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Bicycles for Children

For some years it is common to see young children with bikes without pedals, or balance bikes, as they are called officially. To learn more about these bikes and their advantages over classical learning (which passed through the training wheels) have asked an expert: Rafa Vidiella. This Madrid journalist is founder and director of Ciclosfera, the first and only Spanish urban cycling magazine, a community with more than 155,000 followers on Facebook. He is also the father of Teo, a small two-year always with his bike and you spend when you can, a fatherly blog. He will soon be the father of a girl, which also put on two wheels.
Why do you recommend that the kids learn to ride a bike with no pedals?

It is not a recommendation: it is a fact that children learn before to balance that coordinate pedaling or, of course, have enough leg strength to drive a bike through pedals. Balance bikes are much lighter: they are simply a box, a handle and two wheels. That lightness and simplicity is good for the child, but also for the father reduces maintenance, but above all is lighter and portable than any bike with pedals.

‘Since what age you can begin using one?

Brands usually recommend starting at the earliest, two years. Before, it is recommended that the child has practiced in some of the typical “motorcycle” very wide wheels and plastic. With them the child becomes familiar with the position of a bicycle, the handlebars, the braking feet and handle a bike like vehicle. But the bike without pedals (I insist, “bike balance”) goes far beyond the classic motorcycle wide wheels: is infinitely more agile, higher and requires stability. In fact, beyond that you have to push with your feet uphill, the feeling is the child is exactly like you have your bike with an adult.

What are those you recommend?

Here commercial interests (several of my magazine advertisers distribute) with personal tastes … So I prefer not to mix brands. But I would say, as in many other things (as with adult bicycles, too) cheap is expensive: there are models from 50 to 250 euros, and although everything depends on the family budget is better to be guided not only by the price. Something in between seems ideal: for about 150 euros can be achieved very light, durable and with a spectacular aesthetic mount. We speak of an object that can last around two years (and more, if it is inherited by siblings or similar) and will be used almost daily, so it seems more than reasonable investment.

‘What three things do you think are most important when choosing one?

Lightness. The less you weigh, the child will be more comfortable and less weight have to carry us when, around the small decides he is tired and you have to take the shoulder. 50 euros bikes can be heavy, a little “pots” so it is more likely that we and our son get tired before transporting and remain parked in a corner. It is very important that the bike weighs little.

Resistance. No need to tell you how much can be destructive a child 2-3 years … So either I would go to either extreme, bike or 50 euros or 300. The child will give blows , his friends will give the shock when the leave, and probably us, to load or unload the car, or raise or lower the ladder, too. The seat, handlebars, wheels themselves must be quality not to be a source of problems or be severely degraded in just a few months.

Finally, there is the aesthetic issue. Sorry, but usually 200 euros bikes are nicer than 50. Manufacturers have more careful design, painting or accessories for your product from the eyes of the child, but also the father. For a mid-priced (again, between 100 and 200 euros), there are lovely models: classical aesthetics (wood, for example), more racing (and materials like fiberglass, aluminum or even carbon fiber) or directly marvels of design that will appeal, at first, even a dwarf two years … I do not recommend bike department store whose main attraction is having the face of Pocoyo, Peppa Pig or Mickey Mouse, but one of a manufacturer / distributor specializing in bicycles , which apply much of his wisdom in adult bikes in this first step.

As a parent of a small two years, what is your experience with the bike without pedals?

Excellent. My son is quite high and was accustomed to child motorcycle, so he started using it when I was not even two years … And to this day. Now he has two years and three months, so using it takes about 6 months, and there has been no coup. It is impressive to see how he has learned to maneuver in standing, to adapt his body on the downhills, turning and even braking with his feet. Of course, we must be very aware of it: not yet understand the rudiments of traffic, when to stop because it can come a car, but how your bike works, and how fun it is to be autonomous, free, able to go from one point to another relative speed and everything depends on it. Fascinated by potholes, speed bumps, go downhill, sometimes even up hills … And, of course, cause admiration and envy among his friends: they see the bike of his minicolega is not a toy, not a pileup, but a fast, useful and well-designed vehicle. In short: a bicycle.

More Excellent inventions

7. temporary houses that can be moved from one place to another


Heijmans ONE

Heijmans UNO seeks to solve two problems in Amsterdam: urban abandoned or dilapidated and lack of affordable housing. Heijmans UNO are plants independent living which cost about 700 euros per month rent and are equipped with all the necessary basic services, including kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room and outdoor patio. The units can be installed on abandoned in less than a day, to give life to lots underserved areas. When the construction work is ready to start in those areas, the units can be removed as easily as they are installed, and transferred to a new site.

Another company that is betting the design of temporary houses that can move is Kasita , which makes nomadic lifestyle of its central feature. Kasita creates elegant and cozy buildings that are easy to build in small portions classified as undeveloped space. Users can move their “Kasita” to different places around the world making a request through the website of the company.

8. E-Nable, a global network of volunteers that helps children to get prosthetic hands



The 3D printing is one of the most promising technologies of our time and throughout this year interesting initiatives aimed to help those in need, for example, a UK company were created the first hand robot in the world that costs less than $ 1,000 thanks to 3D printing.

Moreover, E-Nable is a network that connects children and others who need prosthetic hands with designers and manufacturers who can produce thanks to 3D printing, thus achieving make a significant difference in the lives of these people.

