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What a $5 programmable computer looks like

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This is what a “$5 programmable computer” looks like, how could you not click?

The Brief

Raspberry Pi Zero is a $5 dollar computer. Ya, that’s cheaper than a latte and smaller than a $5 bill. The programmable computer chip was invented by Raspberry Pi founder, Eben Upton, who released the 65mm × 30mm × 5mm chip during the holiday season of December 2015. He gave away the first 10, 000 for free off the cover of the December MagPi issue.

five dollar computer“The direction we’ve drifted in has deprived us of a supply of computer programmers. We have a generation of consumers, not producers, and consumption hardware and not production hardware,” he said. “We are trying to generate a group of people who see computing as an open environment, see it as a platform for creating their own destiny.” -Eben Upton

The Overview

Featuring a fully-functional Linux computer compressed into one chip. With the Raspberry Pi Zero, you can learn how to code and seriously build anything you can dream up. The Raspberry Pi features the following powerhouse specs:

– A Broadcom BCM2835 application processor;
– 1GHz ARM11 core (40% faster than Raspberry Pi 1);
– 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM;
– A micro-SD card slot;
– A mini-HDMI socket for 1080p60 video output;
– Micro-USB sockets for data and power;
– An unpopulated 40-pin GPIO header;
– Identical pinout to Model A+/B+/2B;
– An unpopulated composite video header;
– Our smallest ever form factor, at 65mm x 30mm x 5mm.

The $5 Raspberry Pi computer makes computer programming accessible to everyone all over the world and its aim is to pull in and create more computer programmers from regions where $1 makes a huge difference.

For more information on Raspberry Pi swag please visit the official Raspberry Pi store.

To see how Eben Upton first introduced the world’s first $5 computer, watch the video below.

Source: Raspberry Pi

What is Wikipedia’s oldest article edit?

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Because you have time to kill and you need to fill the gap, wanting to know the answer to ‘What is Wikipedia’s oldest article edit?’ Am I right?

Brief

Whoa. Wikipedia says it couldn’t store their first edit, however, it does share a screenshot of their oldest edit ever that survived, Wikipedia:UuU.

Overview

Wikipedia started off as a radical idea.

Founders Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger wanted to give every person on the planet free access to the sum of all human knowledge. Since the website launched on January 15, 2001, it has grown into the largest referenced resource on the internet today.

So who made Wikipedia’s first edit?

Wales said he was the one to make the first edit on Wikipedia after installing UseModWiki. Unfortunately, his edit does not exist on the current database. In fact, nothing survived on the first day.

Below we showcase Wikipedia’s oldest edit archived the day after — the one that survived.

Here’s what it looks like:

wikipedia-oldest-edit

Main Takeaway

Wikipedia’s oldest surviving edit was published on January 16, 2001, at 20:08 UTC. The UuU page was made as a CamelCase hack to create a link to an article about the letter, ‘U’ a page that couldn’t be made because of the UseModWiki software, which only worked with CamelCased words as linked articles at the time.

The UuU page survived because it had only one edit between the time it was published and the time when Wikipedia decided to move onto Phase II software.

This 3D-automated robot can build a home in 2 days

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Why we wanted you to click?

Australian company Fastbrick Robotics just invented a robot named, Hadrian X, it stacks 1000 bricks per hour with incredible accuracy. Ya, that’s one home in 2 days!

Why is Fastbrick Robotics disruptive?

A professional human bricklayer can lay between 300 to 500 bricks a day, which is between 30 to 50 bricks per hour. A developer who adds Hadrian X to any bricklaying job will get the return equal to adding 20 more bricklayers per hour.

Similar to 3D-printing entire homes, robots like Hadrian X will make it more efficient for developers to build. Despite media conversations and PR teams suggesting that robots like Hadrian X are not here to replace humans, it’ll be naive to ignore the economical benefits from a business point of view.

If stakeholders and developers are tempted to keep costs low and scale up production — a classic business move — you can expect a shift in tone. It’s also important to note that the Bank of England has predicted over 95-million jobs will go to robots in the next 10 to 20 years — that’s a projection worth taking seriously.

How does Hadrian X work?

