Excerpts from James Sullivan's story in USA Today follow. "This spring Hawaiian big-wave surfer Shane Dorian set a world record by paddling into a 57-foot wave off Maui. For the record, he wore a new inflatable wetsuit built by Billabong. Surfers are calling the suit's development a game-changer because it provides an element of safety. Though Billabong has no immediate plans to offer the patent-pending technology to the broader market, the suit will be available to some big-wave surfers. Dubbed the Billabong V1 — referencing its ability to bring a surfer vertically 1 foot above the surface — the suit has a back-mounted air bladder and a carbon-dioxide cartridge that inflates with a ripcord. The suit's inspiration came to Dorian after a scary incident last year. "I took off on the wrong wave and had a horrible wipeout," he said. "I almost drowned." After the close call, Dorian outlined his idea to sponsor Billabong, which set out to construct a prototype. After successful calm-water tests, Dorian brought the suit to the Cortés Bank — an open-ocean surf break 100 miles off the coast of Southern California. "I paddled into a really big wave and had a bad wipeout, got pushed under, and I thought, 'This is the perfect time to test this thing,'" Dorian said. "I pulled my cord, and I went from nearly panicking to being totally relaxed. I didn't swim, I just let the thing bring me up."
Speck's New HandyShell iPad 2 Case features a pop-out on the back that gives you a firm hold wherever you go. Designed around a strong hinge to hold it firmly in place, HandyShell's handle can be used as a thumb ring for a one-handed grip or as a stand in landscape or portrait mode—even hang it on a wall.
Bike light is milled out from one solid piece of aluminium, which encloses the 8x8 LED dot matrix. The bike dock is made from ABS plastic, and connects to the bicycles dynamo via a USB socket in the back of the light. The light is designed to look at home either on a bike or plugged into a home computer. Bike Light can be programmed with still graphics, animations or words and phrases via web-based software. Watch the video after more.
Nintendo has unveiled it's new console, dubbed the Wii U, a new video game system that will use a new touch-screen controller to play games both on and off the TV screen. The Wii U is tablet-like controller, features a 6.2-inch touch-screen display, motion control, two analog sticks, a stylus, a front-facing camera, a full complement of buttons, an accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble capabilities, a microphone, and stereo speakers and HD graphics. The controller will be able to be used as a secondary screen for the Wii U in a number of ways. You'll be able to use the controller's screen to augment the action on your TV, or you can also use it for supplementary materials such as maps or inventory screens...and for less graphically games, you will be able to play a full game right on the controller or on the TV, your choice. Scheduled to release in 2012 sometime between April and December.
Shovel Birdhouse by Jan Habraken. "Shovel Birdhouse is a shovel with a birdhouse built into the handle. With this birdhouse, the bird can wiggle his own worms out of the ground by simply landing on the house and letting the subsequent momentum do the work. "
Smosh made this stop-motion video for Australia’s World’s Biggest Most Awesome Waste of Time competition. "Awesome time wasting can book out an entire afternoon, or even days if milk crates and sea dragons become involved."
A plane is seen covered in volcanic ash in San Carlos de Bariloche airport, southern Argentina, Tuesday June 7, 2011. The wind carried volcanic ash across the Andes to Argentina resulting in the closing of six airports, and the cancellation of flights in the capital city. The Puyehue volcano, dormant for decades, erupted in south-central Chile on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alfredo Leiva).
Gresso's iPhone 4 Time Machine is just like a normal iPhone 4, except it has six Swiss mechanical watches on its back. The usual glass back of this new iPhone 4 is replaced by a mineral glass with diamond coating and houses six independent mechanical Swiss watches. OK! You can just wake up your phone to see the time, and there are plenty of very fancy clock apps...Anyway, the Gresso iPhone 4 Time Machine is coming out in 2011 (vague, we know, but you can't rush perfection) and it will set you back $6000.
This is the umbrella that is worn on the back, providing rain and sun protection while keeping the hands free. The umbrella fits into a pack strapped to the back. Unzipping the pack, removing the umbrella and attaching it to the pack's built-in, adjustable support rod takes seconds; the pack slips over the shoulders and secures around the waist with a plastic buckle. From Hammacher for $39.95
An Astronaut’s View of Earth. Dr. Justin Wilkinson from NASA's astronaut team describes the special places that spacemen focus on whenever they get a moment. "We start with the coast of Namibia in southwestern Africa, the very dry desert coast of the Namib Desert. You can see a cloud band butting up against the shore and some straight sand dunes in the lower left of the picture. Yeah those are big red sand dunes that the astronauts say is one of the most beautiful sites that you can get when you're flying. Coming into the view on the left is an impact crater right in the middle of the picture, right about now and some wind streaks. We know where this area is because it's a bit unique. We've got a major dune field coming into the picture on the left there: the Oriental Sand Sea, as it's called in French, and on the top is the Isawan Sand Sea. This is the island of Sicily with cloud over Mt. Etna, so you can't quite tell there's a big volcano in the middle of the picture right now. And there's the toe of the boot of Italy coming into the picture from the left. See a good example of sun glint on the right with the sea reflecting the sun...
"A new film combing animation with live action conceived and directed by Joshua Frankel, about the architecture of New York City blasting off into outer space and resettling on Mars. The film’s visuals are an animated collage combining live action footage, animated elements, illustrations and treated photographs, including photos taken by the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity made available to the public domain by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory... Check out the video.
EDWARD basicly is a frame and suspension contained between two wheels, with a 5 point harness and can control the machine with a gaming joystick. Its inversion control even allows you to drive upside down (if you are that way inclined). "EDWARD(Electric Diwheel With Active Rotation Damping) by students in the School of Mechanical Engineering, the University of Adelaide involved the construction of a human operated diwheel called EDWARD. Many diwheels in the past have been human powered or powered by IC engines. This one is purely electric. It has additional functionality lacking in other models, including inbuilt dynamic lateral stability and slosh control to prevent "gerbiling" or tumbling in aggressive braking or acceleration maneuvers. The diwheel also incorporates a unique feature that allows the rider to drive the vehicle when "upside down" - keeping the vehicle in its unstable state"
Parachute Hoodie constructed from 2 colours of surplus Swiss military air-brake parachutes. Features: - 2 front pouch pockets - Tape taken from original parachutes - Jersey cuffs taken from military balaclavas - Swiss produced Riri zip - Draw cord and toggle at hood - Silkscreened labeling
SOLO is a collapsible hanger that makes it easy to hang and remove clothes in one swift motion. Its unique design allows you to insert into a wide array of shirts, and then grab and go with just one hand! And it can be folded in half. Cool design, check out the video.