Bike Powered Catamaran Control

In the 2017 America’s Cup, the Emirates Team New Zealand introduced stationary bikes instead of hand cranks to power the hydraulic system that steers the boat. Because our legs are stronger than our arms, pedal powered ‘grinding’ allows for quicker tacking and gybing in a race. The innovation could also be useful to reduce the required manpower for a new age of sail.

We’re Back Online

We apologize for the inconvenience as Low-tech and No Tech Magazine were down for most of the last six days, following a cyber-attack on our host TypePad. We managed to move No Tech Magazine to another host yesterday, and posting will resume shortly. We are in the process of moving Low-tech Magazine, but for the time being the main blog is still on TypePad, which seems to be back online at least for now.

The Great Panjandrum Rolls Again

The Great Panjandrum

Secret weapon designed for D-Day roars back to life for anniversary. Via The Retro Blog.

Economic growth

“Let us look briefly at 10 specific policy proposals for moving to a steady-state economy, i.e., an economy that maintains a constant metabolic flow of resources from depletion to pollution—a throughput that is within the assimilative and regenerative capacities of the ecosystem”. Read.

Previously: Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy / Oil Depletion Protocol.

Lost knowledge

Lost knowledge

Makezine goes low-tech with a weekly column on lost knowledge and a special issue (on paper).