The Hadrian X is first loaded with bricks for the robot’s arm to grab. The robot then adds adhesives onto each brick and loads it onto the conveyor belt. With instructions taken from a 3D-CAD software system with SOLIDWORKS and a laser-guided system, its arm begins to stack bricks with .5mm accuracy.

Fastbrick Robotics’ first YouTube video

Despite Fastbrick Robotics pushing marketing messages without an official YouTube channel, we managed to find their first YouTube video published by current operations manager, Gary Paull, who first published it on Jun 29, 2015. The video shows a graphic rendering of what the Hadrian X looks like while layering bricks on a job and it’s pretty impressive.

Just how revolutionary is Fastbrick Robotics? 

This is the second video published by Gary Paull explaining the incredible potential of automated construction. It shows how Fastbrick Robotics’ Hadrian 105 plans to change the construction industry completely forever — this is truly a disruptive technology.

Main takeaway?

Humans have been laying bricks for over 6000 years and the robots and technology we’ve been reading about for decades are here or close by. After witnessing the Hadrian X prove to the world robots build houses faster than humans, robots like Hadrian X leave mankind with an interesting question: what do we do with all our extra time?

Did Zapata Racing just make the “world’s first” hoverboard?

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If you thought the first-ever jetpack was unreal, you’re going to love France’s own Zapata Racing and their latest invention, the Flyboard Air, a hoverboard-like propulsion unit that floats above air just like a segway rolls on road.

It took the France-based firm four years to complete and below they flaunt their documentation of the Flyboard Air’s first successful test run.

The Flyboard Air flies at heights of up to 10,000 feet, moves at speeds of up to 150km/h (93,2 mph) and its flights lasts as long as 10 minutes.

Pretty cool, eh?

Check out the video below and let us know what you think.


Source: Zapata Racing

This FarmBot plants and grows food on its own 24/7

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Because you want to grow your own food in your backyard without having to do or know much about gardening.

The Brief

FarmBot Genesis is the world’s first automated gardening robot that grows food in your garden by itself seven days a week, day and night, the way you want it to with little gardening effort and know-how.

Overview

Meet FarmBot Genesis. Humanity’s first CNC diy precision farming robot. The home garden autonomous system was created by a young California-based team of three (led by Rory Aronson), its design is more compact than today’s million-dollar precision farming tractor and is small enough to fit in your backyard or rooftop garden.

 

But don’t let its size fool you. FarmBot is a workhorse. It can garden 24/7, sowing and watering seeds efficiently and exactly how users prefer them to grow.

Its onboard camera and advanced visual software also helps users monitor gardens, detecting and burying weeds as soon as they sprout. Its soil sensor also provides users how the garden changes over time, enabling for smarter and more efficient gardens with every passing season.

The overall process is code-free and users can control and configure FarmBot from a web-based user interface from a mobile device.

Its automated sequence builder, scheduler, and drag-and-drop planter also makes it convenient to manage, setting custom care options for each seed through its lifetime.

FarmBot Genesis’ autonomous kits come with Arduino Mega 2560, Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, disassembled hardware packages, and access to the open-source software community for construction.

FarmBot’s first YouTube video


Rory introduces FarmBot to the world with their first YouTube video publish ever, an entry video for the 2015 Hackaday semifinals round. The video highlights FarmBot Genesis’ 3D-printed parts, stainless steel, and corrosion resistant hardware, great materials for withstanding Mother Nature’s harsh elements.

Main Takeaway

With companies like Monsanto trying to monopolize the farming world, FarmBot Genesis, empowers the average person with an easy solution to diy gardening. When we handle our own food with the organic and GMO-free seeds, we’ll be able to avoid the cost of consuming the negative side-effects from mismanaged fruits and vegetables. The FarmBot Genesis kit is currently selling for $3,500. Rory Aronson says he hopes to get that price down closer to $1000 in the near future.

Hybrid MORPHotel runs on green energy while coasting around world

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Because this is where travel, luxury, and hospitality merge into something you’ve never seen before.

The Experience

Imagine if the Hilton floated across the ocean and took you to new countries.

The Overview

London architect Gianluca Santosuosso introduces a new revolutionary concept for a new hybrid hotel cruise ship named, MORPHotel.

The MORPHotel is 1/2 mile long and 20 feet wide and looks like a floating human spine, adjusting itself to ocean waves as it coasts through unexpected destinations.

