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Waterproof

The Lifeproof nüüd case features full protection and access to the fingerprint sensor

Ever since Apple launched its Touch-ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s, companies that make highly protective cases have been in a difficult position, as it's hard to keep water and dust out while allowing users access to the touch sensor. Now, though, Lifeproof has brought its nüüd line of cases to the iPhone 5s, with full support for Touch-ID.  Read More

FiberFix reportedly bonds to a number of surfaces, including steel and wood

People may make jokes about how duct tape can be used to fix just about anything, but a new product is claimed to be 100 times stronger than our matte-silver friend. It's called FiberFix, and it's a tape impregnated with a resin that reportedly "hardens like steel."  Read More

The new skateboard from Hydroflex uses a honeycomb design and construction process borrowe...

Surfboard manufacturer Hydroflex is turning its expertise to the creation of boards intended for surfing the streets. What started out as using the leftover materials from the surfboard building process to create composite skateboards for the Hydroflex team is now expanding with the company aiming to bring its honeycomb skateboard to the market.  Read More

Omate TrueSmart – a 'truly standalone' smartwatch

New York gadget company Omate is looking to join the rapidly swelling smartwatch ranks with a "truly standalone" device that boasts full smartphone capabilities in addition to the ability to act as a wirelessly-linked companion accessory.  Read More

Sony's new Xperia Z1 smartphone at IFA 2013

Sony has announced the latest addition to its Xperia smartphone lineup in the form of the Xperia Z1. The new device improves upon the specs of January's Xperia Z release, offering a beefier CPU, improved screen and better camera. The new handset ensures that Sony stays competitive on the spec sheet while offering a little something different to consumers.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the waterproof iPod Shuffle and Swimbuds headphones from Underwater Audio

We've seen some interesting waterproof music players before from companies like Sony and Finis, but Apple hasn't created its own iPod aimed at swimmers just yet. That's why Underwater Audio developed its own process for waterproofing the iPod Shuffle, turning an already sleek gadget into a more durable MP3 player. As someone who's been forced to retire an iPod Nano in the past after a mishap involving a kitchen sink, I was certainly curious to see if the upgraded iPod could live up to its claims.  Read More

Adventure Underwear offers security for travelers, who can keep their valuables in their u...

It is essential for travelers to keep their valuables close at all times, and where could be better to store your worldly possessions than in your underwear. Armed with merino wool and polyethylene, Adventure Underwear has taken on this brief.  Read More

An item from Ying Chang's Sketch Objects (Photo: Ying Chang)

Clerkenwell Design Week kicked off in London on Tuesday. Though primarily catering to fans of light shades and soft office furnishings, there are some interesting and innovative gems lurking among the event's 60-odd showrooms. Among them was Ying Chang's Sketch Objects, a series of paper plates, bowls and vases waterproofed on the inside with resin.  Read More

The Xperia ZR is waterproof to 1.5 meters

In the unpleasantness stakes, dropping your smartphone in a bucket or water is right up there with bread landing butter-side down – only much more expensive. Sony has unveiled its Xperia ZR that, if it lives up to expectations, will mean you’ll not only be able to drop it in the pond, but take high-definition videos while doing so.  Read More

Sony's new Handycam HDR-GW66VE

Sony’s new everything-proof Actioncam is definitely a worthy opponent to the likes of the GoPro HERO, although sometimes people just want a user-friendly video camera that can go in the water. Well, that’s where the Sony Handycam HDR-GW66VE comes into the picture. It’s a compact HD camcorder that can be submerged to a depth of 10 meters (33 feet) for up to an hour.  Read More

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