Marine Kart by Eagle Sky

When it comes to boating, it could be argued that there’s no greater fun than piloting around a small underpowered skiff.  The Swiss company Eagle Sky seems to share a similar sentiment and has been building compact personal watercraft for that exact purpose.

Marine Karts are small, portable boats that are constructed using a vacuum sandwiched layers to assure strength, rigidity, and ultra light weight. Each boat weighs only 55 kg (122 lbs) and can easily be lifted in and out of the water by two people, or as the picture below shows, one strapping individual. The boats also features remote control steering with quick connect, ergonomic seating, and a waterproof stow bag.

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Tetra Shed

Recently, custom designed backyard offices have been on the rise. Design Milk did a nice write up on the trend a little while ago. We’ve also covered a variety of structures like the Habitable Polyhedron and Hybercubus Studio, and now we can add Tetra Sheds to the list.

This angular modular structure was designed by David Ajasa-Adekunle and can be used as a home office, workshop, studio, or storage unit. The exterior is available in copper, zinc, corten steel, or marine plywood and the interior can be finished with birch-faced plywood or plasterboard. The main door and windows open outwards to allow natural light and cross breeze to enter. Its modular structure allows for multiple Tetra Sheds to be attached together, creating a small livable cabin.

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Aeroflex Hover Bike

Ever since the original Stars Wars first implanted the idea in our heads, the desperate desire for a personal hovercraft has weighed heavy on the minds of many. There have been many close attempts to replicate the thrill of a landspeeder, but none have succeed until now.

Recently Manhattan Beach aerospace engineering firm Aeroflex released a video of their first prototype’s test flight.  Similar to other hovercrafts, this model uses large powerful fans to generate the necessary amount of lift. However, what sets the Aeroflex single-seater apart from any previous attempts is the intricate stabilization controls, which makes the bike so intuitive to drive that anybody can do it.

The bike, which was demonstrated in the Mojave Desert, can now get up to 30mph and hover as high as 15 feet. As the below video demonstrates the basic control of the bike is performed by the rider’s natural body movement. Much like banking a motorcycle through a corner, the hover bike response to the same type of  human body English for navigating through turns.

However, like most amazing feats of engineering this piece of technology is slated to be snapped up by the military. Aerofex founder Mark De Roche thinks it could be used for reconnaissance through rocky canyons, heavily wooded areas, and swamplands. The hover bike offers the unique ability to travel over terrain that would otherwise be impossible to traverse using wheels or caterpillar tracks.

The current model looks a little bulky and cumbersome, but future models will no doubt be lighter weight and more streamlined. So it might not be right around the corner, but the prospect of driving a hover bike to work is now looking more feasible than ever.

Los Angeles Nightfall

The night skyline of Los Angeles can be a bit of a Rorschach. Some people see the ugly expanse of urban sprawl; miles and miles of seething smog filled streets, jammed with cars and teaming with people. Others, see abstract beauty in the intricate array of streetlamps, headlights, and passing planes – a whole galaxy of lights onto itself.

No one angle can capture the essences of Los Angeles, which is why photographer Colin Rich created this multidimensional time lapse. Each  vantage point offers a different perspective and new insight into the city’s landscape. So in this sea of light, what side do you see?

GEAR: Snow Peak Hozuki Lantern

Hozuki Lantern

The new Hozuki Lantern by Snow Peak combines functionality and beauty like never before in outdoor lighting. Now you have the warm rich light of a candle without burning down your tent. The Hozuki Lantern features an innovative Candle Mode that allows the LED to respond to sound or wind with a flicker of light; press the on/off button twice to enter candle mode. In addition, the Hozuki has three different brightness settings allowing you to light up your favorite book before going to bed or the entire campsite while cooking your dinner.

The Hozuki Lantern is now available in under Gear.

Zippo 4-in-1 Woodsman

For those who think that Zippo just makes pocket lighters, think again. Back in 2009 Zippo launched an outdoor line to supplement their traditional butane fueled fire starter business. They are now introducing the 4-in-1 Woodsman, a collapsible multi-tool for outdoorsmen tight on space.

The tool combines a 5-inch hatchet blade, 15-inch wood saw, and mallet head. Zippo says the 4-in-1 Woodsman is ideal for chopping and sawing midsized logs for firewood and setting up tent spikes with the back end mallet. The whole contraption folds up for easy storage and transport. Perfect for a trip camping or to have stowed away in the back of the trunk in case of emergencies.

The Woodsman will retail for $79.95 and be available start late Spring 2013.

Turntable Rider by Cogoo

The Turntable Rider by Cogoo is what happens when you combine a BMX bike and DJ station.  This sensory add-on attaches to any BMX bike and turns it into a interactive real time mix station. The wheels of the bike act as jog wheels, the brakes become beat pads and there’s even a gyroscopic sensor that doubles as a fader mounted to the handle bars. These inputs are then sent to a computer program via bluetooth, which alters the beat according to the bike’s movement. The more intricate and advance the tricks, the better the beat.

There’s no word on when Cogoo will be able to start shipping the Turntable Rider. Although it’s certainly been getting plenty of buzz recently. The prospect of a dueling BMX / DJ competition is just too amazing not to happen.

Neil Dawson Horizons

Located in north Auckland, the Gibbs Farm is home to some of the world’s most awe-inspiring sculptures. Sitting on the highest point of the property, Horizons by Neil Dawson was one of the first pieces to be commissioned by the farm. The metal sculpture is an impressive 15 meters high and 36 meters long. Its distinct Trompe-l’œil style gives it a slightly cartoonish appearance when viewed from a far. This quality is fitting as Horizons is the only sculpture on the farm that can be viewed from the road. Passersby look over to see what appears to a be a giant piece of paper, that, having been tossed about by the wind, has now delicately landed atop a nearby hill and is waiting for the next gust to carry it on.

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Heimplanet Inflatable Tent

The worst part of setting up a tent, or best part, depending on how you look at it, is the slapstick routine of affixing the segmented poles, running them through the spiderwebs of loops and channels, and then finally pitching the tent upright.  For many people, this has ended poorly, very poorly.  No matter how many times you setup a tent it feels like a new adventure. In an attempt to simplify this process Hamburg-based company Heimplanet has developed The Cave, which uses inflatable airbeams instead of traditional poles.

The design of The Cave was inspired by the molecular structure of a diamond and the unique inflatable exo-structure offers much needed rigidity during windy nights. The double layered airbeams are modular and compartmentalized to prevent a potential leak from affecting the entire tent. Setup now only requires a foot pump and a few minutes.

For more information about The Cave tent check out Heimplanet’s website here.

Hypercubus by Studio WG3

 ”Hypercubus” is the new multifunctional living space by Austrian firm Studio WG3 . The modular structures were developed to take advantage of open outdoor space while being fully self-sufficient.  Extensive consideration was given to portability for each unit to allow for easy transport.  The ideas is that Hypercubus units could be used as hotel rooms, apartments, or as micro-homes.  Either on their own or clustered together, they could provide a low cost urban living alternative or a unique lodging for travelers.

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