New BMW concept motorcycle unveiled...and it's magnificent

October 21, 2016 Tom Connon

Future Tech: Plus...fabric that generates electricity & original Nintendo comes back to life.

A motorcycle that has zero emissions & you can't fall off

BMW motorcycle innovation

"After showing wild concepts imagining the future for [BMW's] Rolls RoyceBMW, and Mini brands, it debuted the Motorrad Vision Next100 yesterday in Los Angeles.

"In a future where cars drive themselves, BMW sees two-wheeled transport as a bastion of emotion. “Riding a motorcycle is the ultimate sensual and analog experience in a more and more digital world,” says Edgar Heinrich, BMW Motorrad’s head of design. “The wind in your hair, the centrifugal forces, the indescribable feeling in pit of your stomach.” His retro-futuristic concept is a swoop of black carbon fiber. It will never wipe out, but it still demands a human rider. Because without someone to enthrall, it’s useless.

"The BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 is built from a single “flexframe,” a carbon fiber shell that extends from the front to the rear wheel. The designers call its shape a dynamic sweep, and it does away with old fashioned things like bearings and joints. Turning the handlebars moves the whole frame to change direction, and it can relax and stiffen to change steering effort. “It will allow us to introduce new steering movements that are very far removed from today’s geometries,” says Heinrich. ..."

"Killing the need for heavy leather and kevlar doesn’t mean you can’t dress like a boss. BMW has also designed a lightweight, flexible suit that cools or heats the rider, while enhancing comfort and posture with banded and strengthened areas. If it senses danger, it can vibrate against its wearer’s skin as an alert. The idea is to blend the best parts of the digital and analog worlds. ..."  - Wired

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Could this incredible fabric charge your smartphone?

This new textile converts sunlight and wind into electricity. The possible applications could change how we interact with devices and how the world of fashion interacts with technology.

artificial cartilage scaffolding fabric

"The combination of rising populations, climate change, and depleted natural resources has emphasized the need for sustainable technology. This technology isn't limited to big devices like photovoltaic panels and wind turbines; recently, a team of researchers has developed a textile capable of harnessing energy from both sunlight and wind.

"The team developed a fabrication strategy that merged two different lightweight, low-cost polymer fibers to create energy-producing textiles. The first component of the textile is a microcable solar cell, able to gather power from ambient sunlight. The second is a nanogenerator capable of converting mechanical energy into electricity. ...

"Under ambient sunlight, and in the presence of wind blowing or human motion, the textile swatch was able to charge a small commercial capacitor up to 2V in one minute. The textile could continuously power an electric watch, charge a cell phone, and even drive water-splitting reactions, releasing hydrogen.

Due to the breathability, flexibility, and robustness of the textile, it is a prime candidate for wearable electronics. ..." - Ars Technica

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Nintendo Classic launches in November & lets you play all your favourite original games

Nintendo classic launch

It's new, it's innovative, it's...original Nintendo???

"What’s old is new again, or at least it comes with an HDMI port. Nintendo has announced the plug-and-play Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition, a mini console that comes pre-loaded with several of the best retro games.

"Launching in November for $60. the NES Classic Edition comes with almost every game you think of when you hear “NES.” Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Excitebike, Castlevania, Bubble Bobble, Mega Man 2, Metroid, Ghosts ‘N Goblins, Ninja Gaiden, and The Legend of Zelda are just a few of the games you can expect.

"“We wanted to give fans of all ages the opportunity to revisit Nintendo’s original system and rediscover why they fell in love with Nintendo in the first place,” Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said in a release announcing the console. ...

"Unlike the original system, the NES Classic Edition comes bundled with an HDMI cable, as well as the “NES Classic Controller,” which is designed to mimic the look and feel of the original rectangular two-button design. Extra Classic Edition controllers will also be available, and the Wii’s Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro are also compatible. As such, the Classic Edition controller can actually be used on the Wii and Wii U as well. ..." - Digital Trends

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About the Author

Tom is a previous small business owner/operator and now has over 17 years of telecom experience. As a Portfolio Manager he specializes in product/service development, managing technical workforces and Customer/Segment Marketing. Outside of the office, Tom can be found shuttling his kids around from Lacrosse, hockey and ringette practices at a rink near you.

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