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Self-stabilizing bike stabilizes drunk bikers

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on November 4th, 2008

Self-stabilizing bike stabilizes drunk bikersBikes are a great environmentally friendly way to get around. But not so much when you’ve had a few drinks. That’s where this self-stabilizing bike comes in handy. It will keep you upright when you’ve had a few too many. It arrives in the world courtesy of researchers at Yokohama’s Keio University.

It’s equipped with two motors: one that moves the rear wheel about 2.5 meters per second while the other controls the handlebars. A linux controller keeps watch of everything via webcam and gyro sensor, steering the vehicle and adjusting its speed accordingly. Right now the bike is only able to stay upright when moving in a straight line, but before you know it they will have a system that can corner and work in the real world. So go ahead, drink up.

Suitcase doubles as a folding bike

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on October 19th, 2008

Suitcase doubles as a folding bikeThis Suitcase is also a folding Bicycle from Happy bike, designed by believe. It’s not just a concept, it’s really for sale. The bike can be folded down into a complete suitcase and they say that you can open or fold it down in only 10 seconds. It only weighs 8-9 KG. I’m not sure that it would actually hold much as a suitcase, but if you travel light, just imagine getting off of a plane, walking through the airport and transforming your suitcase into a dork bike for the ride home.

Focus Design’s self-balancing unicycle

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on October 19th, 2008

Focus Design’s self-balancing unicycleThe latest in personal transport promises to make you look ridiculous on your way to work. Focus Design’s SBU electric self-balancing unicycle will also help those circus Clowns who never mastered balance, thereby making it easier to graduate from Clown College.

The SBU can be steered by leaning left to right, like a regular unicycle, and it uses Segway-type gyroscopes to power you forward and backward. It moves at 8MPH and lasts about 1.5hrs on a single charge. Yes, it’s coming to market, for real. Focus is looking to do a limited run of ten SBUs next month, assuring those who buy it that they don’t look dorky at all for $1,500 a pop. Check out a video below.

By land or by sea: The Di-Cycle

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on September 10th, 2008

By land or by sea: The Di-CycleThe Di-Cycle, by GBO Design is an amphibious bike designed for the city of Helmond in the Netherlands, because the city has just as many watery channels as it does actual roads. Therefore, the residents all want to make like amphibians, skimming across water.

The idea is that riders would be able to skim over the water just as if they were going across the land. Somehow I just don’t see that happening. It’s more likely to flip you over and fill your lungs with water as it keeps going, eventually depositing your corpse on the road your soul never made it to. It remains a concept for the moment thankfully.

Ultra Motor A2B electric bike coming soon

Posted in Personal Transport by Shane McGlaun on August 13th, 2008

Ultra Motor A2B BikeI know several people from big cities like New York and Chicago who don’t own cars. They don’t own cars because they don’t want the expense of parking or the hassle of trying to find parking coupled with the massive amount of traffic the cities have. That leaves them with the options of public transport, walking, or riding a bike.

Public transport like a city bus works okay, but you never know who you will have to sit by. Riding a bike or walking is all fine and dandy, as long as you don’t get sweaty by the time you get to the office. For the sweaty types that are looking for something that doesn’t require as much effort as biking or walking to work, and still doesn’t mean they have to sit next to Mr. Stinky on the subway, the Ultra Motor A2B electric bike is available.

Toyota’s Winglet wants to compete with Segway

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on August 1st, 2008

Toyota’s Winglet wants to compete with Segway
Segway has been trying like hell to revolutionize how humans get around and it seems like they are selling more as gas prices go up. Toyota wants to give them some competition with the Toyota Winglet. The name alone doesn’t inspire much confidence. The Winglet’s body has a 10.4 x 18-inch footprint and stands 3.7-feet tall, depending upon the model you choose.(They come in S, M, or L models)

The electric motor can do a max 6km/h cruising speed for up to 10km. The user controls the Winglet by shifting his weight to move it forward and back or make turns. Consumer testing should begin at the Central Japan International Airport this fall with more testing in crowded places planned for 2009. It looks pretty sily, but as gas prices go up, it begins to look beter and better. Check out a video below.

Zigo bike also carries your rugrats

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on July 1st, 2008

Zigo bike also carries your rugrats
We’ve seen some pretty weird bikes that want to keep the family traveling together, ever since the price of gas has gone crazy. The crazy Electric Bike Train comes to mind.

