Reusable Airbag Backpack Helps Keep You Alive In an Avalanche (Or Two)

A car's airbags are designed to absorb impact and protect passengers during a crash—and need to inflate immediately on impact. But the airbags that skiers wear to avoid being buried in an avalanche don't necessarily need to inflate as fast. So Black Diamond's new JetForce backpack uses a fan instead of compressed air… » 1/22/14 4:20pm 1/22/14 4:20pm

Black Diamond Magnetron GridLock Review: A Super-Fast, Feather-Light,…

For those who participate in rope-centered sports or performing arts, the carabiner is one of the most important items you own. It's what keeps you attached to your rope, and thus, your head attached to your spinal column. But locking carabiners have always been unwieldy and hard to manipulate. Black Diamond wants… » 12/12/12 2:00pm 12/12/12 2:00pm

SwitchBack Rugged Ultra Mobile PC Unboxed

If you read our story about Roper's coveted SwitchBack PC hitting the commercial market, you might've wanted a closer look at the goods. We got one to play around with, and it's definitely a little bundle of bulletproof joy. It weighs in at just 3lbs 2oz all by itself; when you pop on the standard BackPack (USB, VGA,… » 10/29/07 4:01am 10/29/07 4:01am

Crazy Rugged SwitchBack UMPCs Hit the Market

Roper Mobile announced that it was buying Black Diamond Advanced Technology, creator of the SwitchBack super-rugged UMPC. The machine debuted last fall, wooing fans with its hot-swappable batteries, all-weather reflective screen and full waterproofing to three meters underwater. But until now no one could actually buy… » 10/29/07 4:00am 10/29/07 4:00am

Thomson Black Diamond PMP Looks Good, Almost Too Good

Oooh, black, shiny and scratches easily—must be a PS3. Close, it is the Black Diamond EH308 PMP from Thompson. This PMP is decked out in a high-gloss black finish with a light touch of blue around the button area. Other than the looks it is a ho-hum PMP. 1.8-inch OLED screen, 8GB memory, touch-sensitive controls,… » 11/16/06 4:08pm 11/16/06 4:08pm

Black Diamond Switchback Rugged UMPC has a Breathalyzer—Drink On!

I thought the Black Diamond Switchback was just an average run-of-the-mill UMPC that came in a rugged case, until I learned of the module system that they are using. This UMPC has well over 20 modules that can be easily swapped onto the UMPC, including a breathalyzer. Some of the other modules include terrestrial… » 9/26/06 3:34pm 9/26/06 3:34pm