Tech Universe: Friday 27 April

An addition of tiny skis could be the key to easier movement in the snow. Photo / Thinstock
An addition of tiny skis could be the key to easier movement in the snow. Photo / Thinstock

SKI CHAIR: Use a wheelchair but sick of being stuck in snow? Wheel Blades can fix that for you. The tiny skis quickly and easily lock on to the small wheels on a wheelchair allowing the chair to more easily roll across snow or ice. The blades can be quickly adjusted to fit wheels of various widths. The Wheel Blades can also be used on pushchairs for children. Most surprising: that these haven't been invented before now? Wheel Blades.

QUICK CHANGE: The Adaptrac tire inflation system is designed for mountain bikers to inflate and deflate the tires on their bikes while riding and without dismounting. The system uses special hubs, a dual control valve and a C02 power pack/regulator. Gauges and handlebar controls mean the rider can quickly check and change the pressure.

Rechargeable CO2 tanks do the work. Well, there's more weight to drag
uphill.

WHAT'S IN A NAME?: If you've ever dreamed of owning a Lamborghini perhaps the BMC impec Automobili Lamborghini Edition could work for you. The only thing is, it's a bicycle not a car. At 20,000 Euros it carries a very hefty price tag too. The bike uses a BMC impec carbon frame fitted with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 electronic shifting and unbranded carbon wheels. Only 30 of the bikes will be sold. And the Lamborghini part? Colours, some suede and the logo cover that. That's an awful lot of money for a logo.

LIVING IN LESS: How wide is the house or apartment you live in? 10 or 15 metres or more? How would you cope with a house that's only 1.33 metres at its widest point? Etgar Keret's House in Warsaw is being built in the tiny gap between 2 buildings. It's intended as an art installation that will also serve as a studio for creators and intellectuals from all over the world. The builders hope to open the house by mid-2012. Only skinny tenants need apply.

GUIDE TO THE ASTEROIDS: Near-Earth Asteroids have become the latest target for mining activities. US company Planetary Resources, Inc. has developed a family of deep-space prospecting spacecraft called the Arkyd-100 Series. Those spacecraft will fly in low-Earth orbit and help determine suitable targets for later swarm expeditions. The ultimate goal is to take resources such as water and platinum from asteroids. Make way for the hyperspatial express route.

Miraz Jordan, http://knowit.co.nz

- NZ Herald

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