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“The Safest Cycling Helmet” for Electric Two-Wheelers Launched on Kickstarter

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THE BEAM has launched what it calls the safest cycling helmet on Kickstarter. Called VIRGO, this cycling helmet has been designed for electric two-wheelers, providing the ultimate balance of safety and comfort made in collaboration with VIRGOMOVE.

VIRGO helmet is designed to fit the safety needs of electric bikes and speed bikes by featuring a unique futuristic design that combines lightness, optimal airflow, and complete protection of the face in case of a frontal crash. It integrates flexible face protection, is lightweight in format, has rotative visor lenses, comes with a detachable rear light, and comes with multiple cooling vents.

“After years of hard work and tons of tests, our engineering team came up with a solution adapted to the new uses of e-bikes, scooters, or powered vehicles, which require greater protection and higher visibility than conventional bicycle helmets. VIRGO helmets can be used on various types of transportation modes, especially if a rider reaches a high speed in a wild urban environment. Thanks to its safety technology within the shell VIRGO offers multi-impact protection zones in the area most likely to be hit in a fall in case of a frontal crash. It is designed around the new European regulation NTA-8776, which is made for high speeds up to 45 km/h (28mp/h) and complies with regular bike certifications EN 1078 / CPSC,” the company said.

VIRGO’s shell protects both the head and the face, with protection extending in front of the face. It provides a solid connection to the helmet liner and allows for flexible shock absorption while simultaneously protecting the chin and jaw. The MIPS brain protection system offers a low-friction layer built into the helmet designed to reduce rotational motion by absorbing and redirecting rotational energies and forces to the brain resulting from lateral impacts to the head. Brain accidents are caused not only by direct impacts on the head but also by rotational forces resulting from oblique impacts.

VIRGO has several visor lenses to ensure additional protection against weather conditions. The front visor is held in place by two magnetic fasteners on the front of the helmet. The lenses are interchangeable depending on weather conditions & light visibility. To improve comfort and fit, VIRGO also comes with a rear adjustment system and different sizes of padding.

Traditional tail lights are easily obstructed by bags or clothing while riding. VIRGO comes with an energy-efficient and removable rear LED light strategically positioned at the back of the helmet which makes the rider always seen and never hidden away from view. The rear LED light also has a smart break feature – it automatically lights up when you hit the brakes.

The tail light incorporates an accelerometer, and when it detects a substantial decrease in your speed, it automatically turns on the brake light on the back of the helmet. It’s secured by a magnet and can easily be removed, and recharged via USB-C. “VIRGO is the ultimate comfortable helmet that offers maximal protection and minimal weight in one place. While other conventional helmets are either lightweight or protective, VIRGO is the best mix between both types, getting integral protection at a reduced weight – overall helmet weights from 600 g to 650 g. Simple conception around an ABS shell and an EPS Core.
VIRGO helmets are available in two sizes that cover the whole head scope, a size XS/S for women and teens and a size M/L for men,” the company added.

VIRGO’s design combines lightness, aeration, and complete protection of the face in case of a frontal crash. It is ventilated with 7 vents it ensure optimized airflow for every rider’s comfort. To match every style VIRGO comes in four great colours and follows the latest trends with its edgy colors tailored to urban styles.

Carbon Black Matte is tailored to fit your daily commute thanks to its smart design. It complies with the safety standards in Europe, Asia, and North America. The Pure White Matte is designed for the commuter cyclist, and the urban bike helmet VIRGO is streetwear for the style-conscious rider. The Warm Sand Matte is elegant and is meant for city riders without compromising on safety, style and comfort. The Midnight Blue Matte was conceived to provide a superior fit and comfort, while capturing current trends in urban mobility to improve safety.

VIRGO is available to back only on Kickstarter at a special price of $99 for the VIRGO Helmet, and $129 for VIRGO Helmet + MIPS.

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Yvolution Electric Scooter Review: A Fun and Functional Ride

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The Yvolution Electric Scooter promises a fresh take on electric mobility for adults, emphasising vibrancy, safety, and a touch of nostalgia. In this review, we focus on the scooter’s design, performance, features, and overall value to help you decide if it’s the right electric steed for you.

Design and Build Quality
The YES scooter boasts a lightweight design at 15.5 kg, making it easy to manoeuvre and fold for storage or carrying on public transport. While some electric scooters prioritise a sleek, minimalist look, the YES embraces a more playful and colourful aesthetic. It comes in four options such as pink, green, black, and grey – we have reviewed the grey variant.

The scooter’s frame is made from tubular steel, ensuring durability without excessive weight. The YES features solid, 8.5-inch cream-coloured tyres for a puncture-proof ride. Standing strong beneath your feet is a well-crafted maple wood deck outfitted with grippy non-slip tape for added control.

