T R A V E L : Connected pedal protects bicycles from theft

January 19, 2015


CES 2015: a bicycle pedal that can notify the owner if their vehicle has been moved was launched at the Consumer Electronics Show this week.

French startup Connected Cycle revealed “the first ever connected pedal” prototypes, with built-in global positioning systems (GPS) that could prevent bikes being stolen, at the Las Vegas event recently.

When linked up to a smart device via the internet, the equipment sends the owner a notification when it detects a change in location.

“This new high-tech equipment instantly notifies the bike owner if the bike is moved, and allows it to be located at any time,” said Connected Cycle co-founder Jean-Marie Debbasch. “It is also able to locate where the bike was last parked.”

The pedal automatically records the rider’s speed, route, incline and calories burnt on every trip – without the need for carrying a phone or tablet on the journey. These statistics are stored on a digital cloud system and are accessed using the Connected Cycle app.

The pedals will be sold in pairs, with one featuring the technology and the other designed to match aesthetically.

Aluminium cases protect the internal electronics, while the foot pads come in colours including black, red, blue, green and orange.

Installing the pedals onto an existing bike requires no mechanical skill and can be completed in less than two minutes, according to the designers. The pedals can only be removed using a special coded key possessed by the bike’s owner.

Connected Cycle is currently seeking investors and considering crowdfunding to bring the pedals into production later this year.



T E C H N O L O G Y : BeoPlay H2

November 27, 2014

h2-broi9llt8b0r53u5b3bfBeoPlay H2 is an ultra flexible on-ear headphone that will merge easily with your daily life. Whether it’s on your ears, bringing you the acclaimed BANG & OLUFSEN Signature Sound – or resting around your neck like a fashion accessory, the H2 is the perfect companion, all day long.
It’s incredibly lightweight, weighing a modest 150 grams, yet very strong and wear-resistant too. BeoPlay H2 is made from durable composites and rugged textiles – and featuring smooth genuine lambskin on the earpads for a truly comfortable listening experience.
A 40 mm custom Bang & Olufsen driver inside the headphones – and a bass port, designed to give you a full and rich music performance. It’s a headphone built for music lovers – with an uncompromising clarity that will reveal all the beautiful details your music has to offer.
Durable composites make Beoplay H2 incredibly lightweight, and allows for the headphone to adapt to your head, for a perfect fit.
An almost clothing-like feel comes from rugged textiles in three beautiful colours – Carbon Blue, Silver Cloud or Feldspar Green. The choice is yours.
Smooth, genuine lambskin covers your ears for a comfortable listening experience – and to prevent sound leakage.


August 10, 2014


OK some say we only post cool looking products, which is true, but when they look cool and perform even better then everyone’s a winner.
The suction on these little speakers are major making sure they stay put whilst sounding good.

Compatible with ISO/ANDROID/WINDOWS just have wireless or bluetooth and you can send your music to these brightly colored babies (we have ours in the shower). If you are streaming say iTunes or Spotify you can also control the output directly from the little pods and take a call – genius.

Simple to operate and it packs a kick too: holding the skip track forward down increase the volume, to turn it off completely – hold the on/off bottom down till you hear the single tone and keep holding till you hear the goodbye tone… Now there is no excuse to not dance under water!


t e c h : Marblue ‘headfoam’ Headphones

May 26, 2014

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Marblue, the company best known for their smart device accessories, has introduced ‘headfoams’, the world’s first all foam, mono-body set of headphones. Crafted from a single piece of EVA foam, the same material used in synthetic wine corks, the nearly indestructible and shatterproof headset eliminates the use of moving metal parts and mechanisms. Although the ‘headfoams’ are designed specifically for children ages 3 and up, they fit most heads, which feature extending ear pads made of soft foam-filled polyurethane fabric.


