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— Bicycles

ShockStop suspension bike stem has a heart of rubber

By - August 25, 2015 3 Pictures

Hand numbness is a very common complaint among cyclists, and one of its major causes is road vibrations being carried up into the handlebars. Over the years, various companies have attempted to address the problem via suspension handlebar stems that incorporate coil springs, air-sprung shocks, or elastomers – and they’ve all looked a little "unusual." The ShockStop is the latest take on an elastomer-based suspension stem, but it looks completely normal.

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— Military

Passive exoskeleton to lighten the load for soldiers

By - August 18, 2015

Imagine if you were to carry over 100 lb (45 kg) of gear in a backpack, for several hours at a time. Well, that’s just what some soldiers have to do, and it can cause great stress to their torso and legs. That’s why engineers at the Australia’s Department of Defence have developed a new exoskeleton, that diverts two thirds of pack weight directly to the ground.

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— Good Thinking

ShopInstantShoe instant-fit shoe system is heading for stores

By - May 25, 2015 2 Pictures

For women, buying the wrong shoes can be about more than just esthetics. If they end up with shoes that don't fit properly, they can develop foot disorders such as bunions, hammertoes or ingrown toenails. That's where the European Union's DemoShopInstantShoe project comes in. Established a few years ago, the collaborative effort is now about to release a device that instantly adapts off-the-rack shoes to a custom fit.

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— Medical

Prototype device could make getting needles a Comfortably Numb experience

By - April 23, 2015
There are already beverage cans that contain chemically-activated chilling modules. Now, three students from Houston's Rice University are working at applying the same principle to hypodermic needles. Instead of keeping the medication in the syringe cool, however, the idea is that a special needle cap could be used to first chill and numb the patient's skin, making the subsequent injection relatively painless. Read More
— Bicycles

Pinarello and Jaguar create soft-riding road bike

By - April 6, 2015 8 Pictures
Jaguar and Pinarello have struck up a properly productive partnership in the last few years – the two brands combined to create Pinarello's Tour de France bike in 2014, while Jaguar modified its F-Type Coupe to act as a support car for the Pinarello-backed Team Sky. The most recent collaboration between the two brands has led to the Pinarello Dogma K8-S, which has been engineered to provide Team Sky’s cyclists with a smooth ride across rough terrain. Read More
— Urban Transport

Leap luxury buses start rolling in San Francisco

By - March 21, 2015 5 Pictures
This past week, natural gas-fueled buses from private transport company Leap started making their way through San Francisco along the company's first route, dubbed the Lombard Express. Rather than squeeze as many people as possible into a mobile sweat box, the high-end Leap buses are decked out like a swanky coffee shop and include a number of technologies to support today's gadget obsessed commuter. Read More
— Bicycles

Bam City bar flexes to smooth out the potholes

By - February 26, 2015
When serious cyclists want a little more vibration damping (or lower weight) in their handlebars, they'll often shell out hundreds of bucks for a carbon fiber bar. French company Baramind, however, wants to extend the concept of shock-absorbing handlebars to everyday commuters, with the not-so-expensive but even-flexier Bam City. Read More
— Wearable Electronics

Responsive "Bionic Bra" adjusts to breast movement

By - December 7, 2014 3 Pictures
According to a recent University of Portsmouth study, almost one in five women avoid exercise because of breast-related problems, such as pain, embarrassment about excessive breast bounce and not being able to find the right sports bra. That’s around 20 percent of women who may be missing out on the health benefits of physical activity. Fortunately, help is on the way in the form of the Bionic Bra, which quickly adjusts to breast movement, providing more – or less – support as required. Read More
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