Watch out, Recon Jet and Garmin Varia – the Solos Smart Glasses are coming

Where is the HUD - Solos Smart Cycling Glasses (image: kickstarter/© solos-wearables.com)

Where is the HUD – Solos Smart Cycling Glasses (image: kickstarter/© solos-wearables.com)

After Google has driven the Google Glass against the wall has withdrawn Google Glass to evaluate the professional capabilities out of the public debate, the topic of Smart Glasses indeed is fallen to sleep. But there is still a range that where a development takes place. Sports or to be more precise: cycling. Ok, now that was obvious. Here smart glasses probably makes the most sense at the current technically possible state of art.

The oldest tree in the wood is of course  Recon with the Recon Jet. Garmin has then joined with the Varia Vision to. But now, one more representative of the Head Up Display, the Solos Smart Cycling Glasses for athletes has arrived at the market.

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No dark side of the moon – MOON, the detailed moon globe

It was always a little bit expensive to fly to the moon - MOON, the moon globe (image: kickstarter/© moonproject.space)

It was always a little bit expensive to fly to the moon – MOON, the moon globe (image: kickstarter/© moonproject.space)

Not only since Pink Floyd we all wondered what can be found on the dark side of the moon. Ok, if the  Nazis established their hidden base there, we will probably not experience with MOON, the highly detailed lunar globe. But at least it gives us an as yet not seen view at the moon and so, it is not made of cheese.

Moon globes themselves are nothing new. Most, however, are representative of the flat variety. That was so far rather unspectacular. Only the light play of shadows around the crater should wring the necessary dose of fascination to the non-astronomers.

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A safe one – Bobby, the anti-theft backpack

(image: kickstarter/© XD Design)

(image: kickstarter/© XD Design)

Well,  backpacks actually does not really often be innovative. Somehow you’ve seen it all before. From solar panel or hardcase solutions there is already everything. Somewhere I had even seen a backpack with electric drive. Did not look very practical. Why do I now report about the Bobby backpack from XD Design?

Individually seen for themselves the features that the Bobby offers, certainly art not at all innovations that beats one out of the socks. But the bag is a really good combination of features coupled with great design. That’s good, because in my opinion there is no unique killer feature that makes a backpack a great product. A complete package of features wins here and Bobby could have managed this.

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From racing bike to high-speed donkey -– Tailfin, the ultra-light carbon bike rack & panniers

A nice looking rack for your road bike - Tailfin (image: kickstarter/ ©  Tailfin)

A nice looking rack for your road bike – Tailfin (image: kickstarter/ © Tailfin)

A rack on your roud bike? Are you kidding? Too heavy and looks poor. But on the other hand … if you are for example a triathlete who just wants to make a coupling training the rack could quite become interesting. Finally a place for the neo and indeed a bicycle lock fits in, too. So let’s take a look here at Tailfin, the ultra-light carbon-rack.

There are indeed, a number of reasons why you want to have no rack on road bike as I already indicated above. Those things are heavy, and looking stupid. Also you don’t need them often enough, as that could not be solved with a backpack. From the problems of an assembly I would not even begin.

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Security blanket for your bike – the bike blanket

(image: kickstarter/© Matt Franks)

(image: kickstarter/© Matt Franks)

Not only Linus needs a security blanket. Sometimes your bike needs one, too. The bike blanket is a cool little gadget for all who love their bike.

If you have to change often the location of your bike with car, bus or train you will be familiar with this problem. A bicycle bag or even a hard case is bulky and it takes a long time to cram the wheel there. And sometimes you even have to the dismantling the bike to fit it in.

And when you get on site? Where should you just leave your bag or case? Could be a problem. Indeed it is not every time a complete protection of the bike necessary. One wants only prevent that the toolbox hits your beloved frame inside the trunk. Or if in the train more bikes must be parked side by side. Then, when the beautiful clear coat of your Carbon racer gets a big scratch from the Dutch city bike next to yours … bad mood is guaranteed. A pure protection for the frame must be found.

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Not half-baked – MOKUMONO, a bike with aluminum monocoque frame

(image: © mokumonocycles.com)

(image: © mokumonocycles.com)

Let’s take  a look at a bike that completely comes without “smart” things. Nevertheless

the MOKUMONO from the Netherlands is still a special one. The culprit is the spacey frame construction.

Anyone who was into mountain bikes in the 90th will remember the design may. The MOKUMONO is in fact a representative of the good old elevated chainstay construction. Here the chainstays have been drawn so far upward that the chain does not need to be threaded between them. Actually quite handy, so you can change the chain without without opening it. Unfortunately this technique come long ago out of fashion.

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Push the button – Pictar, the camera grip for the iPhone

Get the grip with Pictar, the iPone camera-grip (image: © miggo)

Get the grip with Pictar, the iPone camera-grip (image: © miggo)

The initiators of  Pictar were certainly annoyed, as LG has introduced with the CAM Plus for LG5 a camera-grip for the smartphone. But that’s not as worse as it’s sounds because the Pictar is a camera grip exclusive for the iPhone. Different target group, no problem.

Good for mymiggo.com, the creator of pictar is also that the CAM Plus grip of LG is still very restricted in his ability. It has only a dial and a timer. Pictar is way more versatile.

But nevertheless let’s take a look at the shutter release button at first. This can be half pressed like a real camera. So after you’ve find the focus, half press the button and then move the picture while keeping the focus. Whether the camera app will play along has to be proven. And don’t forget that the autofocus of a smartphone works differently than the autofocus of a DSLR. The smartphone has no cross-field sensors. It will be exciting to see how that is implemented in software.

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Almighty Lego – Brixo, the electrical building blocks

(image: kickstarter/ © getbrixo.com)

(image: kickstarter/ © getbrixo.com)

Everyone, who loves Lego certainly will have the same smile like me if he takes a look at the Brixo project at Kickstarter.

Of course, if you want to bring alive your Lego constructions until now you can already use Lego Mindstorm for several years. But for me Mindstorm, with all its possibilities, is almost way too complex to simply constructions… and far too expensive. Who has not dreamed as a child of two, three special stones for his Lego airplane to make the propeller spin or to illuminate the landing bay your spaceship?

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In flow – Fontus, the self-filling water bottles

(image: indiegogo/ © fontus.at )

(image: indiegogo/ © fontus.at )

Oh, again something from the bicycle equipment area. There are just a lot of projects on the start. So also Fontus, the self-filling water bottles.
Those who prefer traveling in hot weather with the bike (like me) will appreciate a good drop of water. But for longer trips the usual two bottles can sometimes not enough. Ok, such weather you’ll find not often around Hamburg, Germany, where I live.. Nevertheless, such a water shortage during the ride is already stupid. It’s not healthy, you lose power and it lowers the cut.

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Enlightening – FLECTR reflectors

 (image: kickstarter/© The Outsider Team)

(image: kickstarter/© The Outsider Team)

Sometimes the little things are so much more exciting than the big bang campaigns. Well, I could now tell something about the Mr Beam II Laser Cutter, like many other. But today I prefer to take a look on a small project from Munich. With the FLECTR reflectors, the Ousider Team has been put on a cool alternative to the usual cat’s eyes for your bike at the start.

Although the days are getting longer, yet it is not bad to be seen in the dark on the streets. Many of you surely know, too, that reflectors are required by law in many countries. But let’s be honest: Who of you has mounted reflectors on your road bike? Not many. That’s because conventional reflectors weighing much and are looking stupid. Aerodynamics’s usually also rather questionable.

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