While hub motors may be quite common on commuter e-bikes, they’re not so popular on full-suspension electric mountain bikes. That’s because they add unsprung weight, which nobody wants. Various companies have responded by developing motors that are located in the middle of the bike, near the bottom bracket. These solve part of the problem, although they have to actually be built into the frame. That’s why Germany’s Bionicon has created the e-ram – it’s reportedly the world’s lightest mid-mount motor, and it could potentially be installed on existing mountain bikes.
While many people may like the "pop-in-your-mouth" texture of caviar,
not everyone likes the taste ... or the price. That's why Montreal
entrepreneur Naor Cohen created the grandly-named Imperial
Spherificator. It takes a liquid of your choice, and converts it into
fish egg-like pearls. Sriracha caviar, anyone?
When it comes to hanging things on a wall in a straight line, a laser level can go a long way towards making that easier to accomplish. A new device called Sure Hang aims to make the laser level even more useful by allowing it to integrate directly with a tape measure for hanging things up at a perfect interval along a level, straight line.
If you've ever wanted to channel your inner Buckminster Fuller and
construct a geodesic dome but didn't know how, you may well be in luck.
hubs promises to make building an open geodesic dome quick and easy,
with construction time rated as under an hour. Its creators cite
possible uses for the dome as a garden room, aviary, chicken run,
children's den, and more.
Many activities, such as operating heavy machinery, enjoying loud concerts, or shooting guns at a range, generate harmful levels of sound. Ear protection reduces such noise to prevent long-term damage, but it can be difficult or inconvenient to adjust the volume when one needs to hear "normally." One of the latest forms of protection attempts to solve this dilemma with a design that allows more or less sound to pass through with the push of a button. We get some ears-on to see how well the ProSounds X-Pro ear plugs differentiate themselves from the field.
Ever wondered what it would be like to attach a GoPro to your fishing line to record all the underwater action on video? It would probably be cool to watch, yet dizzying as the camera freely spins however the water moves it. One of the latest, the GoFish Cam, tries to address this with a little inspiration from the very fish it will be filming.
Nowadays, you can track the location of belongings such as wallets, bikes and bags with small GPS trackers – and the coin-sized, wirelessly-rechargeable TrackerPad is perhaps the smallest of the lot.
Do you get itchy, cramped-up or wheezy from even a little bit of wine?
It could be because you have a sulfite sensitivity. Sulfites are
sulfur-based compounds that are added in the wine-making process to
prevent bacterial growth – they keep the wine from spoiling while it's
in transit and storage. Given that they're not needed once the wine has
been poured, however, chemist James Kornacki has developed a device for
reducing them at that point in the game – it's called the Üllo.
No matter how many new forms of technology we come up with for writing,
pen and paper always seems to have a place. It's with this in mind that
smart pens like LiveScribe and the Neo Smartpen N2
have come into use. Now, a new device called Paper4Everyone aims to
take the idea of a connected pen a step further by adding in a
While mega names like Samsung and Apple still dominate the smartphone world, another upstart is trying to play David to those techno-Goliaths and fund its own flagship phone via Kickstarter. The Ubik Uno promises to deliver impressive specs at affordable prices, with an edge-to-edge display (horizontally) to boot.