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The Barak kit allows pretty much any bicycle to be made electric

While electric bicycles are certainly becoming a popular new form of transportation, they're still generally much more expensive than their human-powered counterparts. Some people attempt to cut costs by converting existing bikes to electrics themselves, although doing so usually involves a fair bit of technical know-how. Mechanical engineer Micah Toll now hopes to open up that conversion process to everyone, with his Barak Electric Bicycle Kit.  Read More

Bicyclick allows bikes to be temporarily clicked together at the handlebars

Whether they ride road bikes or mountain bikes, many cyclists don't like having the weight and clutter of a kickstand on their trusty steed. This generally doesn't pose a problem, although there are certainly times when it would be nice to be able to stand the bike up instead of leaning it against something. That's why Bicyclick was invented.  Read More

Tallac Design's Vier lock

There's little doubt that bicycle thieves are deterred more by U-locks than by cable locks. The form factor of U-locks, however, can make them awkward to transport. That's why California cyclists Allen and Paige Young have created the Vier lock. It's designed to offer the security of a U, but it disassembles into a package "the size of a burrito" when not in use.  Read More

The Fresh Air Plus toilet seat sucks unseemly odors directly from the toilet bowl

When our editorial team first assigned me this story about a toilet seat with a fan built in, I thought two things. First, why just the one fan? My efforts in the office bathroom are worthy of a whole fan club. After reading a little further, I then started thinking our editorial team are simply cowards, lacking the courage to bring up their grievances in a face to face setting. Either way, here ’tis – the Fresh Air Plus toilet seat with a built-in fan.  Read More

IceLiners comprises silicone molds which fit over glasses to create a frozen liquid lining

There may be nothing more satisfying than an ice-cold cocktail, but making a cocktail cold enough for a connoisseur's palate can be a tricky ask for bartender and party host alike. IceLiners could be the solution, making icy-cold cocktails simply and stylishly.  Read More

The Air Pakk features inflatable padding, converting quickly and easily to a travel pillow...

We first caught wind of Ryan Frayne and his rapid self-inflation technology on the back of his Air Pad mattress last year. Incorporating an innovative air flow technique, the air bed could be ready for use in a matter of seconds. Now Frayne has adapted this functionality to a multipurpose backpack with a view to bringing on-demand comfort to a variety of situations.  Read More

The tinyTelsa musical Telsa coil from oneTesla

The folks who successfully crowdfunded a DIY singing Tesla coil kit last year have taken to Kickstarter again to bring a smaller version into production. Like its older and bigger brother, the tinyTesla shoots out bolts of artificial lightning while playing MIDI music using the electricity itself. It looks like that polyphonic MIDI version of Danger High Voltage by Electric Six might just come in handy after all.  Read More

The ProGo folds for transport and storage

When it comes to eco-friendly forms of powered transportation, we generally tend to think of electric vehicles. Many people are still bothered by their limited range, however, along with the fact that it takes them a long time to recharge. That's why Los Angeles-based ProGo Recreation is taking another approach with its ProGo 3000 scooter – the thing runs on propane.  Read More

Emberlight is an adapter that turns any light into a smart light

Smart lighting requires that either the wiring and infrastructure or the bulbs themselves are able to be connected to the web. Philips hue, LIFX and INSTEON bulbs all take this latter approach, but buying new smart bulbs can be expensive. Emberlight is an adapter designed to make any bulb smart without the expense.  Read More

Both the Hunter and Explorer have a built-in bladed multi-tool

Wearable technology may be one of the biggest trends going on right now, but wearable survival gear is a persistent trend that's popped up again and again in recent years. We've seen it in survival bracelets like the KODIAK, hiking boots like the Rocky S2V Substratum and even jewelry like the HypeX from Swiss Army staple Wenger. A company called SlideBelts presents another style: a survival kit you can thread through your belt loops, putting a fire starter, knife and other tools within easy reach.  Read More

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