Anheuser-Busch created the world famous Budweiser and Michelob beer brands and are one of the most colorful, enduring and wealthiest family dynasties in American commerce history. In Bitter Brew ($19) William Knoedelseder, a journalist who has won much critical acclaim tells the riveting and often scandalous tale of the rise and the fall of the highly dysfunctional family called Busch. This is an epic tale involving prosperity, hubris, profligacy and the subsequent dark consequences that come from success spanning three centuries. Their story stretches from the Civil War's opening salvos up to the present day.
A racing simulator that costs more than an actual car and can be just as dangerous as driving a real car? That would be the cutting edge CXC Motion Pro II Racing Simulator ($54,000)! This fully functioning simulator features a fully kitted out dashboard, a trio of widescreen displays, high quality speakers, pedals and a seat that shifts and turns to match the on screen action. The entry level version starts off at a mighty $54,000 but the costs could soon mount up if you don't release the steering wheel during a virtual crash as the feedback and torque is accurate enough to actually cause you harm! If you're looking for the ultimate simulating driving experience then the Motion Pro II is the clear choice.
The Vanmoof is the worlds first intelligent commuter bike. The Vamoof Electrified Bike ($3000) has a bevy of features normally only found in the auto industry. The Vamoof Smart Power Assistance (SPA) technology monitors your cycling behavior via an onboard computer and applies pedaling assistance via a small lightweight motor in the front wheel. SPA can boost you're pedaling power by up to 80%. A dashboard in the aluminum frame while give you complete control over all of the bikes key functions. And don't worry about theft, integrated into the bike is GPS tracking. It can trace the location of your bike in case it's ever stole or lost.
The TapIt Cap ($45) is your beer growlers best friend. If you love to buy your craft beers in 64 oz growlers, but hate it when the beer goes flat if you don't drink it in a day, then you'll love the TapIt Cap. The kit consists of a cap that screws on to the growler, a CO2 cartridge and a CO2 dispenser. It'll keep your beer fresh and drinkable days longer than it normally would be. Preorders are available now, with deliver expected in November.
If you took a Tesla and shrunk it down to the size of a skateboard, you'd end up with the One-Wheeled Hoverboard PEV ($3775). On a full charge, you can go about 12 miles at a top speed of 16mph. When you run out of just, it takes about 24 minutes or 1.5 min/mile. The whole unit weighs about 25lbs, so you'll want to make sure it's juiced up before you go out. Driving the Hoverboard is real simple. You tilt forward to accelerate, and back to brake.At the center of the Hoverboard is its motor. The cool thing about is that it's removable which means you can interchange it without any tuning or calibration requirements. This means the Hoverboard is future proof, and when advances are made in the drive unit, you'll be able to easily take advantage.Additional features include customizable LED lighting, Bluetooth compatibility and speakers that provide music and alerts, as well as LCD readouts.Check out their Kickstarter Campaign for additional information.
As part of a research project a Amsterdam student team for TU Delft has developed a fully functional 3D printed stainless steel Bicycle called Arc Bicycle ($NFS). The design was a proof concept to show what could be done with the MX3D method of printing metal.The method used called WAAM (Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing) and is based on MIG welding techniques combined with robotic arms which are used for the 3D printers.When I think of 3D printing, the picture of an enclosed box always came to mind. Even when there was talk of using the technology to build homes, its always been the same image that came to mind just on a larger scale.The realization that 3D printing can be accomplished with any tool that can be programmed to follow a specific pattern is eye opening.The golden egg for me has always been the application of 3D printing to textiles, and this revelation makes that reality seem all more feasible.