Go Off Road With Tank Treads Mounted On Roller Blades

Remember when you were young and you just had to have rollerblades, the speedy feeling as you put one foot in front of another rushing down the road. These days you are more likely to have a segway or hoverboard carry you down the road or even through the woods, but someone isn’t happy to give up on the rollerblades yet, having instead the great idea to make them off-road with tank treads mounted on the classic.

The EV4’s consist of two rollerblades features a 350W DC motor, giving you the ability to travel as far as 12 miles at up to 9MPH. Afraid of going near grass? Don’t worry, the tank treads mean you can easily cover gravel, grass and dirt. Don’t worry about having to control the movement either, it’s all done via a wireless hand-held remote, giving you complete control over the system.

Sadly if you are looking at something to quickly carry you to and from work or down the neighbouring paths, there may be cheaper and lighter alternatives. Coming at 11 pounds per pair and with a $1,400 price tag means it’s not something you can easily pick up and forget a year down the line.

A Glove To Help Parkinson’s Patients Has Been Developed

Technology can do some amazing things. From being able to help people overcome paralysis to even helping doctors prepare for surgery on babies. Technology can be used for some amazing purposes, Faii Ong realised this when he was decided to create a glove to help people with Parkinson’s.

Ong was a 24-year old medical student in London when he was assigned to care for a 103-year-old who suffered from Parkinson’s. When he asked if there was anything to help them with the shakes that often come from Parkinson’s he was told that “there’s nothing”. This was an answer he did not accept and Ong looked everywhere to find a way to help patients with everyday movement.

The answer he found was actually in one of his childhood toys, a mechanical gyroscope. He explained that they work “like spinning tops; they always try to stay upright by conserving angular momentum”. Working together with Imperial College London students he worked in creating a prototype, now titled GyroGlove. The wearable is said to be like placing your hand in thick syrup, resulting in movement that was slowed but not impaired.

With a gyroscope attached to the back of the glove, the noise and size of the device are the first hurdles for what could otherwise be an amazing piece of technology. “GyroGlove will make everyday tasks such as using a computer, writing, cooking and driving possible for sufferers”, stated Helen Matthews of the cure Parkinsons Trust.

Ong doesn’t want to stop there with just the glove. He hopes that after the GyroGlove they can begin to address tremors in other areas of the body, such as the legs. He also see’s a future for the device in areas where you may need steady hands, such as when taking pictures or even during surgery.

Details Revealed for Honda’s Second-Generation Acura NSX Hybrid

Global Japanese car manufacturer Honda had officially announced earlier this year (2015) plans to produce a second-generation of its Acura NSX sports car, the vehicle itself is stunning as conveyed by the images below.  Before you decide to order one may I also confirm the price structure that has also been announced, if you would like to own one then you would need to find a spare $156,000 (£104,610.23) to be precise, this will climb to a whopping $205,000 dollars (£137,468.57) for a fully specced up version when it goes on sale in the US.

If you thought this was the only cost, think again, the car giant also expects buyers to pay an additional$1,800 (£1,207.04) transportation fee to Honda who will then arrange for the vehicle to be delivered by a towing company via freight”  The NSX has a hybrid system that includes a 573 – horsepower twin-turbo 3.6L V6 engine and three electric motors, the rear wheel has a 47 horsepower electric motor with each of the front wheels respectively equipped with a flat 36 horsepower motor.

The NSX can also accelerate from 0-100km / h in less than 3 seconds and has a top speed of up to 307km / h.  (190 mph).  It will be delivered to consumers around 2017 with the first NSX being auctioned off for charity in January of next year (2016).

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Guy Makes Device Which Can Open Combination Locks in a Matter of Seconds

Not really what you were looking to hear if you have a locker at work or school that relies on combination locks to keep people from snooping through your personal belongings, huh? Well, someone was bound to do something like this sooner or later and it’s not like combination locks were the best security option on the planet anyway.

This new high-tech process looks to follow the manual process used by experienced crackers, but drastically reducing the process with the help of computerized algorithms. The device is made out of a stepper motor, a servo motor, a 3D printed harness and an Adruino to help with the AI/computerized side of things.

But now to the real question… how useful is the process? Well, not that useful. Experienced crackers can open these type of locks in a matter of seconds too (not as fast as a robot, but pretty fast nonetheless). So that’s why combination locks are made to keep out nosy people from snooping through your personal stuff and not keep your family values safe.

Still, this can be useful when you really have no experience and desire to learn how to crack these things and want to prank your friends. You can watch the video below to see how it is made and tested.

