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Belkin CoolSpot protects your laptop from overheating

Posted: 30 Dec 2011 04:45 AM PST

Pragya Bhargavi:

Laptop users must have noticed that their machine gets heated up when used for long hours. Recently, we even heard about incidences where laptops actually caught fire due to overheating. Heat can also make it uncomfortable for the user to place the laptop on his lap while working. Therefore, to avoid these situations, Belkin has developed a new laptop cooler known as the CoolSpot.

Belkin CoolSpot
Belkin CoolSpot

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Belkin CoolSpot
Belkin CoolSpot keeps your laptop cool and running at it’s highest efficiency

CoolSpot works to keep your laptop cool and thus increases its efficiency and lifespan. In addition, it also minimizes your discomfort when you place the laptop on your lap. CoolSpot is better than other cooling pads and works equally fine on a desk as well as on other soft surfaces, claims the company.

Unlike other cooling pads available in the market, CoolSpot has been provided with a dual air intake system. When you place the laptop on your lap, the air flows in from an inlet at the bottom of the cooling pad and when you place it on a desk or other surfaces, the air flows in through the rear inlets. As soon as the air reaches in, it is efficiently circulated to provide an overall cooling. Moreover, the sleek design, light weight and stable position of CoolSpot allows you to remain comfortable during your work.

Cooling pads are really necessary to enhance the functioning and life of your laptop. CoolSpot is not just any ordinary cooling pad, it is an innovative and efficient product. You will really appreciate the way it reduces your problems and keeps your laptop safe.

Via: Satelliteid


Soak: A portable dishwasher that saves space and water

Posted: 30 Dec 2011 04:38 AM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Growing population in cities has cut down the size of apartments, which makes it a real task to squeeze all the necessary products in the space provided. Dishwasher is one of the most important units required in a kitchen and deleting it from the list would mean cleaning dishes with hand. This would in turn consume extra time, water and effort, which is lethal in this fast-paced world. Keeping all these things in mind, Dante Bonfante has designed a portable dishwasher named Soak.

SOAK
SOAK

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Portable Dishwasher
Portable dishwasher designed by Dante Bonfante

Soak will stylishly replace the everyday space-consuming dishwasher. The portable product has a round design that will conveniently fit in the sink and will do all the washing. It is easy to remove and is perfect for those who don't use a lot of dishes on a daily basis. Soak has been fitted with an aerator system, which will push water quite hard, making sure that the dishes are cleaned efficiently. Apart from this, the system makes sure that no wastage occurs in terms of water usage, which in turn saves clean water for other household chores.

Steam is created inside the dishwasher by turning the hot water on. A user can easily select the wash size mode with help of buttons present on the design. Using different water cycles will clean the dishes in various directions, hence removing all the food particles from the dishes. Soak features perforation holes that drain debris and water. They are separated from the sink by rubber feet, which help maintain the flow. The in-sink use design saves space and the presence of a flexible silicone dish rack is all the more impressive. So, save water and space in your kitchen with the Soak portable dishwasher.

Via: Behance


SnowXu foldables: Snowshoes that can fold

Posted: 29 Dec 2011 08:57 PM PST

Pragya Bhargavi:

Snowshoes remain an absolute necessity for the places that experience heavy snowfall. However, for most of the people these shoes are a burden owing to their huge size and heavy weight. Recently, James Page has come up with a new innovative version of snowshoes called the SnowXu foldables. These shoes are special because they can be folded and stored in a small space, unlike the other snowshoes. SnowXu foldables are suitable for all kinds of recreations, adventures, rescue works, hunting, mountain climbing and many more activities. They provide great comfort and are totally safe to use.

SnowXu = Foldable Snowshoes
SnowXu = Foldable Snowshoes

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SnowXu = Foldable Snowshoes
SnowXu foldables are perfect for a wide range of hikes, trails and winter conditions.

SnowXu foldables are lighter than all other conventional snowshoes available and each shoe weighs less than 2 lbs. They can be easily folded and carried anywhere you want. Carrying SnowXu foldables is very easy, as it can even fit in a back pack. Moreover, these shoes are very safe, durable and comfortable even for those people who weigh up to 250 lbs. Made from aircraft aluminum frame, these shoes are strong enough to give a very good clearance and stability while walking in the snow. Wearing these snowshoes is also easy, as it has only one buckle that keeps them securely tied to any kind of footwear. Suitable for both men and women, SnowXu foldables is a perfect choice for the whole family. What more? If you ever have a problem with these shoes, you can easily get them fixed by the manufacturer. Isn't that great?

