Tom A


England, UK

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  • "After watching the shot with the cactus I'm wondering whether you could get a little tripod and gopro on one of those and get some interesting panning shots?  1"
    on: What is the Application for Segway's Self-Balancing, Powered Single-Wheel Rollerskates?
  • "This is actually pretty sweet! £20 for the phone camera one is not a bad price, might be tempted to try it out.  "
    on: Clever Object Allows Photographers to Shoot Through Glass Without Unwanted Reflections
  • "I'll take one for the team and watch the video for you. Here is my breakdown:-They say they're going to get 50 rolls but just get as many as the shop has in stock. -Around the 3 min mark they have the rim spinning and 4 rolls of tape being stuck onto into which is kind of intelligent as it means they get the whole width of the rim done at the same time.- 3:30 they put the rim onto the car to spin it faster but it just results in the tape breaking under all the torque. -4:30 moved back to one tape at a time because they couldn't work out how to control multiple tapes - seems like bad problem solving. -6:00 as the tire gets past the rim they move back to 3 tapes again which seems to work. -7:30 start taping the sidewall by hand as they want to cover the exposed duct tape layers. -8:00 first test to see if the tire holds, obviously does-9:20 first drive on the tire-9:27 can see the tire from behind, it looks like the profile is a bit flat so its riding on a high spot but it still holds up.-9:46 first attempt at doing a burnout - tire holds surprisingly well -10:00 attempt at a controlled burnout - duct tape tire actually stays still whilst other rear tire spins. This could be partly due to the tire being lower profile and therefore more weight is on that side of the car?-10:30 They get a burnout going on and it holds for a 20 seconds-11:00 they take a saw to the tire and cut it open allowing you to see the all the layers-WARNING video ends on an advert for their own vape juice...TL:DR Skip the video to 8 mins and just watch the last 3 minutes of it to see how well a duct tape tire holds up which is surprisingly well. This is one of those videos where if they had prepared what to do and done it more accurately it could have been better but what they managed to bodge together quickly is actually quite impressive and works well enough to answer the basic question: Yes you can run a duct tape tire. 3"
    on: Making a Spare Tire by Wrapping Duct Tape Around a Bare Rim Actually Works
  • "Can the pull out tray be locked in position? I have a puppy that loves to pull/push things around and I could see it somehow working out how to push that tray whilst its standing on top of it. Thinking about it it would also help when carrying, if the cage tips what stops the tray sliding out? 1"
    on: The Revol: A Well-Designed Collapsible Dog Crate
  • "I actually backed this project on kickstarter, it looks like Gary is trying to premiere it at a film festival and if you're lucky you might get to see it at a cinema but more than likely your best chance to watch it is a digital download. "
    on: Finally! Dieter Rams Documentary by Gary Hustwit is On the Way
  • "I'm struggling to get my head around how it is possible to move all the vehicles that take up 4 lanes on a normal motorway onto 1 high-speed lane and it reduce congestion? Would love to see it visualised1"
    on: Autonomous Car Alternative: Arrivo's "City Zipper" Car-Carrying Sleds
  • "Having the 3D printed saddle is great for testing some aspects of the design (mainly ergonomics and form) but not all of them (mechanical properties of the design will be pretty different when the material is changed for mass manufacture).I am curious to know what parameters of the design you were testing and how you went about testing them in such a short period of time?"
    on: MakerBot Design Series: The Bike Saddle
  • "Maybe I need to take my tinfoil hat of but some of these comments feel like they're written by apples PR department, hahaha"
    on: Why I'm Not Buying the iPhone X
  • "From my understanding of skiing/snowboarding the snot management microfiber section is also used for cleaning skiing googles if they get snow on them. Also I think the small pockets are meant for ski passes which have RFID in them and work the same as Oyster cards (UK tube card).   "
    on: Rain's Weekly Design Minutiae
  • "Can anyone explain how the splitline in the Dojo picture works? From this angle it looks like the top half has a massive undercut that I'm struggling to work out how it would be moulded? "
    on: So, You Want To Be A Technology Designer? Gadi Amit Says to Know These Five Things
  • "I really don't understand this project..?"
    on: A Student Uses Overmolding Technique to Comment on Repetition and Duplication in Industrial Design
  • "Why is he using such a small trowel to throw it on, something closer to a spade would be more efficient? The way that it sticks to the wall does make me think it could be rollered on almost!"
    on: Masonry Worker's Unusual Technique for Quickly Cement Plastering a Tall Wall
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