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C.C. Weiss

C.C. Weiss

Upon graduating college with a poli sci degree, Chris toiled in the political world for several years. Realizing he was better off making cynical comments from afar than actually getting involved in all that mess, he turned away from matters of government and news to cover the things that really matter: outdoor recreation, cool cars, technology, wild gadgets and all forms of other toys. He's happily following the wisdom of his father who told him that if you find something you love to do, it won't really be work.

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— Automotive

Morgan electrifies the 3 Wheeler

By - July 7, 2015 12 Pictures

Looking for a cleaner three-wheeler to commute with but not up to pedaling your own way? Around the same time we were translating Russian to bring you the story of the Ekomobil, Morgan was revealing its second all-electric roadster at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Morgan re-powers its classically styled 3 Wheeler with a battery pack and electric drive to create the EV3. The new prototype utilizes the 3 Wheeler platform's lightweight construction for a peppy all-electric ride and range of 150 miles (241 km).

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— Health and Wellbeing

B-Free wheelchair claws its way up and down stairs

By - July 1, 2015 14 Pictures

We've seen various stair-climbing wheelchairs over the years, including the iBot, the Chiba and, most recently, the Scalevo. All those designs kept the "wheel" in the chair, but a new design from Hong Kong relies on a set of robotic "pedrails" that look almost like skinny tank tracks. These articulated pedrails allow the electric B-Free Chair to grip the staircase firmly as it navigates up or down.

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— Outdoors

Near-smokeless, fan-assisted Homping Grill makes charcoal grilling easier

By - June 29, 2015 5 Pictures

Grill aficionados seem to all agree that charcoal grills provide superior flavor over gas grills. The problem, particularly when it comes to portable grills, is that the charcoal grill is messier and more time-consuming. The Homping Grill makes charcoal grilling cleaner and easier, using a battery-powered fan to increase efficiency, cut down on the amount of charcoal needed to cook, and nearly eliminate smoke.

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— Automotive

Toyota mashes Sienna minivan and Tacoma pickup into Ultimate Utility Vehicle

By - June 27, 2015 2 Pictures

There must be something in the water supply around Toyota HQ. Maybe pure grain alcohol. As if a Lexus hoverboard wasn't enough weirdness for one week, Toyota also revealed the Ultimate Utility Vehicle, a Sienna/Tacoma hybrid that will be trekking across North America. The Swagger Wagon has more swagger than ever, along with the newfound mettle to back it up.

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— Automotive

Lexus will climb Pikes Peak with lightweight RC F GT concept

By - June 26, 2015 15 Pictures

Lexus has revealed the sporty race car that it will task with tackling the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this weekend. Not to be confused with the RC F GT3, the all-new RC F GT concept car loses around 800 lb (363 kg) when compared to its production sibling, giving the 467-hp 5.0-liter V8 engine that much more potential on the twisty ascent up the famed mountain.

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— Urban Transport

Lexus has developed a hoverboard ... seriously

By - June 24, 2015 3 Pictures

For years, designers and startups have been attempting to mimic fiction and create a hoverboard like the one famously piloted by Marty McFly in Back to the Future II. Those efforts have only accelerated now that it's 2015, the year in the "future" that the famous hoverboard scene was set. We never expected a luxury automaker to throw its hat into the hoverboard ring, but today (that's June 24, not April 1), that's exactly what Lexus did.

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— Bicycles

TrunkMonkey bike rack inflates into shape

By - June 24, 2015 17 Pictures

Built for road-tripping cyclists, bicycle commuters and anyone that might be worried about having to hitchhike home with a broken chain, the TrunkMonkey represents an easier, more portable style of bicycle rack. Its designers call it the first portable, inflatable, universal bike carrier in the world. When not in use, it rolls up like a camping mattress, making it a ready travel companion.

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— Urban Transport

Bultaco puts its motorcycle know-how into a 2,000-watt electric bike

By - June 23, 2015 45 Pictures

When Spanish motorcycle manufacturer Bultaco announced its return to the market last year, we were expecting some new electric motorbikes. What we weren't necessarily expecting was an electric bicycle. For the first product launched in its second life, Bultaco has shrunk its electric powertrain technology down and put it to asphalt and dirt in the form of a full-throttle electric-assist mountain bike: the Brinco e-bike.

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