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  • Oru Kayak: The Origami Kayak That Won Shark Tank

    UC Berkeley School of Architecture grad Anton Willis dreamed up the Oru Kayak four years ago as a solution to fitting a boat into his small San Francisco apartment. Using the principals of origami, Willis created a lightweight yet robust kayak out of corrugated plastic, and designed it to fold from a 12’ boat into an easily storable and portable case. Best of all, transforming it from box to boat takes just a few minutes. Already well known in the outdoor recreation community, the team at Oru Kayak jumped at the opportunity for national exposure and the chance to reel in a Shark as a business partner when they appeared on last week’s episode of Shark Tank. As you’ll see from the clip below the move paid off. Spoiler alert: The Oru Kayak team persuaded Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec and landed a $500,000 deal for 25 percent. The deal gave their start-up a $2 million evaluation and with the national exposure to over seven million viewers the orders came flooding in. A message on their website reads, “Please note that due to the sudden increase demand, there may be a substantial wait time for delivery. New customers will receive an more »

  • The 45 Most Popular Women On Instagram of 2014

    Back in January we published a story called The 50 Most Popular People on Instagram of 2014 and in the months since it has gone mega viral all over the web. To narrow things down a bit we’ll focus on the women of Instagram. As you’ll see from the list the Jenner/Kardashian family has a dominance over Instagram that is nearly unmatchable.

  • Google’s Self-Driving Car on City Streets Can Now Detect Construction Zones and Cyclists

    It’s been a while since we’ve last heard from Google’s self driving car. Last we heard the tech mogul was “working out the kinks” related to a self-sufficient driving machine in a crowded urban environment, not just a highway. Google wants their self-driving cars to be conscious of unpredictable road distractions like a cyclist using a hand signal to cross a lane or construction zones. The vehicle becomes aware of the orange street signs and immediately knows to be on the lookout for construction zones and detoured lanes. The self-driving cars have logged over 70,000 miles in Google’s Mountain View, California.

  • 4 Reasons Why You Won’t Be Using Google Glass

    Wearable tech; it’s fast becoming an industry in its own right. So it’s to be expected that there’s been a fair amount of chatter about the launch of Google Glass. But is the buzz really justified? If you’re not turned on by all the geeky talk about specs and functions, is there room for Google Glass in your life? Having played with it, I’m looking past the technology to give you a summary of what Google Glass gives you on a more practical level.

  • 20 Can’t Miss Performances From Coachella 2014 You Can Watch On YouTube

    1. Calvin Harris – Summer 2. Chromeo – Fancy Footwork 3. The Naked And Famous – Young Blood 4. The 1975 – Chocolate 5. Disclosure – F For You 6. Daughter – Youth 7. Disclosure – Latch 8. CHVRCHES – The Mother We Share 9. MGMT – Electric Feel 10. Empire of the Sun – Walking On A Dream 11. Empire of the Sun – Alive 12. Capital Cities – One Minute More 13. Foster The People – Helena Beat 14. Foster The People – Best Friend 15. Ellie Goulding – I Need Your Love 16. Aloe Blacc – Wake Me Up 17. MS MR – Hurricane 18. AFI – I Hope You Suffer 19. Bastille – Things We Lost In The Fire 20. Bastille – Pompeii

  • Elvis Presley’s Retro Palm Springs Pad Should be The Next Place You Throw A Party

    Listen up all of you Coachella bound festival goers, Elvis’s Palm Springs honeymoon pad is now on the market. Filled with memorabilia that pays homage to “The King”, the pad’s living room juts out over the front lawn in a geometrical circle. In fact the entire home is made up of 5,000 square feet, divided into four perfectly circular sections on three levels, with four bedrooms and five bathrooms. Over its decades serving as a honeymoon hideaway for Elvis and Priscila Presley and an architectural and cultural fixture many movies have been filmed at the estate including “Elvis & Me” and “Elvis by the Presleys”. So scrounge up your vacation fund, pool together $10,000,000 and it’s yours.

