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James Bond wishes he had a “Q” like Walter Boggs. A mechanical engineer, Boggs has been at National Geographic for 32 years, developing technology to help photographers get the shot on their most challenging assignments—from remote-controlled camera cars to a life-size hippopotamus suit.

Read more about Walter and his work.

See some of Walter’s inventions at work in the field: a Remote-controlled camera car used to photograph tigers and a Life-size hippopotamus suit.

Premium merino clothing brand, Icebreaker, has collaborated with seven artists to develop unique designs for their premium summer t-shirt line and now you have the chance to win a $1000 Icebreaker wardrobe just by voting for your favourite!

Inspired by the outdoors and ecology, seven artists from Icebreaker’s home of New Zealand and around the world have designed graphics for brand’s merino t-shirt line, all of which are being sold online and in store now. For example, artist, Sam Clarke, finds inspiration in the nature and landscapes around him, which translated to intricate markings and patterns to give his pieces a contemporary New Zealand feel.

As with Sam, Icebreaker has aligned with artists who share the brand ethos reconnecting with nature merino that is‘born in nature’ is‘worn in nature’.

Other artists lucky to showcase their designs on Icebreaker’s merino t-shirts include Portland-based Ed Hepp and Megan Geer, and New Zealand artists Amanda Cranston, Sam Clark, Penny Stotter, Stu Forsyth and Jacinta Mauga—all of whom echo the brand with designs calling on nature, comfort, freedom and the outdoors.

The Icebreaker ‘Best T-Shirt In The World’ competition invites fans to vote for their favourite design with the chance to win a grand prize of $1,000 worth of Icebreaker clothing, or one of the merino t-shirts every week until the competition ends on December 15.

Head to www.facebook.com/icebreakernz to enter and hear more about the artists.

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Journey’s are richer when shared.

Celebrating the unique storyteller within us all, GoPro enables us to capture life as it unfolds. Every emotion, encounter and enriching experience preserved in high definition for all to enjoy!

This video montage showcases the latest camera in the GoPro range—the HERO3+ Black Edition. 20% smaller and lighter than its best-selling predecessor, it delivers improved image quality and powerful new features geared for versatility and convenience. SuperView™ is a new video mode that captures the world’s most immersive wide angle perspective, while Auto Low Light mode intelligently adjusts frame rate for stunning low-light performance. Combined with 30% longer battery life, faster built-in Wi-Fi and a sharper lens, the HERO3+ Black Edition is the most advanced GoPro yet.

Read a review by Jimmy Chin (Adventure-Photographer)

Explore the range at GoPro.com

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Ink that conducts electricity; a window that turns from clear to opaque at the flip of a switch; a jelly that makes music.

All this stuff exists, and Catarina Mota says: “It’s time to play with it”.

Mota leads us on a tour of surprising and cool new materials, and suggests that the way we’ll figure out what they’re good for is to experiment, tinker and have fun.

A maker of things and open-source advocate, Catarina Mota is co-founder of Open Materials, a collaborative project dedicated to do-it-yourself experimentation with smart materials. This is a new class of materials that change in response to stimuli: conductive ink, shape-memory plastics, etc.

Her goal is to encourage the making of things; to that end, she teaches hands-on workshops on high-tech materials and simple circuitry for both young people and adults–with a side benefit of encouraging interest in science, technology and knowledge-sharing.

Be a tourist in your own country with NAVIGON’s new Lonely Planet package for compatible Samsung GALAXY smartphones!

NAVIGON is bringing the great Australian road trip to your compatible Samsung GALAXY smartphone with the launch of a new Lonely Planet package for users, available with the latest upgrade to NAVIGON for Android™ 4.6.

NAVIGON for Android 4.6 offers a number of new features, including Google Street View, Last Mile and Urban Guidance, as well as the Panorama View 3D in app-package. These new features will help you to arrive at your final destination with ease, while the Lonely Planet package provides a wealth of tourist information along the route you select.

Purchase and download the Lonely Planet in-app package to access 25 road trips across Australia, including the Great Ocean Road, Murray River, Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley to Coffs Harbour, Barossa Valley and Sunshine Coast. The distance of each tour varies but along the way, the app calls out key points of interest like landmarks, museums and historic buildings, places to eat and drink, and accommodation options.

The Panorama View 3D feature uses satellite information provided by NASA to present a three dimensional perspective of the road ahead. This is particularly useful when entering steep and unfamiliar terrain. Exclusive to the Samsung Electronics Australia version of the app, Panorama View 3D also presents three dimensional images of key city landmarks, helping you to orientate yourself in unfamiliar cities. In Sydney, landmarks like the Sydney Tower will be clearly visible from a distance so you can compare your NAVIGON maps to your actual surroundings.

Finding your final destination in both metropolitan and regional areas is now so easy with the introduction of NAVIGON’s innovative Google Street View feature. The app presents a picture of your destination on the screen when you start navigating, and you can pull up this image again as you approach your destination.

For users who are walking or taking public transport in the final part of their journey, NAVIGON has introduced a practical Last Mile function, which saves the location of your car after parking and leads you to your destination on foot. With the new ‘back-to-car’ button, NAVIGON can easily take you back to your car location – or a pre-saved location afterwards.

The addition of Urban Guidance to NAVIGON’s growing stable of features means users can now also incorporate public transport into their chosen route. The app will guide you to your nearest transport stop by foot, and lets you look up detailed information about which route or line to take and where to get off.

Other new features of the app include Click-On POI, which presents clustered POIs in an easy-to-read list. A new MyMaps button is available for Samsung users only, and provides easy access to the NAVIGON map manager.

The NAVIGON for Android 4.6 upgrade is available for free on selected Samsung GALAXY devices: TAB, S (running Android 2.2+), SII, SIII, Note, W, Ace, Gio, Fit, Mini, and Y. On other Android smartphones, NAVIGON Australia for Android is priced at $59.95. The Lonely Planet and Panorama View 3D in-app packages are available exclusively for Samsung users for $6.00 and $10.00 respectively.

For more information, visit NAVIGON.