What do spacesuits, aerospace-themed art, and the search for planets capable of supporting life have in common? From July 26 to the end of the year, three mini-exhibits exploring those topics will share the Flight and the Arts gallery at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.
Suited for Space: Spacesuits That Helped Launch the American Space Program Explored in New (Traveling) Smithsonian Exhibition
The history of the United States is one of perilous voyages into unchartered territories, but few journeys have captured the imagination and hearts of the public as the race into space. In May 1961, when President John F. Kennedy made the promise that America would put a man on the moon within a decade, the ability to fulfill that promise truly existed only in theory. It was seemingly unattainable, but American ingenuity, innovation, and determination made the impossible possible. And it is that ingenuity and innovation that is explored and celebrated in the SITES exhibit Suited for Space.
Suited for Space, an exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition (SITES) and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum that explores the evolution of spacesuit development from the first quarter of the 20th century until the dawn of the shuttle era, reveals the remarkable creativity and ingenuity of nearly a century of flight and spacesuit design and development. The spacesuit was a critical piece of engineering that allowed Neil Armstrong to step onto another world and survive in the hostile environment of outer space. The Apollo spacesuit he wore evolved from the groundbreaking advances of the Gemini and Mercury mission suits, facilitating movement and dexterity in small spaces, remaining pressurized in zero gravity, and providing essential oxygen, heating, and cooling in as efficient a manner as possible. Continue reading
Breakthrough Travel Accessory Certified by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) in US and Canada
TakeCharger LLC announced the launch of ChargerGenie®, The World’s First Charging Tote Bag featuring a built-in power strip, which can charge up to eight devices at a time. ChargerGenie debuts on www.Indiegogo.com, where it is available for the first 60 days at a reduced price of $39 each. In addition, ChargerGenie has been certified in the U.S. and Canada by the leader in safety certification, Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
ChargerGenie, which is currently available in three colors (black, red or pink cheetah), looks like a fashion tote but features a “secret weapon” — six power outlets and two USB ports distributed around the lower perimeter of the bag. In the base of the bag, there is a cord that powers ChargerGenie and can be stored inside when not in use. ChargerGenie organizes, stores and charges devices and their respective chargers like: mobile phones; tablets and eReaders like iPad Mini and Kindle; iPod devices; Bluetooth headsets; earbuds; headphones, SD Memory cards, personal gaming devices such as PSP, Leapfrog, Nintendo; and more in one convenient place. ChargerGenie can also power and fully charge any size laptop. UL considered ChargerGenie so unique and confirmed that it had never seen anything like it before. As a result the organization created new testing and amendments specifically for the device.
Additional benefits of ChargerGenie include:
No More Lost Chargers: Saves money by eliminating the problem of lost chargers, which are frequently left behind in hotel rooms and on the road,
Easy Grab-and-Go Travel: Fits over the handle of most rolling suitcases and packs easily into any travel bag.
Reduce Clutter: Improves organization by keeping chargers and accessories neatly stored inside ChargerGenie.
ChargerGenie, the first patent-pending solution for the world’s ever-increasing need to organize and charge personal electronic devices, evolved from the real-life experience of Jeannie DeSanctis, who co-founded TakeCharger LLC in 2009.
“As a traveling technology executive and a busy mom, I always had trouble finding enough outlets in airports and hotel rooms to charge multiple devices,” said DeSanctis, the inventor of ChargerGenie and CEO of TakeCharger. “With ChargerGenie, I created a bag and power strip combo that solves this problem and more. It not only charges multiple devices on the go, it also organizes and stores them, creating a low-tech solution for today’s high-tech lifestyles.”
“We are pleased to announce the availability of ChargerGenie on Indiegogo,” said DeSanctis’ sister Laura Dugan, co-founder of TakeCharger. “We are looking forward to a strong sales response from our campaign because unlike other crowdfunding campaigns, ChargerGenie has been fully tested and is ready to be delivered to consumers.”
