Toby B


Portland, OR, USA

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  • "It has potential, but having pulled some heavy trailers, I would say that braking is much harder than moving a big load. If you remove the physical connection to the bike, you'll need some very good stopping power to avoid plowing into the rider if they stop quickly. I can also imagine some gotchas where the lidar spots a possible collision and stops the trailer while the rider dodges around it and doesn't even know the trailer isn't still following (though a the trailer could honk, or ping your phone, etc.)"
    on: The Trailerduck: A Self-Powered, Auto-Following Bike Trailer
  • "In the night-time shot we can see that the steering is cable-actuated. I tend to agree that this seems like a fairly baroque approach to something that you could do with a cargo bike designed for unfolding over load-carrying (like a flatbed boxbike). I guess it does manage to be quite narrow?"
    on: Fantastic Industrial Design Thesis Project: The Cercle Bicycle Camper
  • "It would be interesting to know if any bonding occurs where the materials are in contact. My instinct is no, that these are just held together by friction (like some jewelry settings), on a large scale. They are visually appealing, though I suspect you laser-weld or even silver-solder most of them without ruining their simplicity. But then you wouldn't have such a good story to tell..."
    on: Frozen Solid
  • "I like the idea, but white canvas seems like a risky choice - my current tool bags are dark blue, and if they weren't dark to start with, they'd be pretty grimy-looking..."
    on: Tough and Timeless: The New USA-Made Hand-Eye Mechanic's Bag
  • "Looks promising, note that cyclists often can't see a turn signal / indicator if they're riding next to a truck, so another design improvement would just be an extra light that's clearly visible from the side of the truck, not only in front of it or behind it."
    on: RightViu: Continental's Retrofittable Right Side Blind Spot Monitor for Trucks, to Protect Cyclists
  • "Looks like those extra "In 1500 or less words..." paragraphs need to be deleted off the post."
    on: HEX - a new way to light your space
  • "I agree this seems basically unnecessary - for most watches, switching bands is not very difficult (or you could have a jeweller do it, if you didn't want to learn how yourself)."
    on: A Watch with Interchangeable Drop-In Faces and a More Ergonomic Way to Change Straps
  • "Yes, I believe the sink drains into the drum, so it's a sort of mini-graywater system."
    on: Samsung Invents Washing Machine with a Built-In Sink
  • "The 'more information' link is broken, at a guess it needs its http://http://www.atelierrobotiq.com"
    on: Fiber Pattern Lamp: A Lightweight Lamp Made by Robots
  • "I like the embroidery hoop frame more than the acrylic one, I would think that even a high-torque movement (like the ones intended to drive large hands) would wear out fairly quickly from the drag on the fabric - does it affect the timekeeping any?"
    on: SH 12 Wall Clock
  • "Looks promising, though I would say I am surprised to see the retail price being projected at double the crowdfunded one - I wouldn't think enough demand would be there, at $399."
    on: Better Design Yields a Smarter Scanner
  • "And it leaves them playing catch-up, even at that. Now your lab will have to keep a box of ye olde iPhone5-s around. Cameras are cheap, and making the device pair via BT or wi-fi would have made it compatible with phones, tablets, laptops, etc."
    on: Biomeme One3
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