In 2016, a company called Mate Bikes struck a chord with urban commuters and ended up shipping more than 7,000 folding ebikes to customers that backed its crowdfunding efforts. In July, Mate launched another Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for its next-generation model, which promises to deliver impressive performance at a price that makes electric bikes more approachable to mainstream riders.
This animal comes in 3 different models. The 250, 250+ and the 750 all on sale on IndieGoGo for 62% off MRP!
All three models share a set of common features, including a built-in cycling computer for taking distance, battery life, and speed. The bikes also come with disc brakes, an adjustable suspension, an integrated smartphone holder, a USB charging port, and a Shimano 8-speed cassette gear system. The Mate X is also equipped with puncture-resistant all-terrain tires, an aluminum frame, and the option to add a variety of accessories, including fenders, a rear-mounted cargo rack, and an integrated thumb throttle. The main difference being that the 750 is more powerful and gives you a longer ride time when compared to it’s younger brothers with the 250+ availing a high speed charger that you pay $100 extra for over the base starting price on IndieGoGo of only $799
Overall, if I had control of my own money this is an investment I would make without batting an eye but I don’t so I just write about it hoping one of you guys will make the right choice 🙂 If you guys liked this post then maybe you would like some of my other ones so please check them out.
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One of the problems with consumer drones is that unless you’re using them to shoot video, they can actually get kind of boring after a while. Flying them pointlessly up and down and back and forth only stays interesting for so long. That’s why a group of Slovakian entrepreneurs have created Drone n Base. It lets drone pilots race one another, engage in aerial dogfights, or play games like capture the flag. Each Drone n Base kit contains one miniature smartphone-controlled quadcopter, a charger with two batteries, and a base that can be placed on the ground or hung vertically. Both the copter and the base contain multiple infrared receivers and LEDs. This allows the system to “know” when the quadcopter has flown over the base, allowing that base (and others) to be used as a checkpoint in multi-drone races. If one of the drones misses a base, the pilots are alerted to the fact via their iOS or Android phones.
Other possibilities include playing capture the flag (where a virtual flag is captured by flying over a base), or a firefighting game in which the drone “fills up” by hovering over one base, then attempts to put out a virtual fire at another base by shooting at it with its infrared LED. Additionally, the drones can shoot at one another with their LEDs, registering direct hits by causing the struck copter to shut off and fall down. They can also temporarily activate a virtual shield by flying over a base, which protects them from other drones’ shots.
The designers are currently raising production funds for Drone n Base, on Indiegogo. A pledge of US$125 will currently get you a kit, when and if they’re ready to go – an onboard FPV camera may be added as a stretch goal. The planned retail price is $199. If you liked this post you my like so ethers so please check them out. Also don’t forget to like, comment ans subscribe to our newsletter.