lunes, enero 20, 2014

Garmin vivofit pulsera /The Tiny Project mini casa / El Antirobot / Ruta Turística del ESCOMBRO. " ¿ Elche siempre guapa ? "

julian sanz 500km a 36 km/h de media en 14 horas, 2 minutos y 58 segundos.


Team Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda Phil Gaimon gana la primera etapa del Tour de San Luis!


Leonardo Paszu:
Hace una semana encontré un pendrive y en este se encuentran mas de mil fotos de dos ciclistas que hicieron un recorrido por chile y da pena que esa gente haya perdido esas fotos, con los paisajes que recorrieron, etc Por favor compartir para ver si encuentran al dueño.


MTB rider que graba en su cámara una visión subjetiva de sus trazadas por una montaña


Garmin Vivofit

With the new vívofit, Garmin is rolling performance-tracking into a package that's significantly smaller and sleeker than its typical fitness watch. The GPS giant believes the bracelet is more than just a "me too" device in a swelling marketplace, explaining that it packs a few features that set it apart.

With the new vívofit, Garmin is rolling performance-tracking into a package that's significantly smaller and sleeker than its typical fitness watch. The GPS giant believes the bracelet is more than just a "me too" device in a swelling marketplace, explaining that it packs a few features that set it apart.

Garmin has been designing and selling sports monitors for years, but many of them could be described quite rightfully as ungainly wrist bricks. The new vívofit joins the likes of the Nike+ FuelBand SE and Jawbone UP in offering fitness monitoring in a thin, lightweight bracelet. Unlike many other Garmin devices, the vívofit does not include a GPS chip.

Instead of simply tracking your movement, vívofit adds some intuition to your daily fitness routine. It creates attainable daily goals based upon your activity level, increasing the goals as you meet milestones. This way, you're inspired to keep striving for a fitter, healthier lifestyle.

"Vívofit is the only fitness band that automatically greets users with a personalized daily goal, tracks their progress and reminds them when it’s time to move," Garmin claims in a press release.

The vívofit's inactivity function provides a visual red bar after you've been inactive for an hour. The bar grows the longer you stay inactive, providing a reminder to get up and move around. Walk around for a few minutes and the inactivity tracker resets.

"Research shows prolonged periods of inactivity, such as sitting at a desk, decrease the body’s production of fat-burning enzymes," Garmin explains. "Taking frequent, short walk breaks throughout the day can reverse this."

Vívofit is designed to be a 24/7 monitor, tracking nighttime sleep patterns as well as daytime fitness. Its always-on curved display shows number of steps, goal countdown, calories, distance and time of day.

For a more in-depth analysis, the vívofit syncs wirelessly, via Bluetooth or included ANT USB stick, with the cloud-based Garmin Connect community. Here, users can review reports about their fitness, connect with other users, and participate in fitness challenges and games.

The vívofit is compatible with ANT+ heart rate models. It's powered by two replaceable CR1632 cells that Garmin says will last for more than a year.

The vívofit will hit the market in the first quarter of 2014 for US$129.99 or $169.99 for a heart rate monitor bundle.

Source: Garmin

Gizmag talks to the creators of The Tiny Project – less house, more life

By Bridget Borgobello January 19, 2014

American web designer Alek Lisefski has recently finished building his very own tiny house on wheels
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Following in the footsteps of the Tiny Tack House and Pocket Shelter, American web designer Alek Lisefski has recently finished building his very own tiny house on wheels. After becoming tired of paying high rental costs and with the goal of owning his own home, constructing a micro and mobile house became the perfect solution for Alek and girlfriend Anjali.

The 240 square foot (22.3 sq m) wooden home was built using traditional construction metho...'The Tiny Project' by Alek Lisefski sits amid its natural landscape in CaliforniaThe tiny house has a floor space of 8 x 20 ft (2.4 by 6 m) and features an elevated loft h...The unique shape and design of the home came from Lisefski's desire to maintain as much sp...View all
In mid 2012, Lisefski started researching different building options from a range of plans and models but couldn't quite find anything that matched his style or needs. He then decided to design the entire home from scratch and thus commenced what he has dubbed "The Tiny Project."

