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The Wilcraft amphibious mobile ice-fishing cabin

If you love ice-fishing but are worried about accidentally driving your mega-ton SUV to the bottom of a partly-frozen lake, then the Wilcraft could be your 500lb answer. Not only is it lighter than an SUV, it’s amphibious, highly maneuverable, can carry a 600lb payload (that’s a lot of fish), gets around 20mpg and has a top speed of 20mph. In other words, it makes ice fishing fun, not frightening.  Read More

EZ disposable grill

The all-in-one disposable BBQ in a box has become popular in Europe recently and is now available in the United States too. While we don't really like the idea of disposable anything, the EZ Grill is actually recyclable and can be stored safely until needed, offering impromptu grilling anywhere and anytime.  Read More

Watch flowers bloom (or grass grow) with the Brinno GardenWatchCam's time-lapse photograph...

Budding David Attenboroughs now have a means of creating home-made documentaries of their own gardens with the Brinno GardenWatchCam. A sturdy little time-lapse digital camera, the GardenWatchCam allows you to literally watch grass grow, taking 1.3 megapixel macro images at intervals ranging from one picture a minute to one a day.  Read More

The computer-controlled Climbstation vertical treadmill

Now here's one of those ideas that leaps out at you with its commercial potential. Climbing offers extreme exercise with a nuclear fun factor and teaches fundamental coordination skills but it can be dangerous and scary with the heights involved, and besides, a climbing wall requires a serious commitment to locate and build. The computer-controlled ClimbStation is like an intelligent vertical treadmill for climbers, so it provides real climbing without the need for a safety harness because you never got more than a metre off the ground. ClimbStation hydraulically tilts between +15 degrees and minus 39 degrees, the holds are interchangeable, and the most significant thing about the ClimbStation is that it can be transported with a normal car trailer, making it an ideal relocatable owner-operator or amusement attraction.  Read More

Satellite image of tropical storm Humberto (Photo: www.noaa.gov)

When it comes to severe thunderstorms, every minute of advance warning can be vital. Present methods rely on radar to detect impending storms, but a new technique that uses satellites to measure the temperature changes in the tops of clouds, could predict severe thunderstorms up to 45 minutes earlier than relying on traditional radar alone.  Read More

Cellphone towers could soon become more than just ugly buildings to satisfy our communicat...

Atmospheric humidity can strongly influence radio signals by scattering them in all directions, weakening and making it much harder to detect on the receiving end. A team of researchers from the University of Tel Aviv has now found a new, promising way of exploiting this phenomenon to accurately predict the intensity of imminent floods and other natural catastrophes.  Read More

The Cool Bar in cocktail table position - drinks not included unfortunately

Coolers might keep things cold at a picnic or party, but if you’re looking to keep some drinks on ice with an extra touch of class the Cool Bar could be just the thing. Designed to serve the dual purposes of cooler and cocktail table, we can see the how the Cool Bar might be handy at a barbecue or while camping - keep drinks cool by day and when night rolls in, just lift the lid and you have yourself a cocktail table.  Read More

The feature rich 401

Whether you're just out for a leisurely stroll, out on the piste or on patrol in some remote tundra, Garmin's new personal navigation systems promise to make sure you know everything you need to know to get where you want to be. The Foretrex 401 and Foretrex 301 GPS navigators don't get lost thanks to new technology that allows them to lock on and keep track of positioning satellites even in the most testing of conditions, making these go-anywhere, do-anything, tough, waterproof personal travel gadgets much more than just big wristwatches.  Read More

Husqvarna's electric Panthera Leo concept mower

Just when you thought that wildly overdone, highfalutin concept vehicles were the sole preserve of the automotive market, Husqvarna has dropped a lawnmowing bomb with its majestically named Panthera Leo concept ride-on mower. Using five inbuilt electric engines, it lets you quietly go about your lawn maintenance in the knowledge that you've brought a Gatling gun to a knife fight. Three individually suspended cutting heads can be spaced to your liking, there's an LCD dashboard with speed, cutting height, width and battery maintenance readouts and an object collision avoidance system - and it can rotate completely on the spot for total mowing precision.  Read More

Dooit light weight sports trailer

Packing your favorite toys and making for the great outdoors doesn't have to mean firing up the gas-guzzling 4WD and hitching a dual-axle trailer. Light-weight trailers make sense - they save fuel, eliminate the need for roof racks and you don't need a monster truck to tow them. Designs like the Dooit sports trailer from Activity Trailers also offer a highly versatile platform that can accommodate a long list of outdoor gear - kayaks, cargo boxes, bikes - and in this case, there's even the option of a fold out tent.  Read More

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