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Posted by Allison Blackburn

The Yerka bike could be impossible to steal

If you live in a city then one of the best and most affordable ways of getting around is by bicycle. However, bikes can be stolen relatively easier than cars and even with a good lock they are often stolen. Now the Yerka project has come up with a bike that doesn’t need an additional lock as it is its own lock and the result could be close to impossible to steal. [Image Courtesy of Yerkaproject] The Yerka project comes from three engineering students in Chile, and they worked out how to make the bike lock itself. Often bikes that have are chained up have […]

Posted by Alyn Wallace

Paperclip thumbtack lets you pin photos without leaving a hole

A simple yet genius little idea allows you to pin up your photographs without leaving a hole in them. The combination of paperclip and thumbtack was thought up by Japanese designer Yasunori Nagatsuka and has been dubbed the Pinclip. The two have been lying around the office and at home right in front of your eyes and finally someone decided to merge their funcitonalities, but its highly unlikely that Nagatsuka was the first to think it up. Whilst paperclips and thumbtacks are easily found for a cheap price at your local stationers, you may be surprised to learn that the combination […]

Posted by Allison Blackburn

The Schiller X1 allows you to pedal on water

Judah Schiller crossed over the San Francisco Bay last year on a Shuttle Bike Kit and since then he has worked on designing his own all-in-one water bike. He has now finished the design and the result of it is the Schiller X1, which he announced last month. [Image Courtesy of Schiller] The X1 is different from the Shuttle bike kit that was designed to be carried around in backpack and can be rode on land. The X1 comes with the bike built into it, however, this means that it cannot be taken apart for transporting in a car or […]

Posted by Lara Lopes

Master-Key Printed on 3D Printer Can Unlock Almost Anything

One of the biggest concerns that arise with the ease of getting a 3D printer is that this technology can be used by people with bad intentions to create functional fire weapons and other dangerous devices easier than ever before. Now it also seems to offer an outlet for lockpicking. Thinking of this kind of threat, a pair of locksmiths decided to create a master key using a conventional 3D printer. The main purpose is to alert all professionals, showing how easy it is to unlock various conventional locks using a very simple and inexpensive scheme. The technique shown in […]

Posted by Lara Lopes

Scientists are Developing Design of a Supersonic Submarine

Chinese scientists announced their research on a design of a supersonic submarine that reaches the speed of sound – 5800 Km/h – and would be able to cross the Pacific Ocean in just 100 minutes. The journey of nearly 10 000 km, which is the approximate distance between Shanghai and San Francisco, could be done faster than you could finish a movie. The study was presented by researchers from the Harbin Institute of Technology. The idea is to create an air bubble around the submarine to drastically reduce friction with the water, hence making it able to achieve higher speeds. Coordinated […]

Posted by Alyn Wallace

Dyson set to launch robotic vacuum cleaner

Dyson are well known as being one of, if not, the best in the vacuum cleaner industry. Part of their fame is thanks to the revolutionary design of the bagless vacuum cleaner thought up by CEO and inventor James Dyson back in 1978. In recent years they have been known for their technologic advancements outside of the vacuum industry, such as the Airblade hand dryer and room fans. However, it seems they have been back to the drawing board – this time re-thinking the vacuum cleaner again. The company have just announced the Dyson 360 Eye, a robotic and fully automatic vacuum cleaner that boasts a unique vision […]