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SidewaysBike Is Not Your Father’s Bicycle

Besides being the weirdest bike you’ll see all day, Michael Killian’s SidewaysBike is either a revolutionary way to get from place to place or a quirky apparatus to work on your balance.

Introducing a new bicycle invention by myself, Michael Killian. This bicycle is ridden forward and is balanced by using human Left to Right balance. This bicycle uses independant (non linked) Front and Rear steering. The ride is very wavy sort of like skiing with a capacity to drift to the right or left. The front and rear steering makes the bike much more maneuverable than a single steer bike. Your hands are by your side and you don’t exert a lot of pull on the steering. Its sort of like riding a horse where you cannot lean on the reins but all body movements come out of your seat and saddle. The saddle is nessicarily a unicycle saddle (You would slip forward off a regular bike saddle). I would predict that the audience for this bike would be teenagers to young adults.

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Salt and Pepper Robots

How do you take one of the most boring household staples and turn it into something awesome? Turn ‘em into robots, that’s how. These robot salt and pepper shakers may not do your laundry or make you breakfast, but they sure can make your dinner table look awesome.

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UX Magazine Proposes Getting Rid of URLs in Browsers, Public Outcry Ensues

One of the most well-respected Usability publications on the web, UX Magazine recently made an affront against the URL bar. The article author, Devin Coldewey illustrates a bold proposal for replacing URLs with website navigation.

The article sparked a lot of intrigue and caught a bit of heat. In this post I’ll share my take and observations on the matter.

Replacing Your Location Bar

The proposed system would move URL data to a standardized meta tag within website code, which would look something like this:

<nav order=”1″>http://www.amazon.com/</nav>

And could generate breadcrumb-style navigation and other dynamic data as shown in this example:

The idea is intriguing and would definitely be beneficial to users navigating websites internally. It could even spark the rise of some new unified layer of the web for website navigation. Though I doubt it will be seen in your browser anytime soon.

Public Speaks Out In Defense of URLs

What I would like you to take away from this post is that  domain names and URLs are a much needed, useful and valuable part of both the infrastructure of the web and the browsing experience.

The proposal sparked a lot of conversation and positive remarks, though many more people opened up to respectfully disagree.

I’d like to share these interesting quotes from public comments in response to the UX Magazine article.

The URL…is the single greatest innovation of the web. A simple string can pass through literally any human communication system. Speech, print, text messaging, anything. – neilk

…the URL bar, if used properly by the website, can be extremely useful. – Sunny Singh

There is also the matter of phishing which a transparent URL scheme, and better user awareness, can help in. We don’t want to hide the URL. – Paul M. Watson

They’re simple strings. You can bookmark them, copy them and send them to people. – []

The URL bar has a useful, standardized, documented purpose. Please don’t try to turn a hammer into a screwdriver. – Bernadette

URLs are the definitive indication of location on the net, and any obfuscation of them would be detrimental to location awareness. – telic

URLs are brilliant because they are separate from navigation; that’s a feature, not a bug. – neilk

The Url is the foundation of the hyperlink, and the hyperlink is the innovation that glues the entire WWW together. – brc

How About a Compromise?

A few other commentators and another UX Magazine author proposed adding dynamic functionality to the URL itself.

The example given is that sub-folders could be clickable and function as alternate means of navigation. I think this is a better concept. A useful Firefox plugin called Locationbar2 (shown left) is already moving in that direction.

In fact, I wouldn’t mind having the full unified navigation, so long as it was placed below my URL bar.

Ultimately, the responsibility lies with the website owner to optimize their domain name, URLs and navigation.

What side of the fence are you on? Do you think browser developers should change how we browse the web or will URLs be the standard for years to come? I’m interested to read your comments.

This article is from DotSauce Magazine.



UX Magazine Proposes Getting Rid of URLs in Browsers, Public Outcry Ensues

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5 Incredibly Useful New Apps for Bloggers

I’ve recently come across new web apps and plugins that can save bloggers a lot of time and maybe a bit of sanity.

These all come highly recommended for the serious blogger, but are sure to get a new comer excited about the possibilities of customizing and improving the blogging experience.

Featured below are new ways to snap the web, edit your code, curate tweets, organize upcoming posts and even get more readers. Enjoy!

1. Pixlr Grabber

Capture the web quickly and easily. Pixlr Grabber is a browser extension for both Firefox and Google Chrome developed by Pixlr, a slick web based image editing solution.

