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November 18, 2005

World's First Personal Radar Ski Speedometer


New from Silva is this remarkable piece of technology.

It works like police speed radars and is said to be the very first personal device allowing you to measure both your ground speed and distance covered.

Accurate for downhill and cross country skiing.

You can wear the receiver as a watch (above) or on the included lanyard, or clip it onto a custom carabiner (also included).

From the website:


    • Speed

    • Distance

    • Heart rate (with optional monitor)

    • Wireless coded RF transmission between sensor and receiver (watch)

    • 3 speed modes (Downhill, Cross Country, Nordic)

    • Calorie counter (Cross Country only)

    • Time: second, minute, 12/24 hour, day, date, month, year settings

    • Versatile removable strap system allows use as a watch, carabiner or on a lanyard

    • Average ground speed (mph/kmh), maximum speed, pace (min per mile), distance (miles), total distance, trip (elapsed) time

    • Backlight with 3 second delay

    • Alternate time zone setting

    • 2 alarms

    • Lap counter

    • 3 independent timers with alarm

    • Stopwatch: intermediate or lap time measurements;

    • 50 record storage capacity

    •Water resistant: up to 30ft/10m

Available starting this Sunday, November 20 from the company by calling 800-572-8822.


Below, the radar pod that transmits your incredible velocity.


The system goes on sale in retail stores in January.

Though I'm not a skier it occurs to me that when you're heading downhill at breakneck speed probably the last thing you're gonna want to do is glance down at your wrist — could be your final gesture.

I look for an enterprising soul to take this technology to the next level and create a heads–up display that projects your speed onto your helmet visor.

Way cool.

November 18, 2005 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

My Big Fat German Snowflake: Episode 2 — Ingo Maurer's New World Record Creation Goes Up


A bookofjoe World Exclusive.

Just in this morning from Claude Maurer, breaking news about this year's Unicef Crystal Snowflake (above and below).

You may recall that a year ago I wrote about the remarkable 21st–century version of New York City's venerable holiday snowflake tradition, featuring a signature creation at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, one of the most important corners in the world.

Ingo Maurer, the German lighting designer widely recognized as the planet's premier creator of things illuminated, conceived it and then made it real.


Here's Claude's email:

    Dear Joe,

    The new Unicef Crystal Snowfalke will most probably go up during one of the nights this weekend.

    It'll be lit on November 28th.

    As an attachment I send you two images - still in Munich.

    See how big this one is!

    This one has about 3300 pounds, 23 feet in diameter, about 7520 watts.

    Last year's Snowflake will be in Beverly Hills over the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Rodeo Drive.




For comparison, last year's weighed 1,433 pounds and was 17 feet in diameter.

This time the New York Times is gonna have to refer to me.

What a difference a year makes.


The photo directly above shows this year's Snowflake with the team that created it.

November 18, 2005 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Flour Wand


What a wonderful name for a kitchen utensil.

Apparently it's a blast from the past.

From the website:

    As you roll out your dough, sprinkle a mere gentle shower of flour to prevent sticking and tearing.

    Our old–fashioned Flour Wand makes flour dusting a breeze.

$10.95 here.

November 18, 2005 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Right Angle Drill Converter


I love it.

Maybe your drill is too long or too wide to fit into the space available.

This adapter, which mounts on either side for right or left–hand use, allows you to work in close quarters you otherwise couldn't manage.

Also works with sanding, grinding or buffing attachments.

$14.95 here.

November 18, 2005 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack



Yesterday's New York Times noted that there's a company called Echo Memoirs which will create a one–off hardcover book (above) about an older person, hopefully before they lose their memory.

The first copy costs $6,000 and additional ones are $200 to $250 apiece.

Here's the item:

    "In 2000 my grandmother went in for a hip operation, and when she got out, it was as if a delete button had been pushed," said Samantha Reynolds.

    "She came out with a new hip and no long-term memory," recalled Ms. Reynolds, who went on to create a company called Echo Memoirs.

    Ms. Reynolds works with interviewers in 25 cities to glean the intimate memories, photographs and favorite quotations of an older person.

    She then creates a narrative illustrated with photos, drawings, and documents like marriage certificates and letters, and publishes it as a hardcover book.

    One copy is $6,000, and additional ones are $200 to $250 each.

    Information: echomemoirs.com or (877) 777-3246.

It would be fun to do this every ten years of your life, such that when you were older you could peruse the past and wonder what went wrong.


Don't you think?

November 18, 2005 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Wakmah Multi–Purpose Sucker — 'When in doubt, whip it out'


Catchy slogan, what?

It's right there on the homepage of the Wakmah (above), the latest in anti–flu technology.

Made in the UK, it has a multitude of uses beyond disease prevention.

From the website:

    One of the most amazing products ever to appear on the market

    The Wakmah personal multi–purpose suction cup is here at last.

    It is designed and made in UK and it lends itself to many different applications.

    Here are a few examples:


    Daily Public Transport Journey

    Wakmah can be used to steady oneself on public transport vehicles.


    This is how to do it:

    • TAKE the Wakmah from the bag or pocket

    • APPLY the suction cup to a smooth internal public transport vehicle surface

    • HOLD Wakmah while vehicle is in motion

    • RELEASE the Wakmah from the above surface using the release lip

    • ALIGHT from chosen transport vehicle


    Door Handle Avoidance

    Wakmah can be used as a door handle.


    This is how:

    • TAKE the Wakmah from the bag or pocket

    • APPLY the suction cup to the door

    • PULL the door open

    • RELEASE the cup from the door using the release lip on the Wakmah

    • EXIT allowing the door to close in the normal way


    Dolphin, Seal or Whale Riding

    • TAKE the Wakmah from the underwater carrying satchel (2 Wakmahs are recommended for underwater mammal riding)

    • APPLY the suction cup to the mammal

    • RIDE the mammal

    • RELEASE the cup from the mammal using the release lip on the Wakmah

    • SWIM to shore and relate experience to friends and family


    Zero Gravity Device

    • TAKE the Wakmah from the holder

    • APPLY the suction cup to smooth space ship internal surface

    • STEADY onself or manoeuvre accordiing to need

    • RELEASE the cup from the surface using the release lip on the Wakmah

    • FLOAT freely in space


    There are many more uses for this device, such as:


    • Surfing aid for beginners

    • Child's toy

    • It has been tested on an electric hover-board

    • It is being used for horse–related activity (not sure what as yet)

    • A woman emailed me and said she uses hers to hang a cushion on the window in the back of the car for her son to rest his head

    • It can used for restraining people in smooth–walled rooms

Available in Luminous or Red.

£3.99 ($6.86;€5.84) here. (Scroll down to the bottom of the page.)

Still not sure if you should pull the trigger?

No problema.


Here's a list of the "Top 40 Wakmah Uses" — maybe that'll be the tipping point.

November 18, 2005 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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