The Cuda jetpack lets you fly underwater

It’s 2018 and jetpacks are finally here, but they don’t really propel you in the air yet… Archie O’Brien’s Cuda, developed with 3D Hubs, is the world’s fust backpack-sized jetpack that propels you underwater!

Pulling water from the front and pushing it out the back with incredible force, the Cuda is a relatively tiny contraption that fits right on your back, and when triggered, gives you a boost, propelling you at the speed of 8mph underwater with no effort.

Enticed by the Seabob, a hand-held water scooter, Archie built the Cuda as a low-cost alternative to the otherwise $10,000 Seabob. Built with 3D Hubs (the massive online manufacturing facility), Cuda went from idea to prototype in just a year, and featured a new propulsion system altogether (as opposed to being a shrunken version of a jet-ski). Using the services and materials provided by 3D Hubs, Cuda has a metal-turned driveshaft, a CNC milled heatsink, a completely 3D printed body PLA plastic body, and a carbon-fiber dust infused polymer for the propeller that gives it high strength and low weight. All 3D printed parts are coated with an epoxy resin to improve their performance and integrity underwater, while all the electronics are placed in waterproof compartments, sealed with silicone.

Using the Cuda is as simple as controlling the speed with a hand-held remote, and the direction with your body. Made out of 45 3D printed parts that can be assembled in just near 10 minutes, the Cuda is patent pending and may go into production as early as 2019, from where it could be used for anything from entertainment to emergency… for now, Archie’s plans are to use the Cuda to swim alongside dolphins!

Designers: Archie O’Brien & 3D Hubs













Stay Prepared for Emergencies with This Versatile Gadget

You never know when you’ll find yourself caught in an emergency, but in the event of one, it’s helpful to have some necessary supplies. With the 1TAC Safety Charge, you’re getting a versatile addition to your survival kit in one convenient package.

This weather-resistant survival gadget packs a bright LED flashlight, as well as an FM radio, a USB charger, and an personal alert siren. Plus, you’ll never have to worry whether or not its battery is charged up. Whenever it’s low on juice, you can recharge it by hand with the built-in crank.

So make sure your bugout bag is fully equipped, and head to the Technabob Shop today, where you can grab the 1TAC Safety Charge for just $44.99 – a 19% savings off the MSRP.

The LynQ gets right what the GPS has been getting wrong for years

You’re staring at the map on your phone, searching for the restaurant your friend’s waiting for you at. You see the blip on your phone, and you’re supposed to be right in front of it, but you can’t spot the restaurant as you look around for a signboard with a familiar name on it. The Global Positioning System is incredibly useful, but has some inherent flaws… one of them being that the GPS works on a bird’s eye view, and we don’t… causing a gap in the user experience, as we try to create a bridge between what the map shows us and what we see. The GPS also relies heavily on WiFi, Bluetooth, and cell-phone networks for pin-point accuracy, which means it doesn’t work underground or in areas with no cellular network, where it just might be needed the most.

The interface of the LynQ, designed specifically for tracking and locating, surpasses the hurdles that traditional GPS tracking can’t. A tracking device that pairs with other LynQ devices, the hand-held tracker works anywhere and everywhere, regardless of the availability of cellular service, and more importantly, relooks the interface, making it incredibly intuitive and potentially groundbreaking.

The LynQ’s UI may just be the simplest and most effective one yet. Rather than displaying you and your target as two blips on a bird’s eye view of a map, the LynQ just shows you two variables. Direction, and distance. A circular screen displays the name of the person you’re trying to locate, while a dot on the periphery points at the direction in which they are. The circle expands into an arc as you go closer, visually making the LynQ easy to understand and use, regardless of how tech savvy you are, and even eliminating the risk of a miscommunication. The lack of arrows, logos, messages/notifications allows just about anyone to use the LynQ, while the only pieces of text on the screen are A. the name of the person you’re tracking, and B. the distance in feet/inches.

Using the LynQ involves simply pairing two or more LynQ devices together (with an upper limit of 12 devices). No phones, no maps, no connectivity problems, and more importantly, no subscriptions. Simple and hassle-free, the LynQ devices pair together and a single button allows you to operate the device while the screen displays information in the most straightforward manner. Its design is rugged, allowing it to be used outdoors in harsh conditions, and its battery comes with a life of 3 days until needing a recharge. The LynQ pairs with multiple devices, allowing you to track people as well as set up a safe zone, alerting you when another LynQ device leaves the zone. With a range of up to 3 miles (5 kilometers), the LynQ is perfect for using at music festivals or crowded events, where cellular service is usually iffy and tracking people is near impossible. Its easy to use interface makes it great for parents wanting to keep a check on their children outdoors, and the fact that it comes with a rugged build, a clip for easy fastening, and the ability to work globally, makes it perfect for extreme sports and outdoor adventure traveling.

