David Beck

Sr. NPD Manager
Chicago, IL, USA

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  • "With a 25 kph governor, the US market won't accept it.  The Vespa Elettrica did not sell with a governor of 45 kph.  They had to bump it to 70 kph to get US sales.  If you bump this "bicycle" to anything above 25 kph, it will be a danger in the bike lane and at that point it should be put into the traffic lane."
    on: Looks Like a Car, But Rides in the Bike Lane: The CityQ E-Bike
  • "While in principle I agree with #4, there is one caveat.  Have some standards to the components.  Repair is inevitable, no matter how much you wish it away.  And with a bike being so simple, home repair will be likely.  But needing proprietary tools for every single bike will kill demand.And for the record, while working in Chicago for 15 years, I was never once hit by a cyclist in the crosswalk."
    on: Four Design Principles to Change Car Drivers to Bike Riders
  • "I'll be mostly pro about it.  I will say the angles are too steep.  The lowest angle could be lowered to where a tire is just off the ground.   The higher angle should be just enough where handlebars don't interfere if you want to pack as many as you can into a limited space.As for a theft deterrence, Rain did mention pretty much nothing works other than something with more permanence and therefore more cost.  Not for every application and maybe not all areas of NYC, but who said it has to be theft proof?For the cutout, most rims are 20mm wide where most tires are at least 25mm.  The metal cutout should not touch the tire.  The lower the tire can go, the more stability it will have for those with panniers.  It will be the "points' on the ends of the cutout that retains the tire.  Designed properly, it should accommodate everything from 23mm-700c to 2"-26", which is probably 95% of tire/wheel combinations in the world.  Also, the powder coating will be softer than raw steel.They are incredibly inexpensive to make and install.  They can come in most any color you wish.  All you need is a vertical surface and Bob's yer uncle.  "
    on: Yea or Nay? The Bici Bike Rack System
  • "I'm with Rain on this, it is a waste of resources and energy.  Put the compost outside so it can actually compost.  Freezing it is literally the opposite of composting.  And if your house smells like a diaper, again, take the diaper outside.  Are we so slothful taking something that stinks outside is too much?  I'd also like to know the stats on getting an infection from home garbage.  My guess, pretty damn low."
    on: Yea or Nay? A Garbage Can That Freezes Your Trash
  • "My speculation for the noodler is it is for cold butter.  It increases surface area, making the butter easier to soften/spread as you indicated.  It seems to be far more efficient than scrapping a plain butter knife across the top of the stick.  As with a lot of kitchen gadgets, they mostly try to wring out that extra ounce of efficiency.  "
    on: Analyzing the Design of Unusual Japanese Butter Tableware
  • "CarPlay and Android Auto is compatible with most car manufacturers.  A car is orders of magnitude more dangerous than a bicycle.  If car manufacturers and phone manufacturers make it easier to use non-navigational smartphone features, why not for bikes?How many Core77 topics/features are about the dangers of CarPlay and Android Auto?  I'm going to guess absolutely none.  Until that discussion starts, this one is absolutely stupid.  "
    on: Should Design Make it Easier for Cyclists to Use Smartphones for Non-Navigational Purposes?
  • "Yes.  The study has the basic assumption the virus travels in a respiratory secretion droplet.  They used 50uL droplets.  In general, the faster the secretion dries, the faster the virus dies.  Paper and cardboard are breathable and give a higher air surface to volume ratio than the PP or SS.  Copper has a little antimicrobial efficacy which could contribute to it's faster kill time over the stainless.  Although don't take that as an endorsement of copper's efficacy.  Time kill should be in minutes, not hours, to decrease spread of a pathogen.  "
    on: Study Shows How Long COVID-19 Virus Lives on Different Materials: Plastic, Steel, Copper, Cardboard, Air
  • "Existing outlet 12" off the floor? That also needs to be recessed? You seem awfully angry and defensive for some more schlock destined for the landfill. Why's that?"
    on: By Designing a System Rather Than a Product, Solgaard Kills it on Kickstarter With the HomeBase Ecosystem
  • "Hi Adam. No. First image shows a faded power cord, and barely any of it. No other image shows the cord including the eye-catching animation. It is just a fact I pointed out and I don't like the deception. Why are you so upset about it? And moving power in a wall is easy? Really? That's your story? (there's your negative and snarky)"
    on: By Designing a System Rather Than a Product, Solgaard Kills it on Kickstarter With the HomeBase Ecosystem
  • "Their photoshop removal of the shelf's power cord is a turn off."
    on: By Designing a System Rather Than a Product, Solgaard Kills it on Kickstarter With the HomeBase Ecosystem
  • "Using your elbow contaminates the elbow.  The pathogen transfers to your hands when you touch your elbow.  While that reduces the likelihood of transmission, disinfecting doors, handles, etc should occur on a regular basis.  "
    on: 3d-printed "Hands Free" Door Handle Attachment Uses Body Heat Reacting Pigment
  • "Love the idea.  Does the type of plant matter for "proper" wicking amount?  If yes, is there a way to adjust?"
    on: This Planter Tells You When Your Houseplant Needs Watering Using One Simple Analog Function 
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