Simplify your riding with this chain-free bike

Bicymple knows how to keep things EZ-breezy

This here contraption is design studio Scalyfish Designs’ awesome concept—the bicymple.

Bicymple bike

It’s a chain-free approach to the standard bike that’s simple yet still functional, and allows for rear-steering for tight turns and “crab riding.”

Crab riding on bicymple

Riding on bicymple

Since the chain’s gone, the number of moving parts is significantly reduced. A direct-drive, freewheeling hub is attached to the crank arm axis with the rear-wheel axis. This, as you can see, shortens the wheelbase and minimizes the overall design (though I would add a Boombotix portable boombox – or two – to the handlebar to complete the awesome look). It also makes the thing lightweight and pretty damn stylish looking if I do say so myself (certainly better than the Fliz bike we wrote about earlier in the month).

Bicymple photo

Video of the Bicymple after the jump.

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World’s First Custom Made Phone

Offers simple alternative in increasingly complex market

OwnFone cell phone is simple alternative to complex smartphone market

Whether it’s a smartphone or tablet, modern-day gadgetry is nothing like what it was just a few years back.

Heck, it’s nothing like it was a year ago.

Then versus now technology

Today’s world is chock full of increasingly small gadgets and an increasing number of complex apps and programs. Not to beat our own chest, but there are only a few brands out there like Boombotix, whose line of portable mini speakers pack a punch, but are still simple and easy to use.

One company that’s looking to go the Boombotix route is OwnFone. It’s a low-cost mobile phone the size of a Visa credit card and the company’s calling the product the first phone able to “connect you instantly to the most important people in your life – and that’s it.”

Here’s what they mean by that description: OwnFone is the world’s first made-to-order mini-phone. It’s good for kids, grandparents, and everyone in between who don’t want to deal with the hassle of having to update their apps or mobile software in order to stay in touch with friends and family.

Custom-made OwnFone

The phone comes in a bunch of different colors, weighs just 40 paper clips (grams for all you un-mathematic type), and give owners the option of saving up to 12 contacts (or as few as two). The names of these contacts get displayed on the phone’s screen, providing users the ability to dial with just the push of a button.

Different amount of contacts on OwnFone

Also similar to our portable boombox, users can customize their OwnFone, including the keypad, color, and background of the phone, adding images or patterns to make their phone the user’s own.

As for lifespan, OwnFone lasts 3-4 days on a single charge. It can also last up to a year in standby mode (good for the aforementioned grandparents).

It’s available for $87 here in the States and plans range from 50 minutes to 500 minutes (prices vary).

Interested? Here’s a video of how simple it is to put an OwnFone together: