Alt-Wheels Briefly #18

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Alt-Wheels Bulletin: Forward Working Group Proposed Merger

I’ve been irregularly watching Forward Working Group’s YouTube videos on energy storage development for a few years. I’ve done four prior posts about them (see end of post). They are merging with EEStor.

EEStor’s website company description:

EEStor Corporation’s (the “Company”) mission is to be the provider of leading edge electrical energy storage and related technologies. The Company operates on the principle and belief that a fundamental breakthrough in energy storage will be the catalyst for positive environmental and economic change globally. The Company’s current business strategy is focused on licensing and partnership opportunities across a broad spectrum of industries and applications building on its recent technology achievements related to capacitors.

As Robert Murray-Smith explains in the below video, there are still steps ahead before a merger:

FWG Merger With EESTOR

This could be very significant for battery development. Since EEStor’s founder had a prior interest in electric vehicles, it will be interesting to see if their upcoming FWG product addresses the Alt-Wheels market. Robert Murray-Smith stated in a YouTube Comment response to me that FWG’s goal is to replace the existing 18650 LiOn cell used in Alt-Wheels. A battery chemistry on the market that prevents runaway combustion would in itself be a breakthrough.

Previously here:

New eScooter Battery Tech Coming?
THIS Is How To Do A YouTube Promo Video
FWG’s C6 Power Blade Battery
Paper Batteries

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Alt-Wheels Bulletin: NYC DOT Evicts Jump & Lime Rental Bikes

Staten Island Gets A New Bike Share System: Beryl

The Beryl system is dockless, but relies on incentives to get users to return the bikes to “bays” — parking spaces that are painted on the ground and which appear in the Beryl app. In the United Kingdom, users are charged 2 pounds if they do not return the bike to a bay — “a strong incentive” to avoid street clutter, said company spokeswoman Ruth Grimaldi.

I live on this goddammed Island.

I have not seen any complaints about Jump and Lime bikes creating “clutter.”

If “clutter” had been an issue, the NYC DOT could have ordered Jump and Lime to paint stupid “bays.”

They did not.

The entire idea of dockless bikes — like dockless cars — is their point-to-point convenience. Citi Bike in Manhattan (soon to metastasize to other boroughs, except this one) relies on fixed physical docks. No dock at your destination? Tough. Find the dock closest to your destination and walk — even if that means a half-mile hike!

I have often run into a Jump or Lime bike across the street from where I live. Most times, within a block or two of where I live.

Do I expect Beryl to paint “bays” that close to me? Let me be frank in my anger: Fuck no! There is no way they could because the streets and sidewalk don’t have the space for them. A single Jump or Lime bike fits just fine.

I have often suspected that the NYC DOT is a corrupt agency. I’ve said so several times in this blog. With this move, I’m certain someone’s palms were greased. This otherwise makes no sense.

The next Mayor of this city needs to fire the entire executive team at the NYC DOT.

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Alt-Wheels Briefly #17


Singapore’s PMD footpath ban leads to collapse in eScooter sales

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Second Video Of Likebook Ares Note

Nearly a half-hour long and in Vietnamese without English subtitles. It’s from another vested-interest party: retailer Bibox. Aside from the built-in reading and note apps, it also shows voice recording, audio playing, web browsing, a PDF reader (without actually displaying any PDF), and the Kindle Lite app in use. Although a manga reading app is shown in the list of apps, the app itself is never used in the video.

Máy đọc sách Likebook Ares Note

Amazon lists the Ares Note for delivery later this month.

Previously here:

First Review Of The Likebook Ares
Likebook Ares Note: The Likebook Mars Update We’ve Wanted
Likebook Mars: eBook Reading UI Breakthrough?
Video: Likebook Mars Playing Video
Video: Interesting Review of Likebook Mars
Likebook Mars Via Amazon: What?
Video: Likebook Mars Versus Likebook Muses
Likebook Muses: An Upgraded Likebook Mars
Likebook Mars Firmware Update
Google Books PDF On The Likebook Mars, Part Two
Google Books PDF On The Likebook Mars
Boyue Likebook Mars: An “eInk iPad Mini”

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Alt-Wheels Briefly #16


Lunchbox-sized electric unicycle: Out-of-production Gotway m5.

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Alt-Wheels Bulletin: NTSB Calls For ALL Cyclists Wearing Helmets

NTSB livestream today: NTSB Board Meeting : Safety Research Report – Bicyclist Safety on US Roadways: Crash Risks and Countermeasures

They reallllly hammered home the requirement for an “all-age” helmet law.

Some screensnaps of the discussion — via NTSB website live transcripting — after the break.

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Alt-Wheels Briefly #15


Singapore: Non-UL2272 compliant PMDs surrendered.

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Alt-Wheels Bulletin: Singapore Restricts PMDs

Rogue eScooter riders — who mainly have the kind of eScooter outlawed by the Land Transport Authority — have been making life miserable for people by riding on the street, in building common areas (void decks), and speeding on footpaths. Non-rider injuries and deaths have resulted. Now the LTA has banned them from footpaths beginning tomorrow, November 5th. Next year this ban will be extended to hoverboards (do people even still have them?), electric skateboards, electric unicycles, and the Onewheel.

Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA): E-Scooters to Be Prohibited on All Footpaths Following Safety Review

But here’s the cascade effect:

Following recent accidents involving PMDs, the Minister for Transport has issued a safety directive prohibiting e-scooter sharing services. Hence, LTA will reject all existing licence applications and will not be inviting applications for PMD sharing licences until further notice.

This is what happens when government allows people to make things worse for everybody. The guilty make everyone suffer.

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Likebook Ares = Onyx Boox Nova Pro Clone?

New 7.8″ Likebook Ares Note Available on Amazon, But the Price is Too High

Likebooks are basically Onyx clones, even more so with these new designs. The problem is Likebook’s software isn’t as advanced or as polished as Onyx’s software, which is superior in virtually every way. The only advantage the Likebook has is the memory card slot, and that might be enough for some folks.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

It’s a measure of how little I’ve kept up with the eBook world that I find out this only now.

But he points to the card slot as being the only hardware advantage. The Likebook Ares also has built-in speakers. The Onyx Boox Nova Pro does not.

And as the video below shows, Onyx has had a tabbed interface for eBooks — shown as PDFs (but not Google Books PDFs) in this video:

Updated Onyx Nova Pro Review with New 2.1 Software

Previously here:

First Review Of The Likebook Ares
Likebook Ares Note: The Likebook Mars Update We’ve Wanted
Likebook Mars: eBook Reading UI Breakthrough?
Video: Likebook Mars Playing Video
Video: Interesting Review of Likebook Mars
Likebook Mars Via Amazon: What?
Video: Likebook Mars Versus Likebook Muses
Likebook Muses: An Upgraded Likebook Mars
Likebook Mars Firmware Update
Google Books PDF On The Likebook Mars, Part Two
Google Books PDF On The Likebook Mars
Boyue Likebook Mars: An “eInk iPad Mini”

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