The laws of supply and demand – maybe with a pinch of capitalism – generally dictate how much homes and businesses might spend per month on power. As such, consumers can expect to pay a premium for running heating or cooling systems during peak energy-usage times on cold or hot days. Orison Energy is preparing to help break this cycle with a pair of home batteries. The Orison Tower and Orison Panel charge up when utility rates are low and provide power when the rates are high.
Lighter fluid may be useful for getting barbecue briquettes or campfires
lit, but it's not the most eco-friendly stuff in the world. It's often
made from crude oil, and gives off toxic fumes when it burns. A team of
scientists from Hong Kong and Hungary are developing what could be a
greener solution, however – cleaner-burning lighter fluid derived from
Houston, Texas-based purveyor of outdoor gear Tenativ recently unveiled its one-person bag and tent combo named Moedal and Totem. The tent can reportedly be assembled within 30 seconds, and the product looks like it might appeal to casual campers and festival goers.
In 2013, Estonian designer Indrek Narusk introduced the Viks,
a limited-edition stainless steel fixed-gear commuter bike. As he told
us at the time, its striking design was inspired partly by cafe
racer-style motorcycles. Now, to celebrate the line's second
anniversary, he's rolled out a carbon fiber version.
If you run a lot of effects pedals, opening up hatches or unscrewing housings to replace 9 V batteries can be a bit of a chore, with many guitarists opting to build a pedalboard and juice up all of the stomps from one mains-supplied power pack instead. The 9 V Backpack from Züe Engineering allows a musician to quickly add battery power to a stomp without having to open up the casing.
A robot-assisted system developed at the University of Twente promises
to make medical procedures that use needles more precise. The system
allows flexible needles to be steered in real time to their target,
which negates issues with tissue and organs deforming from the contact
pressure or from any unforeseen obstacles that lie between the needle
and its target.
Reliable cycling power meters can cost upwards of $500 or even $1,000, making them out of reach of most weekend warriors looking to track and improve their performance. Velocomp is trying to change that with its PowerPod, a handlebar-mounted power meter that's expected to retail for US$299.
Following a decidedly ho-hum reception to its EOS M mirrorless interchangeable lens camera in 2012, Canon decided not to even release its follow-up, the M2, in the US. And when its successor, the M3, rolled out across Asia and Europe earlier this year, it looked like Canon was ready to give up on the US mirrorless market for now. However, the firm has announced the 24-megapixel shooter will finally get a US release later this year.
Pressures on space and money are making space-saving apartments increasingly popular. New Convertible Spaces apartments in Melbourne, Australia, are one such example. Movable walls can be used to open up a living space or cut it in two to create a bedroom area with a pull down bed and storage units.
If you want to give your legs a bit of a rest when riding your kickbike, an oddity spotted at Eurobike 2015 this week could be just what you're looking for. The Kick-Varibike can be propelled by leg or hand power, and the riding experience is likened by the firm to cross-country skiing or stand up paddling.