Although the design is only but a vision, today travel and cruise industries are trumpeting it as the future of travel and cruise.

MORPHotel will feature luxury amenities, floating gardens and will be self-sufficient, using solar panels and the motion from the waves to store energy. The energy used from rainwater will also help filter seawater as well.

The MORPHotel is expected to travel around the world and offer an ‘it’s the journey, not the destination’ fantasy to travel enthusiasts, moving slower than the typical cruise ship, docking in several cities and offering a unique traveling experience.

Check out the video below and let us know what you think in our comments section.

Rechargeable lighter that’s waterproof, flameless and ridiculously cool

Why you clicked
Because when ridiculously cool is what it means.

The experience
One day, you’ll need to light something on fire in the pouring rain…Or when in the shower. Weirdo.

The overview
And this is the ridiculously cool rechargeable lighter by Elementium Plazmatic. If Tesla existed today he’d give them the wink and the gun — 100% green light.

So how does it work? Easy. Well kinda…Plasma lighters like the Elementium Plazmatic use cutting-edge ignition technology and use the lighter’s spark as a trigger to read the plasma conduit between lighter ‘electrodes’ (the energy containing poles) which ionize the air in-between each electrode, creating an electrical current — seen as the purple beam — to essentially light anything on fire.

Check out the specs:

– Rechargeable micro USB cord;
– 1-2 hours charge time;
– 100 lights per lighter with up to 500 rechargeable rounds;
– Waterproof;
– Wind resistant;
– Stainless steel body;
– 240 mAh battery;
– 3.7 volts;
– No butane or fluids;
– Eco-friendly.

 

Now if you put all that info into context, 1 plasma lighter is equivalent to 50 disposable lighters, which means a lighter wallet and a lighter landfill.

Pretty cool, eh?

But there’s more. Check out the shortlist of DIY videos below and let us know which one you think is ‘unintentionally’ hilarious.

Until next time!

 

Source: Elementium Lighters

How the design impaired make stunning infographics

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Because infographics get you traffic and build backlinks…If you do it right.

The Experience
Build visually stunning infographics with an easy-to-use drag-and-drop solution. Seriously, any child, man or woman with a computer can learn how to create high-quality infographics with Piktohart.

The Overview
Looks like Piktochart founders, Ai Ching Goh and Andrea Zaggia played their cards right, receiving a $140, 000 grant from the Penang, Malaysia government and also raising seed funding of $150, 000 from Chinaccelerator and SOSV.

Piktochart features 595+ useful templates on its freemium and was given the thumbs up by Marketing Land, The Next Web and TechInAsia to just to name a few, as must-have tools for content marketers.

Piktochart’s first YouTube post

We love first YouTube posts from all brands and how hilarious they appear from a modern perspective. Piktochart’s first YouTube video published on February 6, 2012 isn’t as bad as some of the others we’ve seen — it actually looks normal. The 30-second flat animation spot features no voice-over but clearly emphasizes data overload and Piktochart’s ability to turn boring data into beautiful graphics.

How to use Piktochart

In case you are still unclear of how Piktochart works, here’s a quick how-to video tutorial showcasing you how simple the tool is to use. It’s a drag-and-drop process and features over 585+ free templates with a premium option for those wanting something a bit more custom.

Source: Piktochart

OnePlus wants to kill Apple flagship

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never settle

Source: Android Authority
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Because OnePlus believes their product has what it takes to kill the iPhone and Android.

The Brief
OnePlus entered the smartphone market on December 16, 2013 looking to disrupt an established smartphone industry ruled by iOS and Android, pitching a #NeverSettle mentality.

The #NeverSettle tagline comes from OnePlus co-founder and former Oppo VP Pete Lau and co-founder Carl Pei. They believe smartphone users can do better, selling high-end products at more affordable prices.

Today the average Apple iPhone costs $687 compared to the average OnePlus smartphone priced at $396.

Their launch
It wasn’t that smooth. Lau and Pei rolled out their first device, OnePlus in India on April 23, 2014 through Amazon, however ran into some legal issues with Micromax Mobile. Reports allegedly suggest OnePlus violated rights to distribute Cyanogen-branded products in South Asia. This prompted OnePlus to go through a redesign and developed its own ROM under OnePlus calling it, Oxygen OS, and also removed the Cyanogen branded logo from its box. Today OnePlus is currently sold in 43 countries all over the world.

