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7. Digital’s Next Step
Want to know every nook of Everest’s South Col Route without putting on a parka? Photosynth, a project from Microsoft Live Labs, will someday make it possible. Using an ever growing database of photos supplied by everyday users, its computers stitch together related images into 3-D models of places and objects, allowing you to zoom in and out, move to any spot within the model, and pick your vantage point. The more pictures submitted, the greater the quality and detail. For a demonstration, check out ADVENTURE’s own photosynth: Tommy Caldwell climbing Yosemite’s renowned boulder problem Midnight Lightning .

8. Deep Sea Democracy
This fall Bay Area engineer Graham Hawkes will transform ocean exploration when he delivers his first eep Flight Super Falcon submersible to venture capitalist Tom Perkins. While the $1.7 million price tag will deter most Captain Nemo wannabes, Hawkes imagines that producing the easy-to-operate two-passenger sub in volume could eventually drop the price to around $350,000—much less than a private jet (deepflight.com). Meanwhile, he’s building one for himself. "I’m going to spend the rest of my life using it," he says. "There are a lot of adventures to be had."—Thayer Walker
Motor: Lithium batteries power the electric motor, which can propel the Falcon at a zippy ten miles an hour.
Wings: The Falcon’s unique wing design gives the sub "reverse lift," helping it to sink and allow the pilot to perform "hydrobatics" like barrel rolls and loops.
Hull: Built from a glass fiber and epoxy composite, the Falcon’s hull is strong enough to reach depths of a thousand feet but weighs just 4,700 pounds—less than half of comparable conventional subs.
Lights: Green lasers embedded in the wingtips serve as navigation lights, while ten clusters of LED lights provide up-close illumination.

9. Speed Racer
When Nike introduced its Air midsole in 1979, it revolutionized light, comfortable, and well-cushioned shoes. Now the next generation in cushioning has been born. Made from foam developed in the aerospace industry, Lunarlite is 30 percent lighter than Nike’s next-lightest cushioning and distributes the force of impact more uniformly throughout. After four years of engineering, the tech makes its debut in the new LunaRacer. At 5.5 ounces, it weighs half as much as a traditional running shoe ($100; nike.com).
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