Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1

January 31, 2009

When we talk about tough cameras, the first brand that usually comes to mind would be Olympus. However, Panasonic has recently join the fray with its first rugged shooter, the Lumix DMC-FT1. 12.1 megapixels camera with 96.3 x 63.1 x 23 mm dimension.

It is waterproof up to 3m, shockproof from drops of 1.5m and has airtight seals to prevent dust and sand from slipping into the innards.
4.6x optical zoom wide-angle lenses with range from 28mm  to 128mm. It can record HD-quality video clips using AVCHD compression.
Not freezeproof and crushproof like the Olympus Mju TOUGH, but still nice.

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Cadarache Cups

January 30, 2009

Cups designed to look like a nuclear station chimney, but to me, it seems to integrate a cup and a saucer and saves all the hassles.

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January 29, 2009

Eclosion is an inflatable chair equipped with a lateral zip, so you can unzip a bench and turn it into a sofa.

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Swoosh Summer Pavilion

January 28, 2009

Swoosh, a summer pavilion created by the Mexican student Valeria García Abarca. The concept of the pavilion came of studying the deformation of an optical model in two dimensions. Optical qualities were extracted from the visual dynamic and interpreted in three dimensions. The structure is composed of 653 pieces of wood, columns, and transversal beams.

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Polar Bear Drain Stopper

January 27, 2009

The polar bear floats on his ice floe while attached to a drain stopper… enjoy hours of inertia fun watching it float when having your hot bath…

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Random pic of the week

January 26, 2009

“Party picks perfectly suited for driving into your cheese cubes. The finishing touch is our wood grain caddy made from food-safe foam with a weighted base. Eighteen reusable picks in each recyclable clear box.”
Hammer not included.

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Chocolate Beer

January 26, 2009

Royce chocolate, nice. Sapporo beer, good with company. Chocolate Beer, good even alone… The Sapporo brewery in Japan, in partnership with the company of sweet Royce, has launched a limited edition of chocolate beer.
Happy Lunar New Year to all Technogad readers… cheers!

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Duplex Aquarium Cage

January 25, 2009

“Duplex is an aquarium/cage favouring an improbable encounter between a bird and a fish. The aquarium is thermoformed so as to create a space where the bird can fly at the same visual level as the fish.”
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Rain Drops

January 24, 2009

The RainDrops system allows people to adapt standard plastic bottles to an existing gutter system to collect rain water. The repurposing of these plastic bottles will also give value to many bottles that are otherwise headed for landfills.

A large benefit to using plastic bottles as a water collection system is that it fits in nicely with the process called SODIS, which uses a combination of the suns UV rays and heat to remove pathogenic microorganisms that cause disease. This process is spreading across many developing countries due to its effectiveness and low cost.

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Pony Boots & Shoes

January 23, 2009

The first time I have seen this type of boots is on Victoria Beckham’s feet in a newspaper.

Pony boots and shoes… It’s like walking on stilts… makes beautiful calf muscles.

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