This month’s roundup of hot new tech includes an electric chopper and a build-your-own robot named Alan. Welcome to the future!
Cyclists wanting to give their morning commute that extra spark might want to look into an Archont electro from Serbian e-bike maker Ono Bikes. This stylish stainless steel ride was inspired by Harley Davidson motorbikes. Under the hood sits a 7-kW electric motor that will push it just shy of 50mph with a range of 60 miles on one charge.The Archont electro will set you back €9,999 (£7,026) when it goes on sale, though pre-orders have a 33% discount for a limited time, or a non-electric version costs €1,999 (£1,405), when available in April.
XO-Infinity hybrid tablet/laptop
Education nonprofit OLPC has spent the last decade working to give kids all over the world access to technology with projects like the XO laptop. Now its Australian branch One Education is seeking $50,000 (£33,100) on Indiegogo to fund the XO-Infinity – a durable tablet/laptop hybrid they think will be perfect for schools trying to get kids engaged with gadgets. The Infinity is built to last, with everything from the 1.4 GHz quad-core CPU to the 7,000 mAh battery built into removable modules that can be upgraded or replaced on a whim, all wrapped in a resilient silicone cover. Donating $249 (£164.84) plus shipping will get you started with an Infinity hub and core modules when it ships in September.
Though Alan would be at home on the cover of a sci-fi novel, Will Huff and the team at Robomodix hope their modular robotics kit will shape the way we perceive intelligent machines.
Huff, a makeup effects artist whose film credits include Spielberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence, designed Alan to explore how a robot’s look affects how people interact with it. The hardware kits for bringing Alan to life vary depending on how much you want to get your hands dirty, but the pricier packages promise to come with an EZB processor that will help you teach him tricks such as object recognition and speech synthesis with no coding required. But Robomodix still needs to raise $125,000 (£82,625) on Kickstarter before Alan can be brought to life.