Weiss Field Watch

Weiss Watch

The Weiss Field Watch is the result of a cross-Continental collaboration led by Swiss-trained American watchmaker Cameron Weiss, the watch that bares his name has a mechanical movement (as well as buckles, case-back screws and spring bar screws) from Switzerland, while the case parts, dials, hands, spring bar tools and straps are designed and manufactured in…

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Relentless – Documentary

Relentless The Global Formula Racing Pursuit of Perfection

Relentless: The Global Formula Racing Pursuit of Perfection is a film from the Oregon State University covering their Formula SAE racing team, you may not have heard of Formula SAE before, I hadn’t either until recently, it’s a special low-cost series developed by SAE International (formerly Society of Automotive Engineers) as a a student design competition. As you…

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Stereo Tube Amplifier Kit

Tube Amplifier Kit

Vacuum tube based amplifiers have been making a significant comeback over the past 10 years or so, they were ubiquitous before the invention of the transistor – which due to its low cost and ease of manufacture quickly replaced tubes in almost all applications. The reason vacuum tubes have seen such a return to favour…

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The T-Dub Ski by Big Woodski

Wooden Skiis

The first few hundred years of ski development took place on rudimentary wooden planks that were slowly shaped via trial and error into the form we’re now more familiar with. In the modern day wooden skis have almost entirely fallen from common use, to rectify this companies like The Big Woodski have been founded – to bring the natural…

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DemerBox Stereo

DemerBox Stereo 3

James Demer is a location sound mixer known for his work on films like Bowling for Columbine, Winter’s Bone and TV shows like Survivor and The Apprentice. While on location in Alaska a few years ago he needed to create a portable sound box so he took a Pelican case, a lithium-ion battery some waterproof speakers and…

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The Parking Problem Solved

The Parking Problem Solved

Our friends over at The Old Motor know a thing or two about digging up a fascinating old car, and this clip is a great example. It shows an early attempt at solving the parking problem, and to be honest I’m surprised some variant of it didn’t catch on. The film was made in France…

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Polaris Slingshot

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It isn’t widely known that when the automobile was first invented, it had 3 wheels. Karl Benz called it the “Benz Patent Motorwagen” and it was first shown to the public by Mr Benz and his wife in 1885. Since then we’ve seen a huge range of 3-wheeled vehicles, perhaps most famously the Morgan Three-Wheeler,…

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Henry Ford Transmission Patent Poster

Henry Ford Transmission Patent Poster

Henry Ford’s influence on industry in American and around the world has been colossal, he’s most famous for his Model T but his work popularising the concept of the production line was probably more important in the grand scheme of things. One of his other great innovations (that sadly didn’t catch on) was “Fordism”, defined as the mass…

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1974 BMW 2002 Turbo

BMW 2002 Turbo

The BMW 2002 Turbo is a wonderful example of what can occur when serendipity happens to a couple of Germans who happen to work at BMW. You see, the BMW 2002 owes its existence to an afternoon in 1967 when Helmut Werner Bönsch (BMW’s director of product planning) and Alex von Falkenhausen (designer of the…

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