Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Folding canoes and ultra-fast water filters

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December 2

Podoon — auto-adjusting pillow

Pillows are one of those things that were invented ages ago and haven’t gotten a significant design update since they first entered the world. Whether the humble pillow actually needs a redesign is debatable, but regardless of your stance on the issue, a Japanese startup has already taken it upon itself to rethink the pillow. The result of this effort is a gizmo called the Podoon Pillow — and it’s actually pretty brilliant.

Here’s the deal: when you transition from sleeping on your back to sleeping on your side, your head changes height. If your pillow doesn’t close the gap and rise up a bit, your head ends up lower than your body, and your neck ends up bent. To ensure that your neck stays in perfect alignment with the rest of your spine, Podoon is designed to inflate and deflate depending on your sleeping position. Check out the video to see how it works!

Unagi — high-end electric scooter

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Humanity is living in the golden age of rideable technology. In the past few years, electric motors have become smaller and more powerful, and batteries have begun to last longer — two trends that have coalesced and kicked off a renaissance in personal mobility devices. There are almost too many rideables to keep track of, and they seem to get crazier and more advanced with each passing month.

Case in point? This awesome new electric scooter that goes by the name Unagi. It’s essentially a scooter designed from the ground up with ultra high-end components. For example, the body is made from strong but lightweight aircraft grade aluminum, and the tires are designed to be puncture-proof. Hell, there’s even a headlight built into the handlebars. If those scooters from Bird and Lime are Cadillacs, then this thing is a Lamborghini.

Cerambot — ceramic 3D printer

Over the past several years, the number of materials it’s possible to 3D print with has exploded. Gone are the days of being stuck with PLA and ABS; makers today have access to a huge variety of filament and material types, including (but not limited to) nylon, glass, wood, and even chocolate. However, one material that isn’t quite so common yet is clay — but if the folks behind Cerambot have their way, that might soon change.

Cerambot, as you’ve likely guessed, is a 3D printer designed to work specifically with wet clay. The idea is that once your printed object is complete, you can fire it in a kiln to harden it. Furthermore, since finished prints are still wet and malleable, you’re free to manipulate them and smooth out any ridges or imperfections as you see fit, before you bring it to the kiln. And the best part? Since it doesn’t require a heated bed or a high-temp hot end like normal 3D printers do, it’s also ridiculously cheap. You can snag this thing for just $200 bucks on Kickstarter right now

Lenco MD — 3D printable record player

Here’s Luke Dormehl with the scoop: “A collaboration between Swiss hi-fi manufacturer Lenco and Dutch 3D-printing company RepRapUniverse, the Lenco-MD claims to be the world’s first 3D-printed record player. It’s an attempt to bring together the worlds of vinyl lovers and tech tinkerers and makers to create what its designers clearly hope will be the start of something beautiful. The first functional prototype of the Lenco-MD was shown off at this year’s IFA consumer electronics event in Berlin, where it ranked as one of the top-three inventions.

The innovative modular part of the concept refers to the fact that each Lenco-MD boasts two empty slots. These can be used to upgrade a turntable by adding features like speakers and Bluetooth wireless streaming in the form of plug-and-play modules. These are currently in development, although the idea is that users will also be able to design and create their own, which can then be shared with the rest of the community. It’s a pretty original idea, and one that could certainly add to the device’s functionality provided Lenco-MD takes off.”

Jarvish — AR motorcycle helmet

Here’s a quick excerpt from our full article, which ran earlier in the week: “Are you a motorbike rider in want of a bit of Iron Man tech in your life? If so, then intelligent helmet systems manufacturer Jarvish has your back. Or, perhaps more appropriately, your head. Launched on Kickstarter this week, Jarvish is offering a “launch special” for its Jarvish X and X-AR helmets — boasting a plethora of features including voice control, interior speakers, noise-canceling tech and, in the case of the pricier X-AR, an augmented reality head-up display offering visual navigation information. All of this is packaged up in a protective pure carbon fiber shell.

In what may be the most high-tech bike helmets available, the X-Series helmets connect to existing artificial intelligence assistants including Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant, all of which can be activated through voice. The voice control can also be used to provide turn-by-turn navigation instructions, along with traffic and weather conditions, either exclusively through audio or audio and visual. On top of this, there are 2K cameras, which can record footage to a memory card or stream it live via social media.”

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