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V8 Car Engine-Powered Chainsaw

Posted in Outdoors by Darrin Olson on August 3rd, 2014

Chainsaw powered by V8 car engine.Yes, you are seeing this correctly. This is a chainsaw powered by a 4.2 liter V8 car engine. The chainsaw runs at a 1:1 ration directly from the engine’s rotations and tears through a 21 inch diameter hardwood peppermint gum tree in about 2.4 seconds.

The chainsaw was built as a promotional tool by Whitlands Engineering in Australia (hence the gum tree), so they really have no plans to manufacture them for consumers, but nevertheless it is impressive to see.

Salt Shooting Bug Killer

Posted in Outdoors by Darrin Olson on May 12th, 2014

Bug A Salt Gun to kill bugsSummer is coming up and along with nicer weather in most parts of the country comes some pesky bugs. While fly-swatters and bug-zappers are effective, sometimes its more mess than we like.

Skell, a start-up company in California, is offering the Bug-A-Salt gun. This nerf-like weapon uses regular table salt to shoot down pesky insects, ideally from 2-3 feet away with a shotgun like pattern of salt. It holds enough salt to support 50 rounds and adds a little sport to the process.

Anatomy model sleeping bag

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on February 14th, 2011

We’ve seen plenty of neat sleeping bags here at the Brick, but this is one I wouldn’t take camping. This thing is sure to attract animals, who think they can see your insides and pick your bones clean. Use it at your own risk.

The anatomy model sleeping bag is now available for sale. Maybe young doctors in love can get a pair and geek out, naming all the organs to each other at night. We say it’s just gross.

Bear Sleeping Bag

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on August 29th, 2010

There are sleeping bags and then there are sleeping bags. When in the wilderness, you might as well try to blend in. And this bear sleeping bag will definitely help you blend in. It looks just like a bear. It was designed by Eiko Ishizawa from Amsterdam.

The bear sleeping bag will keep you warm, scare your friends, and make sure that real bears try to have their way with you, when hunters are not trying to shoot you.

Marugoto Tamachan portable watermelon cooler

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2010

When we tire of sending robots into space, watermelons are our next great hope, as evidenced by this watermelon spacesuit. Okay, it’s really a Watermelon cooler, but it clearly shows that Watermelons will inherit the Earth.

The Marugoto Tamachan portable watermelon cooler is a state of the art Watermelon spacesuit that will keep your fruit fresh and succulent. And it can be toted around like a small child at the same time thanks to that handle.

Towel with built-in speakers folds into a backpack

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on June 27th, 2010

Your beach towel can’t do that. It sports amplified speakers that are positioned right next to your ears and I’m sure everyone around you will enjoy your music. When you are all done and have soaked up enough sun and tunes, just fold it up into a backpack.

Yes, you can wash it thanks to those speakers being removable. Not sure I would want to spend $72 on a beach towel though. The speakers are powered by a lithium battery that you can also remove. As for blaring music on this thing, that beautiful model above can do whatever the hell she wants as long as I get to look.

Quirky Switch multi tool for geeks

Posted in Outdoors by Shane McGlaun on April 27th, 2010

I learned watching MacGyver as a kid that a Swiss Army knife can turn a single person into an entire army. I have had Swiss Army knives before, but I always lose them or forget to put them in my pocket.

Quirky has announced a new and geeky version of a Swiss Army knife called the Switch that is modular and lets the user choose what tools and how many tools are installed on the knife. The Switch will be made in a run of 1250 devices and is up for pre-sale now for $68.


Save a Drop Hose Nozzle saves water

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2010

Summer approaches and with it come all of the hoses, whether they be watering the garden, washing the car or wetting female T-shirts. All good causes of water waste, but still you’d like to save some water. The Save a Drop Hose Nozzle will help.

It has a water use counter that gives you a reading of just how many gallons you have spent watering your garden, car or boobs. It’s only $24.95 which isn’t much and imagine how much water you can save.

Adjustable Grill Light for that midnight barbecue

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on April 11th, 2010

Sure, in an ideal world, you wouldn’t need a light for your grill, since most of us prefer to grill during the day. But some of us have to work and can’t even get to the grill until the sun goes down.

That’s where this Adjustable Clamp Grill light comes in handy, shedding a spotlight on your burgers and hot dogs. It’s made of heat and weather resistant high-density plastic, with 15 bright, energy saving LED lights that swivel 180 degrees.

Bike Tent: Ride a bike, pitch a tent

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2009

Bike Tent: Ride a bike, pitch a tentHow many times have you been riding your bike when you’ve said to yourself “Gee, I sure wish I could park this baby and pitch a sweet tent”? Maybe it’s because you want some alone time. Maybe it’s the safest place that a 30 + year old guy can listen to Hannah Montana without getting teased. Whatever the reason, you now have a home away from home.

Just place your front wheel on one end while your bike frame stabilizes the other with anchor, cords, stakes, and a bag included. You get three mesh panels (2 on side, 1 on the end) that give you some ventilation and viewing windows.

Bird Identiflyer enjoys clever wordplay, birds

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2009

Bird Identiflyer enjoys clever wordplay, birdsMost humans out there who really love birds probably have some bird related knowledge and can identify birds by their songs. But maybe you are a novice bird enthusiast who hasn’t yet learned to identify them by sound. Well, the Bird Identiflyer can help.

The Bird Identiflyer can quickly identify bird songs with just the press of a button. It will help you to identify 120 birds and even 10 frogs by their songs and colors. You can search by region, color, habitat or alphabetically. Select the bird, then press a button to hear its song.


Shoulderbrella is a hands free umbrella

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on August 16th, 2009

Shoulderbrella is a hands free umbrellaUmbrellas are a pain to use. It’s like your umbrella is holding your hand hostage, keeping you from doing important tasks like texting, fixing your hair or flipping some dude off. If only you had use of that hand while keeping the rain off of yourself.

Well now you can go hands free thanks to Japanese Superstore Tokyu Hands and the Shoulderbrella. Just unscrew the end of your umbrella and stick it into the Shoulderbrella. Then just wrap it around one or both of your shoulders like a harness.

RC Feed Boat

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on August 3rd, 2009

RC Feed BoatFishing can be fun, but really boring if they aren’t biting. This remote controlled Feed Boat can give you an edge against your gilled adversaries. The device comes with a built-in sonar sensor so it functions as a fish finder.

The remote control features an LED display that will always show you just where the best spot to fish is. It will also show you the current water temperature. It has a range of 948 feet and a tipper for 4.4lbs of bait as well as an underwater LED light. How does a pair of jet motors sound? That ought to help you get through overgrown waters.

LightLane Virtual Bike Path to become a reality

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on June 24th, 2009

Create your own bike lane with LightLaneRemember Lightlane? Lightlane was a pretty neat concept for bicyclists. Well, it seems that the response that the concept got was so overwhelming from bicyclists the world over, that the inventors actually decided to now make it into a commercial product.

It uses “super-bright red LEDs,” as well as two high visibility Diode-Pumped Solid State green lasers to project a path that should help to protect bikers on the street. The end result is that the biker and their path are clearly visible to those driving by.

Remote-controlled 100 foot water cannon

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on June 8th, 2009

Remote-controlled 100 foot water cannonIn water warfare, he who has the most serious weaponry will rule. And this water cannon is serious. Unlike a water gun, you don’t even have to be anywhere near your enemy. That’s because this water cannon can hit a target from 100 feet away and works by being attached to a garden hose.

It even has a remote that works from up to 30′ away. The cannon features three different interchangeable nozzles. One for stream, mist or spray. Mist would be good for watering the lawn or cooling off on a hot day.