An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.
It's always handy having a spare pair of glasses on hand, but paying for
a second set of prescription specs is something that most of us would
prefer not to do. Well, that's where Adlens Adjustables come in. They're
inexpensive glasses that can be focused by the user to (more or
less) match their prescription. We recently gave them a try, and can
tell you that they work ... but you probably won't want to use them as
your primary glasses.
The Interbike trade show has drawn to a close for another year, and once
again it proved to be a treasure trove of cycling-related innovation.
Join us, as we take a quick look at some of the gadgets, gizmos and
complete bikes that caught our eye in Las Vegas.
We've seen cycling gloves and jackets
with built-in turn indicators before, although the former still
requires you to take your hands off the bars to signal, while the latter
requires you to wear a jacket even when it's warm out. The Elecwear
cycling vest, however, attempts to address both of those issues – plus
it lets you listen to music, earphones-free.
Scooters and folding bikes are both becoming popular forms of
"last-mile" transportation – riders can carry them aboard buses or
trains, then ride them the last few blocks between transit stops and
home or work. It's important that they be compact, however ... and
Seattle Cycles' all-titanium Burke 8 is definitely on the small side.
Even if motorized bicycles turn you off, perhaps you still appreciate
some of the electronic bells and whistles that are included on many
e-bikes. If that's the case, then a "smart bike"
might be more to your liking. One of the latest to catch our eye is the
Cotlo Corvus, which features a car-detecting rear radar system and a
built-in OLED display. We came across a prototype at Interbike 2015, and
got the goods.
If you’re at all familiar with e-bikes, then you’ve probably at least heard of the Mando Footloose. Besides simply looking unique, it distinguishes itself by having neither a chain nor a belt drive. Until now, however, all the models featured relatively small 20-inch wheels – not the greatest thing for surviving potholes, or maintaining speed. That’s about to change, as Mando has unveiled its soon-to-be-released 26-inch-wheeled Footloose.
If you want a fatbike that’ll get you noticed, the Rungu Juggernaut is a hard one to beat. Actually a fat trike that was originally designed to carry surfboards across loose sand, it’s presumably not always the easiest thing to pedal – particularly on loose terrain. That’s why its California-based designers have now come out with an electric version, which we spied at Interbike 2015.
Aerial drones are great for providing a bird’s eye view of our world. That said, some people are more interested in seeing a fish’s eye view of their local seacoast or lake. Previously, such folks had to build their own underwater remote-operated vehicle (ROV). Three years ago, San Francisco startup OpenROV made things a little easier for them, by offering an ROV kit that users put together themselves. Now, the company is crowdfunding the fully-assembled Trident ROV, which can reportedly be "flown" through the water.
Yep, it's another prosumer quadcopter – ProDrone's Byrd. So, what's so
special about this one? Well, among other things, it combines folding
propeller arms with swappable camera gimbals and a 29-minute flight
Remember digital picture frames, those LCD screens that displayed
peoples' snapshots? They're still around, but their low resolution has
relegated many of them to garage sales and closets. Well, Frame is like a
digital picture frame on steroids. It has a 50-inch 4K screen, and its
accompanying app allows users to download works of visual art for ultra