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Modular Arkiv Field Backpack

link courtesy of Tatiana Garcia Geek Lovers here is your backpack!
It has all the things you want, including a Multitude of options for creating your own custom layout.

You've already spent $200.00, why not $9more. Starting at $209.00

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The Creative Priority : Putting Innovation to Work in Your Business by Jerry Hirshberg

How does your company define creativity? Or does creativity define your company? In this remarkable book, Jerry Hirshberg, founder and president of Nissan Design International (NDI), distills his experience as leader of the world's hotbed of automotive innovation and reveals his strategy for designing an organization around creativity. In The Creative Priority Hirshberg weaves together enlightening real-world anecdotes with the story of NDI's genesis to illustrate eleven interlocking strategies that came to define NDI's creative priority. Richly illustrated with NDI's elegant designs and sketched, The Creative Priority is at once a compelling narrative, a rich store of hands-on experience, and a grab bag of breakthrough insights that can help your business perform its most vital function.  -Amazon Do yourself a favor: go out and buy a copy of The Creative Priority: Driving Innovative Business in the Real World, by Jerry Hirshberg (HarperBusiness, 1998). Read it throug…

Randa Bots

Here come the inflate-a-bots: iRobot's AIR blow-up bot prototypesRanda Bots: Inflatable handles for luggage, backpacks, messenger bags?  How about inflatable cushioning for belts or wallets?  - DJK DARPA-funded systems are part of quest for cheaper, lighter, more capable  - Aug 22, 2012 8:50 pm UTC

A DARPA-funded research project at Massachusetts-based iRobot has developed a series of prototype robots with inflatable parts. The robots, developed with researchers from Carnegie-Mellon University and inflatable engineering company ILC Dover, are part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's program to create more mobile, more capable, and less expensive robots for the battlefield.

In an interview with Ars, Chris Jones, director for research advancement at iRobot, said that the Advanced Inflatable Robotics (AIR) research prototypes—which include a modified PackBot with an inflatable manipulator arm and a fully inflatable "hexabot" that walk…

Pelican Brief

A Product With Devotees Tries to Widen Its Niche


THE Pelican brand of protective cases for electronics is well known, but only among users in fields like the oil industry, the military and aerospace. For years, the company’s primary form of marketing consisted of expos and trade publications. When the company decided it was time to expand its product line to reach a broader consumer base, executives realized they would have to overhaul their strategy. Part of the challenge was to draw customers to the new line, called Pelican ProGear, without alienating the company’s core consumer base, which had been loyal for years. “We’re not moving away at all from our traditional markets,” Lyndon Faulkner, the company’s president and chief executive, said. “We are building on top of that new muscles for the consumer market.” • Tho…

Hard on Impact: Pliant at Rest

These are rate-dependent materials, they harden on impact but are pliant when treated gently.   Randa applications? Security wallets, hard shell cases, belt buckles, tie bars, footwear toe caps, other? DJK

A Polymer to Protect Phones From Impact By ROY FURCHGOTT The super-shock-absorbent material called non-Newtonian polymer inspires a lot of don’t-try-this-at-home stunts, like getting whacked in the head with a shovel through a layer of the stuff. But these materials are also used in protective clothing for skiers and motorcyclists, and – no surprise here – cases for phones. A company called Tech21 from Britain has been producing protective cases using the polymer D30 for T-Mobile, but in May it spun off its own line. These materials, also know generically as “rate-dependent materials,” work by having their molecules freeze in place when struck hard, but are pliant when moved gently — just like wa…

Personal Trunk Show

Wall Street Journal:

It's Not Book of the Month: It's Men's Fashion
New Services Offer Subscribers Items Chosen for Them By SARAH E. NEEDLEMAN – Wall Street Journal
Fashion-savvy entrepreneurs are putting a new twist on personal shopping: Let the luxury come directly to buyers' doors.
A new crop of retail start-ups is offering home delivery of designer goods -- from clothing and jewelry to make up and home décor -- all hand-selected by style experts or celebrities. Sarah Needleman has details on The News Hub. Photo: Brian Kelly for The Wall Street Journal.
A growing crop of retail start-ups is offering home delivery of clothing, jewelry and home décor—all selected by style experts or celebrities like actress Kate Bosworth and comedian Nick Cannon, with customers' individual tastes in mind.
Reminiscent of book-of-the-month clubs, the subscription services charge customers anywhere from $29.99 a …

LED Belt

LED BELT, click here.

HALO is a multipurpose LED safety belt that can be used on a daily basis. Make everyday safety just a click away. Be Seen, Be Safe.

HALO is a San Francisco based company, started by two designers, with a goal of merging safety, fashion, and culture into an essential everyday product. HALO is the "World's First LED Safety Belt".  

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Little Printer (really little)

Little Printer lives in your home, bringing you news, puzzles and gossip from friends. Use your smartphone to set up subscriptions and Little Printer will gather them together to create a timely, beautiful miniature newspaper.

Mosaics From MetroCards

Mosaics From Discarded MetroCards

It’s the perfect example of the time worn phrase: “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Ever since artist Nina Boesch stumbled upon the idea in 2001, she has been creating these Big Apple themed mosaics out of discarded plastic MetroCards. As an exchange student living in New Jersey, she found herself wanting to make an inexpensive gift for her host family, but the only thing she had available was her used MetroCards. “So I made them a map of the United States,” she says. “My host family liked it so much, they kind of motivated me to go on.” It’s a good thing she did, because now the 33-year old artist has made hundreds of the mosaics from over 30,000 cards – and has sold them for anywhere between $200 and $2500. Not bad for art made from materials you can simply pick up off the floor of the metro.

World's Slimmest Wallet

Power2 the People

Timbuk2 sees the need for portable power, and has answered with  The Joey T1 ($199) able to provide about two full mobile charges.  Launches in October.