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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Halfbike is Essentially a Pedal-Powered Segway

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Want to ride a bike without actually, well, riding one? Sounds impossible but that’s exactly what you’ll be able to do with the Halfbike. As the name implies, it’s an alternative mode of transportation that’s inspired by the bike–or at least, half of it. It’s basically a pedal-powered Segway of sorts that comes with a single brake and a handlebar that looks like a gigantic joystick.

It was created by Kolelinia, who explains: “Halfbike is great for commuting and transforms it from a monotonous task into a vibrant part of our everyday life. It is suitable for short distances and in conjunction with public transport could be taken on board for longer trips. Halfbike is compact enough for an elevator, light enough to carry it on stairs and fits into spaces too small for a normal bike.”

The winning point has to be the one about portability for me, although you might want to go for a regular bike or a car, even, if you’re going someplace far. The Halfbike is currently up for funding on Kickstarter, where a minimum pledge of $899 will get you one of your very own.

VIA [ Geeky Gadgets ]

Print Photos Anytime, Anywhere With LifePrint

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LifePrint brings something different to the table when it comes to wireless printers. It connects to your iOS or Android device via WiFi or Bluetooth so you can print pictures mere seconds after you’ve taken them. It works with an app that lets you print 3″ x 4″ photos even when you’re away from home or wherever the printer is. You’ll also be able to beam and print images on your friend and family’s printers when you want to share moments as they happen.

LifePrint is also a “physical” photo social network as it lets you follow your favorite photographers, celebrities, family, and friends, printing out images they share to you in turn.

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Alaska To Get World’s First Airborne Wind Turbine

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Did you know the air blows much stronger at higher altitudes? It therefore makes plenty of sense to put a wind turbine up there to harness the energy; that’s exactly what the residents of Fairbanks, Alaska, will be enjoying soon. The MIT startup Altaeros Energies has been given a $1.3 million grant by the Alaska Energy Authority to test the design over the course of 18 months. The turbine, known as BAT-Buoyant Airborne Turbine, will be filled with Helium and allowed to go up 1,000-2,000 feet where it’ll be able to generate twice as much power as a ground-based structure. While it’s up there, it’ll also serve as a WiFi hotspot, providing not only power but Internet connectivity to the families currently living off the grid in these remote areas.

VIA [ Inhabitat ]

Don’t Ever Google Your Medical Symptoms

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You have cancer. It’s always cancer. Heck, sometimes your cancer has cancer.

Just don’t do it.

And if you can’t afford to go see a doctor, please use some sense; the medical field is far and wide and you most likely don’t have the knowledge to do a proper differential diagnosis. You’ll only worry yourself sick.

VIA [ LikeCool ]

Emoji’s May Soon Be More Racially Diverse, Thanks To Apple

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If you’ve noticed your Emoji’s seem overwhelmingly white, it’s because they are (yes, even Miley Cyrus seems to think so). So MTV Act decided to do something about it and sent an email to Tim Cook. Apple’s vice president of worldwide corporate communications, Katie Cotton’s reply is as follows:

Tim forwarded your email to me. We agree with you. Our emoji characters are based on the Unicode standard, which is necessary for them to be displayed properly across many platforms. There needs to be more diversity in the emoji character set, and we have been working closely with the Unicode Consortium in an effort to update the standard.

Ok, so they’re working on it, although there’s no timeline for when the changes might be implemented. Still, it wouldn’t be so bad if the characters representing us in text messages, you know, actually represented us, and it’s good to know something’s being done about it.

VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Laser Engraved Rolling Pins Are Great Promotional Tools

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If you’re the proud owner of a pastry shop, you should seriously consider placing an order with Etsy seller ValekRollingPins. They’re able to laser engrave a standard 16.5″ beech rolling pin with the design of your choice. The pastries and pies that you make can then endlessly display your logo or message, Louis Vuitton-style. Prices start at roughly $45.

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Commute Case Folds Open and Transforms Into a Scooter

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The Commute-Case looks like something you’d see on the Jetsons with its sleek and futuristic design. While it looks like some strange contraption to be used to wheel your briefcase around, it’s actually much more than that. It’s a compact electric scooter that folds into a briefcase or trolley when it’s not in use.

When you’re ready to go, just fold it open and scoot along. The Commute-Case weighs 27 pounds with a weight capacity of 275 pounds. It has a top speed of 12.5mph and boasts of a 25-mile range. Like most scooters, it’s weatherproof and comes with a manual handbrake.

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Zap Your Muscles Into Shape With The SmartMio

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Remember those late night infomercials that sold gadgets to give you a six-pack without having to “do anything”? They’d just zap your muscles with current and these would contract and do all the work “by themselves.” The SmartMio is sort of like that, but there’s a smartphone involved. There’s also presumably a little more tech involved in order to make this more legit than the cheaper, older devices of the 90’s. The excessive quotation marks are there to denote that as much as the stimulation for muscle contraction is external, you will still feel tired after a while; you’re still doing the work, you just have less control over it. Anyway, with the SmartMio you can choose between 14 different muscle groups to work out, and isolate them exclusively, which is hard to do with traditional training.

As gimmicky as this sounds, there appears to be some scientific studies backing up the principle of ElectroMyoStimulation (EMS). You can read a few here and here. And if you want to get your own SmartMio, you’ll have to pledge $89.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ GadgetReview ]

BatteryBox Will Keep Your MacBook Air Running For 12 Hours

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Ever been on a 15 hour flight? It’s gruelling and having some kind of entertainment (besides whatever questionable selection of movies are on board) is essential to live through it. The MacBook Air, much as it does have stellar battery life, will run dry. But if you bring this BatteryBox, it’ll provide enough power for an additional 12 hours of runtime. If you pack a MacBook Pro, that’s still 6 hours extra. Note that it won’t actually charge your battery, but will power the laptop directly. BatteryBox does have a Magsafe2 output so you can plug it directly into the machines, though there’s a USB adapter if ever you need to power something that uses that.

Finally, this little 12,000mAh/50Whr box can go through 3,000 full charge cycles and still retain 96% of its capacity after 5 years. That’s some durability, which more than justifies the $139 asking price, in our opinion.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geek.com ]