Outdoors

The Smartphone Wars In Afghanistan Seek Trillion Dollar Spoils

As oil was one of the major factors for our six-year tour of duty in Iraq, the vast deposits of minerals recently found in Afghanistan may have the same type of effect in protracting our stay in that country.

World Cup's Vuvuzela Is The Sound Heard Round The World

Vuvuzela (pronouced voo-voo-ZAY-lah) is the horn of plenty. Its name in Zulu roughly translates to "making a lot of noise" — and it sure does. This year's World Cup in South Africa is distinguished by a sound not found in too many other destinations. At best, it's been compared to the sound of a herd of elephants - at worst perhaps, "the traffic jam from hell."

Augmented Reality Sunglasses Can Insert Social Networking Into Your Sights

We're slowly becoming familiar with augmented reality as viewed through our smartphone cameras and apps like Layar. What if those same effects were available by just slipping on a pair of sunglasses? The folks at HUD (Heads Up Display) are touting that game-changing, technology as we speak.

Add The Spiral Hot Dog Cutter To Dad's Barbeque Gadget Arsenal

Usually for me hot dogs have to be grilled outside on a hot day and have been cooked in a manner that creates a lot of extra crispy bits.  For anyone who feels similarly about hot dogs, the Spiral Hot Dog Cutter by Wynder may be for you.  This would make a great addition to Dad’s barbeque gadgets, perhaps even as a Father’s Day gift.     

QR Codes Augmenting Our Lives From Tokyo To Manhattan

While Quick Response (QR) codes received some controversy last month when Facebook was rumored using them to generate bar codes on users' profiles, the technology does have merit and continues to enhance the use of augmented reality in our every day lives. Last fall, I even speculated that "tag technology" could potentially replace Google Search at some point in time.

Drift Innovation Introduces World's First Wearable HD Action Cam With LCD Screen and Wireless Remote

The soon-to-launch Drift HD170 action cam is the first of its kind to feature remote control functionality and an LCD screen for fast, seamless viewing.

Kevin Costner Offers BP Gulf Clean-up Solution, But Fails At Coffee Spill

He's not saying, if he builds it, they will come. He's not saying, he can walk on water. But what he is saying is that he has machines that can separate oil from water and that's what BP needs to turn the situation around.

Social Networking & Instant Replays Face Off With The Enemy In Afghanistan

As much as Facebook is engaged in its own skirmishes on US turf regarding privacy, the social networking platform is fighting an entirely different battle in Afghanistan. Facebook IM functionality and other military social networks allow analysts with the US Army, Air Force and Marines to hunt down insurgents, avoid civilian causalities and collateral damage and ultimately save American lives in Afghanistan.

Children's Rainbow Flash LED Umbrella Makes Rainy Days More Fun

This cool children's LED umbrella brightens up even the gloomiest rainy day, flashing away with either high visibility white light or 7 rainbow colors.

On Your Bike, Says Nokia, And Take This Phone Charger With You

In an effort to expand its mobile market and put its technology into the hands of those who don't have easy access to a 120v power outlet or automobile power point, Nokia has developed a new line of phones and chargers, which can be attached to a pedal bike for both ease of charging and the smugness that comes with using green power.

Brazil's Volunteers Build Dog Houses For Homeless Dogs

The houses aren't very big, but they're enough to give a dog some shelter and... a place to call home, temporarily, one hopes.  The shanty town within the southern Brazilian city of Caxias do Sul, where the dog houses are located, is called a favela, like the shanty towns built for displaced persons in almost all of Brazil's large cities.

 


French Inline Skater Sets World Record For Highest Frefall

A French rollerblader recently set the world record for world's highest bomb drop, jumping 41 feet off the Eiffel tower onto a ramp below.

Nokia Brings Bicycle Charging To The Developing World

Nokia has developed an inexpensive charger for powering up small electronics with electricity derived from the movement of a bicycle. Being offered first in the developing world, the new device could be a great addition for cyclists and commuters.

Sport Equipment From The Future: Hoverboard

A Back to the Future-like hoverboard is officially real.

Awkward Combination or Next Great Sport: Sailbiking

The Pterosail combines two classic American water and land pastimes into one new activity.