‘General’ Articles

Water Skates

Skating or boating? You want to skate but you’d like to get out on the water. Well, you can always do what Bob Burnquist did and float a skateboard ramp on Lake Tahoe. This particular ramp was constructed as part of Visit California’s Dream365 tourism campaign.

Bob Burnquist Official Website

Twas the Day Before Christmas

SantaTwas the day before Christmas and all through the site
Many products were covered, but much more to write

Products were tested; it had been a good year
To our dear readers we now offer some cheer

As this one now ends, we’ll be back for more
Keeping reading Kinetic in Two-O-One-Four

KineticShift Seeks Content Partners launched during the 2010 CES and since that time we’ve covered thousands of products, attended dozens of other trade shows and worked to become of the best sources of news and reviews for fitness technology. We are looking for content partners or other interested parties, including potential sponsors so that we can take KineticShift to the next level. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekend Reading List (08.30.2013):

Sports Beer


From GizMag: Beer as a “sports drink”: The best of both worlds
Beer is often quaffed in the aftermath of a day of sports in the fellowship of friends and neighbors. Unfortunately, while it may pick up the spirits and increase the celebratory feeling, the dehydration associated with alcohol consumption can lead to tiredness and cramping muscles. A new study by a group of Australian Public Health researchers shows that many of these ill effects can be lessened by adding a pinch of sodium to your beer. Read the rest of this entry »

Kinetic(Mis)Shift: Paper Boy Game

PaperboyWe like the idea of technology that combines video games and fitness, and we’ve heard about a few efforts that are under way, but the PaperDude VR has us scratching our heads. Yes, it is a game combined with a bicycle and it even utilizes virtual reality.

But it is sort of the like an old episode of The Simpsons where Bart plays a virtual yard work simulation after doing everything he could to get out of actual yard work. What’s the point in other words? Aren’t video games about saving the world or at least the princess, and with all due respect to those who wake up early to deliver the paper – is this really that compelling of an “adventure?”

So perhaps this isn’t really a full-blown Kinetic(Mis)Shift but we somehow think this technology could be used for so much more. Video after the jump

Happy Fourth of July

Fourth-of-July-FlagHappy Fourth of July from Kinetic Shift.

Fold and Go

NexiBikeWe’ve seen plenty of folding bikes, but the NexiBike, which is currently in development in Boston via an Indiegogo project, is designed to be as easy to be carried and stored under a desk at work as it is to be ridden. The developers also noted that the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority allows folding bikes to be brought on public transportation at all times.

This design features no cables to the rear wheels, utilizes flat-free airless tires and weights under 25 pounds – all this makes for a durable bike that should be problem free for commuters. Video after the jump

Light Grid

LumigridWe’ve seen a number of lighting systems that project ahead of the bike, typically as a way for drivers to know the cyclist is there. The Lumigrid solves another nighttime problem of altering a rider to uneven terrain, potholes and other obstacles in the road.

On flat road surfaces the projected grid will consist of standard squares but on rougher road surfaces the grids will deform, and this can help the rider “see” a hole or other obstacle. The Lumigrid LED system can be mounted to the handlebars and powered by pedal power or an internal battery.

Red Dot Design Awards: Luimigrids

Wiley X Supports Our Veterans

WileyXMemorial Day means many things to Americans. It’s the start of the summer holiday season and is marked by millions “hitting the road” in that great American tradition known as the family road trip. Others use the three-day weekend to celebrate with friends and family closer to home, marking the occasion with backyard barbecues, beach parties or family reunions.

While these are all wonderful things, veteran-owned protective eyewear manufacturer Wiley X, Inc. reminds us all not to lose sight of the solemn meaning behind Memorial Day. This uniquely American holiday is set aside for our nation to remember the estimated 1.2 million brave American soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country dating back to the Revolutionary War.

“We’ve all heard the saying that freedom isn’t free – in fact, we’ve heard it so much that perhaps it has lost some of its meaning,” said Wiley X Co-Founder Myles Freeman, Jr. “Memorial Day is a great opportunity for our nation to slow down and really think about this message – that the freedoms we all enjoy every day come at a cost. Our nation has long been blessed with brave men and women willing to pay that cost for all of us, and this special day is in their honor,” Freeman added.

Wiley X has a long connection with America’s military, providing advanced ballistic eye protection to our soldiers for more than 25 years. Every pair of Wiley X sunglasses meets stringent ANSI Z87.1 High Velocity and High Mass Impact Safety standards, providing occupational grade protection for all wearers and a wide range of activities. Wiley X is the only premium sunglass brand with this level of vision protection in every pair of glasses it makes. Selected Wiley X models also meet the updated MIL-PRF-32432 (GL) MCEP Standard (superseding the GL-PD 10-12 MCEP Standard) for combat protective eyewear. This level of proven protection is a key reason why Wiley X is a top eyewear choice for law enforcement and other tactical applications in addition to military users.

Happy Memorial Day

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Wheel Dock

Changing a rear wheel on a bicycle isn’t exactly rocket science, but it is far from the easiest thing too. It is almost impossible to do so without getting your hands dirty, and it is harder to get the wheel back on than it is to take off.

Leonard Ashman of California created a system where the hub comes off but the drivetrain – gears and chain – stay nicely attached to the bike. His HubDock utilizes a thru-axle that can be pulled out of the hub on the non-drive side, but remains please on the drivetrain. This can be reinstalled just as quickly (as the video below shows).

This system allows the cassette and freehub to say attached to the bike frame, while the wheel can pull straight down. This means no greasy hand grabbing the chain, no trying to wrestle with the chain to get it to line up with the cassette. Just pull down and out. Ashman is currently looking to take this from concept to reality via a Kickstarter campaign. Read the rest of this entry »

Wedge Issue

We’ve seen no shortage of innovative tent designs, and Heimplanet has impressed us with its geodesic inflatable Cave tent, which his ideal for those looking to take the family – or several friends – to the woods. Now the company has created something a little more compact with the inflatable Wedge, a tent made for two! The company says setting it only requires for users to “roll out, inflate, finished.” There is no ripcord, no semi-rigid poles to assemble, no hooks or gussets. Just inflate, stake and shelter is ready – instant campsite.

Heimplanet Official Website

En Garde on DVD and YouTube!

Fencing is a serious sport, and is much more than hacking and slashing with a sword. Learning the basics is easy, but mastering it is another story. This is where some technology can come in handy. has released a line of DVDs and even posted some videos to help those looking to be a cut above the competition.

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