Urban myth or real life? A military helicopter is brought down by missile fire and after the pilot and passengers escape, the only thing salvageable inside is a plastic storage case.
An explosive device detonates under an armored vehicle in Pakistan, ripping apart the engine compartment, and a U.S. Army combat engineer is able to walk away because of the plastic case that sat beneath his feet.
These are just some of the many stories surrounding the near-legendary Pelican cases, which protect everything from a iPod to Military equipment the size of a large room.
While we don't own any canons that need protecting, we love the iPad cases, which are like putting armor on our precious electronic.
For instance, the Pelican i1075 case is crush proof , water resistant, dust proof everything-proof, with an integrated easel for hands-free viewing transforming the case into a personal portable office. Its accessory storage feature allows users to keep all headphones, charging cables, etc. organized.
Perfect for Dad on those golf trips, like the one where he accidentally drove the golf cart into the pond.
Approx. $65 at Pelican.
So many of us use our iPhones instead of investing in expensive cameras nowadays, so why not make your phone look like one?!
We love this case from Dynamism that not only protects your phone, but makes it look like a proper camera with a working shutter button and headphone jack too.
Available from Dynamism for $49.99.
[Via Swiss Miss]
If you've ever noticed that your internet connection is a little slower than usual, it might be that someone else is using it without you knowing. How rude!
Well now a new kind of wallpaper technology could ensure no one will EVER be able to steal your Wi-Fi ever again. Researchers at the Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble (INP) have been working on the new paper that successfully blocks out certain electromagnetic wave frequencies, which means your Wi-Fi will be secure, but your mobile signal won't be affected at all.
The wallpaper isn't available quite yet, but check out Ahlstrom.com for more information about how the clever tech works.
Textspresso is a rather special espresso machine that can not only send and receive texts, but prints them onto your coffee too, so you can start the morning with a lovely message from a loved one (or a mean one about how you didn't lock the door properly).
Created by cloud texting company Zipwhip, the device consists of a Jura Impressa Xs90 espresso machine, with built-in texting capabilities and a Canon printer that uses edible ink.
Unfortunately the Textspresso isn't going to be coming to a store or coffee shop near you, it's just a way of showcasing Zipwhip's SMS skillz in a quirky and rather gimmicky way. No fair!
Form follows function in all the simplehuman products and their latest is no exception.
Their brand-new, pull-out cabinet organizers stores and organizes your items underneath a counter so you can get to the stuff in the back - - you know -- the stuff you haven't been able to get to since you moved in a decade ago.
The commercial grade, ball bearing track glides out of the cabinet in one smooth motion and a plastic drip guard protects your cabinets and removes for easy cleaning.
We were going to put these in the kitchen but couldn't resist having them under the bathroom sink. So that's where the glitter has been hiding!
$39.99 for the 9"; $49.99 for the 14"; and $59.99 for the 20" at Simplehuman.
We love multi-functional accessories here at Popgadget, like The Rechargeable iPhone Speaker Amplifier Case last month. Wow that was one clever case.
However, sometimes clever cases are a little too bulky, which is why we like the IdoStand concept from Allan Ospina. At first glance it's a basic phone case, but it also has two super simple arms at either side, so can be used as a useful stand too from every angle. The best thing about the IdoStand is it's really slim, as well as being a grade A multi-tasker.
The IdoStand case isn't available to buy quite yet, but it will be featured as a project on Kickstarted on May 22nd, so watch this space.
[Via Yanko Design]
Although I'm sure there are parts of the US experiencing terrible weather conditions today, I'm sat here in dreary London and... you guessed it... it's raining. In fact I can't even remember when it started raining and in all honesty I doubt it'll ever stop. But, before we all go complaining about how bad the weather is where we live and how we wish we were stranded on a desert island somewhere all of the time, we should probably take a quick look at the Xweather app, which shows you the most extreme weather conditions from around the globe.
Maybe you won't need the FRX 3 this week but when the earthquake hits - and it will- or the hurricane system starts up again - and it will - you'll be glad you have this gizmo. Eton is showcasing three new emergency radios and each is self-powered, utilizing either solar power or hand-turbine energy to re-charge the internal lithium ion battery.
Along with an AM/FM/WB digital radio and display with NOAA weather alert, the FRX 3 and FRX 2 also feature "direct power transfer technology." What does this mean to you? Simply, that you can charge other mobile devices by connecting them via the integrated USB port. That's's HUGE, since chances are your mobile phone will be your only link to the outside world. Other features include a bright LED flashlight,glow-in-the-dark indicator for easy location, AC and DC input, and headphone jack and digital alarm on select radios.
Eton and the American Red Cross partnered on the FRX Series, now available for $25 (FRX 1) $40 (FRX 2) and $60 (FRX 3) in color options of red or black at retailers including Best Buy and Amazon.
Buy yourself some peace of mind.
Don't worry, you haven't paid hundreds of dollars for a gadget with bad eyesight, these glasses are solely for keeping your iPhone upright when you're watching a video or taking a super vain self portrait.
The little suction cups ensure the stand stays in place and you can choose from a selection of different colours, geeky but genius!
Available from Gizmine for $39.99, which is a little pricey for a simple stand, but great for a quirky gift.
[Via Chip Chick]