Condensation Free Bathroom Mirror

Introduction

This post describes how to make a condensation free bathroom mirror using an automatic mirror heater. See the one I made in 2007 here. Look carefully and you will notice the condensation around the edge but not in the central heated area.

Without a heater it would be impossible to use the mirror without first wiping it with a towel. Cold mirrors usually mist over again after wiping.

With an active mirror heater it’s possible to get straight out of a bath or shower and use the mirror immediately.

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Bionic Prosthetic Hand For The 21st Century

Introduction

bionic prosthetic hand

I listened to the BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine show on 23rd June and heard a great article about a young woman who had been given a bionic prosthetic hand for the 21st century. Her name is Nicky Ashwell and here she is in the following video tweet being interviewed by Jeremy Vine who went on to receive this bebionic logo handshake. Continue reading “Bionic Prosthetic Hand For The 21st Century”

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.

New One Pound Coin in 2017

Why A New One Pound Coin?

Due to excessive counterfeiting of the existing one pound coin The Royal Mint has decided to introduce a new one pound coin design, in 2017, with new security features:

“It will be constructed from two different coloured metals and contain an iSIS security feature – a revolutionary new high security coinage currency system developed by The Royal Mint.” — Royal Mint

“iSIS – Integrated Secure Identification Systems – enables not just coins, but the whole cash cycle to be more secure, protecting the public, vending machine operators, retailers, and the wider banking system. …” — Royal Mint

“There are many customer benefits to iSIS:

  • Both robust and secure, its issuance protects the reputation of a country, projecting a positive image of the nation and its economy.
  • It will reduce costs by replacing expensive clad and homogeneous coins with a more affordable full-plated option.
  • It will generate lifetime cost savings through unmatched durability, lasting up to 30 times longer than an equivalent value banknote.
  • iSIS is not a surface coating so it will not wear off over time.” — Royal Mint

Read more about this new coin and project iSIS at The Royal Mint.

Existing Counterfeit One Pound Coins

Here in the BBC News Magazine is an article explaining how you can identify a fake one pound coin.

The New One Pound Coin’s Arrived

Updated 4th July 2017.

Yes the new One Pound coin has arrived and here it is:

New One Pound Coin
Actual £1 Coins

Note: Below the Queen’s head is a shield with an embossed £ sign.

They were put into circulation on 28th March 2017. Old £1 coins will no longer be legal tender from midnight on 15th October 2017. However after that date they can be deposited into a bank account. That will enable people to recover the value of any horded coins found.

There is still a problem with vending machines, in particular those ticket machines in car parks, which have not yet been modified to take the new coins. Old £1 coins are already in short supply making the use of such car parks difficult, especially at the seaside now the holiday season is in full swing.

Reference

http://www.royalmint.com/newonepoundcoin

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.