Smart, safe, and simple, the LynQ reinvents tracking as we know it, by plugging the holes in the GPS experience, and giving us an interface that makes tracking incredibly intuitive and easy.

Designer: Team LynQ

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A palm-sized personal pollution monitor

Ignore its vape-sized proportions, because the Atmotube is, in every sense of the word, the very opposite! Designed to measure the quality of the air around you and alert you when the quality falls below a given qualitative standard, the Atmotube protects your lungs from the toxins around you with every breath you take.

Humans take as many as 20,000 breaths per day, and the Atmotube was created to make each one count. A personal pollution monitor, this slick little device fits in palms, bags, purses, and even pockets, measuring air for carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, and other impurities, while also checking air temperature and humidity, and distinguishing between air quality indoors as well as outdoors. While indoor air quality isn’t usually measured, tests show that air indoors can be staler than the air outdoors, often containing toxins and VOCs that contribute to illness and can trigger asthma in sensitive patients. Atmotube’s state-of-the-art design features a unique multi-gas sensor with ultra-low power consumption, high sensitivity and fast heating times, allowing it to measure the air in real time around it, giving you stats on the air you breathe wherever you go, not just the air outdoors.

Its small size makes carrying it around easy, while its titanium-coated construction allows it to withstand the stress of being carried around in your pocket or bag every day. With a single button to power it, the Atmotube needs no user manual, and all the data it collects is sent directly to your phone, giving you an accurate representation of the air you breathe wherever you are. With a USB Type-C charging port and a half-ring for easy hanging/suspending, the Atmotube can easily be carried and charged along with your smartphone, allowing you to be in control of the air you breathe no matter where you are… because just like the food you consume, the quality of air you breathe plays a major role in your long-term health.

Designer: Atmotube





New videos show how Audi E-Tron’s new virtual side mirrors work

Audi is attracting lots of attention for the mirrorless virtual side mirror system fitted to its E-Tron concept electric SUV. Now, two new videos give us a better sense of just how it works. Instead of conventional side mirrors, the battery-electric...

This case deploys an airbag when you drop your phone!

The only thing worse than selling a kidney to buy an expensive phone is dropping said expensive phone and having your heart sink as you pick it up to see a crack running across its beautiful screen. Not many people enjoy putting covers on their phones because of the added bulk. It makes much more sense to take care of your gadget than to give in to the paranoia and buy a thick case that hides your phone’s sleek design, but Philip Frenzel, an engineer at Aalen University in Germany may just have the best solution.

The Handyairbag is a relatively thin phone case that does a much better job of protecting your phone from accidental slips than most. When your phone’s in freefall, eight curled metal legs magically pop out from inside the case (think Spiderman’s spider-suit from Infinity War), curling around the front and back of your phone. They absorb impact like springs (or an airbag, like the name suggests), as your phone bounces around without ever making contact with any surface. These curled metal ‘legs’ (for the lack of a better term) can be flattened and pushed back into the slim phone case for another day, another mishap.

The Handyairbag taps into your phone’s accelerometer, knowing when it’s in freefall and triggering protective measures the minute it senses that your phone’s falling. There’s still a lot we don’t know, for example would the Handyairbag accidentally trigger in your bag if you dropped it, or in your pocket if you sat down too fast (although there are workarounds, like tapping into the proximity sensor), but I’d rather have eight strange metal legs spring out in my pocket than let anything happen to my $999 phone! At the end of the day, a slim case is a small price to pay for keeping your expensive social-media-and-selfie-machine intact!

Designer: Philip Frenzel




NTSB: Model S battery caught fire twice after Florida crash

It's not unheard of for cars to catch fire in a crash, but there are now instances of Tesla cars' batteries reigniting well after the fact. As part of a preliminary report on a Model S crash in Ford Lauderdale, Florida, NTSB investigators revealed th...

The Guardbot can navigate on turf, sand, snow, and even water

It’s a good thing the Guardbot doesn’t have turrets, because terrain or the lack of it doesn’t really stop the damned thing. With two ‘eyes’ and a bulbous tire-shaped body, the Guardbot is a surveillance bot that rolls around on land, bounces off bumpy terrain, glides through snow or sand, and floats on water to get from point A to B, surveilling everything it can in sight.

Designed for security monitoring, the Guardbot, say its creators, has applications in not only surveillance, but also in sports broadcasting, allowing it to be a part of the action as it rolls around on the turf. It comes with a 25-hour battery life, two cameras, a microphone, a GPS, and a gyroscope to keep it upright as it rolls around the place, monitoring and broadcasting, no matter the location, the surface, the weather, or the time of day. The price of such security? Upwards of a $100,000.

Designer: Guardbot Inc.