VIDEO – GoCycle: riding about town and chatting with its inventor

Gerald Lynch Sport, Tech Digest news, Transport, Travel Gadgets Leave a Comment

What do you do when you stop engineering sports cars for McLaren? You turn your hand to revolutionising the humble bicycle, that's what! Anna from Tech Digest sister-site Shiny Shiny had a chat with Richard Thorpe, creator of the…

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Scalextric enters the world of social media

Duncan Geere Toys, Web 2.0 1 Comment


Scalextric phoned me earlier. If you were a child of a certain part of the late 80s and early 90s, then you’ll immediately be envious. In actual fact, though, all that happened was that my inner eight-year-old immediately took the fore and started babbling excitedly. It was quite embarrassing. All they were trying to tell me is that Scalextric has entered the world of social media.

The company has launched a Facebook application, a YouTube channel and a blog. That wouldn’t normally be terribly exciting news, but the app and the channel seem pretty cool. The Facebook app lets you build a garage of cars that you can send to other people using the app. A few people will also win real-life Scalextric vouchers, so you can fill your real-life garage up with that instead.

The YouTube channel is also pretty awesome. There’s video of Jensen Button playing with the diminutive cars, but also guides on how to replace the contacts under the cars if they get worn, and footage of an attempt at the world record for biggest Scalextric track.

Lastly, the blog. It’s a little clunky, but there’s sections for news about the toys and space for news about motorsports. There’s also a ‘coming soon’ section for technical help on Scalextric builds, which I’m sure will come in handy.

The only thing missing in this list is a Twitter account. What’s that all about, Scalextric? I want to message @scalextric and not have some bloke from Warwickshire reply.

Blog, YouTube and Facebook App

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Raygun testing begins – 100kW electro-laser nearly ready for battlefield use

Gary Cutlack Science, Weaponry 1 Comment


Military developer Northrop Grumman has a dream. A dream to create proper rayguns. A dream we would happily fund by paying extra tax and posting it off to the American government should it be able to pull it off.

But that’s not necessary – it has already done it. Northrop will soon start testing a 100 kilowatt model of its Joint High Power Solid State Laser, which chains together eight smaller 15kW models. It has already successfully tested a chain of two…

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How to make Daft Punk (Tron Man!) clothing that glows in the dark

Gary Cutlack Apparel, Science, Weirdness 1 Comment


This is how to make your clothes glow. We’re not going to get into the “why” you should make your clothes glow, just the how.

The “how” comes courtesy of tech DIY site Instructables, which features a clothes-pimping guide from the guy responsible for Daft Punk’s stage…

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Meet the British version of the Tesla Roadster: the Lightning GT sports car

Katherine Hannaford Energy systems, Transport 3 Comments


We’ve been raving on about the Tesla Roadster in recent months, all the while unaware the Lightning GT was bobbing around on the surface as well.

British made, the luxury sports car is actually packing a whole heap of electric-powered goodness under the hood, including NanoSafe technology, which enables the batteries to hold 85% life after…

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Ear damaged man seeks similar Microsoft Zune afflicted people, no GSOH required

Katherine Hannaford MP3 players 1 Comment

microsoft-zune-three%282%29.jpgThis is rather shocking, I never thought I’d be writing these words, but unfortunately the time has come for me to spell out on the keyboard that uh-oh-someone-is-suing-Microsoft-for-receiving-Zune-related-ear-damage.

I can barely look at those words :(

Joel Geddis was a Zune fan, and bought one of the first generation models. However, in November 2006, he “received an electric…

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Tesla Roadster set to hit the road March 17th of this year!

Katherine Hannaford Transport Leave a Comment

tesla-roadster-red.jpgThe car which possibly everyone has been waiting for has finally been given the nod from the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards dudes, and is now legal for sale – in 50 of the US states.

It’s been years in the making, but now the $100,000 Roadster can begin production on March 17th, after passing…

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