Category: Outdoors

News and Reviews of outdoor accessories, sports gear, travel gear and survival equipment for adventure seeking junkies who like to spend their time outdoors

Czech adventurers on a 900km journey in a plastic bottles boat

Plastic bottles boat

In an attempt to bring much needed awareness to the increasing plastic pollution in Europe, two young adventurers have created a plastic bottles boat. Honza Kára, a 22-year-old student and Jakub Bures, a 21-year-old mechanic are in the middle of their unusual journey these days as they are peddling their way almost a thousand kilometers from their hometown Nymburk down the River Elbe to the great port of Hamburg on the North Sea. The 10-metre long boat is made out of 5000 plastic bottles was launched officially on July 12, 2014 at Elbe river in Nymburk.

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Monsoon buster: Sardines boots fold into themselves for easy portability [W/video]

Sardines boots by Estel Alcaraz

Monsoons are here and I don’t like this part of the year much, owing to one simple reason that it creates so much mess. One thing that gets utterly messy in the rainy season is your pair of shoes or any other footwear that you are wearing. For this very reason in the wars of 17th century the wellington boots were invented. But they are very cumbersome to carry and are ages behind in terms of portability and looks. That is why Estel Alcaraz from Barcelona has come up with Sardines rain boots, a new avatar of wellington boots that weigh just 800 grams and can be folded to one fourth of their original size.

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goTenna lets you send text messages even without cell signal

goTenna- text without signal

Going on a hiking trip and fear that you will get lost and lose any chance of communication in the dense forest? Yes, it happens quite often as many adventure seekers get lost in the woods simply because they are unable to communicate with each other due to lack of cell phone signal and no internet. goTenna is an innovative device that can come to your rescue in such situation and help you to communicate with your friends and send text messages even without a Wi-Fi or cell signal.

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Parajet is now taking orders for its SkyRunner flying car

Parajet’s SkyRunner flying car

UK-based paramotor manufacturer Parajet International Ltd will be showcasing its SkyRunner flying car all this week at the Farnborough airshow in England. The flying car company will be trying to woo the potential customers so that it can get reasonable orders to bring the prototype into commercial production. Parajet’s SkyRunner comes with a price tag of $137,000 and is designed to work both as a standard off-terrain vehicle and as a flying machine also.

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Funnell Backpack ejects waterproof jacket to protect you from sudden downpour

Funnell Backpack

Unexpected rain while riding a bike or cycle can spoil anyone’s day, especially when you’re going to work or some other important place. But not anymore, as Hong Kong-based manufacturer Make It Happen has designed a special Funnell Backpack that ejects waterproof jacket with hood in case of sudden downpour. Thus, protecting the wearer as well as the backpack from the gushing rain. Isn’t it a brilliant solution to protect yourself from rain in style? Read More…

Motus Motion Sleeve prevents ball pitcher injuries in baseball

Motus Pitcher sleeve for baseball pitchers

Motus Pitcher sleeve with embedded pint-sized sensors

Baseball is surely a fun game for fans and strikers, but is it that much fun for pitchers who have to pitch the ball? As a baseball fan you might love the fiery delivery from the pitcher, but every time they throw the ball, they are increasing the changes of inducing pitch-related injuries that require Tommy John surgery. To get over this a Florida-based company has come to the forte with an ingenious solution called Motus Pitcher Sleeve which is in its prototype stage. This wearable gadget has accelerometer and gyroscope sensors that track the elbow and arm movement while pitching, and most importantly keeps a track of the forces acting on ulnar collateral ligament.
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Chicago’s smart Lamp Post keeps check on surveillance and pollution levels

Chicago Smart Lamp Posts

Popular cities have always drawn attention of masses to reside there for better lifestyle, but more people in a city means a lot of hustle and bustle, and also increased pollution. To keep that in control, Chicago is about to fix smart lamp posts attached with data collection sensors all over the streets of this city. This step will make Chicago one step closer to Watch Dogs, a real life hacking concept in a virtual world. But, the lamp posts will surely exist in the real world and will be able to keep track on pollution as well as population. Read More…

Bodyguard Blanket safeguards school children from fatal shootouts

Bodyguard Blanket

It is most unfortunate when a shootout in school leads to death of innocent students. This has been the case in US schools since the last few years, as 28 children have lost their lives in 44 school shooting. In the first six weeks of 2014 itself, 13 school shootings have been reported. To keep children in schools safe from this mad rampage ProTecht has made Bodyguard Blanket, a bulletproof 5/16-inch pad made from the same material that is used by the U.S. military. Not only during a shootout but this bulletproof blanket also shields innocent bi-standers in an event of tornado when debris is falling down from the sky.
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Forget jetpacks, Hoverboard is the next big thing in extreme watersports

Flyboard Hoverboard

You’ve got to see it to believe it. This is perhaps the coolest thing that I have seen in a long while at the watersports arena. The Flyboard hoverboard by Zapata is a watercraft that has a nozzle pumping out high pressure water jet from the back that propels the rider on board into the sky like a dolphin in water. The water is sucked by a huge 59 foot water hose like pipe which makes possible the smooth airborne ride that a skilled experts can achieve.
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No unfair goals at FIFA World Cup 2014, thanks to GoalControl-4D technology

GoalControl 4D system goal line technology for Fifa 2014 football world cup

Who can forget the incident of controversial goal denial at the England – Germany game in FIFA World Cup 2010. Since then the FIFA officials have been pondering over a full-proof solution to make the game better on a level playing field. That is why at the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil, on-field officials will have GoalControl-4D technology by a German start-up by their side. FIFA has apparently sanctioned nearly $3.5 million to the start-up for making use of this technology during all FIFA World Cup matches.
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