We love gear and we're hungry for innovation, but amazingly some new gear ideas still manage to turn our stomachs. Here are the three worst to cross our boughs this week:
1) Electric tents
Tent firm Eureka! has launched three new tents (from $160) featuring built-in rechargeable power-packs. The batteries, which secure to the tent in a polypropylene case, take 12 hours plugged in at home to charge, and then kick out enough power to supply the tent's E! Power reading light for 9 hours. And this is better than a headtorch how?
More on the Eureka! N!Ergy range: click.
2) The ultimate breathable shirt?
Our wallets are always standing by for the next step in breathable gear technology, but this? Designed by an ex-Sony employee and on sale in Japan for $159, this air-conditioned shirt uses a fan to blows fresh air round your sweaty body. It's powered by 4 AA batteries, or (for the deskbound) a USB lead and is available here.
3) Weather-forecasting umbrella
Words fail us. This umbrella from Ambient Products is the ultimate in clever-stupid. Connected to a remote network via a transmitter in the handle, it downloads local weather reports from a central server and uses the information to turns the handle blue when rain it's about to rain.
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Thursday, 5 July 2007
Posted by Trail at 16:33