Monolith Electric Skateboard
People nowadays have different modes of transport to choose from. Some are ideal for long distance travel. There are also others designed for short distance trips. Some people prefer energy efficiency over power and vice versa. There are also others that prefer transport that runs on clean energy over fossil fuel. And then, there are others that prefer a mode of transport for its cool factor. It may be safe to say that this is the category for the interesting Monolith Electric Skateboard.
The Monolith Electric Skateboard may seem like just any other ordinary electric skateboard. After all, electric skateboards have been around for years now. The only difference is the technology that comes with the new Monolith skateboards. It is said to be the first skateboard in the world to come with in-wheel motors.
From the outside, you will think of the Monolith as just an ordinary-looking skateboard. You will not notice any motors or attachments to it. But it is streamlined to keep all its features inside the wheels and within the board itself. The motors, for one are hidden inside the wheels via the innovative Manta Drive In-Wheel Direct Drive Technology. This powered skateboard can reach a top speed of 24 mph. It also features a Regenerative Braking system, where the energy created when braking recharges the on-board batteries. The batteries themselves provide the skateboard with enough power to travel a range of 10 miles.
The streamlined design of the Monolith Electric Skateboard is also possible because its controls are made through a sleek RFLX remote that connects to the skateboard via Bluetooth. Other controls and performance data is made available through the Inboard Vision mobile app. Users can even lock down their Monolith via the app dashboard. The Monolith Electric Skateboard is currently undergoing a crowd funding campaign at Kickstarter. While all the other attractive deals for early adopters are already filled up, those interested can still have a Monolith Skateboard when they contribute $1,199 to their Kickstarter fund. It is still a good deal since the retail value for the electric skateboard is expected to be around $1,399. Shipping of the first Monolith Electric Skateboards is expected at around September of this year.
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Merging virtual reality in gaming has long been a dream. Even while many people like the idea about it, setting up a virtual reality gaming rig had its limitations. The best that people can experience then was just to “see” the virtual reality. But moving in it does not seem to be any more realistic than using a joystick to move around. But the technology is continuing to advance. Soon enough, gamer will be able to get as closer to a virtual reality experience as they will be able to in future games. There are now like the upcoming Cyberith Virtualizer that will make this possible.
The Cyberith Virtualizer is currently a Kickstarter project. But it certainly is gaining some popularity based on its fund campaign, which has so far gone over the target. It has the means to provide a closer experience to virtual reality than ever. It features a flat surface where you can walk or run in place just as like you do on a treadmill. It makes use of haptic technology with omni-directional features to allow you to move around while still in place. It also features a movable ring that goes around your waist while you are attached to it via a harness. The ring allows you to rotate, jump, kneel and even sit down and it translates your actions into the video game. Combined with virtual goggles and a wireless controller, you can be immersed into a virtual reality setting feeling as if you are really there. The Cyberith Virtualizer can change the way people look at virtual reality. Some might even say that it will revolutionize the way people play video games. If you are interested in virtual reality, the Cyberith Virtualizer is something you should try. If you wish to become one of the early adopters, you can even pre-order one for $749 at their Kickstarter page. Estimated delivery of this virtual reality units will be sometime in March of 2015.
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Silic T-shirt is impossible to stain
A white T-shirt is arguably the most delicate outerwear ever invented, as stains and dirt become very obvious. Even a small drop of red wine could spell disaster to your white shirt.
Aamir Patel, a young entrepreneur from Northern California, has created a special T-shirt that is designed to be stain-proof. The Silic shirt is embedded with superhydrophobic nanotechnology, which makes use of microscopic structures to repel water-based liquids. These structures form a layer of air between fabric and liquid molecules, which causes the liquid to bead up and roll right off the cloth. In fact, the Silic is so liquid-resistant, even sweat evaporates into the air instead of absorbing into the fabric.
Silic’s name is inspired from the billions of silica particles found on the fabric. Patel has teamed up with a former designer from the Vera Wang Collection to develop the shirt’s design and bring the price down in the process.
This shirt’s technology is similar to NeverWet, a spray that is used on clothing and other objects to make them liquid-repelling. However, Patel claims in his Kickstarter campaign that NeverWet contains cancerous substances.
