You don’t need to carry around a big heavy lock for your bicycle when you have this new bicycle design called the Yerka Project. That’s because the frame of the bicycle itself becomes a giant lock. You separate the bottom of the frame, unhook the seat post, then use that to make the bike into a lock.
You can wrap the bike around objects of most any size. You can see in this quick video below how exactly it works.
While conceptually using the frame as a lock is a good idea, it still leaves a few big issues unresolved: for starters the tires are not locked up. Although you definitely could just unhook your front tire and put the “lock” through it. The back tire is still an issue. Secondly is how secure is this lock? That’s a big what if. It’s no good if you can pick the lock with a pen cap. I think it needs some work and might be good as is for some situations but they’re definitely onto the start of an idea here.
Apple will feature near field communication (NFC) technology in the iPhone 6 with a chip provided by Dutch company NXP Semiconductors, according to a report from the Financial Times
. The chip will allow the iPhone to be scanned by payment terminals and ticket systems, while also allowing for further integration with other methods.
Throughout the past week, a number of rumors and reports from various sources have claimed that the iPhone 6 will gain NFC support. Evidence of NFC capabilities provided by NXP first surfaced earlier this week in a claimed schematic, which showed the company’s PN65 chip on the iPhone 6′s logic board.
Yesterday, technology news website WIRED and Apple blogger John Gruber also suggested that the iPhone 6 would feature NFC, with the latter stating that Apple’s NFC-based mobile payment system would use a new secure enclave coprocessor built into the company’s new A8 chip, which was also suggested by previous reports.
Does misery have a time signature? That’s what open-Internet advocacy group Public Knowledge is trying to find out with a new contest that asks participants to take audio recordings from various nightmarish Comcast customer service calls and mash them up into a remix that will presumably be danceable and catchy.
Virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus are a big step towards making gaming experiences much more immersive. But one downside to VR is it leaves us incredibly disconnected when we can only interact with the world through a controller.
Now Leap Motion is stepping in to fix this problem with a new $ 20 (about £12, AU$ 21) mount that lets users attach their motion sensor bar to the front of a VR headset. Similar to using the motion tracking peripheral on a desk, the headset-mounted Leap Motion will sense users’ hands and record their gestures when they reach out in front of them.
The motion tracking company announced the new peripheral with an accompanying video demo showing the Leap Motion will generate a wire frame of users hands.
Twitch streamer and YouTuber Jordan “Kootra” Mathewson is the latest victim in a trend called “Swatting.” People who tuned into The Creatures’ Twitch channel this past Wednesday to watch Mathewson play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive witnessed SWAT officers enter the room and arrest Mathewson in response to a false report of an active shooter.
Mathewson was live-streaming on The Creatures, a group of gamers who create content for YouTube, Twitch channel at the group’s office building when SWAT busted in. Police had received an anonymous call, via landline, that claimed there was an active shooter. Streamers watched for about six minutes as the police officers arrested Mathewson, searched him, and briefly questioned him before the stream was turned off.