Whether traversing a wooded trail on a mountain bike, or navigating an urban landscape on a more conventional road or touring bike, more riders than ever are using on-board bike computers.
The problem? There are hundreds of these GPS-equipped systems to choose from. Plus, as one reviewer commented on Bicycling.com, most of the units on the market are too complicated, “with intimidating button sequences and excessive bulk; I sensed that they were built for finding the nearest gas station, not accompanying cyclists to the tops of legendary peaks.”
One bike computer that seems to be simplifying things — though it’s not cheap — is the Elemnt GPS Bike Computer from Wahoo Fitness. As Wahoo boasts on its website, “No more confusing menus!” Riders will relate to that.
Photo from DCrainmaker.com
The Elemnt uses Bluetooth 4.0 and ANT+ dual-band technology to pair up with all of a rider’s other cycling sensors. It tracks speed, cadence and power, feeding the data to a companion app. Riders can then program all of their ride goals and metrics and instantly share that data. Additionally, it has an easy-to-read display screen, so riders can keep an eye on the trail or street ahead, rather than fiddling with the computer.
Eye on Innovation is a weekly look at new technology, products and scientific advancements that we’ve mined from crowdsourcing sites and other corners of the Internet.
The developers of the Sprite, a small, durable drone that offers an alternative to larger, generally more fragile quadcopter drones, have been presented with the latest Proto Labs Cool Idea! Award.
The popularity of drone aircraft for consumer use is surging. More than 700,000 drones are expected to be sold nationwide this year, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. Drones are also getting lots of buzz as a hot holiday gift item this year.
“Drones are already playing key roles in a variety of industries, and for military and public safety applications,” says Proto Labs founder Larry Lukis. “This particular drone is innovative because of its consumer-friendly design: a smaller size, greater durability and ease of use.” Continue reading
Our quest for innovation this week is a special shout out to those space exploring innovators at NASA.
Last month, more than 40 years after NASA’s historic Apollo missions orbited and landed on the moon, Kipp Teague, an archivist, released thousands of images from those missions on Flickr. Some photos have been previously published, but most have never been seen before.
As the New York Times reported, the archive comes unedited with limited information about the specifics behind each photo. Despite the lack of details, the images — and there are a stunning variety — are a treat to view.
Here are a few from Teague’s giant collection.
Eye on Innovation is a weekly look at cool technology, products and scientific advancements that we’ve mined from crowdsourcing sites and other corners of the Internet.
A new powerless refrigerator uses evaporation to keep food cool and prevent items from spoiling.
Students from the University of Calgary put a new spin on refrigeration.
Great news for your next camping trip, yes, but even greater news for those parts of the world that are deprived of reliable electricity sources. As reported by Wonderfulengineering.com, for those who live in these regions, refrigeration isn’t just a way to preserve favorite foods, “it is a matter of survival itself…”
The idea for the electricity-free fridge recently captured first place in the Biomimicry Global Design Competition, sponsored by Montana-based Biomimicry Institute, which challenged students and researchers worldwide to develop nature-inspired products that address critical sustainability issues. Continue reading
Nothing says Halloween like zombies. As a result, on this Halloween weekend, our Eye on Innovation features a column from the SolidWorks Simulation blog with the scary yet reassuring premise and title, “How an Engineer Survives a Zombie Apocalypse.”
Originally published last year by Desktop Engineering, the blog post offers engineering advice for zombie-proofing your house. As a SolidWorks Simulation, it leads readers through a step-by-step process to board up doors and windows just in case “the undead are stumbling over the horizon” toward your house on the day your car doesn’t start. Continue reading