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GreenWheel electric bike conversion kit

Convert your bike into an electric one.
A bunch of researchers at MIT has come up with an idea and prototype for a simple way to make just about any ordinary pushbike into an electrically powered one. Just change one (or both) of the wheels for a power-hub equipped one (above). The power hub contains everything except the (wireless) throttle; the researchers has managed to cram an electric generator, a battery and an electric motor inside a hub roughly the size of a smallish dinner plate. In it's current configuration the GreenWheel has an estimated range of 25 miles, gives a top speed of 30 miles an hour, and an estimated life span of about 40,000 miles, or about eight years work of travel at an estimated 20 miles per business day. Clever, indeed. [Via]

21 February 2009



New blanket-with-sleeves to compete with previous three.

New blanket-with-sleeves to compete with previous three.
The other day we happened to come across the Shivers blanket (A) designed by Thelermont Hupton and it stirred something inside us. The shivers we felt was actually deja vu, since we had seen this idea before. And that is not only once, but three times before. The first one we found was the Bookblanket (C) designed by Inger Larsson, and that was back in November of 2005. The second and third example; the Slanket (B) and the Freedom Blanket (D) was discovered in January of 2006, and of course the Shivers is the most recent discovery. The people behind the Freedom Blanket claims to have invented the original sleeved blanket, but we have no way to confirm this at the moment. However, all are available for purchase, the Slanket and the Freedom Blanket even available in several colors. The
Shivers is GBP 171:28 (approx. USD 243:-), the Slanket is USD 69:95 on Amazon, the Freedom Blanket is USD 30:- and the Bookblanket, finally, is SEK 1,195:- (about USD 136:-).

19 February 2009



Spice Boy - spice grinder with no-spill fill
At long last a spice mill with a no-spill fill.
We left you with the new Microplane grater or citrus tool and we thought we'd stay in the kitchen for a little bit longer. What you see above is the Spice Boy spice mill designed by Oliver Hemming.
This is a step up from your ordinary pepper mill, and after using one for a few weeks we love it already. Not just because Hemming has managed to give it an easy to use filling bowl, but also for the adjustable ceramic inner workings. This spice mill can handle a lot more than pepper; if it's dry and in manageable chunks you can grind it with the Spice Boy. Make your own favorite mix and keep it in the mill for later use. Available in eight colors, the Spice Boy is dishwasher safe (not the little black stop) and it's USD 38:- here.

17 February 2009



We're back!
Sometimes you just have to go all in in a project, but now that we've emerged on the other side we are eager to get on with our favorite pet project - Smart Stuff. You may look forward to a lot of new, interesting ideas, gadgets, products and inventions in the months to come. Stay tuned! /Ed.

17 February 2009



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