Thank you TechCrunch for providing us with this information

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Ford Reveals Two New Prototype E-Bikes

Ford recently revealed two prototype e-bikes at the Mobile World Congress that aim to make travelling around cities a bit safer. The two e-bikes are called MoDe:Me and MoDe:Pro and have a 200-watt electric motor, along with a 9-amp per hour battery. They are said to have a top speed of up to 25 km/h.

The bikes feature a rear-facing sensor that alerts the rider if a car is approaching quickly from behind by making the handlebars vibrate. Also, if you have an app open, it will also show the warning on the display.

There are also lights on the side of the handlebars and read of the bikes to warn a car’s driver of a possible impact with the bike, suggesting him or her to slow down in order to avoid it.

Both bikes are said to connect to Ford’s prototype app named MoDe:Link, currently compatible only with the iPhone 6. The app helps the riders plan their route and helps with direction by giving feedback through the handlebars, telling the rider when to turn. Blinking indicators are said to also automatically activate in order to inform other drivers of a turn being made by the rider.

Due to the bikes being foldable, the app can take the user to a bus or train stop, should it be quicker than any alternative. It is said to also display the cost of any public transport fees to the destination.

Other key features within the app include identifying bike-friendly roads and generate warning feedbacks regarding other potential hazards. To be noted is that the DoMe:Pro is designed for couriers, having the ability to be folded and stored in the back of a van, while the DoMe:Me is designed for regular commuters.

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Cadillac Video Rearview Mirrors Standard from 2016

From 2016 the Cadillac CT6 will feature video rearview mirrors as standard. The vehicle will be the first car to feature such technology on all models.

The camera will be of “high dynamic range” allowing drivers to see in all weathers delivering a “video feed [that] reduces glare and allows a crisper image in low-light situations, versus a traditional glass electrochromatic, or auto-dimming, rearview mirror.” The small display delivers quite a high resolution for its size and purpose, 1280 x 240 to be exact and it promises to bring a filed of view up to 4 times higher than standard mirrors. The company isn’t completely giving up on traditional mirrors however, drivers will still be able switch to a conventional mirror with handy little button.

Although this example is the first, this is something we can expect to see more often now since the US Government made it mandatory for all new cars to feature rearview cameras after 2018.

Source: The Verge Image: General Motors

iPhone to Protect Itself from Falls by Shifting Weight

According to the International Business Times, Apple has filed a patent that uses the vibration motor inside an iPhone to shift the device’s weight when falling – saving it from serious damage.

“A patent awarded to Apple by the US Patent and Trademark Office this week, describes a “protective mechanism for an electronic device” and calls on the iPhone’s processing power to recognise a fall, calculate the potential impact, and work at lightening speed to come up with a plan to save the fragile glass screen.”

The patent says that the iPhone could rapidly activate the vibration motor to ensure the device always lands on its back. The IBT report says that this would only require a simple spinning motor alongside the standard gyroscope and accelerometer to work.

This seems like quite a realistic proposition – let’s hope we see it in future iPhones.

Source: International Business Times

Scientists Create Transformers-like Self-Building Robots

With all the cheap 3D printing methods out there, anyone can make anything with a little bit of imagination. This is how a few researchers from Harvard and MIT have created cheap, self-assembling complex robots that can transform from a something that looks like a sheet of paper to a fully fledged walking robot.

The scientists have said that they got the inspiration from the ancient Japanese art of origami. This, along with some children toy ideas and Transformer fan imagination, they were able to create the robots that can build themselves.

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The robots are said to be built out of hobby shop materials that cost around $100, having tiny motors and batteries power them up. With this, a paper robot is said to transform to a four-legged automaton in just four minutes.

The self-assembling robots are said to benefit space exploration missions, dangerous environments, search-and-rescue missions and much more. Sam Felton, robotics researcher at Harvard, stated that this technology could be as technology-changing as the 3D printer. Having robots which can be built in your home for as little as $100 is everyone’s geeky dream come true.

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Tesla Open First UK Showroom

The Westfield shopping center in London already attracts a big crowd, but now it looks set to gain even more attention as Tesla open their first UK showroom at Westfields.

As I’m sure many of you know, Tesla make electric cars and they’ve been rapidly gaining in popularity in the US, so much so that the company is now reaching out to more parts of the world.

Not only have they opened their first UK showroom, but they will also be launching the right-hand drive version of their £55,000 Tesla Model S very soon, and they’re also looking for sites to install their Supercharger quick-charging stations.

According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Tesla is pushing for a sales target of 50 a week, hoping to build that up to a 100 over time. He also said that they hope to launch battery pack swapping for the Model S in the UK after a successful US launch.

Is the UK ready for electric vehicles? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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Image courtesy of Tesla.