TakeCharger LLC, based in Hobe Sound, Fla., is the manufacturer, supplier and e-commerce vendor of ChargerGenie®, The World’s First Charging Tote Bag. As the founder of mRocket, DeSanctis developed and launched the first mobile shopping application in the United States and has extensive experience in the digital and mobile industries. The founding team is comprised of DeSanctis and her sister, veteran sales and distribution executive, Laura Dugan. For more information on ChargerGenie, please visit www.ChargerGenie.com.
Summer is here and the living is NOT always easy. You can beat the heat with these summertime kitchen tools for cold drinks and cool treats:
The new Zoku® Classic Pop Molds combines the traditional ice pops shape with innovative design for today. Easy to use, it freezes up to six ice pops at a time. Simply place the molds in the base and add ingredients–such as juice or flavored yogurt–then insert reusable sticks, and freeze. Once the pops are frozen, briefly rinse the molds under warm water. For the whole family, especially if you are trying to instill good eating (and snacking) habits in your kids, The Zoku(®) Classic Pop Molds is BPA and phthalate free. $14.99 at www.Zokuhome.com. Continue reading
POV’s 26th Season continues on Monday, July 29 at 10 PM ET with the broadcast premiere of Neurotypical by Adam Larsen. (Check your local listings).
Neurotypical is an unprecedented exploration of autism from the point of view of autistic people themselves and a rare film among documentaries about autism. Four-year-old Violet, teenaged Nicholas and adult Paula occupy different positions on the autism spectrum, but they are all at pivotal moments in their lives. How they and the people around them work out their perceptual and behavioral differences becomes a remarkable reflection of the “neurotypical” world – the world of the non-autistic – revealing inventive adaptations on each side and an emerging critique of both what it means to be normal and what it means to be human.
The New Beats Studio Features New and Improved Sound, Design, Noise Canceling, and Power Management; Available Everywhere August 2013
Beats Electronics LLC (Beats) (http://www.beatsbydre.com/), the leading audio brand co-founded by legendary artist and producer Dr. Dre and Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine, recently introduces the next generation of the company’s iconic Beats By Dr. Dre Studio headphone. The original Studio put Beats on the map, capturing the hearts and ears of consumers and creating demand for a premium sound experience.
Today, the new Beats Studio marks an elevated standard of quality, innovation and design for everything Beats brings to market moving forward, reinforcing the company’s commitment to exquisite form, function, and most importantly sound.
“With the original Studio headphone we set out to prove that people all around the world care enough about sound to invest in it – and we did,” said Jimmy Iovine. “Now we are taking it a step further. The new Studio is tuned with balance, accuracy and emotion, has a breathtaking design and truly innovative technology. This is the sound of the future.”
Each pair of the new Beats Studio headphones is precisely tuned with new custom digital software called the Beats Acoustic Engine (BAE), to perfectly deliver a reengineered and reimagined Beats sound experience. Every detail in the new Beats Studio was specially crafted to create a streamlined look, feel, and fit. The new design features lighter materials, increased strength, improved flexibility and an acute attention to detail. There are no visible screws. There are no straight lines. The new design also features an ergonomic adjustment mechanism around the ear cups that enables them to adjust to the head without restriction via a single floating pivot.
The new Beats Studio features Adaptive Noise Cancellation (ANC), which switches between two modes. In music mode, sound quality and noise cancellation are perfectly balanced to deliver a premium listening experience. When unplugged, the headphone provides a more aggressive noise reduction experience. All of the materials – from the ear cups to the headband – work in concert to isolate sound and improve the acoustics of the new Beats Studio. There are no more changing batteries. The new Beats Studio is a noise-cancelling headphone with a rechargeable, 20-hour, Lithium-Ion battery, which can be charged in any USB port or outlet. A 5-light LED battery fuel gauge indicates how much charge is left while an auto on/off feature automatically shuts down the headphone once it is unplugged.
“Music is my first love,” said Dr. Dre. “It’s how artists and producers communicate with their fans, but if the sound isn’t right then the emotion isn’t right and the meaning gets lost in translation.”
The new Beats Studio retails for $299.95 and will be widely available beginning August 2013 at www.beatsbydre.com and authorized Beats retailers.