Surely this year will see more innovations and developments around 3D printing.

9. LucidPipe a renewable energy generator that uses water flowing through pipes of a city


The aim of LucidPipe harvest renewable energy from low cost from water flowing through pipes of a city.LucidPipe can be installed on any system where the water flows down naturally by gravity, and every piece of LucidPipe It contains three small turbines that rotate in flowing water. The turbines are connected to a generator at the top of the pipe, allowing the production of hydroelectricity.

10. UAViators, a humanitarian network of drones



Drones certainly also deserve a mention in this top. UAViators humanitarian network created to harness the potential of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to assist in humanitarian disasters. It is a community of volunteers, united by their interest and experience drone, they are ready to help in times of crisis, and are willing to receive training and advice from support groups.

Drones can capture faster, cheaper and with higher resolution satellites aerial images, which makes it an excellent tool for communicating the lay of the land after hurricanes, earthquakes and other disasters. They are also able to collect valuable information in real time to allow relief teams conduct damage assessments and decisions.

Top 5 Innovations and Ideas of the Year

1. Nerdalize, a friendly solution to heat generated by the data servers


Nerdalize - best business ideas

As the digital world continues to grow by leaps and bounds every day, it is important to remember that all information must be stored somewhere, so a major growth industry in recent years is the construction of data centers. The problem associated with this trend is that these data centers often spend lots of money trying to regulate the temperature due to heat generated by the data servers.

Nerdalize is a Dutch company that came up with an interesting and friendly solution to this problem. The company offers individual data servers to be placed in homes so that they can take advantage of free heat generated. Nerdalize is responsible for paying the costs of energy consumption by the server.

With this solution Nerdalize seeks to eliminate the costs of regulating the temperature in data centers, eliminating the costs and waste generated by the heaters traditionally used by households and offer storage services in the most economical cloud through energy efficiency.

More information: Nerdalize

2. Museums that offer personalized experiences to people with physical disabilities


3D Prado Museum

The Prado Museum in Madrid decided to create six replicas of famous paintings in 3D, so that visitors could explore visually impaired through touch. Moreover, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago offers free special glasses for colorblind people can appreciate works full color.

But that is not all. Also during the past year saw other innovations around the trend of customizing user experiences. Muzeums is a mobile application that helps museums offer guided tours customized according visitor profile, so each person can choose different modes of experience, including tour guides and interactive social games to suit the learning style of each.

Meanwhile, the BBC surprised us with the release of Visual Perceptive Media , a short film showing different versions according to the preferences of the viewer. The film uses data collected through a mobile application to build a user profile and preferences according to your music collection and some questions about their personality, age and gender. This information is then used to shape aspects of the film, including the story, characters and music.

3. Glia, an application that connects buyers with companies aligned with its values and principles


Glia - best business ideas

Thanks to Glia users can examine the social, political and economic values of the companies of their environment, enabling them to support those organizations that share their principles and beliefs. An interesting tool if we consider that the modern consumer increasingly more interested in buying companies that are ethical and responsible .

Greenease is a similar application Glia , but oriented restaurants. Through it users can know if a restaurant has friendly practices with the environment, if the dishes are locally sourced, where the ingredients used are organic, etc. Moreover, CareerLabs allows job seekers to filter their job offers according to the politics and culture of a company.

Another important innovation for the retail trade is Physical Cookie , a digital key that performs the same function as the “Cookies” on the Internet, that is, while the user carries the device, it will gather information about their commercial and behavior practices. The findings generated from information collected by Physical Cookie are sent to stores via electronic readers. The system learns usage data and make personlizadas messages and offers displayed to the consumer on the screens inside the store in real time.

Undoubtedly, the principles, values and practices of a company will be a decisive factor buying in the coming years.

4. Amazon Dash Button, a tool to make your purchases with touch of a button


When Jeff Bezos said that “Amazon would be the company more customer – centric world” , he was serious.In March last year the company introduced the Amazon Dash Button , a product that aims to simplify the entire process of buying consumer products. The idea of Amaz√≥n is that ubiques the button at the most convenient place and every time you need to place an order, simply press the button and the order will be launched.

When you go to first use each you must configure and assign the appropriate product button. Each button can be assigned only one product.

Combine the convenience of e-commerce with the familiarity of the elements of the physical world, it seems to be a powerful recipe for success for the coming years. I have been able to find amazing best military watches

More information: Amazon Dash Button

5. Backie Amarillo, an initiative of Amsterdam which allows tourists enjoy a ride on the bike rack of a local resident


Yellow Backie

Backie Amarillo is an initiative of Amsterdam that encourages tourists to take the Dutch custom of “Backie” (get a ride in the trunk of a cyclist partner).

To participate, visitors must be aware of the Backie drivers who cross the city on bicycles adorned with bright yellow trunk. When they find one, just they shout ‘Backie!’ To request a ride and jump on the back of the bicycle. Amsterdam residents can become a free Backie driver by applying the “Yellow Bike Store” , the company behind the initiative. Once accepted, drivers receive a yellow rack to install on their bikes.

The system allows tourists receive a free tour of the city and helps residents of Amsterdam to connect with people all over the world.

Other interesting innovations in sustainable travel are the roads of England that will have a special lane that allows wireless charging of electric vehicles while passing through there and mobile charging device that willallow drivers of electric cars in Ubitricity recharge their vehicles from the public light poles.