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h o m e : ‘Polaroid’ Toilet Tissue Holder

May 12, 2014

Pay homage to bygone gadgets by decking out your powder room with this camera-shaped toilet tissue holder! Styled after a renowned instant camera, this retro-inspired plastic accessory ‘lens’ geek-chic style to your lavatory. Easily feed a roll of TP through the front photo slot in just a snap. Perfect for a friendly gift exchange, this gizmo also makes a great holiday present for the gifted photographer in your family!

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t e c h n o l o g y : Opening Ceremony x B&O PLAY

April 27, 2014


B&O Play have partnered up with Opening Ceremony to bring you what they’ve dubbed “The Sound of Fashion” – a vibrant, vivid and playful approach to music, design and fashion.

Everything revolves around a limited edition of the iconic Form 2i headphones that were originally launched in 1985 – and re-launched earlier this year with an added microphone, remote and improved comfort design.

The Opening Ceremony-designed version of Form 2i is a both cheeky and youthful take on a design classic – but since it’s a limited edition make sure to check it out fast!

Ever since 2002 when Opening Ceremony first opened the doors to their multi-brand store on New York’s Howard Street they’ve been setting the trends of the fashion industry. And, with Opening Ceremony satellites popping up in Los Angeles, Tokyo and London – and more to come in the future – the American cult brand is starting to dictate fashion on a global scale.

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t e c h n o l o g y : Astronaut Phone Stand

April 24, 2014


Recharge before takeoff. When floating weightless in space, astronauts can carry much larger loads than they can here on Earth. But thanks to the miracles of miniaturization, this desktop spaceman can carry the weight of your smartphone without flinching.

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t e c h n o l o g y : Wooden Light Bulb for LEDON

April 7, 2014

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“Akin to shining a torch through your hand,” this is how Kyoto-based designer Ryosuke Fukusada describes the striking light emitted by his Wooden Light Bulb. For manufacturing the lamp, which is also a luminaire, he uses the traditional Japanese craft technique of Rokuro, which is now very rarely practised. In collaboration with Yuki Ayabe, a master of this old craft, a more than 100-year-old pine block is turned on a lathe and carved away, using special tools, until the bulb is between two and three millimetres thick.

Beautiful glowing light

The result is a light source that looks like solid wood when switched off. Actually, its shell is so thin that the light emitted by an LED light source fitted inside shows through, resulting in a unique and fascinating luminescence. It seems as if the wood itself is starting to glow. “The light-emitting Wooden Light Bulb stands for the interplay between a traditional, timeless material such as wood, and modern, durable LED technology. Both elements, wood and light, penetrate each other, presenting themselves as components of the future,” explains Fukusada. The LED lamp’s low thermal emission has played a decisive role in the implementation of the design item, as this avoids damage to the sensitive wood.

Strictly limited edition

A strictly limited number of Wooden Light Bulbs (€ 2000 each), each of them a unique item hand-made over many days, is manufactured in collaboration with LEDON, the premium supplier of LED lamps. The high-quality light sources produced by the Vorarlberg-based Austrian company are characterised by their extremely high colour rendering index, similar to light emitted by an incandescent lamp. A LEDON LED candle is fitted inside the wooden lamp to serve as a light source. Contact:


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t e c h n o l o g y : Happy Plugs Gold Headphones

April 2, 2014


Happy Plugs Deluxe Edition is a fresh take on jewelry. Upgrade your look with the most contemporary fashion detail of them all: Stylish quality headphones in 18 carat solid gold.

A Swedish goldsmith in Old Town, Stockholm, makes the headphones by hand. 18-carat solid gold is molded into the shape of the Happy Plugs Earbuds and 25 grams of gold are used for each pair of earphones, which gives the headphones weight as a large jewelry.

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t e c h n o l o g y : The Darth Vader Toaster

April 2, 2014


The Darth Vader Toaster ($45) used the power of the Force (electricity) to transform regular bread into delicious toast, complete with the Star Wars logo on one side and a picture of the Dark Lord of the Sith on the other. But the best part is the toaster itself. It’s shaped just like Darth Vader’s helmet. It will be available July 2014 but it can be pre-ordered now for $45 at