Notes
The OnePlus leadership is dead set on disrupting the established smartphone market and ready to chop down a few smartphone giants along the way. These guys and girls are doing some pretty cool and innovative things, like launching the first-ever virtual reality pop-up tour across New York, Paris, London, Berlin, Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore.

Their high-end products are nearly half the price as Apple and Android. The average Android device currently is priced at $254. OnePlus offers brand new products at a rate 57% under Apple. They have a pretty innovative marketing team, adopting disruptive VR innovations as well, setting up a pop-up shop in outer space.

Other OnePlus advertising campaigns you may be interested in:

Phone In a Box Compilation

We love first-post YouTube videos. This is OnePlus’ first YouTube post published on Apr 5, 2014. It features trendy dubstep samples, trendy Leggo stop-animation visuals slaying competitor flagship phones and of course their Phone In A Box contest members.

OnePlus Never Settle

“One team, four months and sixteen countries” was what the OnePlus social media production team went with, a minimalist YouTube video description for their first introduction video, a Never Settle promo campaign showcasing their end-to-end product development process.

Smash The Past

The controversial OnePlus “Smash The Past” campaign wanted to seduce smartphone users with a $1 (USD) promo. Contestants were prompted to smash their existing smartphones to win a new OnePlus for $1. The “Smash The Past” campaign was criticized for ignoring the environment and being wasteful however drew in 140 000 contestants and 100 won brand new OnePlus smartphones.

Source: OnePlus

Robots that fetch beer, clean homes & run scary fast

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Boston Dynamics is known for building cool robots. In their latest build, they feature a robot dog that can do dishes, fetch beers and newspapers and even throw out garbage, to just to name a few tricks.

Its name? SpotMini, an all-electric-waterproof-super-quiet-65lbs-robot dog lasting 90 minutes with one charge. SpotMini is a smaller and younger spin off version of Boston Dynamics’ Spot, the 160lbs SpotMini predecessor designed for indoor and outdoor operations, and was also another variation of another project robot dog, BigDog.

BigDog is a 3 foot (0.91 m) long, 2.5 feet (0.76 m) tall military robot dog weighing in at 240 lbs (110 kg) and was a project funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) back in 2005. BigDog, also known as, AlphaDog was intended to evolve into a military mule for soldiers, helping reduce load and carry burden from soldiers’ backs but was discontinued for being too loud for combat.

Boston Dynamics was founded in 1992 and was a spin off of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology created by engineer Marc Raibert and peers. Marc Raibert and Boston Dynamics was later acquired by Google X for a cool $500-million where it was then managed by Andy Rubin, the founder and CEO of Andriod Inc., who also was acquired by Google in 2005 for an alleged $50-million. Andy Rubin left Google in 2014 to start an incubator for hardware startups named, Playground Global.

The Boston Dynamics body of work shows us the disruptive potential of their innovations and the robotic ability to perform ‘middle-class’ jobs as well if not better than humans. Experts like professor Moshe Vardi forecast robots — similar to the ones Boston Dynamics invent — will take over most jobs within 30 years.

Google recently put Boston Dynamics up for sale in a ‘retreat from robotics’ however the Boston Dynamics YouTube channel documents the evolution of their work along with showcasing other interesting robotic inventions leading the way in four-legged locomotion learning, giving engineers insight on the relationships between motor learning, dynamic control, perception of the environment and rough-terrain locomotion.

Other Boston Dynamics Disrtupive Robots:

Wildcat

Cheetah Robot

Atlas

Source: Boston Dynamics

Fusing cannabis with sugar, DeepCell startup shakes editable market, expects $10-mill round

Cannabis lovers are going to love this…Seattle-based tech startup, DeepCell, plans to shake the editable market with cannabis-infused sugar, Ruby Cannabis Sugar.

“The industry is currently filled with oil and butter based cannabis products. Ruby offers a low-calorie, fat-free, low-flavor option for those looking for a healthier and better-tasting alternative,” said CEO and co-founder Kelly Ogilvie.

The legal marijuana industry is currently the fastest growing industry in the US with expectations of generating between $24-billion to $44-billion a year by 2020, and $10-billion a year in Canada.

