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The Fliz Bike; A bicycle with no pedals

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Bicycles have been the same from years ago until today. Of course, there are some aspects that have changed such as the materials used, the bike’s design, and the technology used to make it faster. Other than that, bikes remain bikes; a two wheeled vehicles with two pedals that require you to use your legs in order to be transported from a location to another.

Carmencitta Magazine - Fliz Bike 1All the things mentioned above (the bike’s design) started to become boring to engineers and designers. This is why, they tried to change a little bit, but in fact, they changed a lot! Their latest invention that had to do with “bicycles” made the go wild and remove the part that has to do with pedals, and this is where “The Fliz Bike” came from.

Moreover, we cannot know if the changes were done for the better, but we surely can know that they were made for a more entertaining cycling experience.

Carmencitta Magazine - Fliz Bike 2In fact, The Fliz, is a German word that means the whiz or dash, has totally deleted the pedals part or the bicycle, and connected the two wheels by a somewhat bridge that has a thing similar to a life jacket hanging from it where you put your body and buckle up.

In addition, The Fliz works depending on the user’s legs. He or she has to walk, and slowly start running, which makes the wheels spin faster, and in turn, take the person to the desired location.

Furthermore, The Fliz has so many benefits such as, making your body move, providing easy exercise with no probability for him or her to feel hot because, due to its use outside, and its constant movement, the air keeps on cooling his or her body.

Finally, this invention has been subject to criticism, but the thing that should be noted is that it did not come to replace the original bicycle.

The Mysterious Stone Spheres of Costa Rica

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As long as 16 centuries ago, the natives of southwestern Costa Rica, made a variety of 300 solid stone spheres, some as small as 10 cm in diameter and others up to 2.4 m. They are so perfectly formed that one is bound to wonder, ‘How were they made? What purpose did they serve?’

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Stone spheres have been found in several other countries, including Chile, Mexico, and the United States. But Costa Rica’s granite spheres are unique. Their quality is superb, some being perfect spheres with smooth surfaces. They have often been found in groups of 20 or more. Of special interest is the fact that many of them are found aligned in geometric patterns, such as triangles, rectangles, and straight lines. These alignments often point to the earth’s magnetic north.

How were they made? This is a mystery. Some mechanical procedure seems to have been necessary in order to achieve such precision. Judging by the many statues of that period, we know that the sphere makers were skillful sculptors. In addition, gold artifacts dating from as early as 800 C.E. give evidence that they were experienced in working with high temperatures. One theory is that the sculpting of the orbs could have involved the use of high temperatures followed by cooling, to remove outer layers of rock. The work could have been finished by polishing the spheres with sand or leather.

Most of these spheres are made of granite-like rock. The nearest known granite quarry was up in the mountains about 40 to 50 km from the Diquis River Delta. How did the sculptors move such heavy stones? If the spheres were carved at the quarry, the sculptors would have had to control their descent carefully. Can you imagine the challenge of moving something so heavy across such distances without modern equipment? Exactly how heavy are the spheres? Some weigh over 16 tons!

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If the granite was quarried and moved before it was sculpted, the 2.7 m cube that would be needed for a ball 2.4 m in diameter would weigh over 24 tons! Likely, to create a wide, smooth road to make transport possible, the natives would have had to cut through dense jungle. No small feat! Other spheres were made of coquina, a material much like limestone, which can be found on beaches near the mouth of the Diquis River. This may indicate that the stone was rafted about 50 km upstream. Some spheres have been found on Caño Island, about 20 km off the Pacific coast.

No one can explain with certainty the original purpose of these spheres. They could have been a mark of rank or importance for a tribal chief or a village. It is also possible that they were religious or ceremonial symbols. Future archaeological studies may someday reveal the mystery of the stone spheres of Costa Rica.

Body Parts That Can Be Replaced

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Modern technology and the digital age, have been making very shocking alternations to our world. In fact, medical science has been amazing us for centuries. It is now possible having parts that were originally absent from your body, added and making their job for you. Moreover, modern medical science continues to help multiple people with illnesses and conditions. Here are some body parts that are being redeveloped and engineered by experts.

Skin

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Your infected or burnt skin can be replaced as scientists are making a way to craft a new electronic skin to replace the synthetic skin.

Heart

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A beating, functional heart is being reproduced and created. Researchers were able to produce a mouse heart. Right now, the heart is not capable of fully pumping blood, so the process will continue being researched.

