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— Bicycles

QBike cleans bikes quickly

Whether it’s dried-on mud or a thick coating of desert dust, mountain bikes can get pretty dirty. Usually, they end up getting cleaned with a garden hose, a sponge and bucket, or sometimes even the LOW setting at a car wash. Italy’s Novatec Engineering, however, has come up with something ... snazzier. It’s an automated bike-washing station, known as the QBike. Read More
— Outdoors

Glad Tent doubles as a giant garbage bag

Outdoor music festivals are notorious for a lot of things, one of the biggest being the amount of garbage left behind by the concert-goers. In an effort to get music fans to clean up after themselves, while also providing them with half-decent temporary shelter, the Glad Company recently experimented with a combination tent/big garbage bag, known as the Glad Tent. Read More

2014 Honda Odyssey has a built-in vacuum

If you’re like me and have kids and dogs, then a day out can leave the car looking as if the interior was marched through by a battalion of crisp-munching soldiers. To help deal with this everyday reality and eliminate the need to hunt down a hand vac, Honda has installed a built-in vacuum system into its 2014 Odyssey Touring Elite. Read More
— Around The Home

Neato Robotics announces more powerful XV Signature Series robot vacs

According to research undertaken by Neato Robotics, in addition to chair/table legs and under furniture, the biggest pet peeve of those undertaking vacuum duties in the home is getting close enough to room corners and edges. Add tangled cords and pulling/pushing around a heavy, noisy box to the equation and the idea of a robotic device taking care of all matters related to floor cleaning is a very appealing one indeed. The Silicon Valley company has just unveiled what is claimed to be its smartest and most powerful robot vacuum to date in the shape of the XV Signature Series. Read More
— Digital Cameras

FireFly air blower cleans your camera sensor with ionized air

We've recently looked at ways of keeping unwanted things out of your DSLR, like the Dust Donut and the dri+Cap. But, what do you use if you've already got nasty dust specs all over your sensor: chemical wipes, an anti-static brush, or an air blower? The FireFly is a battery-powered air blower which shoots ionized air onto the sensor of your digital camera to clear it of dust more efficiently. Read More
— Science

Scientists develop "eco-friendly" antibacterial material

Because they’re known for being effective killers of bacteria, silver nanoparticles have been finding their way into a wide variety of antimicrobial materials. There are concerns, however, regarding the consequences of those nanoparticles being shed by the material and entering the environment. In particular, there are worries that through continuous low-level exposure to the nanoparticles, bacteria could develop a resistance to them. Now, researchers from Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology have announced the development of a new type of antibacterial material, that they claim won’t cause such problems. Read More
— Robotics

Ecovacs Winbot 7 robot cleans windows with sticktoitiveness

Window cleaning robots aren't that new, but most of them, like the Windoro, rely on magnets to stay vertical. This requires the robot to be built in two parts and sets a limit on how thick the window glass can be. Ecovacs' Winbot 7, which was on display at CES, uses a pair of concentric suction rings to adhere to the glass, so is claimed to work on any thickness of window. Read More