Izzy Swan knows the drill. He loves the drill. He must, because he likes to make machines that are driven by an ordinary battery-powered hand drill. He’s made a drill-powered table saw, a lawn mower, and a mini bike.
Imagine cruising down the street on the bones of an ancient giant, like a victorious conqueror. Well, if you are in Portland, Oregon you can buy this awesome T.Rex tricycle and ride it all over the city.
There are times when a honk is not enough. MotorMood is a stick-on rear light for cars. Using its infrared remote control, you can flash it momentarily to reveal a smiley face and acknowledge a fellow motorist’s good deed.
Last year we saw Local Motors’ Strati, a compact car with a 3D printed body, seats, windshield and support structures. Divergent Microfactories’ (DM) Blade prototype supercar looks much better – and is apparently much more powerful – than the Strati, but DM’s pride and joy is what’s inside the car.
One of my favorite Ferrari cars ever made was the F40. The car was insanely expensive for its time and offered performance that nothing else could match. I also love LEGO and started more than a few fights as a child overLEGO wheels to build cars.
A horse with no horsepower? Colin Furze wouldn’t stand for that. So when he got his hands on a miniature fiberglass horse, he took it apart and then crammed a pit bike inside. And then he rode it in a knight’s tournament.
Ford has announced its latest smartbike: the MoDe:Flex. The idea behind this concept electric-assist bicycle is that it will warn cyclists of upcoming road damage and potholes using a built-in vibration system. The bike works with an app that comes with an Apple Watch extension that can detect potholes on the road.
With 2015 halfway over, it seemed like we’d fail to meet Back to the Future‘s prophecy of a hoverboard. The hero of destiny, Mattel, has practically given up. And then Lexus brought this thing out.
Now for the bad news.
I’ve had a backup camera in all of my cars for the last five years or so, and I think it’s a godsend for backing out of tight spaces, and for parallel parking too. As the technology matures and cameras continue to get smaller and cheaper, car companies are starting to expand their usage beyond simple rear view images.
Growing up, I had a subscription to the magazine of the Boy Scouts called Boys’ Life. The only part of that magazine I have any recollection of was all the wacky ads in the back for things like x-ray glasses and hover machines built using vacuum cleaner parts.
Using the hashtag #ChevyGoesEmoji, automaker Chevrolet today released what is – as far as I know – the first ever press release written entirely in Emoji. They did this presumably to reach a younger, more tech-savvy demographic – potential buyers for the new 2016 Chevy Cruze – slated to be revealed on June 24th.
Rich kids have all of the greatest toys. These spoiled brats get anything they want. Like this miniature monster truck designed for kids. For real. It’s even powered by a four-cylinder Ford engine, and can reach speeds up to 25 miles per hour.
3D printing technology continues to improve in quality and usefulness. In fact, major automotive companies like Ford use the technology as a growing part of their design and prototyping process. Now, Ford has decided to take 3D printing to the masses, teaming up with Turbosquid.com
Life can be hectic and stressful. Some days you don’t want to get out of bed. If only we could stay in bed and still go everywhere we need to go. Well that dream has come true thanks to artist Carsten Holler.