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VICTORINOX I.N.O.X. Survival Accessory Smart Watches From a Historic Brand

Preparedness By March 1, 2016 No Comments

This watch embodies the history of a pioneering brand that creates objects characterized by ultimate functionality and uncompromising quality. 4 years of deliberation, 3 years of development, 6 months oftrials, 421 prototypes and 130 tests have established a new standard in watchmaking.

Three hands and a date. A beveled bezel, seemingly sculpted by a knife. A monobloc dial with a clean design. A modern signature. This apparent simplicity conceals technical complexity while its perfectlybalanced structure is robust with comfortable fit. Made to last, it defies deliberate obsolescence. Its perfection verges on an obsession, its performance, the stuff of records.

I.N.O.X. is the watch of a lifetime. Suited to every moment. Simply timeless.

It took three years to finalize the development of one of the most robust watches ever imagined. A demanding initiative, crowned with success. In just two years, I.N.O.X. has become the flagship of theVictorinox Swiss Army watch division. Now, just a fraction of a second is needed to change its identity. A singular yet multiple model.

The ultimate test has been added to the 130 tests already in place to guarantee the resistance of the I.N.O.X. collection : the test of time. Ensuring the continued success of a model requires more than flawless technicality. It must be constantly reinvented. At a relentless pace. Without ever betraying its true character. The watch shows the time, the accessory marks the moment. It is spontaneous without being immediate, temporary without being futile.

Just like the famous Swiss Army Knife unfolds its blades to reveal successive layers of ingenious functions, I.N.O.X. further expands its adaptability. It is a modular and multidisciplinary toolbox featuring as many accessories as personalities. True to the brand’s pioneering spirit, they imbue the timepiece with genuine versatility.

Sold separately, a selection of 10 accessories—including paracord straps, compass bumpers and two smart bumpers known as the Cybertool—offers true freedom of expression. Thirty distinct combinations for each of the I.N.O.X. models. An option for every mood, a function for every need, a style for every lifestyle. Personal, playful and smart.


The Cybertool

A simple yet ingenious idea with a simple and rational design. The Victorinox Swiss Army Cybertool is a smart wearable device in the strictest sense of the term. Worn on an I.N.O.X. watch, it multiplies the timepiece’s functions and opens up a world of possibilities.

Designed by the research and development center of leading computing and communications company, Acer, the Cybertool offers the best of both worlds. To ensure an optimal user experience, this smart device has been meticulously developed and simultaneously tested in the two brands’ laboratories. Produced in partnership with Acer, it gives lovers of wearable technology an exclusive solution.

The Victorinox Swiss Army Cybertool is equipped with a range of characteristics that echo the brand’s essence. Using two push buttons, the “Help” function triggers the smartphone to send three pre-set contacts a message with your GPS position1 in the event of an emergency, “Find my Phone” activates your smartphone’s ringtone so you can locate it even in silent mode, and an LED backlight can be activated to improve the readability of the watch dial in the dark. In addition, the Cybertool offers all the functions expected on this type of smart device – incoming calls and messages notification, daily activity tracker, and multiple time zone display.

Compatible with iOS and Android, fitted with Gorilla Glass, and offering an average autonomy of five to seven days, it is a wrist-worn relay for your smartphone. All you need is an application, available for download. In deep black or indigo blue, at home on land or at sea, the Cybertool is the promise of adventure.

The Paracord strap

Already present in the Victorinox Swiss Army watch collection, the paracord strap is now available as an accessory. The ideal I.N.O.X. companion, it was developed in close partnership with Swedish brand Naimakka. Hand-woven from nylon cord originally used for parachute suspension lines, its uncompromising strength is equaled only by its multifunctional nature. The strands of this survival tool can be unraveled to cope with the most unexpected situations to improvise a shelter, secure a pack or weave a fishing net.

