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Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore’s premier urban outdoor recreation space right next to Mariana Bay Sands, unveiled a new attraction last month – a cutting-edge horticultural mega project featuring 18 towering solar-powered “supertrees” and climate-controlled biomes.   Photo credit These tree-like structures that dominate the Gardens’ landscape with heights ranging between 25 meters and 50 meters, are like vertical gardens that perform a multitude of functions, which include planting, shading and working as environmental engines for the gardens. The Supertrees are home to enclaves of unique and exotic ferns, vines, orchids and also a vast collection of bromeliads such as […]

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This Umbrella Will Charge Your Phone and Boost Its Signal

Vodafone’s Booster Brolly is an umbrella that uses on-board solar cells and a micro antenna to charge your phone and boost its 3G signal. The umbrella, which is sadly just a prototype at the time of writing, is the result of a collaboration between Vodafone and University College London. There are 12 silicon solar cells integrated into the canopy; together they provide enough juice to run the signal booster, a LED flashlight and a USB phone charger which is able to charge a phone in around three hours. That is a lot of technology for the world’s most commonly misplaced […]

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BladeFish Sea Jet

Did cartoons predicted future? It looks dumb question, but let me tell you why I’m asking. While I was kid I watched lots of cartoons (like the most children, I guess) and once the main character dived into the sea using propeller with handles. And now I see it into reality (well not exactly, it’s virtually on my monitor) presented by Brownie’s YachtDiver at the 2009 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. It is much smaller than other diving scooters, with lower weight and low profile for easy storage. Depending on model variations, the sea jet run time may vary from 40 […]

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Citroen/Michelin PLR

This is Citroen DS, passed through heavy modification to be able to test tires. It is made by Michelin in 1972 and weighs more than ten metric tons. PLR comes from Poids Lourd Rapide or Fast Semi Truck. Inside this machine have enough space for a mid-mounted tire testing machine along with the crew. This a bit freaky car (or whatever it is) holds also two small-block Chevy V-8 engines (350 cubic inches), one to power the rear six wheels and another to spin the tire testing machine mentioned above. PLR is steered by all four front wheels and reaches […]

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Summit HD Video Camera Goggles!

  If you want to experience again something you’ve already experienced, this is your gadget – a snow goggle with HD camera. It is compatible with a memory card up to 32GB large, which allows you to make 8 hours long HD record. When you buy the product it will include much smaller 4GB Micro SDHC card, so if you want longer record you’ll need bigger memory card. The camera is included into the goggles and you don’t need any additional mounting tools and systems. It makes high quality HD video with resolution 720p /pixels/. Also it allows you to […]

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Anti-Gravity Platform

  This is one of the things that make you feel like you’re in a science fiction movie. In fact there is nothing magical or unbelievable but it makes a great effect. It is based on magnetic levitation of a magnet placed above another one. Power supply comes to the base platform. Once it is turned on, you can place the supplied globe in the air above the platform. It will hover almost an inch above the powered base and will rotate slowly. When you open the globe, you will discover a magnetic disc inside. You can put this disc […]