"Once I saw a few pictures of the tiny house on wheels concept, I fell in love with it," Alek Lisefski tells Gizmag. "It provided me with a more affordable way to build my own house; one that was mobile to take anywhere and I saw there being many benefits to tiny house living."

The final result is a 240 sq ft (22.3 sq m) wooden home which was built using traditional construction methods. However, extra care was taken to ensure it would withstand the wind and bumps when traveling on the road. The interior floor space measures 8 x 20 ft (2.4 by 6 m) and features an elevated loft half that size. It also boasts a small 24 sq ft (2.2 sq m) outdoor porch and Lisefski has plans to add a fold-down deck to one side of the house, offering more outdoor living space.

"My design came about to maximize the interior loft space, hence the shed-style roof instead of gabled roof," says Lisefski. "I was also inspired by all of the nicer modern homes I saw when walking my dog. I wanted something that was slightly different and more modern. The use of two different exterior cladding materials helps set it apart."

The interior of the micro home consists of a main living area with high ceilings, elevated loft bedroom, mini kitchen and bathroom. Space-saving furniture, such as the foldable desk and dining table, have been built into the home's structure, along with shelves, storage space and, in fact, just about all of the household furnishings.

Space-saving furniture such as the foldable desk and dining table have been built into the...
The house is fitted with 10 windows throughout, plus an all-glass door for lots of natural light and air circulation; a storage closet which also contains a propane on-demand water heater; a combination washer/dryer unit; and pantry storage. The kitchen features a two-burner stainless steel range stove with oven unit and a stainless steel counter-height fridge. The bathroom has a small hand basin, shower cubicle and composting toilet.

"I chose materials for energy efficiency and beauty," adds Lisefski. "Closed-cell spray foam makes it very tight and efficient, while sustainable beetle-kill pine adds beauty to the ceiling and walls. Carbonized strand bamboo is sustainably harvested and the beetle-kill pine comes from standing dead ponderosa pine trees, killed by the pine beetle outbreak."

In its current form, the home is set to keep utility bills low, although these could be reduced even further with the addition of solar panels and a water tank.

"Being so small, it is super easy to heat and it uses very little power for a few select appliances," says Lisefski. "Passive solar design brings in lots of light and heats it up in the winter and high-efficiency lighting (all LED) uses hardly any power."

The entire process from start to finish, including all of the design and planning, took Lisefski close to a year to complete. The construction time itself was seven to eight months and the cost of materials was close to US$30,000. "Most of the time was me working by myself each evening and on weekends," says Lisefski. "Many tiny houses are cheaper, but this is really a "dream home" despite its size and I often chose materials for reasons other than lowest cost."

'The Tiny Project' by Alek Lisefski sits amid its natural landscape in California
The Californian resident was also inspired by how tiny living could help change and enrich his life. "Inhabiting such a small space will force me to live in a simpler, more organized and efficient way," says Lisefski. "Without room to hoard things and hide away from the world, I’ll be forced to spend more time outdoors, in nature and engaging with my community… While living in such a small house, my space, and in turn each area of my life, will be simpler, less chaotic, and free from all but what is essential. That sounds really great to me!"

The happy tiny residents, Alek with girlfriend Anjali
Having completed his labor of love, Lisefski will now be selling plans of his home and hopes to offer advice and consulting for other tiny house enthusiasts.

"I want to stay actively involved in the tiny house world, possibly helping to create tiny house communities," says Lisefski. "I want to make it easier for people to build tiny homes and find legal places to park them – the support of a community and shared resources would really be of benefit of tiny house dwellers."

Source: The Tiny Project

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Prosthesis human-piloted racing robot aims to usher in a new sport

By Lakshmi Sandhana January 17, 2014

A rendering of Prosthesis the Anti-Robot – ready to race (Image: Anti-Robot)
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Who wouldn't want to slip into Iron Man's armor or try out the gigantic Jaegers that saved the world in the movie Pacific Rim? Wearable exoskeletons currently being built, from the military-based TALOS, XOS 2 and HULC to rehabilitative models like the ReWalk, MindWalker and X1, all have one thing in common; they are all robotic automated body suits designed to enhance or assist people. Is there a place for a skill-oriented, non-robotic walking exoskeleton, that a person would have to master physically by feel, much like how one might master riding a bicycle or using a skateboard? Jonathan Tippet thinks so. He and his team of volunteers are building Prosthesis, claimed to be the world's first human-piloted racing robot. It's a 5-meter (16-ft) tall behemoth that will rely entirely on the pilot's skill to balance itself or walk or run.

