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The Nomad Portable Hot Tub


Are you the sort of camper that takes everything including the kitchen sink when you go camping? Well, now you can take everything including the Hot Tub. 

Why not make every camping trip a little more luxurious?

The Nomad Portable Hot Tub includes a heavy duty vinyl shell that fits onto a sturdy frame and hold up to 225 gallons of water. The fully assembled tub ends up being five feet across and two feet tall, providing room for four adults to enjoy. Now, you are probably wondering about filling the Hot tub and heating the water, Nomad recommends a third party portable water pump capable of filling the tub in around 10 minutes. The heather functions using gas bottles or firewood and water is moved through the coil using a Thermo-syphoning effect, taking about 2 hours to heat. 

Once you’ve soaked your weary camping bones and its time to pack up, the Nomad Portable Hot Tub collapses to fit in a 15-inch x 15-inch duffle bag.  The Nomad Portable Hot Tub bundle goes for $1000USD.  Find out more about the Nomad Portable Hot Tub




New Barbie Doll comes complete with… Internet access?

barbieMeet “Hello Barbie” She wants to get to know you and will probably be a better listener than most of your friends. This is the Barbie that can actually have a conversation with kids. Hello Barbie will be able to play interactive games, and tell stories and jokes. With Barbies Artificial Intelligence, it is said that it will be able to listen to the child’s conversation and adapt over time, and occasionally bring up previously mentioned topics overs time. Hello Barbie does need WiFi to connect and when fully charged she can provide up to an hour of playtime. You can pick up a Hello Barbie for $75USD. Personally, I think this is kind of creepy. It won’t be a toy that will be brought into my household. 

Find out more about Hello Barbie here





Vertical Take-Off Drone is like your own mini Harrier Jet

Krossblad SkyProwler DroneQuadcopters are great at hovering, but dont have a great range. Fixed-Wing aircraft have range but aren’t able to hover. Krossblade‘s SkyProwler drone can do both plus more 

This drone is a Hybrid Aircraft which can perform vertical take off and hover, then transform into a Jet and zoom off at hight speed.  The Quadcopter blades and landing gear actually retract, and 2 additional ‘thrust’ propellors kick in, allowing it to fly like a airplane. On top of this, the wings are removable which then enables Hornet mode as a high-speed Quadcopter. Krossblade SkyProwlers cruising speed is a massive 105km/h and tops out at 134km/h.

A Go Pro can be attached to the aircraft or use the integrated 1080p “Eye HD” camera with built in Gimbal for stabilization for video. SkyProwler in Plane mode will get you around 40 minutes of flight time while Hornet mode will get you about 24 minutes. 

Krossblade SkyProwler Drones have been in developement since 2013 when VTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing) and transition to winged flight was first achieved. The Krossblade Skyprowler Drone is available for preorder on Kickstarted now, units will be shipping in July.  Full kits will be available for around $1000USD

Find out more information about the Krossblade SkyProwler Drone here



Facebook to allow users to share photos & videos in virtual reality

‘You’ll do it, Beyoncé will do it,’ Facebook’s chief product officer said

‘You’ll do it, Beyoncé will do it,’ Facebook’s chief product officer said

Facebooks next big thing is Virtual Reality. The company has purchased Oculus, a majoy VR company last year for a cool $2 billion dollars. 

So it seems, the Social Networks plans to allow users to share films that can then be viewed in virtual reality according to comments to Re/Code at Media conference. 

Chris Cox, Facebook’s chief product officer said, “When you’re in Facebook, you’re just sending around these bits of experience – a photo, a video, a thought,”  He said ” Virtual Reality will allow people to be “sending the fuller picture”.

Examples used were films that allowed the user to feel as if they were inside a fighter jet or a Mongolian yurt. This allows users to immerse themselves in similar experiences rather than uploading one photo. 

At the moment, virtual reality still required big camera rigs and loads of editing but the industry hopes that the technology to create the films as well as watch them will eventually become cheaper and easier to use, So the technology at a retail level is still awhile away but the developments are being held back by the availability of the headsets rather than Facebook’s work. 

Find out more about Facebook and Virtual Reality here














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