  • Hailey Clauson Is The Newest Face of Beach Bunny Swimwear [27 Photos]

    Beach Bunny Swimwear has a knack for identifying some of the newest, hottest talent on the web… looking at you Melissa Bolona. The newest of the bunch is a 19-year-old bombshell from Thousand Oaks, California named Hailey Clauson. There is no doubt that she is now one of the modeling world’s new rising stars so get to know the name, check out her 1980s-tastic photos and then follow her on Instagram, @haileyc123.

  • We Go Behind the Scenes for the Jordan XX9 Release

    Today marks a revolutionary day for Jordan Brand. The brand released their XX9 signature shoe and as we’re going to see is the first of it’s kind. Each year Jordan sets out to push the boundaries of performance and design. Their new “Tailored For Flight” campaign focuses around their new woven technology. Last year the brand focused on a huge step in stability in compression and deflection with their Flight Plate innovation in the XX8 and this year, Jordan is taking it up a notch with a modified plate and completely woven upper. The Jordan team traveled to Italy to find the premier craftsmen and machines for weaving. Using state-of-the-art weaving machines, the team learned they could provide all four major elements of the shoe in a single layer of material. The upper woven materials constrict, but also extract to the players foot creating one seamless mold with minimal foot hotspots. The modified plate provides managed compression and deflection of the Nike Zoom Air cushioning units, creating a larger sweet spot for optimal performance. The shoe marks the first time since the Jordan XI were released that the brand was worried they wouldn’t make deadline. Tinker Hatfield, Nike’s Vice President for more »

  • 3D Ice Cubes For Wealthy Liquor Lovers

    Take your next glass of whisky to the next level with 3D on the Rocks. Each of these cubes were made with fresh spring water and a precision drill. No word on whether these will ever be available for sale but on the site you can view all their masterful creations.

  • Which NHL Teams Dominate Facebook?

    Sixteen teams are about to embark on a fight to the near and probably toothless death. The NHL playoffs are upon us and The Sporting News has broken down the alliances of each U.S. state and Canadian provinces based on fans on Facebook. As you can see Canada dominated most of their country favoring the Canadians and their golden boy, Sidney and his waddling teammates.

  • Five CAT Machines Go Head to Head in Massive Jenga Game

    Jenga is a game of precision and grace amongst have a steady hand and knack for a loose piece here or there. We’ll what if each of the27 pieces weighed 600 lbs? CAT products are known for being the most heavy duty machines out there and they wanted to prove it. So they set up a massive game of Jenga (Stacks) and used five of its machines including excavator and a telehandler to remove the half-ton wood blocks. The object of the game is for heavy equipment operators to remove and then reposition a stack of 27 blocks one at a time, without toppling the structure.

  • Charts Only Game of Thrones Fans Will Understand

    Tom Phillips and Robin Edds of Buzzfeed have compiled a series of charts that only true Game of Thrones fans will understand. The series of charts are quite giggleable (sp?) if you’re a serious fan of the show and if anything get you “psyched out of your mind about” (Classic Dinklage) next season.

  • Our New Favorite Tumblr Clowns Subway Ads

    Tumblr’s newest photo meme “Clownify Stickers” trolls local streets and subways in search of the perfect nose to stick a goofy red nose on. The project has been going on for a few weeks under the reigns of an anonymous prankster.

  • Science: El Niño Has A 50% Chance Of Making a Comeback This Summer

    There is a 50% chance that El Niño will arrive in full-force this summer bringing with it temperatures that scientists are saying could be “in near record-breaking territory.” El Niño, the weather phenomenon brought on by the warming of the Pacific Ocean, may be making a comeback this summer, leading to warmer temperatures but also rainier weather. NOAA released a report giving El Niño a 50 percent chance of developing this summer or fall, which could bring the U.S. a much milder winter next year, a relief after the recent bitter cold. Meteorologists say El Niño’s arrival may lead to fewer Atlantic hurricanes and seriously benefit parts of California and the southwestern United States, both suffering from terrible droughts. But it could also lead to potential losses in food crops and a much hotter year across the globe. So after never being able to go outside during the freezing winter, you won’t be able to stand the outdoors in the summer either. Via: NY Mag

  • Stunning HD Timelapse Shows Yosemite In All It’s Glory

    Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill produced this mind-blowing time lapse through a 200+ mile backpacking experience through Yosemite National Park. The project was filed over a 10 month span, capturing mesmerizing footage through a combined 45 days in the park Many of the shots seen in the video were filmed in Yosemite Valley, which features sheer granite monoliths tower overhead and waterfalls cascade thousands of feet down to the valley floor. Other places filmed include glacier point and other stations along the rim of the valley deep into the Sierra Nevada and the Cathedral Range at sunrise.

