Redfox Tech Talk with Pete on Zinc 101.9FM

This week Peter has brought us some handy gadgets and info that can save you space in the the fridge to saving your licence. 

Magnetic Bottle Hangers for your Fridge

There’s a project on Kickstarter called ‘BottleLoft’, and the idea is a simple one: make your fridge more space-efficient by using magnets to hang your bottles and cans. No longer will a new carton mean a game of 3D Tetris if you don’t have a second fridge – pop a couple of these babies in there and just grab a bottle out without knocking over the pickle jar on the way. The BottleLoft is expected to start shipping in January and it has been confirmed that they WILL ship internationally, not just in the U.S.

magnetic bottle hangers

Product design engineer Brian Conti of Strong Like Bull Magnets has developed a new product idea that would not only make magnets cool again (literally), but also change the way we store goods in our refrigerators. He’s come up with the simple yet smart fridge attachment called bottleLoft—a strip of magnets that would allow you to hang your bottles, cans, and any containers with metallic caps/lids to get the most use out of the space within your fridge.

Radiate Apparel can show you what muscles you’re using

For the gym junkies out there, a company called Radiate Apparel has designed a line of shirts which actually change color based on the muscles you’re using. It uses re-engineered NASA technology which changes the way electrons reflect light. When areas of your body get warmer (such as through weightlifting or other exercise), the shirt will show your what areas of your body are heating up. In addition to this, it actively works to cool you down, moving the warmth away from your body and wicks moisture, keeping you as comfortable as possible while you work out. These are available now from about $50 US, and they ship to Australia.

radiate sports wear

No sweat: advanced workout shirt changes color according to your body heat, revealing muscular/ vascular action while keeping you dry.

Japanese Hobbyists Build a Working Transformer

This one is more of a slice of awesome pie than something for everyday use. A couple of robotics and engineering hobbyists in Japan have built a fully working transformer. And I mean fully working. This 1.3-metre autobot (we hope) can walk in robot form, then transform itself into a car and drive. Granted it only goes about 1 km/h in robot form and 10 in car form, but it’s a start. We’re a while off seeing giant transforming robots duking it out in the street, but the team does hope to have a working 2.5-metre model in the next year or so.

Japanese hobbyist builds working Transformer

 

Transformers

Eee-urrk-urrk-urrk-urk! A pair of Japanese hobbyists have have built a transforming robot that can walk or, when in sports car form, drive around autonomously. It’s called the J-deite Quarter and is four feet tall. The goal, apparently, is to make a full-sized transformer… just because they can.

New radar gun to catch texting drivers

Most of us have done it at some point, though we know we shouldn’t – texting and driving. It’s crazy dangerous and generally just a bad idea. Well, our days may be numbered if we keep on going like this: a small tech firm in the US is working on a new type of radar gun which actually detects data transmission in a nearby vehicle. This means that police may actually be able to detect when messages are being sent and received by your phone while you drive. Now there are some hurdles to this: for example, how to determine if the person texting was actually the driver or the passenger, or whether there may be some background data traffic such as an automatic application update. However if you’re the type who likes to text and drive, best keep your eyes on the horizon – this new tool could see you out of pocket for some big fines.

 

new radar gun

A next-generation radar gun could show police if drivers are using mobile phones.