DeepCell’s Ruby Cannabis Sugar is made from certified organic cane sugar and cannabis extract, featuring 15 calories per serving, owning fat-free and gluten-free status and is also non-GMO — winning!

“We are excited to introduce a product that will not change the flavor of the edibles it is added to, as well as unlock a greater potential for the edible market. It allows for the culinary minded to take their favorite dish up a notch.” Said Ogilvie.

DeepCell industries raised $410, 000 to fuel growth and fund their pending patent, Crystal Infusion. The startup states that they do not participate in the production or distribution of marijuana, however, license their technology to distribution partners.

The innovative startup expects to move into a $10-million financing round by the end of the year and also features two other pending products on the mend on their site, the Sapphire Cannabis Salt and the Emerald Cannabis Sweetener.

Source: DeepCell

What the fontus? This invention turns air into drinkable water

This Vienna-based startup can turn air into water with an interesting innovation called, Fontus Airo, a self-filling bottle that acts as a modern form of air harvesting. Fontus Airo uses an old method of air harvesting, which has been around for over 2000 years and can be used to help anyone hikers, bikers, and areas without clean drinking water.

Fontus Airo can make 17 oz of water from the air in a course of an hour, using the earth’s humidity, solar power and condensation.

According to UN Water, 783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. 6 to 8 million people die annually from the consequences of disasters and water-related diseases.

Fontus Airo is currently in development stage and plan bring their product to the market in 2016.


Source: Fontus

Instagram’s Vimeo ad, their new logo and the creative class alternatives

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Yay or nay?

It was on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 8:06 p.m. EST when Instagram published a 54-second video on Vimeo that shook the social media world, unveiling their new logo and “new look”: a minimalist white glyph layered over top a rainbow bridge gradient background.

Lovely…

The logo redesign received both positive and negative reviews from the Internet, with the most notable reaction coming from the Instagram creative class, recreating and pitching their own logo alternatives.

Check out the crowd favourites below and let us know what you think in our comments section.

By Ricardo de Zoete

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By Eddie Zhou
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By Sty
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By Enon
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By Sam Bunny
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By Daniel
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By Roman Menshikov
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By Anandh
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By Jack Kendall
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By Michael Flarup
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By Safa Paksu
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By Leoh Nguyen
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By Mikki Sanchez
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Disruptive startup and tower-free WiFi networks for off-the-grid users

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It’s a bit commonplace to note that cellphone towers can lose functionality to hurricanes and tornadoes, they are by no means invincible. Remember Hurricane Sandy?

Clearly when cellphone towers are damaged, your cellphone loses functionality, our connection to Facebook and Twitter and Instagram disappear.

And texting? Ya that’s out the door too and communicating with our family and friends gets difficult, wireless connection in today’s world is akin to water.

But what would you say if we told you that there was a way to create your own WiFi network without cellphone towers and routers?

GoTenna, a Brooklyn-based startup offers this dream in the form of a pocket-sized wand and app. The tech startup was founded by Daniela Perdomo and Jorge Perdomo and it offers off-the-grid users an option to use smartphones without the reliance of satellites or towers.

Smartphone users can connect with other GoTenna users who are also synced in via Bluetooth on their smartphones several miles away. The smartphone app is great for travellers, event goers and anyone who has fantasized communicating and using WiFi in remote getaways in nature.

The app is available for both iOS and Android and is currently going for $199 for a pair on the official GoTenna website.

Disruptive ‘Free TV’ Astro Box will shake cable industry trees

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With thousands already cutting the cord on cable, a new tech device imported from China might just put them away for good.

Founder of Astro TV Boxes Canada, maritimer Joel Adams, is already selling Canadians the so-called cable killer.

The ‘free TV box’ provides unlimited access to popular TV shows and movies which you stream directly from your TV. And apparently, based on reports, it’s completely legal.

Surprised? Don’t be, the laws regarding streaming in Canada are murky at best. Your safeguard is that you are streaming content as opposed to downloading content, which means based on current copyright laws, you’re not technically committing an illegal act.

So how does it work?

The Astro TV box works as easy as the plug-and-play feature on a computer. Plug the box into your television and get immediate access to a worldwide library of shows and movies past or present.

The TV boxes are imported from China and preloaded with software and apps by Adams.

Once that process is complete the TV boxes are ready to go, providing you with more than the Canadian Netflix could ever do, without the monthly fee.