  • Palladium Pampa Boots

    Palladium Boots have always made a high greade grade product, with an ideal boot to get you through every season. The Pampa Sport Cuff boots are a perect blend of waterproof and breathability to take you from the frozen mountains of the rockies to the slushy muck of every winter city street corner. The outsoles are made with one piece of molded rubber to keep moisture out while featuring an EVA midsole for cushioning. The midsole of the shoe is made from premium full-grain leather, paired with ballistic nylon seam –sealed to provide a sleek and modern look perfect for that winter-spring transition period. Palladium Pama Boots

  • See How Fast You’re Charging With Practical Meter

    Does it seem like your devices charge at different speeds depending on what cables or charging source you use? Well that’s because they are, dummy. And now you can test any USB charger and see how hard its working. The Practical Meter features an LED meter that lets you know how much power you’re getting, from 1-10 watts, lit up in 1watt increments. Also included is a fast-charge 3-in-1 adapter for any Mini-USB, Micro-USB, or Apple 30-pin device. The meter is not just for nerds who need to collect every iota of data on every device they own, either. It’s important for everyone to know what amperage their charger is pulling. Some devices may get damaged or won’t charge at all if the amperage is different than what they require. You may have even seen those “Incorrect charger detected” type messages before. With the Practical Meter, you won’t have to worry about that anymore and you know your devices will be safe. Available now from Grand St. for $25.  

  • Live Your Life According to These Wise Yoda Quotes, You Should

    Inspired by watching Star Wars, Designer, Navdeep Raj created a series of typographical quotes inspired by the master Jedi himself. The wise Yoda gave Luke and Sam Jackson some sage advice during the acclaimed sci fi series and now his words can live on forever as your desktop wallpaper. Sorry “Hang in there cat”.

  • Super Bowl XLVIII Starters’ Salaries (infographic)

    Last night Super Bowl XLVIII took place and was lopsided to say the least. The Seahawks dominated the game from the get go and have the Lombardi trophy in their grasp. At the end of the day, however, all the players on the field are really all winners. With the Sylvester Williams trailing the salaries of Super Bowl starters at $426,000, I’d say every player waking up today in their Jersey City luxury hotel room should have a smile on their face.

  • 27 of the Most Interesting Facts You’ll Ever Read

    Call them what you will, interesting facts, “snapple” facts, facts you didn’t learn in school, either way to preface it, these are twenty seven of the most interesting facts, you’ll ever read. So interesting, you’ll be checking Google for authenticity before number ten. From tales of Sugar Ray Robinson’s fight premonition to to one of the luckiest men of all time.

  • Thomas Morgenstern, Three-time Olympic Champion Ski Jumper, Injured In Horrific Crash [Video + Photos]

    TAUPLITZ, Austria (AP) — Three-time Olympic ski jump champion Thomas Morgenstern of Austria was hospitalized with skull injuries and a bruised lung on Friday after crashing during training for this weekend’s ski flying World Cup. “Thomas Morgenstern is conscious and well responsive,” the Austrian ski federation said in statement hours after the incident, adding the athlete’s condition would be monitored in the intensive care unit of a Salzburg hospital for the next 72 hours. Morgenstern’s injuries were not life-threatening, head of clinic Josef Obrist told the Austria Press Agency. “He has a serious injury and he has to be monitored fulltime,” said Obrist, adding that Morgenstern was responsive and gave clear answers. During his second training jump of the day, the 27-year-old Morgenstern lost his balance in the air, turned over to the left and landed on his back and head. He briefly lost consciousness but was able to speak shortly afterward. “Fortunately he was responsive, Thomas can move arms and legs. That’s very important,” team physician Herbert Leitner said. “He asked me what happened.” Morgenstern received first aid on the hill and was flown by helicopter to the hospital, head coach Alexander Pointner said. “We can only hope for more »