The overall ride is very comfortable and the scooter can handle uneven terrain to a certain extent. The handlebars are positioned at a comfortable height for most riders, and the deck provides ample foot space.

The handlebar conveniently folds, allowing for a compact package that effortlessly slots into a car trunk or accompanies you on a train or bus journey. The scooter features cork grips and offers a luxurious feel while effectively dampening vibrations from the road.

The dashboard and controls are intuitively arranged and boast an elegant design. The thumb control on the right, distinguished by its black colour, serves as the throttle, while the red counterpart on the left functions as the electric brake. And to top it off, there’s even a bell included.

Performance and Range
The YES is equipped with a motor that offers three riding modes. The slowest mode reaches a pedestrian-friendly pace of 6 kmph, ideal for navigating crowded areas or alongside walkers. The mid-range mode bumps it up to a cruisier 18 kmph, suitable for leisurely rides or commuting on dedicated paths. The top speed is rated at 25 kmph aimed at recreational riding in open spaces.

You can control the speed and setting with the single-button interface in the centre of the handlebar. Once the speed is et, the scooter will remember it, even when it is turned off. However, keep in mind that the maximum rider weight capacity is 100 kg, and exceeding this limit will affect performance, especially on inclines.

The scooter’s motor is rated at 350W and it comes with a built-in Lithium Ion battery rated at 36V (7.5Ah). The scooter’s range on a single charge is around 25 kms. However, we clocked around 20 kms on a single charge, which is quite average.

Safety
The Yvolution Electric Scooter boasts two braking systems. The primary, and arguably superior, system is a straightforward friction brake, engaged by pressing down on the rear fender, similar to the brakes found on children’s scooters. The secondary brake is controlled by the left thumb switch, using electricity, albeit with slightly less efficacy compared to the rear friction brake. Both the brakes trigger a rear brake light upon activation.

The YES also features a large front headlight and five points of light in total, enhancing visibility in low-light conditions. The wider 8.5-inch tyres offer better shock absorption and stability compared to smaller wheels found on some electric scooters. However, it’s important to remember that, like any electric scooter, the YES is not invincible. Always wear a helmet and follow local regulations for safe riding.

However, one of the things sorely missing is app connectivity, which is found in many competing brands. While this might not be a dealbreaker for everyone, its presence would add a touch of convenience, especially for those using the scooter for commuting.

Who is the Yvolution Electric Scooter For?
The YES is best suited for adult riders looking for a fun and affordable way to get around for short distances. Its lightweight design, three riding modes, and focus on safety make it a good choice for leisure rides, cruising around campuses, or quick errands.

However, those seeking a high-performance scooter for long commutes or tackling hills might be disappointed by the limited range and power. Additionally, riders who crave a minimalist design or advanced features such as app connectivity may want to explore other options.

Verdict
The Yvolution Electric Scooter falls into the price bracket of AED 2499 but is currently available through many outlets at a discount ranging from 30% to 40%. This makes it a tempting option for budget-conscious riders seeking a safe and functional electric scooter for short trips. If you prioritise affordability and a playful design for casual riding, the YES could be a good fit.

Price: AED 2499

Yvolution Electric Scooter AED 2499

Summary

The YES is equipped with a motor that offers three riding modes. The slowest mode reaches a pedestrian-friendly pace of 6 kmph, ideal for navigating crowded areas or alongside walkers. The mid-range mode bumps it up to a cruisier 18 kmph, suitable for leisurely rides or commuting on dedicated paths. The top speed is rated at 25 kmph aimed at recreational riding in open spaces.

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EVLAB Intros UAE’s First Electric Vehicle Marketplace App

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EVLAB, the multi-brand electric vehicle start-up, has made adopting a sustainable lifestyle easier for drivers in the UAE with the launch of the EVLAB App, an all-in-one mobility app to rent, lease and host their EVs in the UAE with phase 2 to include buy and sell electric vehicles (EVs) available in the Middle East. EVLAB’s new one-stop marketplace app addresses a growing desire among consumers in the Middle East to make a switch to sustainable mobility solutions. Electric vehicle sales have seen rapid growth in the region, with an increase of 72 per cent during 2020 alone.

In line with the goals of COP28, EVLAB is committed to reducing CO2 emissions and fostering sustainable mobility in the Middle East, striving to play a pivotal role in catalyzing positive transformation. The new platform supports the UAE’s Net Zero 2050 strategic initiative, which is a national drive to achieve net-zero emissions and make the Emirates the first nation in the MENA region to do so. The app also complements other sustainability initiatives in the country, including the Dubai Green Mobility Strategy 2030, which has resulted in the installation of more than 1,000 public charging stations across the UAE.

