Hitachi SimpleTOUGH™

July 23, 2009

Hitachi’s water-resistant and shock-proof SimpleTOUGH™ portable USB drive (250/320/500GB for USD99.99/ USD119.99/ USD149.99), can survive a 3-meter fall and able to withstand the pressure of a one-ton class commercial truck. It also boasts a twistable USB cable that’s permanently affixed to the enclosure.

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Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP

March 14, 2009

Fujifilm’s World’s Smallest (92 x 59.6 x 20.6 mm), 3m Waterproof  digital camera at 10 megapixels. It has new SR AUTO (Scene Recognition Auto) & Face Detection, High Sensitivity ISO1600, 60 seconds movie recording & Image Editing, versatile functions (Micro thumbnail and various slideshows). Specifications are not out of this world, but beautiful design, with 5 colours to choose from.

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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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Outdoor or indoor, this Disk Armchair is great for relaxation… the type where once you sit down, you can’t get up… Simple and ribbed on the underside for structural integrity.

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Solar Lily Pads

May 15, 2008

In a stunning example of biomimicry, Scottish architecture firm ZM Architecture have come up with a brilliant scheme to provide more solar power to the city of Glasgow, Solar Lily Pads!
The firm said the design of the lilypads was “inspired by nature” and they could be tethered to the river bed. Integrated motors would then rotate the discs to follow the sun for maximum output.

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April 18, 2008

UFO cap is a rain coat cum shower cap made by the Koreans… it looks stupid, but I guess it works… fails only when there’s wind and when you are passed by a car going through a puddle…

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The lighted balls and hemispheres are individually molded of highest quality polyethylene, there are extremely robust. UV stability, long service life and water-tightness satisfy the highest expections. Higly energy efficient too.
So simple a product, so beautiful marketing…

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