Available with an exclusive Swiss Army Knife featuring a special blade for attaching the strap to the watch case, the unique and versatile paracord is useful everywhere and anywhere. On a hike or in an urban setting. Camo, black, red or sand shades. Life is your adventure.

The compass bumper

Highly inspired by cellphone cases, the removable I.N.O.X. bumper adopts its fundamental features: protective and distinctive. Easily adjusted to the case of the I.N.O.X. watch, it perfectly hugs its contours. In red, blue, black or translucent gray, it transforms the timepiece as much as it prevents your watchfrom the scratches of daily wear. The four cardinal points make it a compass. The four colors give it multiple identities.

Check out more specs and find a store locator on the Victorinox Website



Round LED Display


Incoming Call Notification, Mail & Message Notification,

Event Reminder, Time Zone, Pedometer, Active Minutes,

Calories Burned, Goal Setting, Countdown, Stopwatch,

Find My Phone, Help, Assistant Light

(Some features are accessible from the companion smartphone app)






60mAh Li-polymer, Non-Replaceable Battery

5-7 days battery life, subject to usage




53.1 x 52 x 21.9 mm

Screen – Gorilla Glass 3

Body – TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane)


Android 4.4.2+

iOS 8.0+


Tropiformer Survival Jacket: Survive in style, be prepared!

Preparedness, Zombie Fashion By April 9, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

SCOTTEVEST (, creators of the TEC-Technology Enabled Clothing® line, announced their first exclusive product for ThinkGeek: the Tropiformer Jacket. SCOTTEVEST and ThinkGeek are hands down two of the most innovative and exciting companies in the fun side of the tech industry. While SeV products have been sold through ThinkGeek’s online store for years, this is the first joint product launch between the two companies. The Tropiformer Jacketis ideal for tech-oriented travelers, and is available in five great colors (Red, Blue, Green, Pewter and Cement) exclusively through and beginning on April 9, 2013. A video detailing its features is available HERE.The Tropiformer is not some paltry new windbreaker… windbreakers don’t get press releases or have their likeness memorialized in Carbonite. This jacket is the manifestation – the avatar, if you will – of several epic mash-ups:

  • Technology and clothing are merged.
  • TROPIcal weight fabric and magnetically-attached TransFORMER Sleeves combine to create the TROPIFORMER Jacket.
  • SCOTTEVEST and ThinkGeek unite on their first product launch collaboration!
Tropiformer Jacket at Thinkgeek
The Tropiformer Jacket
 has all the unique travel-friendly features people have come to love and expect from SCOTTEVEST, with all the geeky goodness to make the product worthy of ThinkGeek’s spotlight:
  • Transformer Sleeves – the jacket’s sleeves are removable and are held in place by tech friendly magnets to make it incredibly easy to transform your jacket into a vest and back again. Perfect for changing weather and that seat right under the A/C vent.
  • iPad Pocket – less cuddly than pulling a rabbit from a hat, but far more practical: the PadPocket™ is one step away from magical.
  • Quick Draw pocket – clear touch material lets you not only see, hear and operate a touchscreen phone through the clear pocket, but you don’t even need to take your hand out of your pocket to do it.
  • Locking pocket – slightly paranoid: a one-way, locking zipper pull keeps protects an internal pocket-within-a-pocket making your wallet, passport and valuables extra safe from pickpockets.
  • Patented Personal Area Network (PAN) for headphone wire and power management – it not only works to route headphones, but also works for power management. Put a 
    iGeek Large Capacity Portable Charger
     in one pocket and charge devices in your other pockets; freedom is constantly topping off.
  • Packable – the entire jacket can easily be packed into itself, making it perfect for travel.
  • The Difference is Inside™ – a ton of hidden pockets to carry all your tech gadgets without any bulges, and with everything balanced thanks to the integrated Weight Management System.
Tropiformer Jacket was designed and destined to be the ultimate undercover geek travel jacket, so the wearer could pass as a muggle at first glance, but under the surface have a carry-on worth of storage in their pockets. Meticulous attention has been given to the selection of luxurious, high tech fabric and a subtle mesh back that is super lightweight, extremely comfortable, and breathable. The jacket feels like a water resistant “second skin” (since gadgets don’t like water) and you’ll never mind wearing it in a variety of temperatures, hot or cold. TEC has also designed its own proprietary, high quality zipper pulls, and indicates the intended use for each pocket with a tiny icon, with an attached eyeglass chamois depicting a “pocket map” with the location of all the pockets. Yes, there are that many pockets, Long John Silver!
“I truly love this jacket, and this is hands down our best product yet,” said Scott Jordan, TEC by SCOTTEVEST Founder and CEO. “We took many of the coolest features of our Transformer jacket, and combined them with our Fleece 7.0 – both of which garnered a great deal of attention last year.”
“This is one of those things that fits ThinkGeek’s audience exceptionally well,” states ThinkGeek Mouthpiece Steve Zimmermann. “Working with TEC to come up with something that covers every kind of gadget has been incredible and we’re proud to be an exclusive retailer of the new Tropiformer.”
The Tropiformer Jacket is available April 9th, 2013 exclusively on and It is sold in five distinctive colors: Red, Blue, Green, Pewter and Cement.

