Solar gadgets: Sterling Multi PowerStation 5600

On September 14, 2009, in Gadgets, by KLS

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Designed by the Japanese to help those who need power the most at times of natural disasters, the Sterling Multi PowerStation 5600 is a multi-equipped, emergency lifesaver device that gives you a combination of hand-crank-powered-dynamo LED light, AM/FM radio, three rechargeable AA batteries, and adapters capable of charging most cell phones and portable devices.

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Though we don’t usually think about needing these handy gadgets in the UK, this torch could come in handy on outdoor trips such as camping. More importantly for those in other parts of the world where earthquakes occur frequently, this is extremely useful.

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I don’t think we have ever come across something as tough and rugged as this. The new ioSafe Solo external hard drives are not only just waterproof (something that many external HDDs are now claiming to be able to do) but also fire proof! If you’ve ever lost photos or videos from a defective memory card, you will know what that aching feeling is like.

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Say you had some confidential data or valuble photos / videos that you want to keep safe but you’re worried about when your old PC hard drive might suddenly just not boot up again – in this case you might just consider any branded external HDD, however the problem with these are that they’re not safe from physical abuse, in other words disaster protection. This is where the Solo excels above others we’ve seen in the past.

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BBC recently visited the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan where some of the coolest robots were being developed. Though these bots may appear to have clever designs, they’re not just for looks. Their different abilities may well be crucial for saving lifes in natural disasters in the future. In places like Japan, earthquakes are the most feared and these robots could provide valuable aid.

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Personally I found the one which had skates on most extraordinary, check out the video after the jump…

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What are automatic bollards? Essentially they are bollards which operate automatically by drawing down into the ground when buses and other large vehicles that are meant to go pass come nearby. But what if other vehicles try to sneak up behind them? Watch the vid after the break to find out!

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