Monday, June 23, 2014

This Compact Shelter Can House 4 People, Is Fold-able and Costs $150

Say hello to Alastair Pryor, a young humanitarian in Australia and a social entrepreneur, who has come up with quite an innovation. Known as Compact Shelter, the gadget is a foldable shelter that can be used during a crisis and shall provide shelter for the victims or those who have been displaced. The popping up and popping down of this shelter can be achieved in less than 2 minutes. The invention is quite simple to use, modular, lightweight and can be folded.

In words of Pryor, he got the inspiration to create this when he unintentionally disturbed a homeless man, as Pryor recalls; ‘ I used to work as a ‘tradie’, building scaffolding and one morning we were drilling and it woke up a homeless man below us. It really made me think about how poor his living conditions were. I thought if I could design a shelter that he could fold up each day or fold into a box it would be highly beneficial. I worked on this idea for quite some time until I started to think on a larger scale – aid relief. So I created a larger shelter to fit four people.’

As you might have realized by now, the compact shelter was designed in order to provide the basic necessity of humanity; a place to take shelter in. The idea was to bring a solution that is cost effective and can be used as an aid. It has been made from polypropylene that has been stabilized using UV. The shelter weighs in at 16 kg and can be folded down for easy transportation. Once folded down; it measures in at 79x40x2.75 inches while measuring in at 6.5×6.5×6.5 ft when it has been erected completely. It is capable of providing shelter to two adults and two children.

As mentioned earlier; the Compact Shelter is modular in design and individual units can be added into one another to create a bigger shelter for families that need larger area or if you need separate rooms in the shelter – privacy being the crucial reason here. As far as the choice of material is concerned; Pryor opted for polypropylene since it is capable of resisting weather and has great thermal characteristics. The Compact Shelter has proven itself as a worthy option for all kinds of weather conditions, satisfies the standards of aid relief organizations and is water & wind proof. The shelter has been designed in such a way that it allows for the cool air to enter from beneath while lets the hot air go out via the ridge line.
Pryor says; ‘It has the twin wall profile extrusion meaning its thermal qualities are amazing during colder climates. We have also specifically teamed up with manufacturers that have the capability to fully recycle the polypropylene by melting it back down and reproducing it. We’re proud to say we’re 100 percent recyclable.’

Remaining true to his original aim of why he created this shelter; Pryor has kept the price of individual unit of Compact Shelter at $150.

Place Your Phone In The Pocket Of These Trousers And It Will Charge Automatically

The smartphone and subsequent inventions all have changed our lifestyle over the past few years and as of today, it is impossible to imagine life without all the gadgets that we so conveniently use. However, there is one downside to all these gadgets becoming an essential part of our lives, we all are constantly looking for charging outlets in order to charge our smartphone or other gadgets. This article looks at a solution to this problem while also trying to shift the image of wearable tech from mere smart watches to the myriad of opportunities that are available.

Microsoft and Adrien Sauvage – Fashion designer – joined forces in order to find out a solution to charging issue while also to change how people look at wearable tech and this is where they developed a pair of pants that is capable of charging your smartphone, wirelessly. Yeah, that’s right; a pair of pants that will charge your smartphone so all that you need to do is to place the smartphone in your pants’ pocket and it will begin charging right away. The ‘wearable chino’ was announced on Tuesday and is the world’s first pair of wireless mobile charging pants!

These pants are essentially merely a hack that has been executed by employing Nokia DC-50M portable wireless charging plate. The plate was ‘cracked open’ and then incorporated into the chino’s front pocket and this allows the user to charge their smart phone (Qi-ready) as soon as they place it in the front pocket. The pants have a battery worth 2400 mAh and is charged either by a USB cable or another DC-50.
The pants won’t be washable, at least not in the washing machine. Now that could pose a problem but let’s see how that will be tackled. As of now, Sauvage has plans of selling these pants on Amazon for about 3 months at a price that is over $340 and as per Sauvage, the aim over here is not to mass produce this product but to rather ‘move the wearable technology concept beyond smart watches’.

What we are more concerned with is how much heat this device will be producing. We already know that keeping smartphones in your pockets is not a good idea because of the heat and radiation that it emits; so this will be the main concern for us. Other than that, a good invention that definitely presents a future for wearable tech other than the commonly perceived smart watches.

AirDog Is A Personal Drone That Records Memorable Moments Of Your Life

‘You will not believe what I pulled off yesterday when’, ‘do you have a video footage of it?’ ‘, but it really happened’, ‘Sorry mate, I don’t believe you!’. This is something that most of us have gone through; while trying to make our friends believe that we sure did execute something extraordinary while no one was watching. Sounds like either we all need new more believing friends or this particular gadget that will record everything that you do.

Say hello to the AirDog, which is a tiny quadcopter drone that has been designed for the sole purpose of following you around and recording all the awesome things that you do by employing a GoPro camera. The gadget locates you thanks to the wearable tech that you need to wear on the wrist and works as an electronic leash that will tell the AirDog where you are at and it will fly over to the location and shoot your video.

The camera has been incorporated into a gimball mount that allows for 360 degrees rotation while allowing for tilting so that the best angles can be used while filming you. User can also adjust the drone’s height, distance from user and the mode of flying; does it fly in front of user or would you prefer it flies behind you.
Now that we have read about what this gadget is capable of doing, the next question is of portability and this aspect has not been left unattended; you can fold the propeller arms in order to facilitate transportation. The body of AirDog is weather resistant and it is capable of surviving the extreme outdoor conditions while also sporting built in collision detection system that makes it capable of protecting itself whatever the situation might be.

The gadget has been launched as a Kickstarter project and it will cost you $1,195 in order to secure a unit for yourself when it starts shipping this year in November, although this is not cheap but it still is quite less as compared to the cost of hiring an actual crew with a helicopter to film you.

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