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A miniature submarine aimed at the super rich has arrived. The Nautilus VAS Luxury Submersible is packed full of the latest kit as well as some home comforts to keep the guests entertained. Recently it seems as though everyone with a few hundred million in the bank is being enticed to take to the waves in some way or other. Richard Branson’s submersible plane turned up a few weeks back and now this far more sedate mode of underwater transport is offering an alternative look at life beneath the surface. The Nautilus VAS is rather...

Mountain Hardwear produces some very advanced outdoor clothing with the latest weather-cheating technology. It even has a timeline charting its various innovations throughout the years. They have a wide selection of jackets on offer and it is the clever design of each that make them noteworthy. For example, the¬†Refugium features a removable powderskirt and is coated with a special laminate called ‘Conduit’ which is resistant to scrapes, scratches and rubs that it will inevitably sustain during its lifetime. The most impressive...

Though most associate the name Aladdin with the classic story of a boy and a desert, the Challenger Flask from Aladdin is one of the best winter gadgets around if you want to keep your spirits up whilst you are away from the house. Two sizes are available with 1 litre and 1.8 litre capacities respectively and the outside is finished with brushed metal and sturdy black plastic for the handle and base. Its makers boast that the Challenger Flask can keep liquids hot for up to 28 hours, which is an incredible feat of insulation. This means...

The North Face brand is widely respected amongst outdoor types and they produce a whole range of products for the intrepid traveller to enjoy. But those who want to stay warm in the winter and still enjoy their favourite music will love the Audio Jacket from North Face. This is essentially a rugged, weather-resistant jacket with a trick up its sleeve. Literally. There are controls within the sleeve of the jacket which allow you to skip tracks and change the volume levels of your iPod without having to struggle to pull the actual device...

The name may be a bit of a mouthful, but the products produced by Heatinaclick could prove to be very useful if you want to stave off the chill of the cold weather this winter. The whole of the Heatinaclick Range consists of various sizes and shapes of heating pad. These are reusable and portable, with the intention being that you will carry the flexible, floppy pads with you and activate their heating properties when the temperatures dip. There are a wide variety of pads on offer with different intended applications. You can get a foot...

Having appropriated the name which most people commonly relate to Christianity’s most evil character, the makers of the Lucifer Cap are quick to point out that they mean to use the term based on its original Latin translation as the name given to the planet Venus or the bringer of light. Semantic ramblings aside, the Lucifer Cap is an incredibly useful gadget for those who like to light their way, no matter how dark their surroundings and it has a surprising number of applications in the winter and all year round. On the outside...

Fingerless gloves used to be reserved for the homeless, but style gurus have appropriated them for the general public over recent years. However, to identify the Etre Touchy gloves as mere items of fashion is to undersell their main gadget-based function; providing you with free fingers to interact with your mobile phone and portable gadgets without the hindrance of a fleecy layer of wool in between your digits and the touch screen or thumb stick. The Etre Touchy gloves have no covering for the thumb and index finger on both hands, whilst...

Posted on Dec 29 2009 - 11:39am by Richard Sharp
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This is the first winter gadget in our winter gadgets series. We’ll ease our way in with something that is not going to save your life on top of Mount Everest, but might keep your ears warm as well as entertained when things get a bit nippy on your trip to the shops. The Light and Sound Hat is a music lover’s dream, as all you need to do is hook up your iPod or portable media player to the hat and it will playback all of your tunes via its built in speaker system. Best of all is the inclusion of an equaliser panel, located...

When the sun comes out, people, especially the British, are guaranteed to do the following:- Strip off their clothing (as much as possible, regardless of physique and usually whilst wandering around the high street), sunbathe till they turn a rosy shade of red, blare music that should have been left in the early nineties from their tinny stereos (so that everyone from at least three streets away can hear!) and have a barbecue.   ...

Posted on Jul 13 2009 - 9:03pm by Richard Sharp
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Back in the old days, when Summers were Summers and men were men, the barbecue was the ultimate symbol of masculinity and provided hope to thousands of women who, somewhat naively, thought that their menfolk would take up the cooking full time. No such luck for them. However, in this modern age of equality, whilst the men continue to take pride in tossing their sausages over the barbecue, they may also be seen more regularly in the kitchen. Unfortunately, the Summers may seem to be a little more drizzly than they were back in those days,...