Hands

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We all know about prosthetic hands. However, researchers are now looking into false hands that can even sense touch.

Legs

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It is hard to learn walking with a prosthetic leg, this is why, scientists are developing a leg that patients can use with thought, rather than pure physical exertion.

Ears

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Hearing aids have been around for decades, but what about an actual ear? Scientists are now using real cells from real ears to craft artificial ears.

Pancreas

People whose pancreas does not produce enough insulin run into many medical issues. This is why, experts are trying to develop an artificial pancreas that could be a life-saver for those with diabetes and pancreatic diseases.

Eyes

Carmencitta-Magazine-Body-parts-that-can-be-replaced-3We have seen monocles, bifocals, glass eyes but what about artificial eyes? Experts have developed two artificial retinas and have tested them on animals with success. The chips in the eyes sense images, convert them to signals, and wake up the brain to see.

Fingers

The fingers being developed are ones that have a USB jack to be connected into a computer and store their functions. They look totally like a real one until you take them out and connect them!

 

What is The Secret Behind Opening the Airplane Window Curtains During Takeoffs and Landings?

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The British newspaper “The Independent” has reported that the fact of opening the Airplane window curtains in the process of aircraft takeoffs and landings may seem simple and nonsense to some of the passengers, despite their constant traveling. Some may believe that this process is done in order to prepare the passengers for landing or taking-off, while others believe that its meant to let passengers enjoy the last moments of the arrival or departure of the flight.

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However, the security experts at airports have made it clear that the process falls in security and public safety of flights framework.
A public safety officer has pointed out that keeping the airplane window curtains open allows emergency personnel to see the outside of the plane cabin to assess the security situation for the trip, saying that passengers may reach our crew for a security glitch that could happen while taking-off or landing. The officer added that the crew has only ninety seconds to evacuate the aircraft in case sudden emergencies happened. Therefore, the crew asks passengers to open the windows so it may watch the atmosphere out of the plane in case of a disruption in the communication with the security team. Therefore, security forces shall give certain signals to the crew in order to determine the evacuation of the aircraft by selecting the most safety doors to save the passengers trying to avoid any potential danger.

According to an expert in the aircraft industry, Mr. David Robinson, visual ability of the person whose eyes got adapted to dim light once facing an accident, are way better than those of a person who got exposed to sudden catastrophic accident when being sitting in a dark place. A person, who is in the light, even if the light is dimmed, can have a lot of conscious, especially as he only has ninety seconds to get out of the plane and save his life.

We may also mention that the windows of the aircraft in 1953 where in a square shape, and then turned into oval shapes after some experts in aviation accidents have discovered that the windows were the direct cause of the fall of one of the planes. As a matter of fact, the square shaped windows contain four corners, and thus four possible weaknesses, that can fade and disintegrate when exposed to pressure which increases the risk of catastrophic plane accidents.

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The Weirdest Japanese Inventions

Japan is known for the smartness of its inhabitants. In fact, most of the things that we use daily, are made in Japan. Moreover, some Japanese, from the beginning of their lives are mind trained in order to become inventors; only the kids that are declared as being really smart. However, there come moments in a person’s life, when he or she thinks that simple inventions might be convenient to the customers, and go beyond the line where they end up inventing a weird, inconvenient, and useless thing. Keep on reading this paragraph in order to get to know the weirdest Japanese inventions ever.

Carmencitta Magazine - The Weirdest Japanese Inventions 1The umbrella for the avid rain-avoider

 

This is an umbrella that was invented in order to protect a person from rain drops from the top of their head until the tip of their toes. Moreover, it has a transparent material that is attached to a regular umbrella that allows you to see where you are going and protects you at the same time.

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This is a headphone like product that has two small stainless steel buckets attached to it in order to reach your ears. Moreover, the sound gets into it, and the steel as well as the round and deep shape of it, allows your ear to hear the sound in a louder way.

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This is a head piece that you wear. In fact, a toilet paper roll is attached to it, which allows you to us the tissue any time you want. In fact, this invention might be beneficial to people with flu, because of its ability to provide you with tissues at any time you want.

Carmencitta Magazine - The Weirdest Japanese Inventions 4Metro chin stick

This has to be the weirdest of them all. In fact, this is a device that consists of a tripod that is attached to a piece of plastic or leather that fits exactly your chin. Moreover, once you are in the metro, you can lay your chin on it if you did not find any place to sit, and you feel exhausted.

