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.
There are already quite a few camera-equipped quadcopters that can be
used for shooting aerial video. According to Japanese startup RcRebel,
however, that type of drone moves too robotically to capture really
fluid footage. That's why the company created the BlackOps tricopter,
which is claimed to fly more like Superman than like a robot.
We've seen tracked wheelchairs
before, that are able to take on steep or uneven terrain. For regular
surfaces, however, wheels make more sense. That's why a group of
students from ETH Zurich and the Zurich University of the Arts are
creating the Scalevo electric wheelchair, which features wheels for
cruising and tracks for climbing stairs.
Your DSLR may take great photos, but it's a hassle to carry around. Your
smartphone is easy to carry, but its photos aren't as good. What do you
do? Well, you'll soon have the option of using the DxO One. It's a
pocket-sized "DSLR-quality" camera that uses its own lens and sensor to
take pictures, but utilizes your iPhone or iPad as its viewfinder and
It wasn't too long ago that we were all amazed by the introduction of the Segway – How can a vehicle with just two side-by-side wheels stay upright? we wondered. Since then, however, contraptions such as the Solowheel and OneWheel have shown that even a single wheel will work. The SBU and U3-X added a seat but took away the handlebars from the concept, while the Ryno
has both a seat and bars. Now, Montreal-based entrepreneur Carl
Dagenais is throwing his hat in the one-wheeled-scooter ring, with the
It's now fairly common to hear about batteries being used to store power
generated by solar cells. A group of Indian scientists, however, have
eliminated the middleman. They've created a battery that incorporates a
titanium nitride-based photoanode in place of a conventional anode,
allowing the battery to charge itself using solar or artificial light.
Ordinarily, when a ship is heading into waves, those waves cause it to
work harder. An experimental new setup known as a "whale tail," however,
utilizes wave action to actually help ships move forward, allowing them
to use less fuel when tackling rough seas.
Although suspension forks and rear shocks have certainly revolutionized
the field of mountain biking, many riders still don't know how to set
them up properly. This means that parameters such as preload, rebound
and compression tend to get left at their factory settings, resulting in
sub-optimal performance. That's why Australian startup Dusty Dynamics
has created the ShockWiz – it's an app-assisted device that advises
users on tuning their air-sprung suspension systems.
A couple of days ago, we heard how Airbus Helicopters had announced the concept phase of its planned X6 heavy-lift helicopter.
That aircraft will borrow some features from the company's new H160
medium-lift model. Although the H160 was introduced at the Heli-Expo
trade show back in March, its first flight took place on June 13th and
was announced this week at the Paris Air Show.
It can get confusing, trying to remember which keys are used for which
shortcuts in which programs. That's why Australian startup Sonder Design
developed the Sonder keyboard. Utilizing e-ink technology, all of its
letter, number and function keys can change appearance and function,
depending on the application being used.
Tubeless mountain bike tires definitely have their good points, such as
lower weight, less flats and decreased rolling resistance. In order to
seat the things securely on the rim, however, it's often necessary to
use a compressor or a CO2 cartridge to deliver a high-pressure shot of
air. That said, there's now another option, in the form of the Airshot.