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Ann Arbor GenZ scooter makes a small splash at CES

Alternative personal transportation that cost pennies to fuel were on display at CES in Las Vegas and Ann Arbor was in the house, with the GenZ electric scooter.


"Key specs of the GenZe include a seven-inch touch screen display and a removable, rechargeable battery that can be charged at any 110v outlet. The vehicle tops out at 30 mph and can travel 30 miles on a full charge. While license requirements may vary by state, most will not require a full motorcycle license for operation. Built domestically in Ann Arbor, MI, the product will launch in March 2015 in California and Oregon."

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NASA tests Ann Arbor firm's wing innovation

Flexfoil, a company that's no stranger to Concentrate, is having their flexible flap design flight tested by none other than NASA. How cool is that?


"The flap design is a variable geometry airfoil system called FlexFoil, which was designed and built by Ann Arbor, Michigan-based FlexSys Inc. The FlexFoil has already been installed and the first flight-test has been completed on a Gulfstream III test airplane."

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Ann Arbor's Glyph Mobile Personal Theater nears $1.5M on Kickstarter

Apparently a lot of people want to chuck their widescreen TVs away and get a head[hones and goggle theater that provides a virtual and personal experience.
Glyph Mobile Personal Theater plus Audio closed their crowdfunding round on Kickstarter this past week having raised $1,509,506 from 3,331 backers. The hardware from Ann Arbor, Michigan based Avegant now stands as one of the most successful rewards based crowdfunding campaigns of 2014.  Glyph set a goal of raising $250,000 – an amount that was easily topped in under 48 hours. 
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The case for a tangle-less earbuds

Path to human happiness: (1) Feed the world's hungry. (2) Heal the world's sick. (3) Invent iPhone earbuds that don't tangle.
Apparently an Ann Arbor-based firm is on its way to solving one-third of the planet's woes.
"Ann Arbor-based TurtleCell LLC didn't win the grand prize of $500,000 at last month's Accelerate Michigan Innovation competition at Orchestra Hall, but it won the popular vote of those in attendance as having the best pitch, winning the People's Choice Award of $10,000.
What was the attraction? The company's product solves a problem everyone in the audience could immediately identify with: Getting rid of those darned tangled cords you wrestle with every time you pull your iPhone earbuds out of your pocket."
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NASA awards EMU researcher top prize in "Create the Future" competition

Though EMU too often lives in the shadow of its Ann Arbor neighbor (aka U-M), it shouldn't be forgotten that there are some awfully smart people innovating and inventing the future on Ypsi's campus.


"The small device, called an iPecs, or Intelligent Prosthetic Endo-Skeletal Component, won in a "Create the Future" design competition sponsored by NASA. The iPecs was an entry in the electronics category, a competitive group that drew more than 900 entries from around the world.

Frank J. Fedel, an assistant professor and research director for the Prosthetic and Orthotics Program at EMU, said that he and his colleagues saw a need to accurately measure their patients' gait, in order to determine what is happening to them and their prosthetic device while walking."

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Ghostly International offers art as well as music

Ann Arbor's Ghostly International is more than just a music label, it's a brand that embraces creative innovation on multiple fronts. And now, it's branching into art and design.


Viewed from one vantage, straight on, the posters produce a peculiar optical effect that looks like the triangles are drawn in with pencil on the page, creating the dips and shadows with shading alone. But viewed from the side, the design reveals that the individual pieces are in fact cut out, hand-folded, assembled, and glued on the paper according to a pencil-drawn pattern on the page, which provides a lightly marked blueprint for a pattern that boutique label Ghostly International, which is collaborating with Shlian on these limited-edition prints, describes as "at once unfinished and complete."

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What to do with Washetnaw Ave between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti

Washtenaw Ave. clearly isn't the prettiest street in Washtnaw County, but some local stakeholders have some ideas on how to change that.


Planners have dubbed the five-mile stretch of Washtenaw Avenue from Stadium Boulevard in Ann Arbor to the water tower in Ypsilanti as the Washtenaw Avenue Talent Center.

And they have a bold initiative for it over the next 10 to 20 years.

Its creators say the plan aims to reduce sprawl and increase density along the route, relying on the rising demand for public transit and pedestrian-friendly connections. Features include reduced building setbacks, mixed-use development and affordable housing that will help Washtenaw County retain talented young residents.

Development would concentrate along transit “nodes” on the route.

“We’re imagining that there are areas that could definitely support three-story buildings,” said Anya Dale, senior planner in the Washtenaw County Office of Strategic Planning.

Read the rest of the story here and an interesting conversation about where the ugly begins on Washtenaw on the MarkMaynard.com blog here.
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