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SCOTTEVEST unveils Carry-On Coat for the massively geeky

SCOTTEVEST unveils Carry-On Coat for the massively geeky

Traveling for the connected geek is a hard thing to do. We tend to carry so many gadgets and electronics with us that it can get to be difficult to pack them all and worry about how safe the gear will be on the flight. I once went through security on the way to CES and the TSA worker operating the x-ray machine said, "Man that's a lot of electronics" and decided to wade through my bag by hand.

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Travel Vest is a geek’s best friend

Travel Vest is a geek’s best friend

Technophiles tend to travel with lots of hardware and gadgets. Each of those gadgets often needs its own charger and we need cables to connect those gadgets to other device. In short, we need lots of space for our electronics when we travel. If you are trying to cram your clothes and your electronics into one carry-on, it can be difficult.

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World by Light concept: the iPad has a lot to learn [Video]

World by Light concept: the iPad has a lot to learn [Video]

We'll admit, when we first started watching this World by Light concept video by Matthias Menzel, Lena Edman and Klaus Wasiak of the Umea Institute of Design we thought it was going to detail a prototype e-magazine or tablet UI.  That assumption rapidly fell away as the video progresses: the three-person team doesn't just have the iPad UX in their sights, but airports and even the basics of travel as we know them now.

Video demo after the cut

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Gravity Ruler luggage scales are annoyingly straightforward

Gravity Ruler luggage scales are annoyingly straightforward

We're not going to labor the old "sometimes the simplest solutions..." point because, well, if the were so straightforward then why wouldn't someone have commercialized on them already, but design students Marcella Maltese and Lin Wei's "Gravity Ruler" luggage scales really do have us kicking ourselves. Intended to avoid unexpected shocks at check-in, the simple handle takes advantage of some stretchy bungee cord to give an at-a-glance guesstimate of whether you're over an airline's limit.

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Stacked airplane seating concept terrifying

Stacked airplane seating concept terrifying

If you've travelled by plane in recent months then you'll likely have seen the crazy rush to stuff bags into overhead compartments as people desperately avoid checked-luggage fees.  It could be worse, though; it could be you trying to fit into an overhead cubby.  Some sadist designer has come up with a new way to stuff more passengers into each flight, using what basically amounts to stacked or bunk-bed seating.

Pilots Union calls for Li-Ion cargo ban over fire risk

Pilots Union calls for Li-Ion cargo ban over fire risk

Lithium-ion batteries could soon be unwelcome in plane cargo holds, if the world's largest pilots union has its way; in the wake of several explosions where bulk amounts of the batteries have caused fires, the organization is calling for a ban on their transport by plane.  However the ban would not affect individual passengers bringing devices powered by lithium-ion batteries - such as laptops and cellphones - onto planes, though there may be some confusion with checked luggage should li-ion batteries be left inside.

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iLuv iAD117 and iAD116 USB power adapters

iLuv iAD117 and iAD116 USB power adapters

Let's be blunt: iLuv's portable USB adapters aren't the first we've seen, and nor are they the handsomest, but they are at least relatively cheap.  The iLuv iAD116 - which has one USB port - and the iLuv iAD117 - which has three - each have folding mains pins and come in at under $20 each.

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4MC DIY leaning motorcycle [Video]

4MC DIY leaning motorcycle [Video]

If the Piaggio MP3 leaning-scooter has taken your fancy, but you'd prefer something with a bit more grunt, Nick Schotter should be your first port of call.  He's spent the past 20 years working on the 4MC (4-wheeled motorcycle concept), a bike capable of leaning 40-degrees to each side for super-speedy cornering.

Video demo of the trike after the cut

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