You've no doubt seen lots of them around town – rusting, abandoned bikes with all the components stripped away. Their owners haven't even bothered reclaiming their frames, as they were just cheap old "city beater" bikes in the first place. Well, Boston-based Fortified Bicycle is out to change that scenario. The company's new Invincible bike is well-enough made to not be considered disposable, yet is also highly theft-resistant – enough so that Fortified will replace it if it's nicked.
A picture is worth a thousand words, so the saying goes. But how many words is an image that springs to life with sound and moving video when viewed through a mobile device worth? LifePrint has launched a wireless portable printer and companion app, designed to print and share photos enhanced with augmented reality technology.
Although commercial drones are being used for everything from delivering packages to spraying crops, consumer models still can't do much more than shoot aerial video. That's why British mechanical engineering graduate Ben Kardoosh created the Mantis Drone Claw. It allows quadcopters to pick items up off the ground, and doesn't require a power source.
Wheeled carry-on cases are great until you try to pull them over a rough surface. The tiny wheels make them awkward to pull, and can break. The G-RO bag, however, has large wheels to handle different types of terrain and a host of other features aimed at improving the time you spend travelling.
Having already convinced some photographers to leave their dedicated light meter at home in favor of its Lumu smartphone add-on, Lumulabs is back with a significantly more powerful light meter for the iPhone. Currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, Lumu Power connects to the Lightning connector and offers a number of improvements over its predecessor.
Media entertainment tends to be more fun when experienced with friends and family, but it's not always convenient if those people live far away. A new device by Genii is designed to diminish the limitations of distance by livestreaming games, movies, or shows to anyone in the world. The Cast Hub allows up to six mobile devices to watch the same content, offering users the ability to enjoy and interact with each other in real time, as if on a virtual couch.
While looking for a sustainable alternative to petroleum-based inks, a team of researchers stumbled upon an algae-based solution that sees artwork grow on paper over the course of a few days. Colorado (US)-based startup Living Ink Technologies has now taken to Kickstarter to get its "time-lapse" ink into the hands of children, artists and teachers.
The Mstick is a curious little device. It doesn't immediately appear to fall easily into any category and yet has multiple useful functions. It seems conspicuously unusual and yet strangely compelling. It's just an LED light stick. But it's also a timer, an alarm and a weather forecast display.
Not so long ago, musicians wanting to record and release an album would need to head to a brick and mortar studio, gather together all manner of technical specialists and disappear for a few months. And probably have a major label bankrole the operation. But powerful and affordable personal computer systems and the general release of pro-level music creation software have put high quality music production within reach of the average working band. However, the learning curve for getting the most out of feature rich suites like Ableton Live, Cubase or Pro Tools can be very steep indeed. For his latest album release, veteran French musician, remixer and producer Joachim Garraud has decided to share some of the secrets of his trade, and provide a limited number of bedroom producers with all the tools needed to lay down some top notch tracks.
If the movies and TV are to be believed, picking a conventional lock is as easy as sticking a tool into a keyhole, thoughtfully moving it around for a few seconds, then pulling the door open with a crafty smile. While there are special high-security locks that are much harder to pick, they also tend to be quite expensive. That's why Canadian inventor Ryan Bowley created the Bowley Lock – it's claimed to be virtually pick-proof, yet affordable to the average home-owner.