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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.

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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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Segway P.U.M.A. Project

Segway P.U.M.A. Project

Segway and GM have partnered to develop the P.U.M.A., a self-balancing individual vehicle in which the two riders have some degree of weather protection.  The Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility (P.U.M.A.) Project can travel up to 35mph, run 35 miles from one charge, and uses vehicle-to-vehicle communications to avoid collisions.

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Atek OnBoard Travel Keyboard for full-size QWERTY lovers

Atek OnBoard Travel Keyboard for full-size QWERTY lovers

We're always on the look out for sturdy travel keyboards, and Atek's bucks the trend by looking to have the same key size and apparently the same key travel as your desktop 'board.  The payoff with the OnBoard Travel Keyboard is the size: with no folding, rolling or twisting mechanisms, it's still pretty large.  Nonetheless, you get a neat slide-over cover, plus an inflatable wrist-rest.

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Mio Knight Rider GPS Review

Mio Knight Rider GPS Review

A GPS unit with classic 80s Knight Rider styling and the original voice of K.I.T.T. to give directions: Mio could've filled the box with rocks and still sold thousands to loyal fans of the TV series. Mio insist though that, behind the gimmicks, there's a solid PND (Personal Navigation Device); SlashGear strapped on a chest-wig, unbuttoned our shirts to the waist and released a hit record in Germany to find out.

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