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Brain-cooling motorcycle helmet could save thousands of lives

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Inventor and motorcycling enthusiast Jullian Preston-Powers was inspired after a basketball injury.  The ThermaHelm acts like an instant ice pack after a sudden impact.  An extraordinary new ‘brain-cooling’ motorcycle helmet could save thousands of lives each year.  Called the ThermaHelm, the incredible piece of equipment comes with an inbuilt device that acts like an instant ice pack after a sudden impact.  By cooling the brain it is thought the carbon fibre helmet can reduce the risk of long-term brain damage and save lives.

The British creators will launch the £299 helmet in May this year.

Inventor and motorcycling enthusiast Jullian Preston-Powers said he has had an incredible response to the new design.

Mr Preston-Powers, 44, said: ‘We’ve had a great reaction. People think it’s a great idea and have said they can’t believe no-one has thought of this before.

Source:  Daily Mail

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Electric car batteries with 500-mile range on the way

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The project is progressing with its goal of boosting the range of rechargeable batteries for all-electric cars to 500 miles.

The Battery 500 Project recently held its kickoff meeting at IBM’s Almaden Laboratory in San Jose, Calif., where leading scientists, engineers and other experts brainstormed about how to perfect the power source for all-electric automobiles. (See the video.)

As a part of IBM’s 2-year-old Big Green Innovations program, the Battery 500 Project aims to boost the range of rechargeable batteries for all-electric cars from less than 100 miles today to as far as 500 miles. The consortium’s efforts are being led by the Almaden Lab in collaboration with several U.S. universities and the Department of Energy’s national labs.

“Batteries technology has improved, but is still far inferior to gasoline in terms of how much energy they hold,” said Spike Narayan, a key IBM researcher. “The energy density—which is the amount of energy a lithium-ion battery stores per unit weight—is really not enough to produce a family-sized sedan with a 300- to 500-mile range.”

Source:  Smarter Technology

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The World’s First Portable MicroWave Oven

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What would you call a product that allows you to cook or reheat your favorite foods and hot beverages just about anywhere? A product that puts the power of your kitchen wherever you are? We call it the WaveBox® — the world’s first portable microwave oven. The WaveBox® is all about cooking, convenience — and freedom.

The World’s First Office Photography Machine

Photosimile 5000

Photosimile 5000

Automatically create professional still photos, 360-degree, hemispherical and full spherical product animations. It features:

  • PC-controlled camera positioning, turntable movement, camara zooming and tilt
  • PC-controlled turntable (embedded)
  • PC-controlled camera zooming and tilt
  • Consistent, PC-controlled lighting
  • System and camera control software
  • Compatible Canon SLR camera
  • Flash and Ortery Real3D animation output
  • Remote image capture, batch image editing, image stitching, watermarking, custom defined photo sequences at multiple angles

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iPhone Apps Have Entire DuPont Corian and Zodiaq Palettes at your Fingertips

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DuPont Invites iPhone & iPod Touch Users to ‘Get Connected’ to Color with One-of-a-Kind mySurface App

Users Now Have Entire DuPont™ Corian® and Zodiaq® Palettes at Their Fingertips

  • DuPont is revolutionizing the way consumers, architects and designers choose their surfaces with mySurface, the first iPhone application of its kind in the surfacing industry.
  • The mySurface app will allow users to search for DuPontTM Corian® solid surface and DuPontTM Zodiaq® quartz surface colors by hue, providing a color swatch that fills the screen along with information on how to order a sample.
  • Users of mySurface have all 130 colors of Corian® and over 60 colors of Zodiaq® at their fingertips, inspiring homeowners, architects and designers to experiment and imagine the design possibilities.
  • mySurface is making it fun and easy for consumers to match countertop colors with their kitchen and bath designs with this all-in-one tool.

