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Lonely Planet Gives Several City Guide Apps Away Free During 2010 Holiday Season

Lonely Planet Gives Several City Guide Apps Away Free During 2010 Holiday Season

If you've ever traveled outside of your own country (or state or city for that matter), you know the importance of the most important tool you can have: the city guide. I personally have gone through a few cities overseas with nothing but a map, a backpack full of scraps of paper, and my wallet, but once I had the chance to grab a city guide booklet (this was back before smartphones), my whole experience changed. Flash forward to today when we've got these tiny screens we can keep in our pockets, and Lonely Planet has a collection of city guides you can grab and keep handy at the flick of the finger! And what's the big news today? Lonely Planet is giving away a batch of big cities away during this holiday season, totally freaking free of charge!

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Airless Metal Mesh Tires Awarded R&D 100 Award

Airless Metal Mesh Tires Awarded R&D 100 Award

These tires, constructed out of 800 interwoven load bearing springs, were awarded a 2010 R&D Award for their fabulous new airlessness. This award is also known as the Oscars of innovation, so it's big freaking honor to say the least. This tire was created by NASA and Goodyear, so you know it was going to be a big deal out the door, and was made for use on the moon. Moon tires of the past were still just rubber, rubber that didn't exactly hold up in heat, cold, and solar radiation. These new tires basically don't even care about any of that ol' crap.

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4th Amendment Wear for your TSA Protesting Family

4th Amendment Wear for your TSA Protesting Family

So you plan on traveling for the holidays, yes? And you're feeling kind of political, and want to get a jab in at TSA and their new screening process, perhaps? Well then, designers Tim Geoghegan and Matthew Ryan have just the set of clothing your you! And not only you, your whole family, with t-shirts, underwear (men's and women's), and kids clothing. What does it consist of, you might ask? Why, the fourth amendment printed in metallic ink, of course! And you know what metallic ink does when you pass through a TSA scanner, right?

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Foursquare Mocks TSA Airport Screenings with “Baggage Handler” Badge

Foursquare Mocks TSA Airport Screenings with “Baggage Handler” Badge

Perhaps you've had your baggage handled lately? Lots of people who are planning on opting-out of the radiation-ridden x-ray machine TSA is having everyone walk through before and after getting on an airplane will be having their baggage handled, if you know what I mean, when patted down by TSA officials this holiday season. Therefor, in jest, Foursquare is now offering a badge in which you check in at your local airport and include "TSA," "Grope," or even "Don't touch my junk, bro!" in your shout and you'll unlock the a magical message and badge!

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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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