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Newly Invented “Tron” Style Wheel Is Turning Heads

Newly Invented “Tron” Style Wheel Is Turning Heads

While it may not run on pure liquid energy, or leave glowing trails of light in its wake, the GeoOrbital electric bike wheel will absolutely catch your eye and hurt your brain.

This “Tron” inspired bike wheel doesn’t turn. “It attaches to the front forks of your bike, and three rollers inside it move the tire around the wheel, instead of moving the whole wheel.”

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Other than making you look like you’re visiting from the future, the advantage of the Geo Orbital bike is that it comes with a 350 watt motor and a battery, which gives you a boost. You can cruise along at up to 20 miles per hour on the power from those alone. Pedaling, you can triple or even quadruple your speed.

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GeoOrbital Bike Twitter Page
    Photo: GeoOrbital Twitter Page

    The idea is to help people get around quicker, cleaner, and with less effort. The wheel can be installed onto any bike, which means you don’t have to shell out for a whole new bike. Another benefit is how you can get a little exercise riding to work, but you won’t show up drenched in sweat. Plus, you’ll be a lot gentler on mother nature and everyone will know how cutting edge you are.

    If you want to get back to riding without the advent, say on the weekends you like get plenty sweaty biking for cardio, you can easily swap out your Tron wheel for a regular tire and switch back again.

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    Michael Burtov, a non-engineer who developed the idea, was inspired by watching the 2010 release “Tron: Legacy”. He liked the idea so much that he quit his job, tinkered enough with it to build a prototype, and then got professional engineers on board to refine it.

    Pre-orders of the first three test samples are going for $449.99. They’re shooting to have mass-market versions available within the next six months.

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    See it in action in this video where it’s featured by the Discovery Channel.

    Featured photo credit: http://www.superiorwallpapers.com/ via superiorwallpapers.com

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    Last Updated on November 5, 2019

    5 Best Language Learning Apps to Master a New Language

    5 Best Language Learning Apps to Master a New Language

    Learning a new language is no easy feat. While a language instructor is irreplaceable, language learning apps have come to revolutionize a lot of things and it has made language learning much easier. Compared to language learning websites, apps offer a more interactive experience to learn a new language.

    The following language learning apps are the top recommended apps for your language learning needs:

    1. Duolingo

      Duolingo is a very successful app that merged gamification and language learning. According to Expanded Ramblings, the app now counts with 300 million users.

      Duolingo offers a unique concept, an easy-to-use app and is a great app to accompany your language acquisition journey. The courses are created by native speakers, so this is not data or algorithm-based.

      The app is free and has the upgrade options with Duolingo Plus for $9.99, which are add free lessons. The mobile app offers 25 languages and is popular for English-speaking learners learning other languages.

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      Download the app

      2. HelloTalk

        HelloTalk aims to facilitate speaking practice and eliminate the stresses of a real-time and life conversation. The app allows users to connect to native speakers and has a WhatsApp like chat that imitates its interface.

        There is a perk to this app. The same native speakers available also want to make an even exchange and learn your target language, so engagement is the name of the game.

        What’s more, the app has integrated translation function that bypasses the difficulties of sending a message with a missing word and instead fills in the gap.

        Download the app

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        3. Mindsnacks

          Remember that Duolingo has integrated gamification in language learning? Well, Mindsnacks takes the concept to another level. There is an extensive list of languages available within the app comes with eight to nine games designed to learn grammar, vocabulary listening.

          You will also be able to visualize your progress since the app integrates monitoring capabilities. The layout and interface is nothing short of enjoyable, cheerful and charming.

          Download the app

          4. Busuu

            Bussu is a social language learning app. It is available on the web, Android, and iOS. It currently supports 12 languages and is free.

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            The functionality allows users to learn words, simple dialogues and questions related to the conversations. In addition, the dialogues are recorded by native speakers, which brings you close to the language learning experience.

            When you upgrade, you unlock important features including course materials. The subscription is $17 a month.

            Download the app

            5. Babbel

              Babbel is a subscription-based service founded in 2008. According to LinguaLift, it is a paid cousing of Duolingo. The free version comes with 40 classes, and does not require you to invest any money.

              Each of the classes starts with with a sequential teaching of vocabulary with the help of pictures. The courses are tailor made and adapted to the students’ level, allowing the learning to be adjusted accordingly.

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              If you started learning a language and stopped, Babbel will help you pick up where you started.

              Download the app

              Takeaways

              All the apps recommended are tailored for different needs, whether you’re beginning to learn a language or trying to pick back up one. All of them are designed by real-life native speakers and so provide you with a more concrete learning experience.

              Since these apps are designed to adapt to different kinds of learning styles, do check out which one is the most suitable for you.

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