I’m just going to put this up here and let you draw your own conclusions.
From Oxygen’s Facebook page – sneak peak of their new yo-yo. Similar shape to their very popular and high end titanium versions but this time in all aluminum!
Did you look for an easy to carry Syzygy or Ti 9.06? Here is their little brother, the Oxygène io, featuring same precision and elegant shape as its predecessors on full aluminum halves. Three soft colors on a hand made sandblasting.
Diameter: 54 mm
Width: 43 mm
Weight: 65 gr.
Gap: wall to wall 5 mm
Come soon to YoYoExpert!
ILOVEYOYO just posted a sneak peak of their new yo-yo the NILE with a great explanation of their design process. Always interesting to see why a design comes out a certain way and what the focus was in planning the yo-yo out.
We decided to take a dive into the centerweight-trend and Frank began designing a new yoyo he called Nile. Here are his notes on the design along with a first CAD render image.
As many people suggested, I’ve designed a yoyo in the modern vein. More centerweight and thus higher RPM that is. Its all about getting the right balance between spintime and RPM. So we needed to shift some weight to the center to get higher RMP value.
So, here is our first dip into high RPM yoyos.
Response: Hot Red SILYYcone
Bearing: ILYY KMK metric
As you can tell, we have this typical yoyo in a yoyo design here. The inner rim area has a diameter 36.44mm the outer diameter of the inner yoyo is about 45mm. The whole rim stretches over 9.78mm. I’m not quite sure if this is enough to make a huge difference playwise. But we’ll see.
The rims have linear elements (parallel and collinear) that reduce visual tension. I was going for round lipped rims first but that way it got way too heavy. In order to maintain a small (diameter) inner yoyo, I had to cut away a part of the rim, thus it is flat now. I had difficulties getting the outer rim thin enough to shift enough weight to the center while still maintaining a good haptic. We had this issue with the fist Lynx prototype as well: it had too thin rims at the outermost point. Therefore it felt quite unpleasant and gave a cheap impression. Both rims might be useable for thumb grinds. However, this is just a design study, we have yet to try it out once it is machined.
A high wall (flat area around the response area) is more or less absent this time. That should prevent the yoyo from tilting too much if the strings are not perfectly parallel. I’m not into sidestyle, as a matter of fact, I can’t do a single trick sidestyle. But this feature should make it easier to play sidestyle. Correct me if I’m wrong.
The profile turned out to be quite traditional, what is good for a competition yoyo, I guess. But basically it follows the inner shape (horn to rim). That’s quite a difference for me. Usually, I focus on the profile first. The inner area just arises from working out the desired weight. But this time, it’s different. The top area of the profile meets the rim in a Lio-ish kind of way. I really like that, it should result in a quite comfortable hold.
Overall, the design incorporates flat and curved surfaces, I tried to keep it as consistant as possible and threw in some linear parts here and there as you can see in the profile and from the horn to the rim.
I took some inspiration for the name from one of my favorite metal bands – Nile. I was listening to their music while designing the yoyo. The name also serves as great basis for an awesome engraving that has yet to be created. The Egyptian mythological theme will be realized by a certain coating or color way.
Prototype will be made in the next weeks. I hope to get it before the holidays.
More information will posted soon. Stay excited!
Caribou Lodge has started to live stream from their ‘lodge’ up in Canada and plan to stream during the day today. If you check it out they are even having a giveaway!
Find them on ustream at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-clyw-office—live
We’re going to be doing a live stream again tomorrow from the office … and we’ve got 2 Puffins to give away.
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Chris K of HSpin officially explains their situation in yo-yoing and that they can no longer continue to function in their current state.
We have all kind of seen this coming for a long time now. It is unfortunate as HSpin did produce some amazing yo-yos in the past…
HSpin plans to sell some last remaining yo-yos on their website to clear up their debt in the coming weeks as they bow out: http://www.hspin.com/
Paul Dang shows off some great tricks, performed on the original Project yoyo from OneDrop. The Project is still, to my mind, the finest throw they’ve ever released. Only made briefly and replaced rather quickly by the Project 2, which wasn’t nearly as well received, the Project is one of those throws that people get all wibbly and nostalgic about. As they should, it’s a great throw!
To their credit, once OneDrop discontinued the Project they publicly posted the CAD code for anyone with access to a CNC lathe to make their own. Here’s that code…if you’re feeling industrious and want to make a batch of these for yourself, go right ahead!
1st Place – 1A (Single YoYo) – Maxim Gruzintsev
1st Place – 1A Amateur (Single YoYo) – Ivan Mazurin
1st Place – 2A (Double YoYo – Looping) – Lev Derzhavets
1st Place – 3A (Double YoYo – String) – Sergey Bandurin
1st Place – 4A (Offstring) – Vitaly Evdokimov
1st Place – 5A (Counterweight) – Alexy Nemchik
1st Place – AP (Artistic Performance) – Vlad
Caribou Lodge just announced the new CLIFF coming soon!
Introducing the 1st run of the Cliff, Petr Kavka’s signature return top.
Width: 44.8mm W
Made in Canada
The Cliff was designed by both Petr and I at Worlds in Orlando this year. Petr had a vision for what he wanted his signature throw to look like and we pulled it off first try. I’m really proud of what we came up with.
The Cliff is the largest return top we have made to date … but don’t let its size fool you! We strategically placed the rim weight near the undercut, which makes the Cliff play quite feathery for its size.
We’re busy working on packaging these up and will have an early pre sale on our store on Friday, Dec 7th at 10am (MST) store.clyw.ca
Artwork by Jason Week
Whale character created by Petr Kavka.
When I asked Drew why he likes to make toys, he said that he believes design should be enjoyed. “Toys are disarming because you just want to play with them,” Drew says “and that element of play can lead to a strong bond with the object that you might not see from a more static sculpture.”
It’s great to see Drew being recognized outside of the yoyo community for his extraordinary creativity, and we really can’t wait for his flatpack yoyos and kendamas to become available. See below for a video of Drew’s flatpack kendama in action.