It only took a few thousand years, but someone has finally reinvented the wheel—and it actually works better than the original. Skateboarder David Patrick’s crazy SharkWheel was discovered by chance while he was creating a cube out of six soft pieces of piping. Patrick dropped the cube by accident, and to his amazement, the piece started rolling and it didn’t stop.
You’d think that a cube-shaped wheel would be completely counterproductive, but Patrick’s angular SharkWheel has proved to be smoother and faster than a conventional skateboard wheel. The magic appears to be in the materials and the helix-shape which makes it possible for the wheel to take on virtually any terrain at speeds that would not be seen with a traditional wheel. Moreover, the sine-wave pattern of the wheel’s treads reduce the surface area that makes contact with the ground, in turn reducing friction and speeding up rotation.
Being an avid skateboarder, Patrick immediately applied the square wheels to his skateboards, creating a triple-layered prototype for skaters around Venice, California to try out. He has even launched a Kickstarter campaign for skaters to score their own SharkWheels (the campaign has already exceeded its target goal).
Though the super slick SharkWheels have only been applied to skateboards, if further developed, the design could be extended to enhance the efficiency of cars, Segways and robots.
Various cloud formations might be one of the most beautiful and romantic sights in nature, but these masses of liquid droplets is also a complex and scientifically interesting phenomena.
Even though different cloud formations might seem random and indescribable to you, there’s a whole cloud classification system that’s uniform worldwide. Luke Howard, British manufacturing chemist and an amateur meteorologist, was the first to introduce a nomenclature system for clouds back 1802. Today clouds are categorized based on their shape, altitude, process of formation and other features.
"Finally some good news for those of us who had been waiting for it..." Availability of Blackberry Messenger on iOS and Android has been a hot topic since 2011. A year passed but there was no official announcement on it until now. In the mid of 2013, BB has officially confirmed that Blackberry Messenger will be available on Apple App Store and Google Play Store, which is indeed a good news for BBM anticipators. Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins announced on May 14 at Blackberry Live that BBM will be facilitated to Android and iOS this summer.
Blackberry has undertaken a huge and controversial step in facilitating BB10’s most popular spec to millions of users, who literally need not be the owners of Blackberry devices to access the app. Notably, BBM will be available for free on higher versions of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 and above.
The iPhone users are pretty near for the availability of BBM. iOS 6 is supposed to carry BBM from this Summer. Heins exclaimed this decision to be a condition of confidence on behalf of the sturdy response that BB10 platform has received from the audience. Theins believes that it is high time for BBM to be available as an autonomous smartphone messaging application.
Initially, iOS and Android users would be able to experience BBM group chat and messaging features only. But Theins has promised to expand the app gradually by integrating BBM voice, screen sharing and BBM channels for iOS and Android users. Heins proudly stated that BB is all set to energize BBM and make it more powerful than ever.
Blackberry has its very own unique place and prestige in the mobile world. But with the two most popular smartphone platforms rising to power, BB needs to develop new relationships so that it may retain its power and prestige in the mobile era. Apple and Google are yet to confirm the relationship. BBM has more than 50 million regular active users. The newfound relationship may tend to be beneficial for all three parties.
The availability of BBM on other smartphones like iPhone 5, iPhone 4S. Galaxy S4 or other major phones will definitely increase the number of active users.