The EVLAB App allows eco-conscious drivers to browse a unique collection of electric vehicle brands available in the Middle East and take advantage of EVLAB’s expertise to understand the benefits of electric vehicles and make a seamless transition to sustainable transportation. Drivers can consider short-term rentals, leasing or hosting their electric vehicles through a seamless and hassle-free user journey.

The booking process is straightforward with easy navigation using the rent, lease, host and chat tabs on the homepage. Users can filter options based on brand preferences and features, such as performance and range, to save time and effort in finding an electric vehicle that suits their requirements and budget. All the listed cars and their hosts are vetted to guarantee authenticity and quality of service by the owners. In phase 2, electric vehicle owners can also conveniently sell their vehicles on the platform with guidance from EVLAB’s experts at every step of the way.

“With the accelerated pace of climate change, the adoption and transition to e-mobility is inevitable. At EVLAB, our ongoing goal is to consistently reduce emissions, and we are proud to say that we have successfully saved a cumulative total of 76,174 kilograms of CO2 to date and will further reduce with the EVLAB app. The all-in-one EVLAB App complements our EVLAB website with a broader range of functionality and services to make the eco-mobility journey easier for drivers in the region. The app allows users to rent, lease and host their electric vehicles seamlessly in a safe and trusted marketplace. As battery technology is rapidly evolving, the range of electric vehicles today will become obsolete in two to three years, so this model of renting and leasing becomes more attractive than buying. Consumers will have the additional ease of choosing their preferred electric vehicle based on their budget and lifestyle by selecting from a variety of options, including performance, acceleration, range, and charging times,” said Kevin Chalhoub, CEO and Founder of EVLAB.

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Acer’s ebii E-bike and Computer Products Honoured in 2023 Good Design Awards

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A mix of Acer products received the 2023 Good Design Awards, headlined by its sustainability-focused products in the Acer ebii e-bike and several devices from the eco-conscious Vero line which include monitors, a set of peripherals, and an energy-saving projector. Awards were also handed to the Acer TravelMate P6 14 business laptop, Predator Triton 17 X gaming laptop, Acer Aspire S Series all-in-one desktop, Acer Revo Box mini-PC, and the Acer Connect Enduro M3 Mobile Wi-Fi. This year’s list of winning products highlights the company’s design innovation in serving multiple segments and lifestyles.

Since 1957, the Good Design Awards from Japan has sought to recognize companies and creators who develop “empowering designs” that bring about social contributions and push the boundaries of design possibilities. This year’s entries were assessed by a jury of experts based on the criteria of human, industrial, social, and time perspectives. The chosen winners have embodied this year’s theme of “design and outcomes”, emphasizing the creators’ diverse perspectives and growing awareness of various issues through their ideas and the actions done for their works to take shape.

Acer’s Good Design Award 2023 Winners

  • Acer ebii e-BikeDesigned to provide urban commuters with a convenient, safe, and greener transportation option, the Acer ebii e-bike leverages AI-driven technology that adapts to power usage, riding conditions, and user preferences for effortless riding. Its long-lasting, swappable, and portable battery can be fast charged up to 100% power in just 2.5 hours to support worry-free journeys throughout the day. It also features a sturdy aluminium alloy frame and single-fork design, marked by smooth edges and a white matte finish, giving the Acer ebii’s clean and modern appearance. The ebike’s airless tires made from closed-loop recyclable materials are also flat-free and help minimize carbon footprint in the environment.

  • Acer Vero B277U D3 MonitorMade ideal for professional workers and teleconferencing, it showcases a WQHD resolution, AI noise-cancelling capabilities, a 5M-IR webcam, and a range of colour-enhancing technologies. To further uplift viewing experiences, the Acer Vero B277U D3 monitor’s flexible ErgoStand design lets users adjust tilt, swivel, pivot, and height with ease and is equipped with eye protection features such as Acer VisionCare 2.0 and TÜV/EyeSafe certification. The eco-display is also made with 85% post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials and 5% ocean-bound plastic (OBP), is shipped with 100% recyclable packaging, and comes with loads of energy-efficient certifications such as TCO and ENERGY STAR, and EPEAT registration.

  • Acer Vero B278K MonitorTo further support the growing needs of business and the remote work culture, the Acer Vero B278K commercial monitor features a 4K UHD display, built-in 5M-IR webcam and microphone that can detect multiple voices all at once, and a docking display to help minimize the need for external devices and workspace clutter. Providing added protection and flexibility for users, the monitor is equipped with Acer’s Vision Care 3.0 which helps reduce eye strain, multi-stream technology with ZeroFrame design, and daisy chain feature allowing it to connect multiple monitors side-by-side for extended viewing. The Acer Vero B278K monitor also utilizes recycled materials in its components and packaging and has earned its own share of eco-friendly certifications.