A custom-designed GUI gives real-time information about critical machine functions (Photo:...The custom-engineered, 13 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, capable of 100 kW (130 hp) peak ou...Early computer rendering of the Alpha Leg (Image: Anti-Robot)The Gen 3 Alpha Leg Exo-Frame interface is used to control the Alpha Leg (Photo: Anti-Robo...View all
"I can't believe a human-piloted giant mech racing league has not happened yet," Tippett, a Vancouver-based artist and part-time biomedical engineer at Evasc Medical Systems, tells Gizmag. "We've raced every other type of moving technology we've ever made ... where are the racing robots?".

Describing it as a cross between a gorilla, a T-rex and an excavator, the aptly-named Anti-Robot, Prosthesis, is Tippett's idea of a wearable sports machine where the pilot acts as the athlete, controlling the machine by using their entire body. To do this, the pilot climbs into the 3,500-kg (7,700-lb) mechanical quadruped, using a retractable ladder built into its front.

Once strapped into the seat with a five-point harness, the pilot will be able to slide their arms and legs into a full body exo-skeletal interface. Gripping the controls with the hands will lock the pilot into the interface and activate the control system. The entire setup will leave the pilot free to move both arms and legs, enabling control of the machine and even becoming one with it, in a sense.

"Prosthesis will directly follow the movements of the pilot's limbs," explains Tippett. "Their arms control the outside legs and their legs control the inside legs. The machine will lope like a gorilla."

Prosthesis will stand 5m (16 ft) tall and weight 3,500 kg (7,700 lb) (Image: Anti-Robot)
Each massive leg has two joints and can move either forward or backward. Controlling all of the eight joints spread out across its four legs will require the pilot to use their entire body. To make racing with Prosthesis as thrilling as possible, Tippett decided to have the machine physically interact with the pilot and vice versa. The special exo-skeletal interface, or exo-frame, will give pilots direct physical feedback on the machine's condition through its suspension systems, allowing them to operate it on an intuitive physical level.

"The force on each foot will be transmitted directly, mechanically to the pilot's arms and legs through the exo-frame for every step," Tippett tells us. "Not violently or ever in a way that could hurt the pilot, but the pilot will know by feel, just exactly how much weight is on each foot at all times."

The real-time, user-controlled suspension allows the pilot to instantly stiffen the suspension of each leg independently. For instance, if the machine is leaning too far in one direction, the pilot can simply stiffen that side. With practice, they can even anticipate when one leg needs to be stiffer and adjust things before the impact even occurs, kind of like bracing for a big step at the end of a flight of stairs.

The position of the machine's four limbs will mirror the pilot's four limbs and the machine will amplify the pilot's movements by 60 to 100 times their original force. In time, pilots won't need to think about where the machine's legs are, they will just feel it, much like how one doesn't need to look at the wheels when they ride a bike. Tippett says that this is essential, since the pilot won't have a clear view of the machine's legs most of the time and will need to be much more focused on what they are about to step on next.

Gaining the skills to ace moving or racing with Prosthesis will depend on how well the pilot masters the innovative air spring mechanism built into the hand grips, that controls valves in the suspension system. Each of the four triggers at the pilot's fingertips corresponds to one of the four legs. Pilots will be able to optimize the machine's walking efficiency on-the-fly and fine-tune its performance by changing the suspension response of every leg.

"The trigger can be pulled just before impact to prepare for a big hit, half-way through to adapt to an impact mid-way, or at the end, to store impact energy and return it when you need it, like when the legs are behind you," explains Tippett. "The timing of these triggers will be like playing an instrument and will allow the pilot to subtly adapt the machine's response to terrain with every step."