The only catch is the initial cost of the Android TV box, which starts at $87.99 for the starter kit and goes up to $259.99 for their most advanced.

According to Adams’ website sales have been through the roof since entering the Canadian market.

Unfortunately all models are currently out of stock, but keep checking. Adams and his team are working around the clock pushing as hard as they can to restock.

Check out the video below to see how it works and let us know what you think in our comments section.

 

UPDATE: Due to legal pushback from Google, CEO of disruptive “Android Box Canada,” now goes by brand name “Astro Box Canada.”

Caught on camera! Tesla Model S autopilot saves driver from crash

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Tesla evangelists are going to love this…

In this YouTube video posted by Joshua Brown, we have a ‘caught on camera’ recording of his Tesla Model S, Tessy (the name he named his Tesla Model S), saving him from a side collision and maneuvering away from a boom truck.

“Tessy did great. I have done a lot of testing with the sensors in the car and the software capabilities. I have always been impressed with the car, but I had not tested the car’s side collision avoidance. I am VERY impressed. Excellent job Elon!” Said Brown.

Joshua was listening to an audiobook by Malcolm Gladwell when Tessy decided to take over.  His video made its way to Tesla through social media and was tweeted by Elon Musk himself.

Source: Joshua Brown

Iron Man-like bike helmet, Scully, revolutionizes motorcycle industry

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Rebel Innovation shook the world in 2014, raising $2,446,824 USD from popular crowdfunding site Indiegogo, engineering ‘Scully’ — the world’s smartest motorcycle helmet.

Touted as the helmet for the digital age by Popular Science, Scully and its Iron Man-like functionalities pitch the world on the motorcycle revolution, and it’s definitely working.

Since introducing Scully AR1, Rebel Innovation has gone on record stating that it will take them months for them to complete thousands of pre-orders.

But hey.

The proof is in their pudding. Scully AR1 is the smartest motorcycle helmet on the planet and the first helmet to feature an 180-degree rear view blind spot camera.  

Its transparent augmented reality screen sits on the bottom right of its visor; always in focus and conveniently in display position; working like Jarvis in Iron Man. Its intelligent sound integrates audio, hands-free calling and also plays music on command from its built-in speakers.

Scully also connects to the Internet via smartphone and bluetooth; offering GPS navigation on a high-speed microprocessor — a must-have in today’s world.

Scully AR1 goes for $1499 on their eStore and shipping is available today.

Disruptive Charcle toothpaste cures cavities without dentist drill

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This is ridiculously amazing! Okay so imagine being able to brush all your cavities away from the comfort of your own home.  The scenario may sound a bit farfetched, but this new revolutionary discovery turns that idea into a reality. Invented by Japanese researcher Kazue Yamagishi of the FAP Dental Institute in Tokyo, the new toothpaste named, Charcle, allegedly fills in the holes, cracks and restores tooth enamel as you brush.

Dr. Yamagishi and colleagues developed the super paste from a specific crystalline calcium phosphate white paste after a series of experiments of modified hydroxyapatite, a chemically and structurally similar substance to natural enamel.

The electron microscope showed that the natural and artificial enamel integrated were like one substance.

This means after the paste is applied to the cavity, the contained acid dissolves onto the surface of the tooth when minutes later the paste begins to crystallise and fasten in the natural structure of natural enamel. Dr. Yamagishi says the toothpaste is set to release sometime next year.

Stay close for more details.

Source: Telegraph, Feel Healthy Life

How to secure any bolt on your bike, meet your saviour Hexlox

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Holy moly! Check this out. So here’s how to secure any bolt on your bike, say hello to Hexlox, a super simple anti-theft magnet that helps you totally secure the bolts on your bike. Yes we mean everything, including your saddle, wheels, frame and more.

The next generation invention key and lock was made in Germany by Swedish serial entrepreneur and Berlin resident Marcus Tonndorf. Marcus has led an interesting life so far. He started his first venture in Sweden in 1994 at Pilot Interactive, moved to London to study branding communication to open up the German branch of Pentagram Design, then he moved to Japan to start publishing house FrankEast in Tokyo. Today Mark is the CEO of Primal Shield, a tech company specializing consumer mood behaviour and personality in the mobile space.