The Pixlr Grabber extension helps you take screenshots of selected portions or entire webpages. You can then save to your computer, upload to the web or immediately share your screenshots with friends.

2. Code ‘n’ Run

This simple web application enables you to connect to your own server via a secure FTP connection and edit your website code.

The interface is extremely minimal and user friendly, perfect for use on an iPad. Code syntax is properly highlighted and multiple files can be worked on quickly and efficiently.

3. KeepStream

The Twitter app I’ve been waiting for is finally being developed. KeepStream is a new startup that aims to help you organize your favorite twitter updates. You may have noticed it in the latest DotSauce Link Roundup.

You can select tweets from your public timelines, your own stream, a search, a Twitter list or your starred favorites. Tweets with links in them can optionally feature full titles and short descriptions of the destination pages.

Tweets are saved within a nicely formatted list that is shareable and embeddable. Here is a live example:

4. Editorial Calendar

This new WordPress plugin provides a clean calendar view of your posting activity. Browse your live posts and quickly create drafts for posts you’d like to schedule at a later date.

Using this plugin definitely beats selecting dates manually from the new post page.

Get in a rhythm and manage your posting schedule with this great plugin. I’m sure it’s going to be one of the next best essential plugins for all blogs.

5. Sharedaddy

Hot off the presses! Automattic has just announced this exciting social sharing plugin today.

Sharedaddy is for both WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress blogs. The plugin places buttons below your post that enable readers to quickly share posts on social networks, bookmarking services or directly to a friend’s email. The option is also available to add additional services.

View this video for a quick walk-through of the Sharedaddy administration or see the plugin in action below this post.

Stay Tuned For More

I hope you found these new apps and plugins for bloggers as useful as I did. Stay tuned to DotSauce for upcoming collections of useful new apps for social media and business soon.

If you have friends who are fellow bloggers, consider being one of the first to put the new Sharedaddy plugin to good use. Thanks!

This article is from DotSauce Magazine.



5 Incredibly Useful New Apps for Bloggers

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Geekiest Coffee Table You’ll See All Day

Geeky gadgets are in, right? I mean, you’ve got Atari Wall Decals and Space Invaders Packing Tape, so why not, then, have a full on NES as a coffee table? I can’t think of a good reason not to.

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Microsoft Aims to Reignite Video Game Market With Halo

Microsoft Corp is hoping to reverse the recent slump in video games and kickstart the holiday shopping season as it launches the latest version of its blockbuster Halo video game early on Tuesday.

Halo: Reach, the fourth in the popular series that pits the player against murderous aliens in a variety of settings, will be available from midnight in stores across the United States.

The game has sold more than 34 million copies in the nine years of its life — boosting the popularity of Microsoft’s Xbox console — helping the world’s largest software company grab a slice of the $20 billion U.S. video game business.

The new Halo: Reach, technically a prequel to the main Halo narrative, has better graphics, more complex fighting scenarios and new ways of playing with others online, which analysts say could bring some excitement back to the slack video game business.

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New Artificial “Skin” Can Sense Pressure

New artificial “skin” fashioned out of flexible semiconductor materials can sense touch, making it possible to create robots with a grip delicate enough to hold an egg, yet strong enough to grasp the frying pan, U.S. researchers said on Sunday.

Scientists have long struggled with a way to make robotic devices capable of adjusting the amount of force needed to hold and use different objects. The pressure-sensitive materials are designed to overcome that challenge.

“Humans generally know how to hold a fragile egg without breaking it,” said Ali Javey, an electrical engineer at the University of California Berkeley, who led one of two teams reporting on artificial skin discoveries in the journal Nature Materials.

“If we ever wanted a robot that could unload the dishes, for instance, we’d want to make sure it doesn’t break the wine glasses in the process. But we’d also want the robot to be able to grip a stock pot without dropping it,” Javey said in a statement.

Javey’s team found a way to make ultra tiny “nanowires” from an alloy of silicon and germanium. Wires of this material were formed on the outside of a cylindrical drum, which was then rolled onto a sticky film, depositing the wires in a uniform pattern.

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Space Invaders Packing Tape

If the Atari Wall Decals and the Spice Invaders weren’t geeky enough for you, then you’ll need to purchase a couple rolls of the Space Invaders Packing Tape. It’s not only fun, but practical, one might even say it’s out of this world (see what I did there?).

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