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Sports bottle with room for keys, cards and cash

Sports bottle with room for keys, cards and cash.
I usually tie my locker's key to my shoe with the shoestring and hope for the best when it comes to locker break-ins But I'm aware that locker robberies happen and maybe this is a way to get beyond the worries. Put your card(s), keys and cash in the separate compartment in this sports bottle and bring it ti every station in the gym. Great idea, but I don't think there's room for my entire wallet. I wonder if there's room for one of these new bulky car keys. The morals here is probably to travel light as far as the gym goes. AUD 23:- (approx. USD 23:-). [Via]

14 October 2010





Saab's smart electric rear axle provides efficient 4x4

Saab's smart electric rear axle provides efficient 4x4.
Through the years, Saab has come up with a lot of smart innovations for their cars, but more often than not they have failed to achieve any significant commercial benefit from them. Not even the turbo (which Saab actually not invented, but refined to allow its use in ordinary family cars) could lift Saab's sales to any new levels. Now it seems they've done it again, and being an old saabist I can only hope they get lucky this time. Swedish engineering newspaper Ny Teknik has the story, but only in Swedish as far as I can see, so here's a brief description. The new rear axle is powered by an electric motor and battery and controlled via an electronics box and fired up when 4x4 is needed. The great gain in this is of course weight, since you don't need any of the heavy transmission parts used in ordinary 4x4 systems. And weight saved is of course also energy saved. The system is based on standard components and will be offered to other car makers. If you read Swedish, there's more on Ny Teknik. If you don't, there's an English translation of the paper's graphics on Saabs United, here.

11 October 2010






Smart peeler with four functions

Smart peeler with four (or five) functions.
The peeler puck comes from JosephJoseph and it's been designed by Damien Evans. It has no less than three different peelers inside its rotund shell and one (maybe two) on the outside. Clockwise from top left;
1. Julienne cutter, 2. Serrated peeler for those hard-to-peel tomatoes, 3. Ordinary peeler, and 4. A tool for removing unsightly blemishes from your 'taters. This is where the fifth possible function enters our mind. Could the little blemish-remover also be used as a zest cutter to produce those little bits of lemon peel necessary for all the lemon twisted drinks? We don't know until we've tried. How much it is, we unfortunately can't say since we can't find it on Joseph-Joseph's website. Maybe in a few days... [Via]

7 October 2010



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