  • Acer Vero XL2530 ProjectorThe Acer Vero XL2530 projector is great for environment-conscious consumers looking for a high-performance, yet low-maintenance projection solution. Its mercury-free light source does not require any replacements and offers up to a 30,000-hour lifespan from its high-efficiency laser light technology. With an IP6X protection-rated optical engine and 360-degree projection capabilities, the Acer Vero XL2530 gives added flexibility for various purposes within different environments. The projector’s space-saving exterior is also composed of 50% PCR plastic and 100% recyclable paper packaging, ultimately reducing overall cost and environmental impact.

  • Acer Vero Peripherals Combo Set: A set of sustainable wireless peripherals composed of a keyboard and mouse, the devices are constructed from 65% PCR plastic and include OBP components, presenting an attractive earthy look and feel while leaving a lighter touch on the environment. Professionals and everyday users can maximise the keyboard’s silent switches when typing and the mouse’s 10-meter operating range, making it easy to work from any location or surrounding. What sets it apart is that they are made with one of the highest percentages of recycled plastics in the industry, combining practicality, sustainability, and ergonomic product designs in these eco-conscious devices.

  • Acer TravelMate P6 14 LaptopUsers can enjoy elevated viewing experiences on the business laptop’s large 2.8K OLED display with 100% DCI-P3 colour space coverage. The thin-and-light device is packed with an FHD IR webcam, upward-facing speakers, and Acer’s AI-powered technology specialized for high-quality videoconferencing. Workers stay connected to fast internet speeds with Wi-Fi 6E and 5G wireless connectivity and a 65 W fast-charging battery. The secure-cored PC protects sensitive data with security features such as IR facial recognition, fingerprint scanning, user sensing technology, and Privacy Panel. The TravelMate P6 14 also keeps sustainability in mind as it incorporates PCR and OBP plastic, uses 100% recyclable packaging, and comes with military-grade durability, EPEAT registration, and TCO certification.

  • Predator Triton 17 X Gaming Laptop: A 17-inch gaming laptop tailored for hardcore gamers and content creators who value performance, durability, reliability, and aesthetics all in one device. Its metal CNC unibody chassis is crafted to maintain a sleek and sophisticated look while housing an advanced cooling system with Acer’s 5th Gen Aeroblade 3D fans, vapour chamber, Vortex flow technology, and liquid metal thermal grease on the CPU. The laptop features a large WQXGA mini-LED display with a 250 Hz refresh rate and meets DisplayHDR requirements to offer wider viewing angles, higher resolutions, and improved multi-tasking capabilities. The Predator Triton 17 X’s screen is also Eyesafe Certified to help minimize blue light exposure when gaming or creating.

  • Acer Aspire S All-in-one Desktop PC: Crafted to enhance everyday productivity and minimize workspace clutter with its slim and modern aluminium body design. Users can enjoy brilliant images when working or browsing on the Acer Aspire S AIO’s near-borderless WQHD IPS ergonomic display, with surround sound audio capabilities for truly immersive viewing. The addition of a magnetically mounted 1440p QHD webcam with ring light helps capture the best images and videos, while the options for an active stylus pen and detachable OceanGlass touchpad, made from ocean-bound plastic, further support user experiences and Acer’s mission of minimizing its carbon footprint within its product portfolio.

  • Acer Revo Box Mini PCThe Acer Revo has been revamped to deliver upgraded performance in a more compact and versatile form factor. The mini-PC’s design allows it to be easily set up with an option for Acer’s patented rotatable VESA mount and adapter holder, helping save valuable desk space within homes or office work setups. Powered by the latest processors and large memory storage, the Acer Revo Box is capable of handling demanding applications with ease and possesses multiple display support (up to 3) along with a wide range of port options for added convenience.

  • Acer Connect Enduro M3: The mobile hotspot device’s rugged yet sleek exterior features elevated lines on the chassis for added grip and is made from high-grade materials that conform with military-grade standards and IP54 protection rating, making it the perfect connectivity companion to stay online no matter the location or environment. The intuitive touchscreen shows simplified menu options and a QR code that makes it easier to set up hotspot connections. With vSim technology embedded, users can connect to over 200 5G network carriers across 135+ countries around the world without the need for any SIM card. It also carries a high-capacity 6500 mAh battery that can double as a power bank, making it a handy mobile device for fast internet and portable charging.
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