With 36 days to go, Patel has able to raise over $94,000 as of this posting, which is close to five times its initial funding goal. Interested backers can sign their pledges starting at $48 for their piece of Silic t-shirt, which ships beginning May 2014 with plans of selling them in retail stores.
AppSeed: Turn drafts to app prototypes
You probably have created the “next best app” in your mind, but you have absolutely zero knowledge in building the necessary codes to make that dream app a reality. A Kickstarter project aims to provide that helping hand.
AppSeed is an app that helps you build prototype apps straight from your sketches. Take photos of your illustrations first, making sure to fit it with the app’s borders, and let AppSeed’s magic do the rest. It converts your drawn out features into user interface elements like maps, buttons, and input text.
This app skips the grueling process of coding or any other extra steps. For instance, AppSeed brings out your phone’s keyboard function when designating a section of input data.
The app makes use of the OpenCV library, which is an open-source database containing over 2,000 algorithms. This library helps the app identify individual elements in sketches.
Take note that AppSeed does not produce a finished app. However, it does help in steamlining the process of testing and retesting, giving the users an idea about the final product.
As of this posting, this Kickstarter project has already exceeded its full funding goal of $30,000 Canadian dollars, reaching over $40,000 CAD with 12 hours to go. You can still back it up for at least $8 CAD for a Kickstarter edition of AppSeed, with an expected shipping date of January 2014.
i90 Tablet Glasses: Eliminate “tech neck”
Office workers nowadays suffer a phenomenon called “tech neck”, which is chronic pain on the back and shoulders caused by improper position from looking down at the computer screen for hours. Business News Daily has cited a study that shows an average user could spend 23 hours a week with his gadgets while texting, emailing, and checking social media. Tech neck sufferers can heave a sigh of relief with the i90 Tablet Glasses, which aims to keep them in correct posture on the computer desk.
This unique pair of glasses uses a set of periscopes that reflect what is on the computer screen while looking forward, thus keeping your neck and back aligned. The i90 glasses are made from lightweight aluminum frames and two 90-degree prisms that redirect your vision downwards without bending your neck. It also works with smartphones, tablets, e-readers, and even books.
Matt Franklin, the inventor of the i90, admits of constantly watching movies using his iPad and getting updated on social media through his iPhone. His growing frustration over his own strained head and neck is what prompted him to create the i90 glasses.
“In the development process I discovered that there are other similar products that are made in China, but they’re insanely unattractive and very uncomfortable,” Franklin admitted in his Kickstarter page. “(The) i90 Tablet Glasses are designed to look cool and stay comfortable for long periods of wear.”
Take note that optimum usage of i90 glasses can be achieved if the gadget is placed in a stationary position. It would be difficult to use the glasses while walking. They are designed in such a way that it can be fitted over regular glasses and come in six color choices: blue, green, rust, purple, gold, silver, and red.
The Kickstarter campaign, which runs until November 15, has so far earned over $6,000 out of the $45,000 funding goal. Interested backers can pledge for at least $75 for their very own pair, which will be shipped in December 2013.
Tikker wristwatch counts down your life
They say make the most out of our time, but how do we know how much time we have left? This interesting watch not only tells you what time it is, but also how much of your time is remaining.
Tikker is a digital wristwatch that also comes with a countdown of your own time. The watch determines how much borrowed time you have left based on the answers you provided from a list of questions detailing your health history, then substracting your age from the results. It ships with a questionnaire booklet called “About Time”, guiding you on calculating your own lifespan. (Theoretically, that is.)
Determining how much longer you will live sounds a bit morbid, don’t you think? But the makers behind Tikker insist that is not what they intend.
“I’s not really about how much time you have, it’s what you do with it,” the team behind Tikker post on its Kickstarter project. “A week spent in love and happiness can be worth more than years spent in agony.”
Fredrik Colting, the creator of Tikker, said has was inspired to develop the device after his grandfather died. “”It made me think about death and the transience of life, and I realized that nothing matters when you are dead. Instead what matters is what we do when we are alive.”
The team aims to raise $25,000 on or before November 1, with backers pledging at least $39 for the watch. As of this posting, they have achieved $7,600 in funding. They still have a long way to go, but its intensions would make Tikker a hit.