Calling all bicycle design fans: get the Cyclepedia iPad app!

This week I’ve dowloaded Cyclepedia, an iPad application about iconic bicycle designs. I wouldn’t have expected to be so pleasantly surprised by an application like that: it’s well-designed, interactive, beautiful and highly interesting! I’ve discovered folding bikes, asymetrical bikes, tiny bikes, and even allroad-bikes (not offroad, allroad!)… and everything is presented in a fantastic navigation. Get it (really)!

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The screen is the applications navigation by bike weight. Look at the top of the image, these are the other possible navigation settings. Simply awesome!

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My experience with Jawbone UP

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The Jawbone UP is a gadget. It’s a bracelet that tracks all your movements: steps, sleep etc. The smartphone app is supposed to do the rest, like analyze your activity, save your meals and tell you what is best to live a healthier life. For those who prefer to watch it in a video, check out Jawbone’s official video for the UP. The most popular comment of the YouTube video is full of common sense: “Give me a break. If humans need an app to do this, we’re in more trouble than I thought“. However, I wanted to try it, and I think the Jawbone UP has a lot of potential. I received it a couple of weeks ago and, as Cliff Kuang puts it in his Fast.Co.Design post, it’s a failure! It is a failure today, with the current application and the undeniable flaws that can’t be corrected anymore. But it could become an awesome product, similarly to the iPhone. Here’s what I think of it today… and how I think it could be improved to become really useful. Continue reading →

Video review of the Bike Glow safety light

Three weeks ago, I saw this article about Bike Glow on the bike blog BikeRumor.com. Being a passionate commuter, I thought this innovative safety light would help me riding safe through the streets of Paris this winter, so I ordered it on a British website (I don’t remember which one, though). Here’s the review I just posted on YouTube: Continue reading →