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It Turns Out That The Wheel, Re-Invented, Is Square

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Shark Wheels are a “new” kind of wheel for your skateboards. They’re still sort of round, but they’re made from a complex shape that sort of forms a cube. Kind of. We’re not too clear on the geometry, and clearly there’s still some roundness here or there wouldn’t be much rolling. But the point is that Shark Wheels are supposed to be better than traditional wheels.

It has less surface area touching the ground on hard surfaces, allowing for low rolling resistance. The alternating path can bite into soft terrain, meaning it can roll seamlessly in soft surfaces. The alternating center of gravity allows for superior high-speed stability, eliminating speed-wobble that occurs from the geometry of normal wheels.

When used on hard surfaces, the Shark Wheel produces a low friction profile similar to a high performance, low rolling resistance tire. This allows for less energy to be used as the contact patch is very small.

We’re not entirely convinced we aren’t just looking at regular wheels with wobbly sides and treads, but if this translates into a better ride for anyone, then great. They’re on Kickstarter right now where $50 will get you a set of 4 longboard wheels.

You decide if any of this makes any sense. We’ve included a video after the jump, so feel free to check that out.

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BBQ Dining Boat Seems Perfect For Summer, And Breaking The Bank

By David Ponce

What’s better than a BBQ among friends? A BBQ among friends on the water, of course. Seating up to 10 people, this 24 ft. floating creation with a 30 Watt outboard motor can be manoeuvred at up to 2 1/2 mph through calm water and alongside docks for loading/unloading. One charge provides enough power for up to 8 hours of continuous use, so unless you’re venturing in the open sea, you shouldn’t worry about getting stranded. There’s a plastic table with plastic seats for all 10 people, and each seat has “a recessed plate holder, three beverage holders, and silverware tray. Six compartments beneath the ABS seats store food and supplies for all-day cookouts.” The grill itself is charcoal powered and measures 24 in. in diameter.

So this all sounds like fun and games, only as long as you get past the sticker shock: $50,000.

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Fancy Getting Dragged Around Underwater? There’s A Board For That

By David Ponce

This is not a new product, but we just now came across it. It’s called the Abyss Board and we think that’s a terrible name, but what it does is kind of interesting. The board features two side-mounted rotating fins with an opening for your forearms and hands. You tie the board to the back of a boat with some length of rope and tell your driver not to exceed 10 mph (16 km/h). You then dive. The fins allow you to navigate the underwater world with relative ease as the forward momentum and substantial drag of water will make them act like wings. The manufacturer describes the feeling as one of personal flight:

Command the board to dive beneath the surface, perform barrel rolls, fly upside-down, carve and return to the surface with total control. Imagine fighter jet maneuvers combined with underwater exploration.

Well… we’re not going to kid anyone. It does sound like some bit of fun, but not the $395 kind of fun the company hopes we’ll dish out.

Hit the jump for a video of the board in action and links.

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