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Your eyes aren’t playing tricks, the Pinecone Treehouse by O2 Treehouse is real, and can be yours for the right price. Its located in a forest in Oakland, and features a geodesic dome shape that is constructed from steel as well as magnificent California redwood. The exterior has been fitted with multiple glazed panels to make it look like a real pinecone’s scales. Inside, you’ll find kaleidoscope-inspired symmetrical windows, a sleeping area, an indoor/outdoor bathroom and a wooden catwalk to connect both. Read more for another video tour, additional pictures and information.
Nissan’s GT-R50 prototype by Italdesign received such an overwhelming positive response that they’ve decided to put it into production. It will be limited to just 50 units worldwide, with each priced at €990,000 (equal to $1,124,410) before taxes and optional extras. This special edition is based on the 2018 GT-R Nismo, and features a unique bodywork, a customized interior layout, Bilstein adjustable dampers and Brembo brakes. The upgraded twin-turbo V6 engine with new internals now generates 710 hp and 575 lb-ft of torque. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
Samsung Electronics revealed its largest-ever 3D-ready Onyx screen at Capital Cinema located in the Xicheng district in Beijing, China at a grand opening ceremony on December 7. This high-tech display installed at Capital Theater combines 4K resolution, HDR picture quality and peak brightness level of 88fL — almost six times greater than standard projector technologies. The Onyx LED technology is also 3D-ready and Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI)-certified. “Our new Onyx display reflects a momentous step for the industry, as we usher in the next generation of cinema around the globe. We’re excited to partner with Capital Cinema to help showcase the new industry standard for picture quality on the big screen,” said Seog-gi Kim, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. Read more for two more videos and additional information.
The Puma RS-Computer running shoe was far ahead of its time, but a few lucky individuals who missed out on the original release back in 1986, will have a chance of snagging a pair soon. However, it will receive a few modern upgrades, including a three-axis accelerometer to measure calorie burn, distance and step counts. Thankfully, you won’t have to plug in a 16-pin data cable to sync up to 30 days of activity data, but can instead use Bluetooth to transmit the data to an Android or iOS app. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Zippo’s Rechargeable Hand Warmer provides dual sided heat up to 120°F / 50°C and doubles as a mobile power bank, all for $21.74 shipped, today only, originally $28.89. In order to turn the hand warmer on or off, simply press and hold the power button for 5 seconds. This safety mechanism is designed to prevent the device from accidentally turning on during transportation, like in purses, luggage, coat pockets, etc. Each press of the power button will increase the temperature setting one level. Quickly recharge the hand warmer with the included USB charging cable. Product page. Read more for a “How To” video and additional information.
Based on the BMW R nineT, the futuristic “Aurora” motorcycle would fit right into the next Terminator reboot set for release in 2019 / 2020. This bike was created by industrial designer Mehmet Doruk Erdem and features a 1,170cc engine, a sleek silver / paint job, and a tuned suspension to give it an aggressive low slung stance, complete with a menacing front-end profile. Read more for additional pictures.
OnePlus unveiled today the much-hyped OnePlus 6T Mclaren Edition, which is the first globally released smartphone with an impressive 10GB of RAM. Priced at $699 USD (€699 / £649), it’s the most expensive OnePlus phone to date, but has the specifications to back it up. Featuring “Warp Charge 30”, the company’s new charging standard, that takes fast charging to a whole new level by offering a day’s power (50% charge of its 3,700mAh battery) in just 20 minutes. “The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition has been engineered with exact precision and new technology we’ve never used before. It’s our fastest, most cutting-edge device ever,” said OnePlus CEO Pete Lau. Read more for an unboxing video, hands-on pictures as well as additional information.
Drone fans rejoice! Plague Fort, also known as Fort Alexander, is a naval fortress on an artificial island in the Gulf of Finland near St. Petersburg and Kronstadt. Between 1899-1917, it housed a research laboratory on plague and other bacterial diseases. By the end of the 19th century, the fort was primarily used for ammunition storage, as the development of rifled artillery rendered the fort facilities ineffective for defensive purposes. During the 1890s, in wake of the discovery of the plague pathogen by Alexandre Yersin, the Russian government formed a special Commission on the Prevention of Plague Disease to facilitate research in this specific area of bacteriology. In August 1899, research work took off at Plague Fort, mainly focused on the study of plague disease and preparation of plague serum and vaccine from the immunized horses. Read more for another aerial drone video and additional information.
There’s no better way to learn about volcanoes than by creating real lava. That’s exactly what scientists at the University of Buffalo did. By cooking up 10-gallon batches of molten rock and injecting them with water, they are shedding light on the basic physics of lava-water interactions, which are quite common in nature, but poorly understood. What did they discover? Lava-water encounters can sometimes generate spontaneous explosions when there is at least about a foot of molten rock above the mixing point. Read more for another video and additional information.
Let’s face it, steel workers probably have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, and the ladders or lifts found at constructions sites are often safety hazards. Introducing Column Climber. This shoe attachment basically turns a steel column into a ladder, or in other words, it securely grips the flanges of the column, thanks to its high strength 514 steel construction. They’re so strong, that they can hold up to 700 pounds per foot. Unfortunately, they won’t be turning anyone into Spider-Man anytime soon. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.