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February 8, 2011

Meet "The Beast" — World's most sophisticated electric bike

If The Terminator rode a bicycle, this would be the one.

Just in from Dániel Farkas, the following email:



Hi Joe, who's got a famous book,

There is some cool thing going on in a small lab in Hungary. You might be interested....

Take a look at our proud creation: www..m55-bike.com/en


About us: we build hybrid bikes.

Our aim was to create the most sophisticated machine in this genre the world has ever seen. The numbers prove we've done it: our flagship model, The Beast, has the greatest performance of any E-bike. 1,500 watts of power can accelerate this machine to a stunning 40 miles per hour — and it can go as far as 75 miles with a single charge. Even off-road.


The M55 Beast represents the state-of-the-art in every detail. All major parts are custom-made by our seasoned engineers, utilizing materials and technologies used in Formula One and electric supersportscars — titanium, carbon fiber, CNC machining, brushless motor mechanism — just to mention a few.

I can provide you detailed features, pricing and availability and of course hi-res photo pack if you request it.


In case you have any other questions, please feel free to ask!

Kind regards,

Dániel Farkas
M55 Bikes


Apply within .

And don't forget to ask for your exclusive bookofjoe discount, which even Farkas didn't know existed until he read it here.


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February 8, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Geometry Calendar


84cm H x 30cm W.


[via Svpply]

February 8, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

World's largest touch screen unveiled

I want one.

Caption for the YouTube video above:


This is the curved (!) screen in our reality center at the University of Groningen. We just finished building our own touch detection for it.

We used six Optitrack v120 slim cameras which have good sensitivity for infrared light. We used 16 cheap infrared emitters (the kind used for security systems) with a total of 1000 LEDs.

The touch detection software runs on three old computers each with two cameras connected. One extra computer combines the output from the detection computers and sends event data to our main visualization system.

This way we have (even using the old computers) enough processing power to be able to run the detection software at 60Hz with a latency between 30 ms and 50 ms. It can detect easily 100 different touches at any time (more are possible, but it becomes slower).

We used a modified version of Community Core Vision (CCV) 1.4 (nuigroup.com), modified so it can do two cameras on one computer.

The communication protocol is preferable TUIO (tuio.org) and we did install Multitouch Vista (multitouchvista.codeplex.com), which translates TUIO events to WM_TOUCH events for Windows 7.

The demos you see in the video are from Multitouch for Java(tm) MT4J (mt4j.org/mediawiki/index.php/Main_Page).

The curved screen itself consists of a 3mm dark acrylic layer coated with a diffuser on the front.

Illumination is from behind using six full HD projectors.

The cameras and the IR-LEDs are also located behind the screen.

The music for the video is an edited version of "Not As It Seems" by Kevin MacLeod, available from http://incompetech.com/m/c/royalty-fr...

More info at http://www.rug.nl/cit/hpcv/nieuws_index

More movie at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhIpEA...

(Sorry for the extra black at the end of the video)


Hey, no need to apologize.

[via Yogesh Kulpe — who also wins the Best Name of the Day Award — and Digitaal]

February 8, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Year Round Sled


Got snow?


No worries, mate.

"Comes with two plastic ice molds that attach to the bottom of the sled. Remove, then fill them with water and place in your freezer till frozen, then reattach to your sled and you're set for summer fun."

"In the winter with the molds removed, use on snow and ice-covered hills."

Seems to me leaving the icy slabs in place in winter would make for a very exciting ride, what?


[via CSYCB]

February 8, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

"Life in a Day"

From The Economist: "'Life in a Day,' a documentary compiled from footage sent to YouTube, celebrates a shared humanity...."

Academy Award-winning director Kevin McDonald directed the film, editing 4,500 hours of footage taken on July 24, 2010 and submitted to YouTube in the form of 80,000 clips from 190 countries.

The film premiered on January 27, 2011 at Sundance, where it was a hit.

It opens in theaters on July 24, 2011, one year to the day after the day of filming.

February 8, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

These boots are made for walkin' earrings


"Three-inch-high laser-cut fiberglass-reinforced plastic w/ 14k gold-filled hooks & jump rings,


printed on front and back."



February 8, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Wikipedia's "List of Common Misconceptions"


"This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedia's deletion policy."

That's the first sentence of a very long article.

So if you don't have time now but might want to read it someday, you'd better save it as a PDF or print it out 'cause it could vanish into the memory hole any yoctosecond.

[via David Bogner's mighty Treppenwitz]

February 8, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Beauty Lift High Nose Electric Nose Lift


Everyone knows it hurts to be beautiful but no one ever said it was torture.

On the other hand, it's a nose job in the privacy of your own home at a fraction of the cost of the real thing.

From the website:


Push up that nose of yours to create the perfect profile with this handy Beauty Lift High Nose, a gadget that applies gentle electric vibrations from the bottom, sides and front.

While the supports hold your nose in place, the buzzing will help shape your nose into one just a little bit firmer and higher.

All you need is three minutes once a day and you (and everyone else) will soon notice the difference.

Just slip it on and turn on the switch on the front of the frame.

Powered by one CR203 lithium battery (included).



February 8, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

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