Pretty impressive, eh?

But seriously, take a closer look and notice how his latest venture, Hexlox, secures any bolt on any bike — wow.

And it’s true, Hexlox fits all bikes and stops thieves from notorious snatch and grabs. Of course, the darn thing doesn’t do so well protecting you from heavy grinding saws, but hey — it’s worth its weight in gold!

The Kickstarter campaign offers full bike security for as low as €39 euros or more featuring 5 Hexlox, 1 unique personal key and 1 keycode card. There are also early bird options for private security like bolt saddle protection, private wheel protection and more.

For more information take a look at the explainer video below!

Source: Hexlox

Did Goodyear just reinvent the wheel of the future?

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good year tire 360

This is crazy. Goodyear is looking to reinvent the wheel, flaunting its 3D printed-tread design concept car the, Eagle-360, at the Geneva International Motor Show. Clearly the Eagle-360 oozes disruptive DNA, its spherical tires give the cars of tomorrow the ability to move in all directions through magnetic levitation. This means the Eagle-360 rolls without its wheels attached to its body, leaving us with a car without axles and suspended above spherical tires — yes parallel parking just got a whole lot easier.

The Eagle-360 is expected to operate similar to the magnetic levitation trains of today. Magnetic levitation trains use electrically charged magnets to lift its body a fraction of an inch to a few inches above metal tracks. When magnetic levitation trains lift above train tracks, electricity is conducted through the coils, creating magnetic fields, giving the train the power to reach speeds of up to 300 mph — exactly how the Eagle-360 will work.

The design itself takes inspiration from brain coral and natural sponges.

The biomimicry-design expects to give the Eaglegood year eagle 360-360 a spongelike groove which helps it glide over wet roads and “softens when wet to create deeper grooves for aquaplaning resistance.”

Its sensors will also read road conditions and adjust its tires according to the forecasted path ahead. But it doesn’t stop there.

 

Futurists and other industrial designers expect for Goodyear to design spherical hollow tires as well for a multi-purpose benefit, like for additional storage or for laundry or even using hollow spherical tires as pestles to create guacamole as you drive.

Take a look and let us know what you think in our comments section below.

Source: YouTube

How to see without vision: App Aipoly shockingly gives the blind new eyes

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App Aipoly helps anyone with impaired vision see the world through smartphone artificial intelligence. Through convolutional neural networks it helps smartphones read through several million images in real time. Since Aipoly made its debut in the Apple app store in January 2016, the Aipoly app has recorded over 33 000 downloads from visually impaired users and growing.

The app flaunts a simple point-and-shoot functionality, can recognize and report normal objects like coffee cups, pots and even branded cars to just to name a few examples, identifying objects through smartphone speakers, similar to Siri.

Better yet, the app also has the ability to work without an Internet connection at the speed of 3 times a second while also having the ability to recognize over 900 colours, and learn new objects with the aid of sighted helpers who have the option to add new terms to the Aipoly vision dictionary.

As an added bonus and to give Aipoly “disruptive street cred,” their co-founder Marita Cheng was listed as #6 in StartUp Daily’s Top 50 Female Entrepreneurs under 40 and won a booth at CES 2016 after being named a winner of a CEA Foundation contest.

This is definitely a winner.

Let us know what you think in our comments section below.

Guinness World Records, a mini coop and the world’s tightest parrarel park

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Alastair Moffatt of Stunt Drive UK proves that unintentionally hilarious videos are the key to the heart of this ADNARCHIST.

In this feature video by the Guinness World Records, we show you a piece of history and Alastair Moffat spinning his mini coop into a parallel park in reverse, sticking a 34cm mark and beating the previous record of 35cm by a mere 1cm.

His celebrations: straight out of a Will Ferrell movie; fist pumping; hollering and hooting; stripping the prized Guinness World Records plaque away from the well-groomed judge.

If this video doesn’t make you a Guinness World Records subscriber, I don’t know what will.

#HAHA

The Lucky Iron Fish vows to eliminate iron deficiency

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Ontario-based company The Lucky Iron Fish is on a mission to eliminate iron deficiency. The answer? Cook with it.

The product is a piece of iron designed as a fish and is produced and designed in Ontario. One iron fish can provide an entire family with 75% of their daily iron intake, lasting up to five years.

