50 mph. The system uses a set of four microphones situated an inch apart to triangulate the origin of the gunshot. Software borrowed from submarine noise-detection technology analyzes the shape of the sound wave to determine the bullet’s precise angle. The results appear on an LED screen or as an audio prompt (“50 meters, 3 o’clock”). The device runs on less than a watt of power and lasts up to 13 hours on a single charge.
$8,000; qinetiq-na.com/products-ears.htm

Source:  Popsci

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Ultra Slim Single – Target Portable DVD Duplicator

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The DVD Coach Single Target Duplicator is the world’s first Ultra Slim Portable DVD/CD Duplicator. Its compact innovative design represents an important advancement in the DVD/CD duplication industry. Unlike other types of systems, the Slim DVDup is easy to use and versatile. The DVD Coach functions as a stand-alone DVD/CD duplicator and can be plugged into a computer to function as two external drives. Beginners and advanced users will find the DVD Coach a perfect portable solution.

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Linksys Remote Network Storage System – Multi-computer file sharing

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From the Manufacturer Introducing the new Linksys Network Storage System. Now you can quickly and easily add storage capacity to your network with greater ease. Organize your life into one media library. Rip your music and movie library and store them digitally. Share your photos, videos, and music files with everyone on your network. Access them anytime, anywhere–even across the world! Protect your precious data automatically.

  • Two drive bays and two USB ports for exceptional expandability
  • Share files locally or through the Internet
  • Rest easy with one-touch backup or schedule automatic backups
  • Standalone device: doesn’t require a PC to be on

Source:  Amazon

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Mobile MaxPure with Fresh Water Purification System

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This Mobile MaxPure® (MMP) is a solar-powered generator with a built-in system for the purification of polluted freshwater sources. This system can pump and purify an average of 30,000 gallons each day at a cost of less than one penny per gallon! This calculation includes capital costs and all consumables over the course of the first year. After year 1 the cost reduces to fractions of a penny per gallon because the capital outlay has been paid off.

The unit also provides power to run lights, tools, equipment and sensitive computers and other electronic equipment. Inverter systems for use with US or European specifications are available. You can also purchase the optional satellite communication system and/or the specially designed trailer to easily pull the unit to your site.

The MMP fits easily into standard international shipping containers; 4 fit into a standard 40-foot container. There are lift points built on to the sturdy frame to airlift the unit by helicopter. It can also be transported by truck or boat.

The units have provided water and power under severe conditions. Please see our Project Briefs for more information. The MMP is powder coated to reduce rust and all components are marine grade and sealed against the elements. Please see below for more specifications.

Source:  World Water Solar

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Floating globe with magnet

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The Levitron Ion: a floating globe icon.

Floating globes are nothing new in the impressive catalog of physics toys they offer, but the Ion from Levitron is one stellar desktop decoration from a company known for creating some eye-catching products. Adorning your desk at work or at home, the Levitron Ion will make for a handsome display of what the earth looks like from outer space, as it floats nobly, bound to the gravitational pull of our nearest star.

The Levitron Ion is a magnetic floating globe that uses state-of-the-art technology to create a magnetic field in which the globe floats. The power is derived from the Ion’s lustrous base which, aside from keeping the globe aloft and giving the whole unit a stylish look, also allows the 4” globe to rotate in midair!

Education toys are not usually as fun, or so apt to make for such a nice decoration, but the Levitron Ion will provide hours of captivation and, at the same time, dress up your desk with a little bit of class and sophistication, while also teaching you a thing or two about electromagnetism on top of everything else! This Levitron globe, like all others in their fantastic line of products, makes a great gift for your parents, your children, you significant other or just yourself.

    • Floating Globe
    • Base Unit
    • Adapter

Source:  InnovaToys

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SolarRolls Solar Powered Charger

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Our drive and desire to pioneer a line of rugged power sources led to the introduction of the first flexible solar panel, the SolarRoll. Since then, the evolution of this concept has flourished. Backed by glowing reviews in every major magazine and newspaper in this country and others, the SolarRoll has officially taken its place as one of our most talked about products. The proof, though, is in the remarkable performance. The waterproof SolarRoll has given sea kayakers the power to photograph their voyages from the far reaches of the planet. And next spring, it will assist Ed Viesturs in his final summit, Annapurna, as he polishes off the last peak of Endeavor 8000. Ideal for powering satellite phones, members of expeditions worldwide pack the SolarRoll in place of expensive extra batteries that don?t offer much relief in the form of weight. We realize however, that not everyone is defying the ordinary. Some of us simply need the SolarRoll for charging our car battery or running our video camera. With this in mind, we?re offering alternative sizes and outputs this year to accommodate the growing demand for our most popular solar panel.

Source:  Brunton

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Fridge Magnet Photo Frame

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Photos and magnets have become the ultimate fridge accessories, with smiley snaps of your friends and family adorning fridges across the land. So it makes sense that someone has had the bright idea to combine the two with the Fridge Magnet Photo Frame. No longer will your fridge be restricted to just a few photos, as this mini digi-frame can store up to 66 of them and scroll through them at whatever speed you desire between 5 and 80 seconds. It has 32MB of internal memory, supports JPG, GIF and BMP images, has both automatic and manual image change modes, and will scroll away happily through your photos for up to 11 hours from a single charge. A very bright idea that ensures you’ll never tire of the photos on your fridge ever again.

Source:  I want one of those

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