Tech Weekly: Light-Bulb Moments
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Every project in our Technology category starts with a bright idea. This week we saw everything from a quirky bike/car hybrid to a levitating light bulb. Eureka!
At the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Nikola Tesla demonstrated wireless power by illuminating light bulbs from across a stage. The audience there probably felt the same way we did when we first saw Flyte. Making use of both magnetic levitation and inductive power, Flyte is a levitating light. Just plug in the base, set the shatterproof light bulb in place, and bask in the light of the coolest lamp you've ever seen.
Even the coolest thing is generally cooler if it's covered in metal. But electroplating — coating objects with metal — is usually an expensive and tedious process. Orbit1, a home electroplating device, aims to change that. Now between the device and the included app, you can coat anything you can imagine in gold. Even Batman's head.
Imagine how boring a rainbow would be if it were only a single color. That's what you get with pretty much every 3D printer on the market nowadays, since they're designed to use a single filament. The Palette is a device that allows you to print with up to four different color filaments for incredible multicolor prints. The best part is it works with pretty much every 3D printer on the market.
Cars are bulky, hard to park, and actually overkill for most city-dwellers. On the flip side, bikes leave you exposed to the elements, and pedaling long distances can be exhausting. The Virtue Pedalist is a vehicle that takes the good parts of each and jams them together. Comfort, cargo space, and room for a passenger, all without fuel, insurance, or even a license.
Flying drones is fun, but flying drones very fast, competitively, is the ultimate adrenaline rush. Seriously, drone racing is a thing now, but you need the right drone for it. The Lorian Burner is a first-of-its-kind compact racing drone. It features adjustable propellor tilt for style and speed, a convertible arm to turn it from a quad-copter into a hex-copter, and carbon fiber construction for when you totally crash it into the side of a parked car.