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Ben Coxworth

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Review: The Duke will get ya on your feet – or on your butt

We've been hearing a lot about the detrimental effects of sitting too much, and how standing desks can help minimize the problem. If you've already got a perfectly good regular desk, though, do you really want to replace it? That's why some companies are now offering standing desk "converters," that sit on top of a normal desk – some of the fancier ones even let you switch between sitting and standing modes. We recently tried out just such a beast, in the form of BTOD's grandly-named The Duke.Read More

Bicycles

BestiaNera Sport e-bike may keep you up at night

With the exception of electric mountain bikes, most e-bikes tend to be fairly conservative-looking things. We do say "most," however, as the beastly BestiaNera Sport is certainly a head-turner. Made by Italy's TºRed Bikes and designed by Romolo Stanco, it's also one of the world's lightest electrics, tipping the scales at just 9.8 kg (21.6 lb).Read More

Superhero fan creates DIY batarang

Fans of Batman will be familiar with the batarang, a bat-shaped throwing weapon that Mr. Wayne uses to subdue his foes. In the trailer for the new film Batman v Superman, he uses a variant that can be folded up when not in use. German cool-weapons-maker Patrick Priebe saw it, and decided to make one of his own.Read More

Automotive

Volvo to replace car keys with smartphone controls

Already, drivers of cars with engine-start push buttons require nothing more than a Bluetooth key fob – no actual key is required. Volvo, however, is taking things a step farther. Beginning this spring (Northern Hemisphere), some Volvo drivers will need nothing more than their smartphone to use their car.Read More

Digital Cameras

Cambits system lets users build cameras from high-tech blocks

Scientific research institutes typically need a lot of cameras, as their studies require various types of imaging. However, instead of having to buy multiple complete cameras, what if those places could just make the systems they needed out of electronic building blocks? Well, that's essentially what Columbia University's Cambits system is. It consists of multiple types of blocks that can be assembled in different configurations, each one of those comprising a different imaging system.Read More

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