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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 May 14, 2019

    8 Replacements for Google Notebook

    8 Replacements for Google Notebook

    Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

    1. Zoho Notebook
      If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
    2. Evernote
      The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
    3. Net Notes
      If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
    4. i-Lighter
      You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
    5. Clipmarks
      For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
    6. UberNote
      If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
    7. iLeonardo
      iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
    8. Zotero
      Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

    I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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    In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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