Cynaps Version 2 and Breakthrough Hearing Aid Announced!

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I’ve been in touch with Mike Freeman of Max Virtual LLC since I met him in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. He just sent me a small stock of production models for sale, so holler at me if you want one!

In addition Max Virtual has announced they will produce a hearing aid to increase spacial awareness for the hearing impaired. Using two microphones and two bone conduction pads, the hat can take the place of expensive implanted aids. Click here for the full story.

NixTech’s Next Innovation


Deep in a heavily guarded underground bunker is NixTech lab. Mad scientist Russel Lemburg is soldering away on his next creation. Yet to be named, this LED strip for helmets uses the same independently addressable RGB LEDs as the popular Nix Googles. Russell sent me a sneak preview about a week ago and I just had to spill the beans. Click to see a close up video of the strip without the helmet.
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A Guru and a Gizmo: Two new services open for Austin cyclists around the clock

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Photo by Irene Martinez

Meet Fernando Martinez.  When he isn’t working on the Safe Routes to School for BikeTexas he is fixing bikes or teaching some eager student how to do the same.  He helped me work on all three of my bikes during my internship for BikeTexas nearly a year ago.  When he told me about his new bike repair service and an automated 24-hour bike store I just had to share it with every bike-riding nerd I know.

Take a minute to visit his page at BloxBicycles.com and schedule a time to meet with him.  For a small fee he will even come to you.  He specializes in teaching bicycle repair, safe riding and maintenance skills to students of ALL ages.

Next he told me about Gearbox.  Located in front of Thom’s Market at 1418 Barton Springs Road, this convenient vending machine full of bike parts is open for business 24/7.  With any luck there will be a few more locations in Austin this year.  You can visit their page at get2gearbox.com to find out more.

 

Product Review: Nix Googles

NixGoogles Patterns from NixTech on Vimeo.

When I heard about Nix Googles I contacted Russell, the designer, about using a pair when I give rides on my pedicab downtown. The “googles” display a variety of complex patterns and overpower most smartphone cameras with their brilliant lights. What’s more, they respond to music, via a built in microphone with highly adjustable gain. In fact, the gain control is so sensitive, that at the highest setting it responds to sounds I barely hear. Turn the sensitivity down all the way and you’ll need a plane taking off to make it react …or a Skrillex show.
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Upcoming Reviews: Cynaps Ears-Free Headset, Lenovo Yoga 11, and Smart Tap Handlebar Mount

On Thursday at CES I was offered a sample of is the Cynaps ears-free bluetooth headset.  Rather than block the user hearing with troublesome earbuds, this headset uses bone conduction to put sounds inside the users head. It can also be hidden completely in a bike helmet or a sweat band. This device seems like just the thing for riders who enjoy music and still want to be alert on the road. I can’t wait to try mine!

Click here to keep reading and preview the Yoga 11 and Smart Tap bar mount.

Parrot AR Drone Dance

 

The Parrot AR Drone needs no introduction.  If you don’t know already it has a camera that feeds video to your iPhone or iPad which can also be used to control the device.  This makes it perfect for playful reconnoitering.  For their demo at CES 2013, these four quad rotors were pre-programmed to do a dance showing off their precise flying capabilities.  As you can see it was very entertaining, though I doubt four end users could match the performance given a lifetime of practice.

 

G-Form Body Armor Demo Parts 1 and 2


Until recently G-Form has focused their efforts mainly on cases for portable electronics like the iPhone and iPad. Most know them for their demonstration of an iPad free-falling from the edge of space (yes it lived). But lately they’ve taken on a new project: body armor for cycling.

By using the same material, which hardens on impact, G-Form set out to cover every major impact zone on the rider’s body. I must admit I get my worst bruises where they chose to put pads. While their phone cases seem bulky, they get great reviews as far as durability goes. Producing cycling gear is an original and fitting next step.
Don’t miss part 2. Click here!