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Drinking from a canteen's spout is fine when you're just rehydrating after a hike. But once camp is set up, you'll probably be drinking something other than water, and that's where this canteen from the Stable Goods Co. really shines. Flip it over, remove the bottom and suddenly you've got a wide-mouthed pint glass.
Columbia Sportswear has spent the last few years designing a new kind of waterproof clothing technology called OutDry Extreme. It's a nifty reversal of waterproof gear design that promises to deliver unheard of dryness and comfort. But will it work or is it all marketing?
Here's an innovation so impractical, uncomfortable and expensive that I can't stop looking at it. Of course the world has produced a luxury Swiss timepiece that has space on its band for an Apple Watch. It's a goofy two-faced hybrid watch that packs a gloriously unnecessary double-whammy of bling into a single object.
Admit it: You've always dreamed of being a farmer. Sim Farm's pixelated corn fields didn't quite cut it; Farmville promised action but delivered an endless series of mindless chores. Despair not, would-be agronomist: Soon, you'll be able to plow fields, sow seeds and whack weeds with the best of them, all from the mud and bug-free comfort of your living room.
Amidst all the Apple Watch hype, it's easy to forget that Samsung's aleady worked its way through two generations of smartwatch, and is prepping to launch a third. And according to a new Samsung software development kit, the next Gear will have a circular display, and rotating bezel to control it with. Digital crown what now?
Last year, former Formula One Champion Michael Schumacher fell while skiing and suffered a traumatic brain injury even though he was wearing a helmet. The culprit? Some sources blame his helmet-mounted GoPro. Now, Sweet Protection has designed the first snow helmet capable of protecting you from your action camera.
Ever consider what keeps Iron Man from overheating inside his suit? Or protects Cap's abs when he's punched in the chest plate? We got an exclusive look at the specialised athletic undergarments the actors wear — which sounds pervy, until you hear about all the tech that went into making these things.
Modern bicycle, ski, snowboard, skate and motorcycle helmet construction hasn't changed significantly since the adoption of styrofoam impact absorption in the 1960s. Finally, new materials and construction methods are improving safety, in some cases absorbing 30 per cent more energy than their styrofoam equivalents. And you can buy helmets made from them today.