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The Yike Bike

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I've written about several kinds of bikes, whether they are fun to ride, easy to store, technologically advanced, or particularly green. One of these days, we'll see a bicycle that's all those things. The Yike Bike comes pretty close. The Yike Bike is an electric folding bicycle that's about the size of a unicycle and lightweight enough to carry up to your apartment. In fact, it looks like you're riding a unicycle with the upright body position and the handlebars at the side, but you've got the stability of two wheels. It's 22 pounds of carbon composite and it folds up small enough to fit into a suitcase. Or closet. You can take it on a subway or bus without raising the ire of everyone around you, and then stash it under your desk at work. Charge up the Yike Bike for 30 minutes and you can ride it ten kilometers at 20 kph (12.5 mph). It also has anti-lock brakes and even turn signals. And no pedaling! What's not to yike, er, like?

First off, it's not yet available in the United States. If you are in New Zealand or Europe, you can reserve yours now for a bike sometimes this year, but the price will be between €3,500 and €3,900. That's five grand in dollars! Maybe that's how it got its name.

Okay, imagine the price comes down and the Yike Bike is sold in your country. Where will you ride it? Remember, the segway was supposed to scoot down the sidewalk until cities banned it from sidewalks. You can't ride a motorcycle on the sidewalk anyway. Is the Yike Bike easy to see in traffic? There's a page that shows how you can zip in and out of traffic with this bike. The point of it is that you can get around traffic jams, but if those cars were moving at a suburban speed, you might be roadkill. I think the Yike Bike could have some very specific uses, such as commuting less than six miles to work in an urban setting -or three miles if your boss won't let you plug it in. And if it catches on, there will eventually be a Yike polo league. Or even a Yike basketball league! Watch and see.

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Improve Your Chopping Skills With This Knife-Cutting Board Hybrid
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Chopping ingredients properly is an impressive skill, and for those who haven’t mastered it yet, this part of the cooking process can be a pain. Luckily, it is possible to do your slicing and dicing without the awkward hand positions and frequent slip-ups. All you need is a knife that stays attached to the board where you’re doing the cutting.

Spotted over at Mashable, spéciale is a high-quality walnut cutting board that comes with a 17-inch Damascus steel knife built in. Whether you’re breaking down fruits, vegetables, cheese, or charcuterie, the blade can rotate across the board as you cut while the tip stays fixed in place. This leaves one hand free, so you don’t have to pause to put down your glass of wine before the chopping starts.

The designers focused on aesthetics along with functionality, so when the board is not being used in the kitchen it doubles as a serving platter. And after you’ve had a chance to enjoy the fruit of your labors, you can pop the knife off the board for easy clean-up.

Spéciale recently wrapped up a campaign on Kickstarter where it raised more than $150,500, and prior to that it debuted on Indiegogo, where it raised nearly $170,000. The product is still available to order through the Indiegogo page for $195.

[h/t Mashable]

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The Commodore 64 Will Return as a Mini Console With Dozens of Games
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Today’s video games may be more innovative than ever, but that doesn’t stop many from returning to the old-school games that remind them of their childhood. Following Nintendo’s massive success with the NES Classic in 2016 and the SNES Classic in September, the Commodore 64 is set to be the next vintage gaming device to get a miniature makeover. As Nerdist reports, Retro Games Limited will release a plug-and-play version of the 1982 bestseller in 2018.

The C64 Mini will be half the size of the original Commodore 64 computer and will feature 64 retro 8-bit titles, including Impossible Mission, Armalyte, Paradroid, and California Games. The kit will include a joystick, an HDMI cable for hooking up the console to your TV, and a USB power cable for charging it.

The console will have two USB ports that can be used to connect an extra joystick or plug in a full-sized keyboard to use the C64 Mini for simple coding. This could be especially useful when you get bored of the pre-loaded games and want to program a new one of your own from scratch.

The C64 Mini is set to retail for around $70 when it hits shelves in 2018, making it $10 cheaper than the newly-released SNES classic. Retro Games also plans to revive a full-sized version of the original Commodore 64 to sell in 2018. For an idea of what that might look like, check out this classic Commodore 64 how-to video from 1982.

[h/t Nerdist]

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