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Double O bike lights are designed not to dazzle – or get stolen
By Ben Coxworth September 25, 2014
The non-blinding Double O headlight
As bicycle headlights continue to get brighter, a certain problem is starting to occur – they can actually be too bright, blinding oncoming drivers and cyclists. Lessening their output isn't a particularly appealing solution, so British designer Paul Cocksedge came up with an alternative. His Double O lights distribute the individual LEDs out around a ring, instead of concentrating them in a searing cluster. The lights also offer a few other handy features.
The Double O tail light The two lights can be stuck together and threaded on the shackle of a U-lock Double O lights can also be attached to a helmet ...... or a backpack View all
The result of a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Double O product line includes both a head- and tail light. Both of them are water-resistant, and can be attached to various parts of the bike (or the rider's helmet, or backpack) via an integrated heavy-duty elastic O-ring strap.
The headlight puts out 85 lumens, with the tail light throwing out 50. Each light is powered by three AA batteries. Depending on the settings used (flashing, steady, etc.) one set of batteries should reportedly be good for up to 50 hours of use.
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While some bike lights are designed to thwart thieves by remaining permanently attached to the bike, the Double O design takes a different approach – the two lights can be taken off the bike and joined together back-to-back via integrated magnets, then threaded onto the shackle of a U-lock like beads on a bracelet. Riders not using that type of lock could, of course, just take the lights inside with them.
The Double O lights are available now for preorder, priced at £25 (about US$40) for one of either light, or £45 ($73) for a set of both. Shipping is expected to begin in November.
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The Pneumad portable shelter inflates itself
By Stu Robarts
September 25, 2014
The Pneumad is an inflatable portable shelter designed for the nomadic traveler
The speed and ease with which portable shelters can be erected are often two of their key attributes. One recently designed portable shelter promises to be not only quick to erect, but nigh on effortless. The Pneumad folds out from a car trailer and inflates automatically.
The Pneumad is transported in a trailerThe Pneumad and any additional furniture can be easily unpacked from the trailer when the ...The Pneumad needs only be laid out on the ground prior to inflationThe Pneumad name is derived from the pneumatic means of inflating it and this potential us...View all
This is one of a number of similar portable shelters that can be towed by a car. Others include the very basic Taku-Tanku made from two water tanks, and the build-it-yourself Teal trailer. Unlike these examples, however, the Pneumad isn't towed in its usable form. The structure is inflatable, and is stored in a special trailer during transport.
The trailer is made from steel and aluminum, while the inflatable itself is made from polyethylene and rip-stop nylon. When the user is ready to set up camp, the Pneumad is unpacked from the trailer, along with the the furniture to be used either inside or out, and laid out on the ground. The user then switches on the air pump, which inflates the structure in under a minute without any further input required. The user, meanwhile, is free to tend to other jobs.
The Pneumad was designed as part of an exhibition looking at mobile architecture
Architecture firm Min | Day, which created the Pneumad, says it is aimed at the nomadic traveler. Its name is derived from the pneumatic means of inflating it and this potential use for nomadic travel. The Pneumad was designed for the Truck-A-Tecture show at the Kaneko gallery in Omaha. The exhibition, which ran this summer, explored concepts of mobile architecture.
Development of the Pneumad continues. Min | Day has received interest from a disaster relief housing manufacturer and from a public advocacy agency interested in its potential use as a mobile information center.