Inventor Builds Fireworks-Proof Metal Suit
Let’s begin in the UK. Back in May, Colin Furze turned himself into “Pyro” from “X-Men” with wrist mounted flame throwers, and we figured no way would this crazy YouTube mad scientist could top THAT. Well, we were clearly wrong. Because Colin has now created a ridiculous-looking fireproof suit that allowed him to stand INSIDE a fireworks show and live to tell about it. His suit is made of steel — though his balls are clearly brass. Please kids DON’T try this at home!
Teched Out Motorcycle Helmet Will Run You $1,500
OK, onto some more practical safety clothing — like the world’s smartest motorcycle helmet – available for pre-order now for just under $1,500 dollars at Indiegogo.
Now at this price you’re probably thinking this helmet better have a boat load of tech onboard, and sure enough it does: Rear-facing ultra-wide angle camera to eliminate blind spots, plus built-in GPS navigation – all projected on your visor’s heads-up display; yeah – this basically turns you into Robo-Cop.
Want more? OK, how about Bluetooth hands-free voice-actived phone interface with music streaming and an interior lining that reduces perspiration up to 75 percent! It’s called the Skully AR-1 (Skully – get it?) with shipment planned next summer.
Navdy is a Heads-Up Gesture-Controlled Car Display for Your Phone
If you’re more into four wheels than two, consider the $299 Navdy heads-up display for your dashboard. Navdy interfaces with your iOS or Android device to project GPS navigation in front of you, along with incoming messages. It gives you voice and gesture control of your phone, and plugs into your vehicle’s data port for power and additional real-time data.
Navdy sold a million of these when pre-orders began earlier this month – and with the window closing in just a few days – if you want the 40% discount, you’ll want to visit their site. The bad news? Shipment isn’t expected in early 2015, and you know how these kinds of things often get wildly delayed…
Connecting to the Internet of Things with Verve 2
So by now you know that the Geek House is partially fueled by Verve Energy Drinks, but have you heard about Verve 2? It’s not a drink, but a staff pick at Kickstarter that has blown WAY beyond its initial goal with about a month left to go. So what is it? Basically a conduit to the “internet of things.” Connect a sensor into Verve or log sensor data in real-time on any device over the net – no programming or hacker experience needed. Helpful, yes, necessary? Not really. But for $45 they’ll ship you one of these in November!
Earthquake as Viewed by Sleep Tracking
Fine – you’re saying, but what do you DO with it? Here’s an example from the folks at Jawbone – who visualized data from Northern California wearers of their “UP” smart-bands the morning of the recent 6.0 Napa quake. The Jawbone UP data shows everyone 15 miles from the epicenter jolted awake at 3:20 AM – 45% of those users would stay up the rest of the night – and who could blame them?
Hack Changes Lighting Based on Movie You’re Watching
Finally, leave it to some bored engineers at Netflix to hack those Phillips “Hue” lightbulbs into a light show that changes colors based on the movie you’re watching at the time.
“No Honey, I am not watching porn. I don’t know why the whole house is bathed in crimson!” OK, maybe not such a good idea…
Sponsored by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Don’t regret thinking you’re okay because you’ve only had a couple drinks. Over 10,000 people die each year from drunk driving. Get a designated driver. Police will be out in force looking for you, especially with Labor Day coming up! Stay safe.