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Friday
Dec192014

Giving Old Chevy's Some GAZ

Gazzmatic International Limited, the maker of GAZ Shocks, is now able to supply its adjustable GT shocks for a number of older Chevrolet applications, including the Nova, 1964 Corvette, and El Camino models. If you don’t have one of those vehicles, GAZ says often it is able to make shocks for classic models where the originals have become hard to source, proving that there are no limiting factors with the suspension system. All it needs are technical drawings or an original shock absorber to work from. In addition, historic and classic applications can be made with a number of end fittings (spherical bearings, metalastic or polyurethane bushings), and plated black upon request for that period look.

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Friday
Dec192014

Multifunctional iPhone 6 Case from qronoDesign

By Christopher A. Sawyer

For the past two years, Texas native Mike Chan has been working to fuse the motorsport dynamic into everyday products. As one of the designers of the 2008 Honda CBR1000RR, Chan started qronoDesign, “to bring the emotional design standards of the transportation design world to the technology industry, which will hopefully move the whole industry forward.” An Apple-approved MFi-certified developer, qronoDesign has created a unique case for the iPhone 6, and launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund it. The team, which moved from Houston to Taipei, Taiwan to be near its suppliers and manufacturers, began by working on a case design for the iPhone 4. As each new iPhone family was introduced, however, Chan and his team reworked and updated the design to take advantage of  changes in materials and technology.

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Friday
Dec192014

Watches for the Race Track

You’ve probably never heard of Lapizta Watches (certainly I hadn’t), but the South Florida-based company was founded in February 2013, by third-generation watchmakers Naty Mizrachi, Daniel Schachtel, and Mizrachi’s brother-in-law Mauricio Acevedo. The company name is derived from the Spanish words for race track — la pista — and its brand ambassador is three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves. Like some other motorsport-derived watches, these hew to the idea of large cases with bold graphics. However, Lapizta’s timepieces are relatively inexpensive. And while the jewel-encrusted Amur isn’t this writer’s idea of subtle, the remainder of the product line appear designed for most any occasion. — CAS

Addax
Size: 48 mm
Case: High Grade 316 Steel/Ip Black
Glass: Reinforced Mineral Crystal With Sapphire Coating
Crown: 8 mm Screw Down
Water Resistant: 10 Atm (100 m/330 ft)
Dial: Carbon Fiber/Three Layers
Strap: Black & Red Tire Tread Rubber
Movement: OS20 Miyota Quartz
Price: $550

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Friday
Nov212014

Mercedes Gets “Board”

Here’s one you don’t see everyday. Mercedes-Benz is working in collaboration with Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara to build the two new surfboards he plans to use on the high waves off the Portuguese coast.

Mercedes and McNamara have worked together before. In 2013, the pair worked on the MBoard 1.0 project, which resulted in four surfboards tailored to McNamara’s height and weight. Built in Portugal, they were particularly suited to riding the giant waves off Portugal’s Nazaré coast. This time around, the plan is to build two new boards, one of Portuguese cork, and the other constructed from a foam used in the aviation industry. Corticeira Amorim, the world’s largest cork producer, is consulting with Portugal’s Polen Surfboards in the build of MBoard 2.0. According to McNamara: “As Portugal is the world's biggest producer of cork, it makes sense to use that material to produce high-performance surfboards. For surfing high waves, we need a flexible board that is also tough enough not to break.”

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Friday
Nov072014

A New Definition for “Cold Calling”

By Christopher A. Sawyer

Whether or not we want to admit it, winter is right around the corner. The change in season brings with it a change in dress, and the use of gloves to keep hands warm in frosty weather. Alas, our devotion to our electronic devices suffers as any gloves worthy of the name make it darn near impossible to use the touchscreen as this technology requires the conductivity of skin to complete the circuit that energizes the screen.

Some manufacturers have responded to this need with touchscreen gloves that enhance the conductive properties of one or two fingertips, and limits the wearer’s ability to use the screen. The designers at Mujjo, on the other hand, felt they could do better. Mujjo has woven a silver-coated nylon fiber throughout the fabric. It acts as a conductor between skin and screen. Because it’s woven throughout the glove, you can use any fingertip, knuckle or even the palm of your hand to activate your smartphone’s screen.

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