A robot that helps disabled people feed themselves

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Disabled people can get too frustrated when they are not able to feed themselves. Not only do they feel like they are taking someone’s time to feed them, but they like to experience the feeling of being independent. This is why, some scientists have come together, and invented “Obi”, a robot that helps disabled people feeding themselves. Keep on reading if you want to know more about this truly great invention.

Meet Obi

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Obi is a dining robot that provides people with the ability to control their meals, and how they are eaten. Moreover, Obi is a robotic arm that includes a spoon used in order to scoop food from a bowl. It has 4 bowls, you choose the one you need, and the robot transfers food from it to the mouth.

However, Obi is not completely auto functioning. In fact, you need to make it adapt to the mouth and to the bowl. Moreover, you will find two buttons that will help you make it work. The first one, a green “choose” button that allows you to move the spoon to the specific bowl you’d like to eat from. The second one, is a blue “delivery” button that orders the robot to scoop the food in the spoon and deliver it to your mouth. Additionally, you have to teach Obi where your mouth is located so that it knows the direction your food must be delivered to.

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Price and Specs

In fact, Obi batteries that are rechargeable. The last for an interval of 2 to 4 hours, it depends on how much time it is used for. Moreover, this robotic arm costs about $4,500. Moreover, the price may not be cheap, but it can help someone you love finally enjoy his or her freedom and independence. When you pay the $4,500, you will get the robot itself, one plate and placemat, two magnetically attaching spoons (small and large), and a charging cable.

Invention of the day: Head Massager

Invention of the day: Head Massager

Invention of the day: Head MassagerEvery day, we encounter new and weird inventions that get us into thinking of what they were made for. Today we are going to tell you about the Vi- Band. In fact, this is a headband that was made in order to be worn on the head to massage it. It is a hands-free head massager that vibrates over your temples and forehead, built into a simple headband.

When is it convenient to be used?

 

Invention of the day: Head MassagerThe best time this headband can be used is after a long and tiring day at work, school or university. Moreover, a long day can have bad consequences like a very bad headache. As a result, you will want someone to rub your temples, however, there is nobody around to do that, and your hands are too tired to do it for yourself. In fact, you do not need someone to do it for you, nor you need yourself, because there’s a group of engineers out there who already took care of that for you.

What is it made of?

Invention of the day: Head MassagerIn the matter of fact, the Vi-Band is a neoprene band that has brushless vibration motors that are built into it in an exact location over your head’s pressure points, which allows you to get a massage without begging anyone to do it for you. Moreover, it has an integrated printed circuit board that lets you select massage modes depending on your needs. This headband has a battery that can be recharged via micro USB.

Who made it, and how much it costs

Invention of the day: Head MassagerIn fact, the Vi-Band portable was made by Mind Rocket, Joe, Matt, Ryan and Tucker who are actually a team of rocket scientists with a serious sense of humor. Matt and Ryan are twins. Moreover, the company has made it affordable and rechargeable, because relaxation should not be an exclusive domain for rich people, and rechargeable because “Your head’s comfort shouldn’t depend on a pink bunny with an affinity for percussion instruments.” It only costs 30$ to own this invention.

 

A Robot Designed to Help Autistic Children

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All over the world, people, and especially parent, are always on the search for answers to autism. Moreover, the most questions asked about autism are: what is reason for it? And how to deal with an autistic child? In fact, medicine has failed to give clear answers, and science is on a constant search on how to help individuals with autism, as well as their parents, to deal with such a situation. This is why, researchers at Spain’s Universidad

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Miguel Hernández and the Spanish Aisoy Robotics company, teamed up to investigate how a robot called “Aisoy1 V5” may be able to help in enhancing the effectiveness of the therapy sessions.

It looks like a toy

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“Aisoy1’s” appearance is very similar to the appearance of a toy, which children are liking. In fact, creators hope that on the long run, kids will build an emotional attachment with “Aisoy1”. Moreover, scientists are hoping that this educational instrument will, hopefully, over time, assist in therapeutic purposes.

Autism Studies

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 “We already have an Emotional OS, called Airos, which includes an emotional engine, a cognitive engine, and a decision engine. It has an application level for building user apps we call Bot-apps. Clinica Universitaria UMH and Aisoy [are working] together for designing and building Bot-apps which use Airos’ capabilities [as well as the] Aisoy1 robot, adapted to children with autism,” said José Manuel del Río, the CEO of Aisoy. He added that scientists did not dive into an in-depth studies when it comes to why those robots are so suitable for the case. However, he implied that the effectiveness more than likely lies in the “expressivity of the face” ofAisoy1, which makes it much easier for the kids to “understand and communicate with.”

