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Ben Coxworth

The Monolith, with its Bluetooth remote hooked over the front

Although we're now seeing a wide variety of electric skateboards, most of them utilize the same setup – a motor mounted on the underside of the deck, that drives one or two of the wheels via a belt. The designers at California-based Inboard Sports, however, are setting out to change that. Their Monolith is claimed to be the world's first skateboard to feature hub motors in the two rear wheels.  Read More

The Noke U-Lock only unlocks if the user's smartphone is within Bluetooth range It's official – we are now living in the age of the keyless Bluetooth bike lock. We've already seen the Skylock, BitLock and Ulock. Now, there's also the Noke U-Lock.  Read More

A Futaka rep with the Samurai prototype at NAHBS 2015 (Photo: Ben Coxworth/Gizmag.com)

Titanium-framed bicycles and Samurai warriors are both things that a lot of people admire. So, what happens when you build an example of the former that's inspired by the latter? You get the striking Japanese-made Samurai road bike, which we spied at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show.  Read More

The Louisville Slugger Wood Bat Bike, on display at NAHBS 2015  (Photo: Ben Coxworth/Gizma...

This year's North American Handmade Bicycle Show was held in Louisville, Kentucky – a city known for its namesake Louisville Slugger baseball bat. Bicycle builder Chris Connor decided to commemorate the event, by building a one-off wooden bike made from Slugger baseball bat billets.  Read More

The bamboo/balsa composite-framed Bamboost by HERObike (Photo: Ben Coxworth/Gizmag)

Bicycles made from bamboo stalks are becoming increasingly common, but Greensboro, Alabama’s HERObike takes a different approach to using the material. At last year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show, we saw some HERObike frames sporting carbon-fiber-reinforced tubes made from woven bamboo. At this year's show, the company was showing off its upcoming Bamboost e-bike, which features a composite frame that adds balsa wood and 3D-printed parts to the mix.  Read More

The Sarto 18K on display at NAHBS 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky (Photo: Ben Coxworth/Gizmag...

Because they’re made in small batches by hand, most of the bikes at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show are ... well, they ain’t cheap. One in particular, the Italian-made Sarto 18K, had a price tag of US$27,000 when you could still get one. What would you get for that price? Gold and crocodile skin, for starters.  Read More

Cykelmageren's Rasmus Gjesing with his hard-to-miss bike at NAHBS in Louisville (Photo: Be...

Every year, artisan bicycle builders from all over the world descend upon a different US city to show their wares at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. This year, we traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, to take in the event. We decided to begin our coverage with a very eye-catching one-of-a-kind bike that was built especially for the show, by Copenhagen-based Cykelmageren.  Read More

Locking up the Yerka Last September we first heard about the one-off Yerka Project bike, which was designed by three engineering students in Chile. Its clever feature was a frame that partially came apart to act as a lock. That way, any thief tempted to break its lock would be ruining the very bike they wanted, too. Now, its creators are attempting to bring it to market via an Indiegogo campaign.  Read More

An iSkin sticker is used to control the playback of music (Photo: Saarland University)

While a wrist-worn smartwatch may be easier to access than a smartphone that has to be retrieved from a pocket, the things certainly have tiny screens. That could make them rather difficult to use for certain tasks, particularly ones where a larger interface area is needed. Well, that's where iSkin comes in. The experimental system allows users to control mobile devices using flexible, stretchable stickers that adhere to their skin.  Read More

The Splash Drone can land on the water, to shoot beneath the surface

Just a few months ago we heard about the HexH2o, a waterproof hexacopter that can shoot both aerial and underwater footage. While it looks like it could be a lot of fun, its US$3,658 price tag certainly isn't for everyone. If you don't mind a drone with two fewer propellers, however, Urban Drones' just-announced Splash Drone offers a much less expensive alternative.  Read More

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