Posts Tagged ‘equipment’

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‘Transpack Bags’ anyone……

January 27th, 2010

From Karey;

Anyone need a boot or ski bag? I am putting together an order for Transpack bags, which we get at ‘Pro Pricing’. You can look at their website (http://www.transpack.net/) for style and color selections and let me know which one you are interested in purchasing (a first and second choice would be good). I believe that the XTPro is $43, the TRV Pro is $46, the XTI is $31; prints are extra and there would be shipping and handling. I will then check with the company to see if they have them in stock. Contact Karey Kusuhara via email at: kareykus@mac.com

 

Click Images for color choices….

TRV Pro XT Pro XT1

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Brain to Biometric Hand Trials

December 8th, 2009

mano_biomimetica_-_09p (Credit: Campus Bio-Medico di Roma)

I came across this article the other day, they are having trials right now in Italy were an amputee is controlling a biometric hand with his thoughts. He is achieving 95% accuracy at this time with the sensation of grasping objects or making a fist. This technology can’t be that far off to becoming available. This is a fascinating article, it is short & written from a geek’s perspective (Star Wars references)…so check it out. Here is the CNET link;

Man controls cybernetic hand with thoughts
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Adaptive Snowboard in the Smithsonian

September 25th, 2009

I recently made a trip to Washington DC for a few days. While visiting the American History Museum at the Smithsonian Institute I came across this display featuring an adaptive snowboard. Two Hampshire College students, Matt Capozzi and Nathan Connolly,  developed this prototype back in 1997. Here is a picture along with a reprint of the signboard in the display.

Adaptive Snowboard in the Smithsonian.

‘The first design for the accessible snowboard was made with PVC pipe, a camp chair, and glue. But the snowboard and its rider tended to tip over. To increase stability and manuverability, another prototype was designed. Made of molded carbon fiber, it was stronger and lighter than previous versions.

Snowboarders typically use ski lifts to go up the mountain and then ride down the slopes sideways, like surfers. So the inventors designed a mechanism that swivels and raises the seat, allowing the rider to face forward and rise up to catch the lift without getting off the snowboard.’

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