Surviving the Dead: How to Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse

Preparedness By March 24, 2013 No Comments

Zombies have made a comeback in popular culture with the success of TV shows like Walking Dead and movies like 28 Days Later and Zombieland. While there’s no imminent threat of a zombie apocalypse, let’s entertain the thought that one may happen in the not-so-distant future. What would you need to do to survive? Listed below are some tips to help you defend your home and family during a zombie invasion:

Get an extensive arsenal of weapons

Miconne's Eyeball removal serviceObviously, you will need weapons – and a lot of them – if you’re going to survive in a zombie-infested world. You should get all the handguns, shotguns, assault rifles and ammunition you can get your hands on. However, any Walking Dead fan knows the importance of arming yourself with more than just guns. Not only will ammo be limited in supply, but loud and constant gunfire also tends to attract more zombies that are roaming in the area. For that reason, you’ll need to get creative in finding other ways to efficiently exterminate zombies.

Michonne (from Walking Dead) does pretty well with a steel-blade katana. Knives, swords, daggers and other bladed weapons are essential, but make sure to practice close-quarters combat so you’re able to dexterously dismember zombies. And by all means, always attack the head first! Listed below are some other weapons you could use to fight the undead:

  • Chainsaw
  • Dynamite and other explosives
  • Flamethrower
  • Crossbow
  • Slingshot
  • Flail
  • Police baton
  • Crowbar
  • Nunchucks
  • Baseball bats, golf clubs
  • Grenades
  • Landmines

Compile the necessary survival gear and equipment

During the zombie apocalypse – or any catastrophic event for that matter – you will need to have the proper gear and equipment to survive. Listed below is a list of essential items:

  • Sturdy backpack
  • Compass and map
  • Canteen and water purification tablets
  • Full body armor (special forces helmet, bulletproof vest, combat boots, Kevlar gloves, wool socks)
  • Binoculars
  • First aid kid (and any antibiotics and medicine you can get your hands on)
  • Durable flashlight
  • Quality multi-tool
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof, handheld radio
  • Duct tape

Get an extensive home security system

If you’re going to ward off a massive horde of bloodthirsty, flesh-eating zombies, you’ll need to see them before they see you. That’s why you’re going to need a wireless alarm system that’s adept proficient at detecting zombies, burglars or any bandits that may want to ransack your home for supplies.

Zombie Survival Guide


Zombie Survival Snow Cars – Make your own!

Preparedness, Zombie lols By November 14, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Many people disagree, but I still think living in a wintery wasteland is the way to wait out the zombie apocalypse. Especially if you lived on top of a mountain with long, steep dirt roads, only accessible by tracked vehicle and far to far and high for any zombie to bother venturing. Just pull up a trailer full of supplies with a tractor someone left laying around and you’re golden for a while.

