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Conveniently folding bike

April 3rd, 2009 4 comments

We all love the environment, right?  We want to drive less, carpool more, etc etc etc.  Now I’m all in favor of the bike, but they take up too much room when you’re not riding them and they’re a pain to secure when you want to go indoors.  And I’m all about the efficiency.  So this new folding bike design from Pacific Cycles has me intrigued.

Called the IF MODE (Integrated Folding MODE), the bike screams coolness.  Here’s the riding configuration:

mode-fold-up-bicycle1Pretty hot, right?  The wheels look full size (not like the clown wheels of most folding bikes) and you could almost imagine it flying down the finish line of the Tour de France.  I deem it worthy of my too-cool presence.  Now here’s the same bike folded.

mode-fold-up-bicycle-0Now THAT is nifty.  The really great thing is that, when folded, the bike is still roughly of a height that allows you to walk it around from place to place rather than lugging it.  For people who are not as uber-buff as I am, this is a big plus.  Know what else is great about it?  No exposed gears or chains, which means there’s no real risk of getting your clothes streaked with grease or oil or dirt.  Elegant.

I’m going to ring my rickshaw driver around and have him pull me to see one of these babies.

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Tata’s Nano 10% as much as a smartcar

April 2nd, 2009 No comments

This is a smartcar.

smart-car-1It is cute, small, fuel-efficient, and perfect for urban driving.  Every time I see one of these things, I have to smile.  What immediately takes that smile away is when I remind myself that some versions of this thing cost over $20K.  Now while I may blow through that in a week, I’m always mindful of my less fortunate netizens.  So I give you this:

tata-nanoThis is the Nano, made by Indian automotive powerhouse Tata.  Never heard of them?  Me neither.  Turns out Tata is the Indian equivalent of GE, with businesses ranging from manufacturing to services.  Now they want to make cars.  Really small cars.  For really small money.  The starting price of a Nano is $2200.  No, that’s not a typo and I’m not missing a zero.  Sure, it’s a little bigger than the smartcar (3099mm vs 1867mm for the smartcar), but the picture implies you can squeeze four people in the nano.  Try squeezing four people into a smartcar.  Unless you are a family of clowns, that’s just not gonna happen.

CNet has a video review of the Nano and its driving performance.

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Not quite grass between the toes but still…

February 25th, 2009 No comments

I’ve become an eco-gadget nut.  This is something I’d put in my bathroom (assuming one day I can actually afford to rip the thing down to the ground and rebuild it).

The moss grows in a medium that provides support for both it and you.  The water dripping off you keeps it moisturized.  Moss can survive the dark dankness that is your bathroom.  And every shower you take would be a little reminder that the water you use comes from somewhere, and that even “waste” water is useful to something living somewhere.

It’s not available yet – it’s just an idea in someone’s head (check out the creator’s page at coroflot) but this is the sort of thing that SHOULD be made real.  Versus, oh things like Windows Mobile 6, which should never have been created in the first place.