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Pioneer Developing Powerful Android Computer, for Your Handlebars

Parrot's Asteroid -- an Android-powered, in-dash computer -- drew rave reviews from CES attendees earlier this month. Pioneer apparently hopes to produce a similarly impressive Android vehicular device, but this "cyclocomputer" is specifically designed for handlebars, not dashboards. Pioneer's "graphically enhanced" bike computer will feature wireless sensors that monitor cadence, power,...

iPhone Pedal-and-Pilfer Spree Spreads Through Brooklyn

Oblivious Brooklynites intent on walking and gabbing need to be on high alert for brazen and blazing cell-phone thieves. A wave of iPhone thefts has intensified in recent weeks, and the ride-by bandits commit their crimes while saddled on bicycles. The cell-crime spree, which began to garner attention in October, continues to spread through various neighborhoods in the borough, including Park...

The Week in Design: Tokujin Yoshioka's Inverted Phone and a Gem Box That Doubles as Dinnerware

The Web is teeming with the unrealized ideas of both students and established designers who set out to produce astonishing renderings and prototypes for unusual products. Unfortunately, due to the lack of time, money, or technology, many of those products never move from the planning stages to the mass market. But that doesn't mean we can't salivate over their creations, nevertheless. The...

Just-Add-Water SiGNa Electric Bike Gets 60 Miles Per Charge

While its main function is to demo a new fuel-cell technology, SiGNa's electric bike can travel 60 miles on a single charge, which is nearly twice as far as most electric bikes. According to Wired, its fuel cell is filled with a powdery chemical that -- upon adding water -- generates hydrogen gas, which produces electricity. The chemical reaction is safe for bikers, and the excess electricity is...

The Week in Design: Coveting a Pico-Projecting Phone and a Folding Plastic Bike

The Web is teeming with the unrealized ideas of both students and established designers who set out to produce astonishing renderings and prototypes for unusual products. Unfortunately, due to the lack of time, money, or technology, many of those products never move from the planning stages to the mass market. But that doesn't mean we can't salivate over their creations, nevertheless. This...

'Digi-Bike,' A Darling Contraption to Help Stop Brit Crime

The town of Dudley in West Midlands, England has just deployed a crime-fighting vehicle that's more cute than it is fearsome. According to the BBC, after a "slight increase" in the number of robberies since April, the Dudley Bobbies decided that a pedal-powered contraption in the shape of a giant, sideways apostrophe would help make civilians more protective of their valuables. The 'Digi-Bike,' as...

'Precious' Bike Blazes Across U.S., Tweets About It With British Smugness

If you had to choose one bike to ride across the continental U.S., you probably wouldn't choose one named 'Precious.' The moniker doesn't exactly ooze the kind of fearless aggression you'd expect from your riding partner, and, in recent years, it's become more synonymous with slow-moving behemoths than swift speed machines. One 'bike with a brain,' however, is out to debunk all of our...

BlackTrail BT-01 Electric Bike Retails for $80,000

Green vehicles, for many people, have become status symbols rather than just modes of transportation. For example, take the BlackTrail BT-01 electric bike. Manufactured in a limited run of 667 models by Germany's PG-Bikes, this electric hog retails for around $80,000. It's built from lightweight carbon fiber and aerospace aluminum, and weighs just 44 pounds. A 2.5 hour charge on the 17Ah Li-ion...

DIY Bicycle Rigged to Charge USB Devices While Riders Cruise

With so many geeks riding bicycles, it was only a matter of time until the two-wheeled mode of transportation would get wired. An Instructables.com user recently posted a set of DIY instructions that demonstrates how to rig a bike to power USB devices. The user took a regular USB car adapter, and connected it to a voltage regulator, which leads to a stepper motor mounted near the bike's rear...

Stephen Britt's 'Fast Forward' System Puts a Motor in Your Bike Pedal

A certain segment of the population is currently in love with two forms of transportation: bicycles and anything electric. That demographic, then, will be happy to meet their next enviro-crush: Stephen Britt and his Fast Forward electric bike pedals. According to Britt, the slightly lazy cyclist need do nothing more than replace his old Saucony-platforms with these suckers, and grin as he pumps...

'Velosynth' Brings Synthesized Music, Non-Stop Party to Your Bike

Let's face it. Casually riding your bike around on a calm, summery afternoon might be a pleasant experience. But wouldn't it be a whole lot more pleasant if you could pedal around town and produce seizure-inducing synthesized music at the same time? With a device called the Velosynth, you can. As explained in this slightly annoying demo video from the creators at EFFALO, the Velosynth "allows...

Nokia's Pedal-Powered Dynamo Charges Your Phone While You Bike

Nokia announced that later this year it would begin selling a dynamo-powered charger kit that will charge a cell phone while you ride your bike. The $18 (€15) pedal-powered charger is targeting developing nations, but will ship globally and may find success in bike-friendly cities like Portland, New York, Paris and Amsterdam. The kit will come with a handlebar mount for a phone, a dynamo...

Design Concepts: The New Tricycle

The Web is teeming with the unrealized ideas of both students and established designers who set out to produce astonishing renderings and prototypes for unusual products. Unfortunately, due to the lack of time, money, or technology, many of those products never progress from the planning stages to the mass market. But that doesn't mean we can't salivate over them, nevertheless. What will our...

Yale Students Reinvent the Wheel With Spokeless Bicycle

Technology can definitely be a spectator sport, and one of the most entertaining aspects of being a scientific bystander is watching creative minds apply modern and futuristic concepts to classic contraptions. The bicycle has been one of the favorite targets of those ingenious (and mad) scientists, and the creations have ranged from sad and depressing to awesome and inspiring. Several students...

Kooky, 'Green' Japanese Electric Bikes Were Ahead of Their Time

These days, everybody's looking for "greener" ways to get around town. Honestly, it wouldn't surprise us to discover that our mom had ditched her SUV for a bicycle. This wasn't the case until fairly recently in the U.S., but the Japanese, ever the technology mavericks, were green when green wasn't cool. Need evidence? Just check out these bike models from Shukuno Rintendo that Today and...