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Bicycles

Kwiggle Bike claims world’s most compact folding bike crown

One of the main goals for anyone designing a folding bike is to make the bike as compact as possible so it's easier to carry and store when not in use. Karstin Bettin from Hannover, Germany has ticked that box with his Kwiggle Bike. Bettin claims the Kwiggle Bike, which is the result of four years of development, is the most compact folding bike in the world.Read More

Digital Cameras

Canon announces Wi-Fi-enabled Vixia mini camcorder

Although Canon’s line of Vixia camcorders has been quite popular for some time now, not everyone wants to cart around a full-sized video camera – even a relatively small consumer model. For those folks, Canon has now introduced the Vixia mini compact personal camcorder. It still shoots 1080p HD video like its larger siblings, but also offers features such as multiple shooting modes and Wi-Fi connectivity. Read More

Automotive

MINI unveils its 3 latest camping concepts

MINI has chosen the height of the British summer to unveil its new motoring-cum-camping concepts aimed at music festival goers and outdoor types in need of what the company euphemistically describes as "overnight solutions." The three products are the Clubvan Camper, the Cowley and the Countryman ALL4 Camp; a tiny camper van, a compact caravan and a rooftop tent respectively. Let's have a look, then.Read More

Digital Cameras

Fujifilm reveals 16.3 MP X-M1 mirrorless compact

Fujifilm has announced the forthcoming release of the X-M1, the third member of the company's X-Series interchangeable lens camera systems. The lightweight compact sports the same 16.3 megapixel sensor found in the X-Pro1 and X-E1, as well as up to ISO25600 sensitivity, built-in Wi-Fi technology and an LCD display that tilts vertically. The company has also placed all of the camera's key buttons and dials on the right side for one-handed operation.Read More

Science

Fraunhofer develops modular, compact radar for rescuers and industry

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics (IAF) have developed a lightweight, compact radar that can “see” through non-transparent materials and whiteout snow conditions. The compact radar operates at frequencies of 75 to 110 GHz in the millimeter range W-band of the radio spectrum. Radars at this frequency can not only identify small objects up to three kilometers (1.8 miles) away, but they can also penetrate all manner of non-transparent, dielectric, and non-metallic materials, such as clothing, plastic surfaces, paper, wood, snow and fog.Read More

Architecture

Eco-home made from straw and wood should please the Three Little Pigs

Designed by a group of young French architects from Studio 1984, the “Nest” is a compact home concept that is reminiscent of a traditional barn. The eco-home, which was conceived as part of the Archi competition for low-cost, environmentally-friendly architecture in France, incorporates a simple quadratic structure that has been built using pastoral materials such as straw and wood.Read More

Architecture

Tiny Feng Shui mobile cube designed for Zen living

San Francisco architectural firm SpaceFlavor has given tiny living a Feng Shui makeover with its prefabricated mobile cube. The eight-foot (2.4-meter) cube was commissioned for Feng Shui expert Liu Ming, and includes an office, bed, storage and meditation space. Drawing from the Chinese principles of Yin (private and closed) and Yang (public and open), the mobile dwelling was designed to modestly accommodate Ming’s personal activities such as study, meditation and sleep.Read More

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