Folding

  • We've been seeing a lot of foldable electric scooters, designed for use as "last-mile" transport between users' homes/workplaces and public transit stations. Their little wheels, however, are no match for Oslo's cobbled streets. That's why a group of Norwegian entrepreneurs created the CityRabbit.
  • ​It was last year that we first heard about the Trenux, an innovative German-designed bicycle trailer that folds up over the bike's rear wheel when not carrying cargo. At the time, it was still a prototype. Soon, however, it could be a commercially-available product, as it's just hit Kickstarter.
  • ​If cycling helmets weren't so bulky to carry around, it's entirely possible that more people would actually use the things. That's why British cyclists Josh Cohen and Dom Cotton invented the Cyclo, which features a unique "flipclip" design.
  • ​Whereas quadcopter drones simply have four rigid propeller-bearing arms, flying insects are able to adjust the angle of their wings according to the situation. Inspired by that fact, scientists have created a drone that can fold its arms while in flight, allowing for better performance.
  • The folding smartphone may have finally arrived during Mobile World Congress this week with the unveiling of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and Huawei’s Mate X. So what do these two bendable blowers stand for exactly?
  • The HoverChair might take slightly more work to pack onto your back than other folding chairs, but promises supreme levels of comfort with a hanging design, breathable materials and an optional foot hammock to rest those weary legs. ​​
  • ​Voro Motors has been selling its eMove scooter series in Singapore, Malaysia and China over the last year or so, and is now making the Cruiser edition available in the US. So what makes this model stand out in an overcrowded e-scooter market? It has a powerful motor that peaks at 1,600 watts.​
  • You might have heard that one of the smartphone trends of 2019 is going to be foldable phones, devices with displays you can actually bend in half. What you might not realize is just how many of these devices are on the way – so we're listing all the phones currently in the pipeline here.
  • Cargo trailers may be handy for hauling stuff around, but the things DO take up a lot of room in a driveway or garage. In response to that problem, Quebec-based Apogee Trailers developed its folding Adapt-X.
  • We've seen huge strides in the development of big walking bots, small rollers and shape-changing drones, but Robugtix sees a gap in the market for something that slots inbetween. Its new Z6 robot is small enough to fit in a backpack but capable enough to carry cargo and perform on-site tasks.​
  • Although quadcopter drones show promise as a means of exploring hazardous environments, they do have one drawback – they're wide, limiting their ability to squeeze through tight spaces. An experimental new drone addresses that problem, by folding into different shapes while in flight.
  • ​With the original Onak "origami" canoe, you could cycle to the canal or coastline with a trolley in tow, unpack and assemble at the water's edge and then throw in your gear and paddle away . The updated Onak 2.0 offers much the same experience, but comes with a few welcome improvements.​