Hammock backpack + Bluetooth portable speaker: All you need for camping this summer

New hammock backpack makes packing for outdoor adventures easy-breezy

As perennial supporters of outdoor living, we have to point out this most awesome new piece of camp equipment to hit the shelves. It’s called the HackedPack and, in short, it’s a backpack that packs up the most important piece of camping gear: a hammock.

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Of course, it’s not just a piece of sheet for you to tie between trees. The HackedPack also includes all of the ropes, carabiners, and other necessities for securing the hammock between trees. It also has plenty of strap space for you to clip on your favorite Bluetooth portable speaker, and just enough additional room to pack away some trail mix and water.

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The backpack is able to achieve this remarkable space saving technique by using some fancy pass-through design trickery that allows the hammock to support the weight of an individual without putting stress on the backpack’s straps.

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Pretty cool idea, and what’s additionally beneficial about its design is the fact that it keeps the pack off the ground, thereby eliminating the chances of any sort of bugs or critters scurrying their way in while you sleep.

Boombotix Releases the Chronic Edition

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I’m happy to announce a limited edition Bot we’ve been working on since this morning over a bowl of cereal.  I would love to tell you what kind of cereal, but I totally don’t want us to get sued.  Let’s just call it ‘Raptain Runch’ and leave it at that.

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Out of the box circuit board turns wearable tech into easy DIY project

Board could serve as foundation for new types of wearable tech

Wearable tech is all the rage these days — whether it’s the more traditional item, like a watch . . .

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. . . or something a bit more unique, like your Bluetooth speaker . . .

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. . . if it’s an electronic that can also serve as a complimentary accessory to one’s outfit, then it’s getting worn.

The trouble with this growing industry is the pace with which its popularity is expanding; that is, there are not enough wearable electronics available to satisfy market demand. That’s what makes a project like “MetaWear” so exciting.

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Measuring less than the size of a quarter, MetaWear makes it super easy for even the amateur hobbyist to create hardware and devices for clothing that sync to their smartphone. It operates via a tiny ARM+Bluetooth LE Platform (the only development and production platform designed for wearables) and is compatible with both iOS and Android systems.

These two features alone significantly educe overall cost and time spent prototyping ideas.

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Those who order MetaWear can browse the company’s Github account, which includes API libraries, documents, and sample iOS / Android apps to help get their idea started. Its BLE radio has been CE and FCC certified, and the device is cost and BOM optimized, so if an idea really takes off, there are few hurdles in the way.

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The folks behind MetaWear foresee a range of products that could result from it being put out to the public for research and development, including headbands that count calories and miles run, anti-theft checkers for valuables, a fake phone call trigger, etc.

Right now, the MetaWear is on Kickstarter. It has already surpassed its target goal seven times over. Those who invest $30 will not only receive the MetaWear board but also a rechargeable USB battery, coin vibrator, and a buzzer.

The campaign will be live till May 2. Good luck to the MetaWear folk!

Briefcase scooter makes commuting to work a breeze

Electric cycle-esque scooter also holds on to all of your important work documents

If you live in any sort of over-crowded metropolitan area, commuting can be a real drag, especially when you have to try and make it through crowds while carrying a bag or suitcase of all your important work documents.

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The new Commute-Case from Green Energy Motors tries to solve both problems. It’s a suit case, sure, but it’s also a scooter.

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The Commute-Case is powered by a lithium-ion battery that takes about an hour to charge, but once it’s all juiced up, it can run you a solid 25 miles. That kind of technology’s not light, though. Weighing it at a somewhat hefty 27 pounds, the Commute-Case is a bit heavier than your typical suitcase. But if you’re packing on weight from the muscle you’re gaining while carrying this contraption around, you needn’t worry if the case can still carry you – it can actually support a weight of 275 pounds, while still achieving top speeds of about 13mph.

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It might seem like the kind of technology that’s still a few years away from being available to the average owner, but believe it or not, the Commute-Case is already available on the company’s website for just under $3,000.

If you’re like me and can’t afford something like this, then take in all of its glorious technological wonders in the preview clip below, while you’re waiting for your bus to come pick you up:

How you can attend the upcoming Gommi Arcade Gallery

Makers of the popular animated series will be hosting an exclusive art evenT next weekend

For those out of the loop, Gommi Arcadian is a prodigy in a digital world who discovers a mask that enables him see the real world. With the help of his friends, he uses the mask’s mysterious power in combatting the ruling elite.

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The series has created a cult following, and some big time names have thrown their support behind the series and its subsequent clothing line, including LeBron James, Pharrell Williams, and more.

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To celebrate how far Gommi’s come, Gommi Arcade will be hosting the “Gommi Pop-Up Gallery” at NYC’s Reed Space Annex.

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The event can only be seen Friday, April 11th, during which there will be a private reception and screening, and Saturday, April 12th, which will be open to the public.

At the event, guests will be able to view drawings, painting, prints, preliminary character and background sketches, storyboards, 3D toy models and special edition merchandise. There will also be an exclusive showing of the upcoming ‘GOMMI ARCADE – Episode 1: Welcome To Neo Tokio’ animated premiere, which includes a musical score from SELDreams Entertainment.

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Music will be provided by DJ Maria and special prizes will be given out by posting #GommiGallery to party pictures to Instagram.

If you’re in the area and want to go, you can RSVP at: Malcolm@gommiarcade.com

Can’t make the trip? Shop for GOMMI Gift Shop at www.ShopGommiArcade.com, and follow GOMMI ARCADE® on Twitter and Instagram at @GommiArcade.

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