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Ben Coxworth

The Wolf headlight puts out 165 lumens – and can be detected by another rider's Wolf tail ...

Today's LED bicycle tail lights are brighter than ever, which is great when it comes to being seen by motorists. If you're riding right behind another cyclist using such a device, however, its high-intensity output can be blinding. That's why Australian cycling tech firm Augur created Wolf lights. They communicate with one another, and dim to avoid dazzling their users.  Read More

Bontrager's TLR Flash Charger pump Tubeless tires are pretty much standard on higher-end mountain bikes now, due to their lower weight and rolling resistance, along with their ability to contain sealant. However, they do have one drawback – you need to use a CO2 cartridge or an air compressor to put the things on. Bontrager has set out to change that, with its TLR Flash Charger pump.  Read More

The Carbon Flyer tips the scales at 1.5 oz (42.5 g)

If you like the idea of remotely-piloting a paper airplane, then you really out to check out the PowerUp 3.0 – it's a motor/prop/rudder kit that you add to an existing paper plane, allowing you to control it via a smartphone app. Should you like your R/C aircraft a little techier and sturdier, however, Trident Design's Carbon Flyer might be more to your liking. It has the form factor of a paper plane, but features carbon fiber construction, LED running lights, and an onboard video camera.  Read More

The robotic walker moves with the user, instead of keeping them confined to a treadmill

It can be a laborious business, teaching people such as victims of strokes or brain injuries to walk again. Often, multiple physiotherapists are required to hold patients up while they walk on a treadmill, while also manually moving their legs to achieve the proper gait. Soon, however, a robotic walker developed at the National University of Singapore could make the process considerably easier.  Read More

MagLOCK pedals retain the rider's shoes using embedded magnets

So-called "clipless" bicycle pedals, in which a steel cleat in the sole of the rider's shoe clicks in and out of a mechanism in the pedal, are very popular with cyclists – they maximize pedaling efficiency, plus they help keep riders' feet from accidentally slipping off the pedals when going over rough terrain. Some riders, however, find them too difficult to quickly snap out of. Additionally, they don't work well with regular, non-cleated footwear. That's why Salt Lake City-based mechanical engineer David Williams has created the MagLOCK bike pedal.  Read More

The Motus Sleeve has been tested on nine Major League Baseball teams

You've probably heard about baseball pitchers "throwing their arm out." It's a common overuse injury, and typically involves damage to their elbow's ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). In order to help avoid such injuries, and to assist pitchers in assessing their performance, biomechanics tech company Motus Global is introducing its Motus Sleeve.  Read More

The Kohler Purefresh toilet seat also features a nightlight, but that's not its big claim ... If you're like most people, you probably don't like leaving the bathroom smelling of "what you've done" after using the toilet. While spray cans and matches may mask the odor, Kohler's new Purefresh toilet seat goes a step further – it filters the air right at the source, plus it adds a fresh scent of its own.  Read More

Boeing's latest ecoDemonstrator takes flight (Photo: Boeing)

If you're a major aerospace company and you want to assess a variety of environmentally-friendly technologies for use in your airplanes, do you spread those technologies out across several individual planes? Not always. Boeing uses an aircraft known as the ecoDemonstrator, the current version of which has recently been equipped to test 25 different onboard green tech innovations.  Read More

University of Twente researcher Dian Borgerink, with a manipulator arm that he developed f...

In order to maintain a consistent buoyancy as their cargo loads change, ocean-going ships pump seawater in and out of their ballast tanks. Needless to say, that salty water isn't exactly the least-corrosive liquid in the world. That's why crews of inspectors regularly have to go inside those steel tanks, to check for damage. Thanks to the German/Dutch RoboShip project, however, autonomous robots may soon be performing the task.  Read More

Togs let you keep a grip on your handlebar when riding with your thumbs on top (Photo: Ben...

Back in the 90s, a lot of mountain bikes sported handlebar end attachments – they provided the rider with more hand positions, plus they were claimed to increase leverage. Since then, bar ends have largely fallen out of favor. This has been partly because of concerns over them hooking onto things like trees, and partly just due to the whims of fashion. Now, however, a new product is attempting to bring back some of the attributes of bar ends, without their bulkiness or hooking hazards. They're called Togs, and I recently got to try a pair out.  Read More

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