Samoa, a country best known for being tied with Thin Mints for the best Girl Scout Cookie flavor, now has an airline that charges passengers based on the total weight of their asses and luggage. Each traveler will be weighed alongside their bags at the airport, and the total flight cost calculated. Cue a heavy-breathing uproar.
The new policy is motivated by the fact that Samoa Air’s fleet is largely made up of small 12-seater aircraft, which see passengers and baggage accounting for a much larger proportion of total takeoff weight than bigger airplaines. That, and the fact that Samoa has a serious obesity problem.
Prices will vary between $ 50 to $ 200 per 100lbs, depending on the length of the journey, but Samoa Air claims that a normal-weight family will actually see a reduction in their fare.
Hey — you overweight and trying to save on the coast of your next flight? Here’s what you do: tape your pant cuffs and waistband to yourself, then fill your pants and underwear with helium like a party balloon. That way when you step on the scale at the airport you’ll weigh the exact same as you did before, and realize maybe it’s time to holler at some diet and exercise.
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When we walked the floor at CES this week, I had to stop by and visit one of my favorite iOS device power accessory makers. Innergie, which created a power cable that has micro USB, mini USB and 30-pin connectors all in one, had some new things on display here in Vegas, including the PocketCell Duo, portable power bank with a whopping 6,800mAh of battery power.
To put that in perspective, the Mophie Juice Pack Pro, one of the existing heavyweights in pocketable battery packs, has only 6,000mAh, and is also considerably larger. The PocketCell Duo’s reserve can power up an iPhone 5 over four times on a full charge, or get an iPad 4 up to about half its total battery life, or a little over.
The PocketCell Duo also ships with the Magic Cable Trio from Innergie, which has a mini USB, microUSB and 30 Pin connector in one. Those hoping for a Lightning connector will have to bring their own cable, however. Still, for a device that’s approximately the size of a big box of matches, the size of the reserve alone is the real draw here, and the cable is just a nice bonus.
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Induction charging seems ready for its time in the spotlight, with the Nexus 4, Droid DNA and Lumia 920 all shipping with wireless charging based on the Qi standard built-in. Now a concept design that offers solar-powered wireless charging cleverly hidden inside a futuristic looking bonsai tree hopes to become a reality with the help of Kickstarter.
The electree+ began life as a concept by French designer Vivien Muller, which he originally unveiled in 2008. Then, three years later, Muller tried to bring the device to market, kicking off pre-orders for the device beginning at $ 370. She was aiming for 400 pre-sales, but the device eventually shipped to just a small group of 200 pre-order customers.
Now, the electree+ has been redesigned to maximize its solar efficiency, and to be manufactured in the USA at much larger volume, and for less money. The redesigned electree+ boasts a 14,000mAh internal battery, which when fully charged can fill an iPhone 5 up to and over nine times. It features 27 solar panels at the tips of branches, which are adjustable to capture maximum light. It requires 36 hours in sunlight to build up a full charge, but it also only needs around 4 hours to build up enough juice to fully recharge your standard smartphone.
Other features, like an optional built-in- NFC chip, mean that it can trigger an action when a smartphone is placed on its surface, in order to put it into dock mood or manage smart home connected devices, like light fixtures and curtains. It also has changeable faceplates, if you’re feeling bored by a particular color. Plus, the electree+ is environmentally friendly, since it’s just sipping sunlight to deliver charges to your devices.
The electree+ has two USB ports, including one designed for devices with lower power requirements like smartphones, and one for tablets which feature faster charging powers. As mentioned, because it uses Qi, it’ll work out of the box with the Nexus 4 and other smartphones with Qi inductive charging coils built-in, but it should also work with iPhones so long as they have a wireless charging case.
Pre-orders begin at $ 199, depending on what kind of options you want, and the team behind the redesigned electree+ wants to hit at least 1,000 pre-sales, or a total funding amount of $ 200,000 in order to go to production. It’s an ambitious project, but unlike with a lot of products on Kickstarter, this is one that’s actually been made and shipped, so hopefully the team stands a better chance than most of hitting their May 2013 target ship date.Related Posts:
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Answer by ToToUsing your phone while on the charger will do nothing to the phone. I use my phone all the time on the charger no issues
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Although TDK mentioned its Wireless Charging Cube at IFA with the rest of its latest portable audio wares, it wasn’t until today that we got a look at the speaker. The six by six by six-inch (yes, you read that right) unit features the same retro, black and gold aesthetic as TDKs other Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR speakers, but it’s notably housing a Qi-compatible inductive charging base at the top (just like JBL’s Lumia-styled Power Up speakers). Along with being splash-resistant enough to stay safely within range of your sink, an internal rechargeable battery will net you roughly six to eight hours of untethered play time. We had a very brief ears-on with this $ 400 unit, so join us past the break for more details and our initial impressions.
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Both the Lumia 820 and 920 — expected to be announced at an event in New York this Wednesday — are believed to feature wireless charging, and the evidence grows this morning with the leak of an image showing the models on their charging pad. The pad looks to be nearly as long as the phone itself with a single cord trailing off into the distance (presumably connecting to a USB port), but if rumors of Qi compatibility are true, it’s conceivable that owners of the phone will be able to use a variety of pads from other manufacturers as well; Verizon, for instance, offers Qi wireless charging on a number of its smartphones.
We’ll know more in two days’ time.
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