fuseproject Designed Cobalt Office Security Robot

Yves Behar's visual language for a roaming, sensor- and algorithm-based watchdog

Upon its unveiling yesterday, the Cobalt office security robot—developed by Palo Alto-based Cobalt Robotics Inc and designed by Yves Behar’s fuseproject design studio—defied our expectations of mobile robots with human tasks. The Cobalt wasn’t designed to replace tradition human security guards, but to increase their reach in 24-hour surveillance scenarios. Each robot has the sensing and computational skills of an autonomous car, more or less. …

Altor’s Foldable, Titanium Bike Lock

An engineering student crowdfunds a lightweight, convenient and secure option that clips onto your bag or belt

Manufactured out of Bethlehem, PA is a new alternative to the heavy steel U-locks that cyclists carry around grudgingly. Users seeking convenience in most cases have to sacrifice security, but Altor’s folding bike lock hopes to appeal to both. Made from Grade 5 titanium and weighing 560 grams (about 1.23 pounds), it has a patent pending three-piece joint that counteracts one of the biggest weaknesses …