So, don't wait. This winter, buy these amazing pair of snowshoes for your whole family and get ready to explore the world anytime and anywhere.

Via: Kickstarter


Eight human powered watercrafts for a safe and green cruise

Posted: 29 Dec 2011 03:03 PM PST

Shahnawaz Naaz:

The watercraft which is powered using the power of human is called human-powered watercraft. Human power required to move this kind of watercraft comes from the hands or feet. Oars, paddles, or poles are used to drive this watercraft using the power generated from the hand and the power of the feet is used with pedals and a crank to power this kind of watercraft. Most human-powered watercrafts maintain their position on the water using buoyancy. These watercrafts are green and completely Eco-friendly. Here is a list of eight human powered watercrafts for a safe and green cruise.

1. Kettwiesel trike

Kettwiesel trike
Kettwiesel trike

The credit for designing a human-powered boat from a Triathlon machine Kettwiesel trike goes to an innovative designer named Greg. Greg used a fly fishing boat and replaced its floats with maneuverable pieces. A roller drives the propeller that rotates to push this boat against the air. The turning roller rubs against the wheel and the cycle continues with the turn of the cable. Greg has used a rudder in place of the front wheel. Panniers are held by the racks behind the seat. The best thing about this boat is that it has a portable and compact conversion kit.

2. Aquaskipper

Aquaskipper
Aquaskipper

This human-powered watercraft made up of lightweight aluminum has the potential to add a new chapter in the research related to water-trodding technology. This Eco-friendly boat is completely emission free. The hydrofoil wings used in Aquaskipper have marginal drag in water and the fiberglass spring mechanism used in this unique boat allows the user to ride this boat on water quite easily by just jumping up and down on it. The overall length of this boat is 6 feet and the wingspan is 7 feet long. Priced at $495, the total weight of this boat is just 26 kgs.

3. Jonathan Mahieddine's human powered boat

Jonathan Mahieddine's human powered boat
Jonathan Mahieddine's human powered boat

Designed and created by French designer Jonathan Mahieddine, this solar and human-powered concept boat has got a sleek and stylish look. The designer claims that this boat can be used by people to cruise on water surface quietly without causing any harm to the environment. Pedals are used to power this Eco-friendly boat. Mahieddine claims that the idea to design this boat came to his mind when he was making a project in high school. The designer has designed this concept boat with the Numero Design agency.

4. Di-Cycle

Di-Cycle
Di-Cycle

The Di-Cycle designed by GBO design is a human-powered boat, which can make our dream of riding bike on water a reality in future. The concept of dicycle is not new but the Di-Cycle designed in 2005 by Brabantse Spelen for a Dutch design competition is better than the dicycles designs we have seen so far. Unfortunately, this is just a concept and it remains to be seen whether Di-Cycle would become a reality or not.

5. The Nimbus Hyak kayak

The Nimbus Hyak kayak
The Nimbus Hyak kayak

Designed by Stevie Smith, the Hyak kayak is a prototype human-powered boat. The overall length of this Eco-friendly boat is 19′ 3″ long and it has a 28″ beam. The depth of this boat weighing 79lbs is 15.5″. The design of this prototype boat is inspired from a human powered boat designed by Rick Willoughby. This boat is divided into three compartments: front, rear and cockpit. This boat features aerodynamic shape, which minimizes the effect of strong headwinds and allows this boat to move on water's surface.

6. Nauticraft Escapade

Nauticraft Escapade
Nauticraft Escapade

This 12-foot long human-powered boat named Nauticraft Escapade was used by 59-year-old Paul Tucker in 2002 to cross the English Channel. This boat is spacious enough to accommodate three passengers. The 16″ two-bladed propeller of this boat is moved by a smooth pedal crank. This boat can achieve a high speed of around 5 mph. This boat can move in shallow water as well because it draws 1′ 8″ of water. The boat can be stopped by backward pedaling. This Eco-friendly boat is priced at $3,800.

7. Human powered submarine

Human powered submarine
Human powered submarine

A team of French engineers deserve credit for designing the world's first pedal-powered submarine nicknamed the 'Scubster'. This human-powered submarine features a pedal with a belt and this pedal moves the boat's twin-propeller system. This submarine can hit a maximum speed of 5 mph and reach a depth of 20 feet.

