"Forget maps and let leg electrodes guide you there, Ep. 200"
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Forget maps and let leg electrodes guide you there, Ep. 200
My name is Stephen Beacham and here's what's happening this week on CNet's Crave Blog.
Is this the safest bicycle in the world?
Creator Crispin Sinclair thinks so.
The Babel Bike is equipped with signaling lights for changing lanes and breaking as well as review mirrors and a loud horn much like a standard car.
The custom made safety seat is easily adjustable for comfort.
This protected with a roll cage, seat belt and steel foot protectors.
The bicycle is hybrid and comes with a 250 watt Shimano electric motor to assist the rider for the range of 50 to 80 miles which is wow!
There are so many safety features in this bike and all sorts of bells and whistles so I won't list them all here but you can read more about the Babel bike
Cray blog and she got their crowd funding page on Indiegogo where they are trying to raise a flexible funding goal of $74,000.
The Star Wars hype machine is in full effect.
It was difficult for me to totally ignore the Star Wars rally that was held yesterday.
And of course I watched the new Star Wars trailer five or six times.
But this is taking it to a whole new level.
Japan's All Nippon Airways plans to dress up their 787 Dreamliner jets like R2-D2 to promote their new service between Japan and Houston, Texas.
Chances are you might.
See a giant R2 plane soaring around the earth this fall.
If you'd like a chance to ride in an R2D2 plane well, you just have to buy a ticket from Houston to Japan.
Elon Musk is all about renewable energy, recycling, and saving the planet.
So why not build rocket boosters that land themselves on a drone barge that can be reused, instead of just letting them crash into the ocean.
Sounds like a good concept, but it's easier said than done.
On Wednesday, SpaceX attempted for the second time to land a Falcon 9 Rocket Booster.
On a drone barge landing pad, and it was a near success.
According to a tweet by Mr. Musk on Wednesday, looks like Falcon 9 landed fine, but excess lateral velocity caused it to tip over post landing.
The second attempt proved more successful than the first which hit the drone barge and exploded almost immediately.
This attempt according to video posted by Space Acts and a few vine videos the Falcon Nine almost makes the landing but tipped over at the last moment.
Moving your legs in a walking motion.
There's an app for that.
A team from the University of Hanover in Germany are attaching electrodes to people's legs and shocking them in the direction that they want them to walk.
Using an app in a smartphone.
Sounds kinda freaky, but it works.
They attached electrodes to the sartorius muscle in the leg.
By giving it a little shock via Bluetooth, the muscles contract and turned the user in the direction desired.
Operators were successful at guiding 18 test subjects through a crowded park, steering them around obstacles.
Max Pfeiffer, the leader of the project, believes that this technology can help users find their way using GPS.
Without having to look at a phone, and may also be used to help disoriented seniors find their way home, aid firefighters maneuvering through burning buildings, and may even help direct crowds to their seats at large events.
All right, guys, that's the show.
Thank you very much for watching.
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And check out this week's Crave giveaway.
This weeks Crave giveaway is a swing tracker for analyzing your baseball swing from Diamond Kinetics.
Go to the blog and enter to win.
Swing batter, batter, swing batter, batter.
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