Editorial: Smart-C field X-ray machine is a feat of minituarisation.
Travel: The lost city of San Juan Parangaricutiro
Technology: OrCam helps you to remember people.
Stationery: Calepino Line Markers highlight without damaging your book.
Gadgets and Gear: Penato is a really handy little knife.
Books and Writing: Codex Enigmatum will stretch your brain.
Miscellaneous: Pluvi keeps you dry and won't let you down.
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EDITORIAL: Smart-C field X-ray machine is a feat of minituarisation.

The great strides in miniaturisation and bringing complex medical devices into the realms of portability and use by ordinary citizens has to be one of the hallmarks of the last few years.


Now Turner Imaging has created a small, truly portable X-ray machine for field use, the Smart-C. Think of rescue teams, sports doctors, army medics and even doctors in their offices being able to better determine injuries and apply appropriate treatment.


Weighing only 7 kg and being battery powered, this is amazing minituarisation of a machine that in the past took up a significant part of a room. The arm folds. The unit links to a tablet computer.


The Smart-C is undergoing FDA approval.

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TRAVEL: The lost city of San Juan Parangaricutiro

Following on from last week's visit to the unusual Mütter Museum, this week PD takes you to an even more eerie place, the lost city of San Juan Parangaricutiro in Mexico.

In this city, the church bells started ringing by themselves on the 20th of February, 1943. This was caused by the shaking of the earth due to the awakening of the nearby Parícutin volcano. Fortunately the lava flowed very slowly, over the next eight years covering the entire town, including the cemetery but sparing the church. This was hailed as a miracle.

Today, if you are prepared to go off the beaten track, you can still visit the remains of this haunting place.

[Photograph: Sparksmex]

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TECHNOLOGY: OrCam MyMe helps you to remember people.

Have you ever been introduced to a large number of people at work, a party or a conference, and then had problems remembering everyone? Did you ever meet someone and not see them for weeks or months, and then couldn't remember his or her name? Well fret no more. OrCam MyMe is here to save you the embarrassment of avoiding naming them or, worse, calling them by the wrong name.


This small device has facial recognition technology combined with an algorithm to record and remember people. Then when you next meet them it will flash up their information on your smart watch, phone or tablet to remind you who they are. It can also read and remember text on name tags and business cards - neat.

It has other functions too.


And there is no fear for privacy; everything is stored on the device, with nothing going to the cloud.


Check it out here:

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STATIONERY:  Calepino Line Markers highlight without damaging your book.

PD hates it when people write in books, underline passages or use highlighter pens in books. By using these paper thin metal markers you can highlight lines or pages in your books without damaging the pages.


They are available in bronze, stainless steel and brass.


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GADGETS AND GEAR: Penato is a really handy little knife.

Made in Japan by knife maker Yoshiharu Hamono, this little knife fits anywhere and is ready for use at all times. The body is brass and the blade is made from carbon steel.


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BOOKS AND WRITING: Codex Enigmatum will stretch your brain.

Do you enjoy puzzles? Well Codex Enigmatum is a puzzle book like no other.


This beautifully illustrated book is filled with brain teasers, riddles and conundrums, each solution yielding a key to unlock further puzzles.


This book will require lateral thinking, logical deduction, spatial reasoning and pattern recognition.


Pick up the challenge here:

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MISCELLANEOUS: Pluvi keeps you dry and won't let you down.

Don't you hate it when a gust of wind snaps your umbrella and you end up wet? Forget those flimsy throw-away umbrellas; get Pluvi instead.


Made entirely from polymer, the ribs are flexible and strong.


Not only is it better for you, think of all the broken umbrellas that end up in landfill. The polymer bits are available in a number of colours, or go for the rainbow effect. The material is available in either black or white.


Even better, it is light to carry.


Get yourself a Pluvi here, and also ones for your family and friends:

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X90 Planner

The X90 Planner has been thoroughly tested by PD and featured in PD: Cool Things 178:


The planner is hard back but opens flat. It is clearly laid out and uses quality paper. It is undated, so you can start working on your goals immediately. There are 90 days in the planner, the ideal length of time to achieve goals.


From US $31.95 plus shipping. Local taxes may apply in your country.

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Important disclaimer: Remember that crowd funding sites are not stores. You may decide to back this project and provide funds, however there is no guarantee that any project will be delivered - the rate of failure is about 10%. PD is in no way accountable for the success or otherwise of any project and writes in this column purely for entertainment purposes, and will in no way be held liable for any failure or money lost by anyone. It is a case of "buyer beware". It is a sad reflection on the era we live in that PD must resort to this type of disclaimer.

Note: Photographs and illustrations are from the relevant websites and are the copyright of the respective owners.

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