8. Tun Fun machine from I.Kiryakov and S.Ballmeier

Tun Fun machine
Tun Fun machine

The credit for designing Tun Fun machine goes to I.Kiryakov, S.Ballmeier, K.Eichelberg & M.Dressler. This human-powered watercraft is 8 meter long and it can hit a high speed of 6.5 knots. A rear flipper converts the action to forward motion. This boat is spacious enough to accommodate a driver and one passenger. The low tail of this boat can be used as a bath platform, while front part of this boat can be used as leisure platform.


FLEXiT - Your flexible lighting assistant that supports you on the job whenever and wherever you want

Posted: 29 Dec 2011 02:18 PM PST

Ruchika Pahwa:

Do you face problem in the dark when your torchlight does not sufficiently light up the nooks and corners of the place where you need to do a search for your lost items or have to repair a broken wire? If you feel a fat torchlight cannot be inserted in and around confined spaces, then check out this unique and flexible task light, FLEXiT, which is a specially designed, ultra-thin floodlight that can easily be folded, wrapped, bent and stuck or hooked to just any object. It can quickly enter and completely light up any tight space too.

Striker Hand Tools Flexit Light
Striker Hand Tools Flexit Light

Offered by Striker Hand Tools, the FLEXiT floodlight can be shaped like a rolled sheet of paper, and it would still spread its light all around. You may wrap this creative lighting product around rollers or tubes, or magnetically fasten it to metallic objects. When there is power outage, FLEXiT is available to be placed on a table so its light spreads across the entire room. You may illuminate any dark path or space using this slim goose-neck light, whether it be inside a tight engine compartment or around the web of wires behind a stereo cabinet.

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Striker Hand Tools Flexit Light
Striker Hand Tools Flexit Light is one of the most unique innovative task lights ever created.

This directional light can be used to brighten a particular spot when you are repairing something, or can act as a camp light when you are out on a camping site. FLEXiT is a hands-free light with a sleek hang hook and an array of 16 Lumen Tech LEDs. It has a silicone body and Shape-Loc frame that makes it quite durable and flexible. Its light can be positioned as and wherever required due to its unlimited amount of light projection. With low, medium and high light functions, FLEXiT can be utilized in innumerable configurations. You may adjust the light angle and beam the way you want. Available at a very nominal price below $30, this innovative product may act as your lighting assistant under any task conditions.

Via: 7 Gadgets


Middle Colors Humidifier - A refreshing feel for your room in misty winters

Posted: 29 Dec 2011 02:15 PM PST

Ruchika Pahwa:

Do you wish to make your winters misty? Here is a must-have product to make it happen the way you like. Takashi Hiroshi Tsuboi, a Japanese designer, has developed a creative and special series of humidifiers to make your winters convenient and comfortable. Named the Middle Colors Humidifier, this device not only looks stylish but also fills your room with a comforting and relaxing mist. This humidifier is an aroma therapy provider as you may add your favorite flavor of scented oil to it and then just relax in an environment filled with cool or warm mist.

Middle Colors Humidifier
Middle Colors Humidifier

The Middle Colors Humidifier comes in a variety of shining colors, and you may choose the small- or large-sized model per your convenience. For a dry and warm room, its small ‘W’ model has an ultrasonic humidifying element that offers cool mist and the required amount of moisture. But, if your style and taste keep changing, you may go for the large ‘H’ model that offers warm mist in cooler environment and cool mist when it is warm. This model has hybrid functionality that releases warm mist through a built-in heating element and offers cool mist through an ultrasonic element. This functionality works in accordance with the ambient temperature of the room.

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Middle Colors Humidifier
The Middle Colors Humidifier series from Japanese designer Takashi Hiroshi

There are different run-time settings of up to 8 hours for the small model and up to 10 hours for the large model. Also, you may check out varied models with different dimensions. The small model with a capacity of 800ml can easily cover a 4 x 4m room, while the large model has a capacity of 1800ml and can provide coverage to a 8 x 8m room. The maintenance of this humidifier is also very easy. After every two or three uses, a basic rinsing with tap water can be done by removing the spout and then the reservoir. There are no separate filters needed and its built-in filter can quickly be cleaned. Thus, this simple yet bright object can make your room feel extra special.

Via: Gizmine


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