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iPhone Video Lens
This is the iPhone lens that captures seamless 360º panoramic video. Using the same technology found in U.S. Army surveillance cameras, the lens has a curved mirror that gathers light from all directions and reflects it back into the iPhone's camera, enabling video recording in all directions simultaneously without requiring image stitching. A free app automatically calibrates the focus, adjusts the exposure, and allows you to pan and tilt the viewing perspective up to 360º on the horizontal plane and up to 80º on the vertical plane. The lens captures video at 30 frames per second and at 1920 by 456 resolution for the iPhone 4S and 1280 x 304 for the iPhone 4. The removable lens attaches to the included iPhone hard case that can be used as an everyday protective cover. Includes a microfiber pouch for the lens. Compatible with iPhone 4S and 4.
The Bladeless Fan
Winner of Time magazine's "Best Inventions" award, this is the fan that uses technology found in jet engines to generate a cooling air stream without any blades. A turbine inside the base draws in air and propels it up to the loop amplifier. Air is expelled through a 1-mm slot along the circumference of the loop amplifier and across a 16º airfoil-shaped ramp, resulting in 15X more air velocity. The fan draws air from behind and along its sides into the air stream and produces a smooth, uninterrupted stream of air, unlike typical fan blades that "chop" air into uneven, intermittent breezes. A dial allows smooth, continuous adjustment of air velocity. The fan's 5 1/2"-diameter base sets up unobtrusively on a desktop or table, it oscillates 90º, and tilts 10º up or down.
The Folding Electric Bicycle
This is the electric bicycle that folds in half, ideal for commutes and storage at work or an apartment. Folding around its integrated battery compartment, its front half collapses against its rear half while its front unifork folds into the frame, creating a compact 30" H x 18" W x 12" D shape. Deployed for riding, its silent 250-watt electric motor assists up hills or powers across broad flats for smooth cruising on 20" tires up to 15 mph in full-power mode. When in assist mode, sensors in the pedals detect how hard you are pedaling, which prompts the motor to engage; three-speed control is located at the handlebars; the bicycle can also be pedaled without powered assistance. Its LCD panel displays remaining battery life, speed selection, current speed, and distance traveled. A removable 24-volt rechargeable lithium battery provides a 15-mile range on a six-hour charge using the included AC adapter. Front discs and a rear hub provide confident braking. Aircraft aluminum frame supports riders up to 250 lbs.
The iPhone And iPad Charging Speaker Dock
This is the speaker dock that charges an iPhone and iPad simultaneously. Two dedicated 30-pin dock connectors hold each device upright, providing a convenient charging platform that requires as little space as a box of tissues. The dock plays music from either device through the unit's dual integrated stereo speakers, allowing you to watch videos or listen to a music collection while the iPad and iPhone charge. With USB and 3.5 mm auxiliary ports (cables included) that allow connection to an iPod or other MP3 players. Compatible with all iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch models. Plugs into AC via iPhone/iPad wall adapter.
The In Pool Exercise Glider
This aquatic exercise apparatus takes advantage of water's natural buoyancy and resistance to deliver an effective low-impact workout that's gentle on joints and muscles. The unit rests in water at least 3' deep, and users simply stand on its foot pads and glide back and forth in a motion similar to an elliptical machine. The device enables users to gain the benefits of regular aquatic exercise in their own pool, increasing range of motion, building muscle strength, and improving cardiovascular conditioning. Because the exercise is performed in water, users can maintain balance more easily and the force applied to joints is far less than that of land-based equipment. The glider's legs and handles move smoothly thanks to sealed stainless steel ball bearings and its 16-gauge stainless steel frame and plastic foot pads withstand constant submersion in treated pool water or saltwater. The frame supports up to 260 lbs. and its tubular design prevents damage to the pool. Not for use out of water.