Shock waves travel in straight lines, so when most bikes hit potholes, the shocks run through the frame and into the rider. One way to avoid the discomfort that can cause is to channel those vibrations onto another path, as the Tortola RoundTail road frame does.
By Martha HarbisonPosted 08.08.2011 at 3:45 pm 6 Comments
Most beer drinkers don't have the time (or inclination) to muddle through the painstaking home-brewing process, but the WilliamsWarn Personal Brewery simplifies just about everything. The brewing system produces pro-grade beers in seven days, instead of four weeks. For now, WilliamsWarn brewers are limited to light ales, but eventually, says inventor and master brewer Ian Williams, they'll be able to make, store, and pour 50-pint batches of beers, from lagers to stouts.
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By Darren MurphPosted 07.31.2011 at 5:12 pm 0 Comments
Five years ago, Nintendo introduced the Wii, and with it a new kind of controller that became a virtual sword, bat or blaster that players could swing and aim just like the real things. Now, while Sony and Microsoft concentrate on upgrading similar motion-capture systems on their existing consoles, Nintendo is once again reimagining how we play. The upcoming Wii U console, which will roll out next year, uses an updated controller will make games even more immersive.
By Lawrence UlrichPosted 07.11.2011 at 12:40 pm 4 Comments
The mere existence of a 208mph Ferrari wagon confounds expectations. But the $300,000 Ferrari FF also upends the conventional approach to all-wheel drive. And when we tested it in Italy’s Dolomites, we learned what cost-no-object engineering can build: the world’s fastest four-seater and the first foul-weather Ferrari.
By Max FischerPosted 07.01.2011 at 3:52 pm 0 Comments
Over the past five years, 12-volt battery-powered tools have been rapidly replacing their corded counterparts. Among these upgrades, the Rockwell Trans4mer merges the portability of a 12 volt with true versatility, combining a jigsaw and a reciprocating saw into one shape-shifting 2.6-pound tool.
You might have heard of Google's Chrome OS, and how it's essentially a computer with a web browser...and nothing else. How can a web browser replace all the other elements of a computer? It turns out, with more ease than you'd think.
By Josh DeanPosted 06.30.2011 at 3:08 pm 0 Comments
The idea of a robot assuming control of your car takes some getting used to. But the race to build increasingly autonomous automotive safety systems is well under way, as the cost of cameras and sensors drops and engineers get better at programming those tools to work together.
A speedboat, submarine and airplane wrapped in one
By Katherine BagleyPosted 06.29.2011 at 5:00 pm 20 Comments
Outfitted with a 1500cc engine, a watertight cockpit and six dolphin-like fins, the Innespace Seabreacher redefines personal watercraft. The 17-foot vessel can reach 50 mph on flat water, cruise beneath the surface, and launch 18 feet into the air. It's also got an iPod-compatible sound system and a digital periscope. Summer may never be the same.
Rather than let life pass you by, save it. With the camera-equipped Eyez glasses, users can share point-of-view video without the clunky cameras and nettlesome file transfers that rabid uploaders typically endure.