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Posted on Sep 18 2018 - 10:06am by Pete M
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The Hitch Hotel (currently lives on Kickstarter) is a portable hotel for your car or truck, assuming you have a class 2 or higher hitch. It serves double duty as a storage box when closed (60 cubic feet of storage), and can hold three full sized bikes inside. When you are ready to convert the Hitch Hotel ($3,200) into a bedroom you simply extend the unit and deploy the adjustable legs. Inside you will find windows, vents, and a queen sized bed.   ...

Impossible US-1 Drone Clear

Impossible Aerospace claims they have a drone hitting the market in Q4 of 2018 with a two hour flight time. The main structure of the US-1 is full of batteries which is why they have longer than average flight times.

The Impossible US-1 ($7,500 for basic and $9,500 for thermal) comes in a few flavors. Most of the differences are around the camera type (FLIR).

Flight details and telemetry are still unknown but we do have some specs. Details after the break.  (more…)

A Florida-based company, Blu3, has launched a KickStarter for what they claim is the lightest and smallest (and cheapest) personal dive system.The Blu3 NEMO consists of a battery powered surface-supplied air (SSA) system with a 10-foot air hose. Dive time is 60 minutes and divers don’t need to...

Spry Waterproof Drone and Remote Control

As much as I love the DJI drones  , they still aren’t waterproof, they don’t float, and they certainly can’t submerge and survive. I have lost two DJI quads to the water and believe me, the feeling sucks.

Spry Submersible Drone

Well this KickStarter team hopes to solve a few of these problems with their orange drone, Spry. Spry flies, floats, and can even submerge. Everything on the drone is waterproof including the remote control. Water performance won’t be great (wireless signals don’t do well in water) but the drone is pretty quick in the air at 43 mph. The camera is 4k at 30 fps and stills are snapped at 12 megapixels.

Other Spry drone features include; Hold Position, Auto Follow, Object Orbit and Return to Pilot’s Position. Check it out at KickStarter. More pictures and video after the break. (more…)

This good looking mouse and rat trap is from New Zealand. It is called the Goodnature A24 and it kills mice and rats without poisons or traps that you have to touch to reset. The video below does a great job showing how it works. The Goodnature A24 has some irresistible bait that draws the mouse/rat in and then a CO2 cartridge powers a neck snapping blow when they insert their...

DJI Mavic 2 ProDJI has done it again. They just released two new drones, the Mavic 2 Pro ($1,449) and Mavic 2 Zoom ($1,249). Some of the technology is the same, and some is massively improved.

The Mavic 2 Pro comes with a Hasselblad camera, 1″ CMOS Sensor, adjustable aperture, 10-bit Dlog-M, 10-bit HDR video, and hyperlapse (time lapse shots). Long story short, a badass camera.

Both new Mavic 2 drones have longer flight times (up to 31 minutes), a longer range (up to 8km), full omnidirectional obstacle sensing (about time!), ActiveTrack 2.0, and more.

Damn you DJI. Just when I think the competition is catching up your technology takes another leap forward. My credit card number is _ _ _ _…

Video of the Mavic 2 in action after the break. (more…)

Posted on Aug 20 2018 - 10:30am by Russ
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Parrot Anafi DJI competitor

Finally a drone worth comparing/competing with the DJI models (Spark, Mavic Air). The Parrot Anafi is a great drone that is both portable and capable. Instead of talking to all of the points with this drone I will highlight some of the cool/new features and some of the negatives (not too many).

New stuff/Cool stuff –
– 4K HDR camera with 2.8x lossless digital zoom
– 180-degree tilting gimbal
– No props in the video frame (problem with DJI copters)
– 25 minute flight time
– Quiet prop wash for quieter flights
– Automated flight modes for following objects, etc.
– Ultra portable and just 320g
– USB-C charging means no more bulky chargers
$699 price tag

Negatives – 
– The “real life” range isn’t as good as the DJI
– No obstacle avoidance

Great video comparing specs/usability with that of the DJI Mavic Air after the break. (more…)

DIY-Build-Your-Own-Casket-Kit

I tell yah, Amazon really does sell just about everything. They even sell a wooden casket that you assemble yourself, and this one actually makes sense to me. Personally, I don’t want a bunch of money spent on a box for my remains. Not to mention, most of the caskets out there today are made with treated woods and toxic adhesives. Not this Biodegradable Pine Casket ($400).

This DIY  pine casket comes with everything you need to assemble a non-toxic, biodegradable, glue-less, casket. All you need is a screwdriver and a few minutes. It even comes with functional rope handles. Just don’t plan on burying anyone over 6′ as the dimensions are 6′ 0″ x 22″ x 12″.

DIY-Build-Your-Own-Casket-Kit-Instructions

Maybe solar isn’t your thing. Maybe you will need recharging while along side a running river. Heck, maybe you will be in some seriously windy areas. Time for a Waterlily Turbine Charger ($159) which uses wind/water power for charging up your USB devices. the waterlily weighs 2.86 lbs, can withstand water currents up to 6.8 mph, wind speeds ups to 55 mph, and even comes with a 2600 man battery bank. Not enough reviews to know what the masses think. ...

Doona Car Seat Stroller

Here I am writing about an infant car seat that transforms to become a stroller when needed. I don’t even have kids! The Doona Car Seat ($499) is that cool. In fact, it is the only car seat in the world with integrated wheels. It transforms from a car seat to a fully capable stroller in just a few seconds. Awesome.