The Prosthesis Anti-Robot with pilot (Image: Anti-Robot)
To accelerate pilot learning, Tippett plans to map the machine's activity to audio and visual outputs, providing the pilot with enhanced sensory feedback. Multiple sensors will detect pressure, temperature, voltage, current and other critical data that will be translated into sounds and light patterns for the pilot to hear and see. Pilots will hear harmonious sounds when the machine is being operated well, and dissonant ones when it is being overloaded; the visible lights will reflect how hard its parts are working.

According to Tippett, simply listening to the soundtrack of a skilled pilot will help new pilots to understand how to operate the machine, without needing in-depth knowledge of how it works. Should they want to know more, a head-up display will give the pilot detailed technical information, which can also be ported to any network-enabled device; a person can interact with it through a custom-made touchscreen-based graphical user interface.

When developed, Prosthesis will race at a top speed of 30 km/h (19 mph), which is about how fast an average person can sprint, says its designer. Power is provided by a custom-engineered, 100 percent electric power plant that uses lithium-ion batteries to supply up to 230 kW (300 hp) to the hydraulic pumps.

Prosthesis isn't Tippett's first wearable "mech suit." An earlier collaborative project resulted in the Mondo Spider – a giant, electric-powered, eight-legged mechanical spider, operated by a human pilot, that's being exhibited at schools, fairs and trade shows to get people interested in the technology.

Over a period of three years, Tippett and his team have been developing the underlying technology for Prosthesis with input from more than 65 students and professionals. They've built the Alpha Leg, a functional 2:3 scale prototype of one of the machine's legs, which helped them resolve engineering problems and refine the hydraulics, suspension and control systems.

The Alpha Leg is a 2/3-scale prototype leg mounted on a moving tower used to do engineerin...
Tippett is currently seeking funding to complete building Prosthesis on Indeigogo. If successful, the plan is to have Prosthesis available for early backers to pilot by late 2015. If the project receives enough support, he hopes its completion could spawn an entire racing league of Anti-Robots, with different weight classes, power classes, four legs, six legs and more. "Personally, my next machine will be a cat-like machine, the size of a bus, with the pilot suspended face down from its belly," he enthuses.

However advanced the Anti-Robots might get, they'll still all be purely human-controlled creations designed to push the envelope of mastering a physical skill. Creating an entirely new, automation-lacking sport might seem daunting to some, but Tippett isn't fazed.

"For sure Prosthesis could be automated, rendered nothing more than a harmless amusement park ride, or even operated remotely through a simulator," Tippett says. "So could your snowboard, your bicycle or your bungee chord. There is no shortage of human effort going in to automating and virtualizing everything we do. Prosthesis is a two-story tall counterpoint to that entire branch of human development. A reminder that it's the greatest challenges make you feel the most alive."

Check out a video of Prosthesis and the Alpha Leg below.

Sources: Anti-Robot,


Ruta Turística del ESCOMBRO. " ¿ Elche siempre guapa ? "
Actualizado Hace 19 horas · Fotos tomadas en El Altet
Hemos elaborado un álbum de fotos con imágenes de distintos puntos de nuestra pedanía con el nombre: Ruta Turística del ESCOMBRO “¿Elche siempre guapa? “. En dicho álbum queremos recalcar la imperiosa necesidad de cuidar, proteger y mantener los espacios naturales de nuestro pueblo.

El Ayuntamiento de Elche debe poner los mecanismos necesarios para que estas imágenes formen parte del pasado y no del futuro. No basta con aplicaciones de móviles estériles o con eslóganes “Elche siempre guapa” en camiones de basuras y en otros vehículos de limpieza, debe implicarse de una manera clara y directa en la solución de estos graves problemas.

En este álbum queda patente la necesidad de que nuestra pedanía disponga de un Eco – Parque o punto verde, donde la gente pueda desechar estos residuos en un lugar adecuado con el correspondiente tratamiento de dichos desechos, evitando así, que estos escombros y basura sean depositado en lugares como en las pinadas, en la playa de El Altet, en la Senieta, detrás del campo de fútbol o delante del colegio.

Es cosa de todos cuidar nuestros parajes y que no se conviertan en escombreras :)

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