Everybody wants an exciting and fast moving survival story but what would really be great, would be to live in a lookout tower on top of a mountain year round and only go down for supplies once in a while, grow your veggies 1/2 the year, and sit by the fire and read a good book the rest of the time, while the zombies slowly rot away.


Starting with a kit car, you can modify the frame as needed to install front sleds and rear tracks!

Zombie Survival Snow Cars

My favorite car ever, some kind of an extended station wagon – possibly to accommodate that 3 wheel track on the back?

Zombie Survival Snow Cars

Ye Olde Tyme Zombie Survival in the wintery wasteland of Alaska.

Zombie Survival Snow Cars

Soviet Era jet powered ski car – GENIUS!

Zombie Survival Snow Cars

These are more common than you may think. There are many modern options for snow cats. Ideal for living on top of a mountain with no roads, and no zombies anywhere for miles!

Zombie Survival Snow Cars

For only $3k you can convert your motorcycle into a snowmobile (WANT).

snow motorcycle

or just buy this…

Here’s some creative thinking for motorcycling off road, it’s a tracked motorcycle. Ready to do battle with sand, snow or anything else, the Hyanide and Baal design concepts are part of the Michelin Challenge Design 2006 that’s taking place at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. 

If you really get comfortable and need some exercise, you can always go for a bike ride.



Ultimate Zombie Survival Power Source – Urine Power!

Preparedness By November 9, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Imagine a post apocalyptic world with all the power we can pee?

Four Nigeria-based 14- and 15-year-old girls Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin and Bello Eniola created a urine-powered generator that was unveiled at an arts and science fair in Lagos Nigeria.

How no one else has thought of this is beyond me but these 4 girls, with very innovative thinking, are blowing away engineers and scientists all over the world.

Could we really live a future of always peeing into cups, then making an espresso with pee power!  YES!  This idea will definitely spark some inventors to get to work and I imagine, once the bugs are worked out, someone will be selling these in no time. I hope to all hell that someone got those girls a patent!

 Urine-Powered Generator

Urine-Powered Generator

The device is able to provide six hours of electricity with one liter of urine through a  fairly “simple” though potentially explosive process:

1. Urine is first put into an electrolytic cell to separate out the hydrogen.

2,. Hydrogen goes into a water filter for purification and gets pushed into a gas cylinder.

3. The gas cylinder pushes the hydrogen into a cylinder of liquid borax to remove the moisture from the hydrogen gas.

4. And finally, the purified hydrogen gas is pushed into the generator to create electricity.

Care you make your own? If 4 teenage girls can do it, so can we (well, maybe not me)!  Just don’t blow yourself up – unless you fancy being a once armed, one eyed, Snake Plissken mother*ker when the zombies come.

Maker Faire Africa: Schoolgirls Create Urine-Powered Generator

Maker Faire Africa: Schoolgirls Create Urine-Powered Generator


The Ultimate Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kit

Preparedness By July 12, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

If the world doesn’t end before a zombie apocalypse happens, hunting gear maker Optics Planet has created the ultimate zombie apocalypse survival kit that prepares you for the undead. Called the ‘Z.E.R.O. (Zombie Extermination, Research and Operations) Kit’, it contains all tools and weapons to help you cover all grounds and prepare you—guns, first aid kits, watches, gloves, solar battery chargers, knives and the likes, and it even contains instruments to help you create a zombie cure.

But all this comes at a hefty price of US$24,000 here.

“There is no room for error when dealing with the undead,” the company wrote on its website. “Our Z.E.R.O. (Zombie Extermination, Research and Operations) Kit takes into account all the different aspects of surviving the looming zombie apocalypse. When the undead hordes rise from their shallow graces to wreak havoc on all decent civilization, you’ll need to both fight back (extermination), and find a cure (research).”

“Always be prepared. In the new zombie world, you can be king of the hill, or the tastiest treat in town.”