Source:  DuPont

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Sand Shapers Sand and Snow Carving Tool

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Sand Shapers; Willyspheres

Sand Shapers from ID Selection are the latest toy for the beach and in the sand box at home. By moving the Sand Shaper in a circular movement, the most beautiful spheres can be created. By combining the different sizes, it is possible to create all kinds of funny shapes. Due to the simple action, the Sand Shapers can be used by children from the age of 3.

Source:  iicshop

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Table and Tennis was an idea to merge beautiful design for work and play

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table tennis table

What is this?

We no longer work solely in the office, play in the game room, or eat in the dining room. Work, live and play have morphed together. There is a need for furniture to continue being beautiful, but to have multiple functions, and better serve the behaviors of todays world.

Table&Tennis was an idea to merge beautiful design, with a conference / dining table and build it to the official specs of a ping pong table. It’s built so that it can transition simply and instantly between the different uses.

Big thanks to Hong Kong Procurements for building the table, Douglas Ljungkvist for taking these photos and James Cooper for housing the first table in his office at Saatchi and Saatchi.

Source:  Table and Tennis

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Magisso Cake Server – Unique Design

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Made of high quality mirrored Stainless Steel, the Magisso cake server is a modern classic. The cake server is built from a single piece of stainless steel, which is cut and bent to give it this unique design.

Style meets function in this unique object that simplifies the task of cutting and moving a piece of cake in one action. By pressing down on the cake with the Magisso cake server, you can cut a perfect piece of cake. By lightly squeezing the handle, you can lift the piece of cake, then release it on your guest’s plate.

The Magisso cake server will be the perfect holiday gift for style and design conscious families and friends.  Your guests are sure to talk, when you bring this cake server out.  You might find that you are not the only one wanting to cut your cake!

Source:  Urban Butik

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RCA Airnergy Charger Harvests Electricity From WiFi Signals – CES 2010

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This thing is, seriously, the highlight of CES for me (so far) this year. 3D TVs and eBook readers are fine, but there’s nothing amazing about them.

The Airnergy Charger is amazing.

This little box has, inside it, some kind of circuitry that harvests WiFi energy out of the air and converts it into electricity. This has been done before, but the Airnergy is able to harvest electricity with a high enough efficiency to make it practically useful: on the CES floor, they were able to charge a BlackBerry from 30% to full in about 90 minutes, using nothing but ambient WiFi signals as a power source.

The Airnergy has a battery inside it, so you can just carry it around and as long as you’re near some WiFi, it charges itself. Unlike a solar charger, it works at night and you can keep it in your pocket. Of course, proximity to the WiFi source and the number of WiFi sources is important, but at the rate it charges, if you have a home wireless network you could probably just leave anywhere in your house overnight and it would be pretty close to full in the morning.

Source:   Oh Gizmo

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Back2Life Continuous Motion Massager – Back Relief

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Back2Life Continuous Motion Massager

Helps relieve low back discomfort in minutes a day—no drugs, stretches or costly therapies.  Tired of back discomfort slowing you down? Get Back2Life®, the revolutionary device that gently and naturally helps align the spine, relieve pressure and discomfort.Just lie back and relax, while Back2Life® does the work for you. Back2Life® uses a revolutionary technique called Continuous Passive Motion to gently and comfortably lift your tailbone and flex the spine. Over time, this slow, rhythmic motion helps align the spine, relieve pressure and discomfort and improve mobility.

Use for just 12 minutes in the morning and 12 minutes in the evening—that’s it!
No aggressive kneading, no stretching, and no expensive treatment sessions. Using Back2Life® is truly relaxing—you won’t feel any drastic movements, yet over time the slow, steady, motion gently stretches your spine, while loosening tight muscles and relieving pressure and discomfort. Adjusts to accommodate different heights (from 4′8″ to 6′6″). Designed for individuals up to 300 lbs. Brochure, manual and instructional DVD included.

“Back2Life’s gentle, all-natural approach to relieving back discomfort is truly revolutionary!” Dr. Marc Darrow, MD, J.D.

Source:  Brookstone

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