Future Applications for Robots

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In the future, scientists hope that this invention will lead to others that are able to help with different disorders such as ADD, Hyperactivity, impulsivity issues, and much more that hit children at a young age.

The Most Bizarre Inventions

When it comes to inventions; any person, who is in a big need for something that will benefit him and his daily life, is able to create it if he sets his mind to it. For that reason, we have seen a lot of new and interesting inventions that had not only benefited the people who came up with them, but also all the humanity. However, everything has its limits, and there are some people who went extreme by creating the most bizarre inventions. Keep on reading this fun article and have a laugh with us.

Flatulence-filtering Underwear

Carmencitta MAgazine - The most bizzare inventions 1A clothing manufacturer from Britain called Shreddies, has des designed a full line of underwear for men and women that aims to block gas. In fact, this invention is possible because of the presence of a carbon material called Zorflex that is often used in chemical warfare suits, and is as well found in these undies. Moreover, the company that is based in Leicester says, “We know fart pants, pajamas, and jeans are funny, but we also know we have a product that really helps people with serious medical issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis.”

Carmencitta MAgazine - The most bizzare inventions 2Selfie Toasters

Hammacher Schlemmer created a home appliance that gives you a slice of toast with the owner’s face drawn on it. All you have to do is submit a headshot, and the company manufactures a custom heating insert that converts the photo to one side of the personalized toast.

Breathometer Mints

Carmencitta MAgazine - The most bizzare inventions3This device is ideal for people who have a bad breath smell. In fact, it is able to tell you when your mouth isn’t as fresh as it should be. Moreover, it the first wireless oral health smartphone device that enables users to instantly measure breath quality and hydration levels.

Breathable Alcohol Bars

Carmencitta MAgazine - The most bizzare inventions 4Creative studio Bompass and Parr have created an Alcoholic Architecture adventure in London’s Borough Market. In fact, it lets you inhale alcohol instead of drinking it. As a result, the person using it will get drunk quicker.

Why Music Affects Us

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Music and language are uniquely human. A world without either would be hard to imagine. They are aspects of our need to communicate. So it could be said that, as is true of language, when music “speaks” our emotions “listen.”

Why and how does music speak to our emotions? To answer that, we need to consider: (1) the way that our brains process music; (2) our emotional makeup and cultural backgrounds, which influence our reaction to music; and (3) language, which can also affect our reaction.

Music and the Brain

Carmencitta Magazine - Why Music Affects Us 1Some suggest that language and logic are predominantly functions of the left side of the brain, while music is processed in the right side of the brain, which deals largely with feelings and emotions. Whether this is so or not, it is obvious that music evokes spontaneous reactions from listeners.

There is a closer relation between hearing and emotional arousal than there is between seeing and emotional arousal. . . . Seeing a wounded animal or suffering person who is silent may produce little emotional response in the observer. But once they start to scream, the onlooker is usually powerfully moved.”

Music, Lyrics, and You

One school of thought maintains that a given piece of music has a similar effect on all listeners. However, another says that reaction to a melody or song reflects an individual’s present state of mind or previous experience. An example of this might be when someone who has lost a loved one in death hears a certain song. The song may bring back memories and cause sadness or even cause tears to well up in the bereaved person’s eyes. Others who are not in that situation may sing that same song with a joyful heart.

Carmencitta Magazine - Why Music Affects Us 3jpgMusic helps to connect words or ideas with emotions. Hence, few television or radio advertisements are presented without musical accompaniment. Often the words do not make much sense. However, if the right background melody is used, the advertisement will play on the listeners’ emotions. How true it is that the aim of most advertising is to make buying an emotional response rather than a logical one!

Whereas advertising may have an undesirable effect on the public’s pocket, there is a much more serious downside to the power of lyrics and melody. Through lyrics repeated over and over again, songwriters teach adolescents to disregard others’ opinions and to “hang tough.” Moreover, the messages conveyed by controversial rap lyrics can permeate the emotional makeup of the listener and result in antisocial behavior.

So, to avoid contamination of the mind and the heart, we must be very selective in our choice of music.

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