CycloCable Gets Bikes Up That Hill

CycloCable

We all know it’s a bit of a pain cycling up steep hills especially on your journey to work, but CycloCable gets bikes up that hill.

Well the Norwegians have got that sorted, in Trondheim at least. Just watch this video:

You can see more detail about how the ‘CycloCable gets bikes up that hill’ at Gizmodo. Better still why not nip over to the Poma CycloCable® Page to read more about the system.


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How To Open A Wine Bottle Without A Corkscrew

This Is How To Open A Wine Bottle Without A Corkscrew

It would appear to be a very simple process to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew. Just look at this video to learn how:

If you aren’t happy with that method try this one. There probably aren’t many corkscrews where this chap comes from:

Of course the British way is the simplest. Only buy wine bottles with screw caps and just unscrew them.

Reference:

The Telegraph.

Another Method Of Opening Food Cans

Introduction

The video here demonstrates another method of opening food cans without a traditional can opener.

This Is Another Method Of Opening Food Cans

This is another method for opening food cans without a can opener. It involves grinding off the folded over edge of the can. The grinding material is in this case is flat concrete laid on the ground. I must warn you it does get a bit messy when the can begins to open:

Reference:

The Telegraph – opening food cans without a can opener.

Zipper Slider Repairs

Introduction

Here are two zipper slider repairs that can be done when the pull tab has come off and either:

  1. the crown (or lug) is lost,
  2. you still have the crown (or lug).

This post is an edited compilation of two posts I wrote on this blog in the past describing the repair of Zipper Sliders. I have updated the references and deployed WordPress SEO (Search Engine Optimization) by Yoast to improve visibility on the internet.

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Automotive Air Compressor RAC900 by RING

Introduction

This post is about the RING Automotive Air Compressor RAC900 which is an excellent pump for inflating anything with a Schrader valve, (e.g. car tyres, bicycle tyres, etc.) or balls, airbeds, etc. (3 Inflation Adapters are supplied). It has to be powered by a 12 volt (30 amp peak) supply such as a car battery (not provided).

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Flipping Heck It’s A SmartInversion

Introduction

It’s an unusual flying object – this SmartInversion – that propels itself by flipping inside out. Created by engineers at Festo in Esslingen, Germany. It was originally reported in a New Scientist blog in April 2012 which is no longer online. I decided to investigate it further and found it in the Festo archives.

What I’ve Found

At the time it didn’t appear to have a name  so I called it a Flipping Heck as in, “Flipping heck what is it?” Festo did give it a name apparently. It’s called a SmartInversion. I understand it’s filled with helium to keep it afloat so maybe it’s a Flipping Balloon.

Here is a video of the SmartInversion:

Some parts of the video are speeded up. In reality it only moves slowly. Here is a link to Festo’s article.

Gyroscopes & Cameras Help Bike Riding Robots

Watch This Video of Bike Riding Robots

Watch Murata Girl and Murata Boy. They use stabilizing gyroscopes and camera technology. These are bike riding robots which perform some amazing riding skills without falling off their bikes. Murata Girl is the one on the monocycle.


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