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Portable Splint for Extreme Sports Welds Itself Together
This portable plastic splint takes up a tiny space in a backpack but brings big relief, holding a broken limb together long enough to get medical help and providing soothing warmth in the meantime. The special plastic fuses itself together in about five minutes using the same chemical-reactive heat technology used in hand warmers. Aimed at extreme sports enthusiasts such as snowboarders and skiers, the technology could offer a bit of comfort to those 450,000 wracked-up snow sports adventurers who are injured each year, many of whom sometimes have a long wait until they can get patched up in a proper hospital. This idea might be great for ski patrol personnel to carry around, but what extreme sports participant would take along splints for broken bones? It could jinx the whole trip, dude.

MP3 Player Wristband of the Future
This way-cool design concept for a wearable MP3 player by Nathan Davis has a silicone band that lets you wear it on your arm or wrist, and it has an OLED display housed underneath a layer of polycarbonate. The screen slides up to reveal transport controls, and sound is transmitted to Bluetooth headphones. The only thing the artist left out is GPS capability, a highly desirable feature for runners and walkers. Adding navigation, distance travelled and thermometer functionality on board similar to this klunky-looking Paroos GPS trainer would be all that's necessary to turn this into a complete design. So far, though, I love this concept.

Blow Table Lamp
The Blow Table Lamp by Studio Italia Design is a dramatic low-voltage lamp set in a chrome and brushed aluminum finish encased in an outer, clear-crystal globe. The item is priced at $1,363. If this isn't enough of a conversation starter then you can get party guests interested by using an included decorative magnet to control the direction of the lamp by placing the magnet on any part of the globe so the light will follow.

Schuberth J1 Helmet

The Schuberth J1 Helmet looks more Master Chief than Speed Racer, and that's a good thing. Innovations like a football helmet-inspired removable chin guard hoop, an Optical Class 1 distortion-free visor, integrated sun shade, and unique ventilation system with air intake let this helmet performs as good as it looks. Sure, it looks better suited to a spaceship than a motorcycle, but it has the technology to back it up. This item comes with a tag of 660 USD.

Compiled by IMRAN H. KHAN

Source: Gizmodo Online.

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