You might not believe this but we found a battery charger/power supply for your phone, computer, & electronics that runs on water. Yup. It’s a hydrogen fuel cell that converts water into electricity. Don’t expect us to explain this weird science but we can tell you this: the futuristic little PowerTrekk unit is eco-friendly and provides power totally off the grid. Available May 2012.
Unlike running shoes, tennis shoes need to be seriously sturdy. The demands of high-speed stop and start lateral motion deem it absolutely necessary. Leave it to Nike to be the ones who figure out how to engineer the comfort and lightness of a Zoom runner with the beefy support of a performance tennie. They did it. It’s called the Zoom Vapor 9 Tour and Swiss ace Roger Federer helped design them.
Aside from measuring your bosses package, there would seem to be very few uses for a 3-inch ruler. Nonetheless, you can slap one of these little ruler-stickers on the back of a credit card and know the true length or thickness or whatever you need to measure in both U.S. and metric units up to 3 inches.
If your training routine goes beyond mere OCD and involves stat charts and performance mapping, Magellan has a couple nice, new GPS-enabled training watches for you. Running, swimming, endurance and self-punishment of all sorts can be counted, tracked, measured, and reported all from the convenience of your wrist, mid-workout. Available Spring 2012.
If you’re a big wristwatch, sun glasses, or vintage motorcycle fan and yet Wikipedia is the farthest you’ve gone to find out who the hell Steve McQueen is, the exhaustive, 492-page book Steve McQueen: The Actor and His Films, will tell you all you need to know. The guy was a Hollywood superstar. Some say he was a second-rate Paul Newman, but the fact remains, the dude was in a lot of movies.
Is it just us or is the convenience and power of your super-smart iPhone starting to make your laptop seem a little stupid? The only bitch is that so much typing leads to lots of typos. But with just one click, the new Slim One Keyboard from Ontario-based brand Matias, lets you switch from typing on your PC or Mac to texting in turbo on your iPhone. Nice for us multi-device multi-taskers.
Rite In The Rain all-weather writing paper has been to the summit of Everest and works like a charm in the jungles of Africa. Anywhere wet weather and moisture could compromise your note taking, this stuff will endure. Handy notebooks of all shapes and sizes are available direct from their web site.
The visible inner workings of these revolutionary timepieces from HYT Watches look like they’ve got internal combustion engines inside, complete with a radiator full of glowing green antifreeze. But really it’s a hydro-mechanical system that uses liquid for power. Maybe it’s just another gimmick to create brand buzz for the big Baselworld watch show, but hey, these watches look great and the engineering is nothing short of awesome.
It can be tough to find a jacket made of high-performance outwear material without looking like Joe Granola hiker bro or a Trustafarian snowboard clown. Vancouver’s Mission Workshop brand is on it, though. Their waterproof Eiger Field Jacket is constructed of Swiss-made Schoeller C-Change fabric (think upgraded Gore-Tex) and it’s cut for life on the cold streets not just the black diamonds.