Imagine paddling along in beautiful Orange County, California when a helicopter comes along and warns you that you that you are surrounded by about 15 great white sharks. No matter how relaxing the guys voice on the loud speaker was… that had to be a scary moment. And yes, this is technology related, we have helicopters, composite paddle boards, and a FLIR camera system. Enjoy the video after the break.

In traditional Elon Musk fashion a tweet has been shot out letting the world know that they can start purchasing solar roof tiles starting later this afternoon. No more ugly solar arrays for homeowners. Tesla will begin production with two of the four styles of solar tiles, smooth glass and textured glass. The French Slate and Tuscan tiles will be available later this year. Production for the tiles will begin at Tesla’s Fremont, California plant...

There is currently a Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board investigation into the crash of the experimental ICON A5 amphibious airplane. Jon Karkow, lead engineer, and coworker Cagri Sever were killed in the crash in Vacaville, California. Karkow was the pilot of the ICON A5 airplane which  had been airborne for approximately 20 minutes. The Icon A5 crash might...

This is totally gadget related. Look at all the technology on these high-end mountain bikes, not to mention the HD camera mounted on the guys helmet. Hopefully both of these mountain bike riders were wearing high-tech underwear. Video of this bear chasing the mountain biker after the break. ...

Star Wars swag never gets old. This gas bbq grill is in the farm of a Star Wars TIE Fighter. Even the wings are functional, folding down to give you food prep space on both sides. The grill provides 220 sq.in. of cooking space, runs off of 1lb. propane bottles, and gets up to 10,000 BTU’s. The grill has reversed Star Wars logos for searing “STAR WARS” onto your steaks. Get your Star Wars TIE Fighter Gas Grill for $399 here. ...

We don’t think about our bathroom sink drains too much, until they clog up. At that point the cleanup and unclogging is quite unpleasant to say the least. That is why the Drain Strain was invented. The Drain Strain ($13) comes with a built-in detachable basket that catches degree and prevents clogging....

There are slingshots and there are “ahem” slingshots! Just like the one we had as kids, the Assolar SS-12 can shoot ball bearings, marbles, rocks, etc… But it also sports an infrared sight and a laser flashlight. Still not impressed? It has adjustable springs and can even shoot arrows. Yours for a mere $88 here. ...

This $52,500 pickup truck is a bit like a Chevy Volt. It has a 60-kilowatt battery with an 80-mile electric range. Should you deplete your battery, a BMW three-cylinder engine wakes up and charges the battery. The W-15 gets to 6o mph in about 5.5-seconds with 460 horsepower and all wheel drive. Additionally the Workhorse W-15 pickup truck has ports for powering tools, work lights, and other gadgetry. More pictures and video after the break.

Camping season is upon us, so, now would be a good time to inventory your gear and upgrade some of the outdated bits. For example, a 4-pack of LED tent stakes would be a solid upgrade. Not only do they prevent people form getting tangled up in the tent lines, they also happen to be quality built aluminum. A couple of other cool features; location marking for easily locating your tent, great for late night tent set-up, and the LED can be removed from the stake for use as a portable wayfinding light. The

TomatoRobot

This incredibly fast robot/machine sorts tomato on the fly by swatting down underripe tomatoes. The ripe tomatoes make it to a bath while the slightly yellowed ones go to a reject bin. Video of the TOMRA Sentinel II tomato sorting machine after the break. (more…)