The Lucky Iron Fish has helped over 10, 000 families worldwide and has received the Commitment to Action Award.

The process? All a family has to do is include the iron fish in one of their cooking pots as they cook. The iron from the iron fish naturally makes its way from the fish into the food.

The iron fish can provide an entire family with sufficient iron that they need to maintain proper levels in the body to prevent iron deficiencies. In a small community in Cambodia after just nine months, local doctors saw a 50% decrease in incidents of iron deficiency anemia.

Families who regularly used the Lucky Iron Fish also had significantly better iron levels overall and also a greater feeling of wellness.

Why do you need iron and why is it important?

Iron is an important element for hemoglobin, a substance in red blood cells that takes oxygen from your lungs and throughout your body. Hemoglobin represents about two-thirds of the body’s iron.

When you fail to intake sufficient amounts of iron, your body can’t make enough healthy oxygen-carrying red blood cells. A lack of red blood cells is called iron deficiency anemia.

When you fail to nurture your body with iron, you experience fatigue. Iron intake also is important in the overall health of skin, nails and hair.

The iron fish goes for $25 on the Lucky Iron Fish website and for $35 you can give five Lucky Iron Fish to NGO’s to families around the world.

Dirty water kills more than war, Seabin startup on rescue mission

A routine 15-million children under the age of five die everyday each year because of diseases caused by drinking water.

And as heart-wrenching as it is to witness many silver brooms sweep this statistic under the rug, it is even more disheartening to learn that dirty water kills more people than any violent act on earth, including war, today.

And this begs for a moment of reflection…

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'” –MLK

In attempt to combat water pollution, Andrew Turton and Pete Ceblinksi, two Austrailian surfers quit their jobs to start the Seabin Project.

“We have designed and made an automated rubbish bin that catches floating rubbish, oil, fuel and detergents. It designed for floating docks in the water of marinas, private pontoons, inland waterways, residential lakes, harbours, water ways, ports and yacht clubs.” Said the Aussies on their Indiegogo website.

How does the Seabin work?

The Seabin works like a normal fish tank water pump, first placed and dunked into a water surface and then into a shore-based water pump. The Seabin sucks in the water and catches water debris, pulling in garbage like that of plastic bottles and debris into a natural fiber bag.

The Seabin water pump allows for excess water to flow through the Seabin underneath; running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

In four years of testing, the Seabin Project has yet to catch or harm sea creatures or animals.

Andrew Turton and Pete Ceblinksi are looking to scale their project with the help of Indiegogo and create pollution-free oceans with no need for future Seabins.

For more information visit www.seabinproject.com.

Attention iPhone 6 users: iTron charges you up in 3 minutes

Simpiz blows CES 2016 fans and introduces the iTron, a portable smartphone battery pack that charges iPhone 6 in three minutes.

Better yet, techies can also charge up to three other USB compatible devices at the same time through its charging dock — crazy.

Although currently unavailable in the market, the Simpiz iTron portable charger is set to launch a Kickstarter campaign this year and is allegedly selling the iTron for $60 USD.

For more information visit the Simpiz iTron startup website and order today.

What do Step Forward Paper, Woody Harrelson and saving trees have in common?

step forward paper

Prairie Paper Inc., a Canadian-based research, marketing and sales company has introduced Step Forward, an eco-friendly brother company dedicated to bring an environment-friendly alternative to every day office paper.

Step Forward features a new ‘revolutionary’ breed of paper stock that is FSC certified, made up from 80% wheat straw waste and 20% wood-fibre.

The venture was co-founded by renowned eco-entrepreneural Jeff Golfman, Step Forward has attracted the attention of Hollywood elite stars like Woody Harrelson and major retailers like, Staples.

The new eco-alternative also keeps a tight tally of all resources it has saved. According to their last report Step Forward has saved 35,000 trees and over 19,000,000 pounds of CO2 emissions.

Better yet Step Forward is relatively inexpensive to produce, it performs well in all types of office equipment and it’s extremely environmentally-friendly when compared to some alternatives on the market.

Prairie Paper Inc. wants to expand production of products like Step Forward with the construction of a factory on the Canadian prairies where they can use excess straw waste and develop a paper that is 100% tree and chlorine free.

Take a look at Woody Harrelson’s commercial and find out why he loves Step Forward paper.