Well, here’s another idea. The Zigo bike has apparently taken dad from the equation all together, opting to put mom either behind or on the thing, while the kid or kids are in the danger zone up front known as the ChildPod. The ChildPod can be removed and transformed into a stroller lightning quick, and the Zigo can be used as a standard 2-wheeled bicycle once you attach the front wheel. It’s $995 worth of parts swapping with kids in tow.

T3 Mobile Defender: The future of crowd control

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2008

T3 Mobile Defender: The future of crowd control
Sure, this scooter looks silly. And the idea that it could frighten you with a helmet wearing officer riding it seems silly as well. You would be wrong. The T3 Mobile Defender is something that should worry you. It comes equipped with a powerful non-lethal air gun that could kill you dead if it hit you in the head. So, in order to avoid such a scene, the gun is equipped with a holographic sight system that makes it super accurate.

An eyepiece shows a red target dot, which is transmitted to a monitor, then to the gun. Barry Lamperd, the creator, says that as long as the holographic sight is on target, you can’t miss. That’s easy to say from his perspective. I hope he’s right, because they plan to sell the scooter to the US Army for crowd control situations. (In Iraq? Or are they expecting us to get uppity?) Expect to see it cruising your neighborhood before too long as well.

BuzzBall: Your very own roller coaster

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2008

BuzzBall: Your very own roller coaster
You love roller coasters, but you hate the long lines. Plus you had to make a long drive just to get there. Well, here’s some good news for roller coaster enthusiasts. Evento’s BuzzBall is basically a one-man roller coaster with a seat inside that can spin and roll independently of the ball itself using a pair of electric motors.

You might think you need a hill, but it will work with or without a large hill. A wide open field or even a road will provide you with some adventure. Right now the BuzzBall is a prototype, but they seem pretty serious about bringing it to the masses.

Bikecaffe: Coffee vending bikes

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2008

Bikecaffe: Coffee vending bikesI can’t think of a better business idea then putting a new spin on people’s insane need for coffee and making in convenient. That’s what the Bikecaffe is all about. The business was launched in the UK in March, and proved so successful that Bikecaffe’s founders, Will and Steve expanded into the rest of Europe.

The company’s trikes use gas-powered machines to brew the coffee and can produce up to 500 cups a day. For some reason, they serve the drinks in recyclable containers, despite the fact that they’re using gas to brew it. Brilliant idea. Instead of making the people come to you, you bring the coffee to the people. Let’s face it, people are everywhere.

Bi-Cycle: For the couple that’s going nowhere

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2008

Bi-Cycle: For the couple that’s going nowhere
This isn’t the first bike for two, but on those bikes the riders are generally both facing forward. No, the Bi-Cycle is making a different statement. It speaks of so many relationships today.

Couples who are together, but drawn apart. Those who stay together, even though they are headed in opposite directions. Or, just maybe, they cant stand the site of each other at this point. I’m thinking this bike could be either very therapeudic, or simply distance you further. In the end, this bike will have you both in the hospital, or in the morgue, so I guess the point is moot.

Swiss rocket man flies on a wing, jet engines and a prayer

Posted in Personal Transport by Shane McGlaun on May 16th, 2008

Swiss Rocket ManFor thousands of years man has dreamed of flying like a bird with nothing but a wing attached to his back like Icarus and his fabled wings. The holdup has been a gnawing need by most men to not plummet to their death thanks to an Icarus-like wing failure.

A Swiss man has set a record by becoming the first person to fly with nothing but a wing and a jet engine strapped to his back. The man names Yves Rossy was dropped from a plane over the Swiss Alps with a parachute and a folded wing.

Ferrari Go-Cart with dashboard computer

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on April 17th, 2008

Ferrari Go-Cart with dashboard computer
This pint sized $2,400 Ferrari FXX Exclusive means business. It’s a great way to encourage your kids to worship overpriced sportscars. It’s a pedal go-cart with some nice details like spoilers, 7 gears, 12-inch lightweight metal wheel rims, and perhaps the coolest feature: A digital dashboard computer for keeping an eye on your speed and lap times.

It uses pedal power so your kid will be safe assuming he isn’t on a Kool-Aid sugar rush, which is about the only way they’ll reach dangerous speeds. It will only cost you £1239 in real-life gas money.

Segway introduces RMP hyperdirectional transport

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on April 8th, 2008

Segway introduces RMP hyperdirectional transporter
By now I think we are all on board with the fact that the two-wheeled segway is ridiculous. Anyone riding one looks like they should be leaving a trail of drool in their wake. Well, Segway just redeemed themselves with this nice piece of work. The RMP “hyperdirectional” transporter was introduced at this year’s RoboBusiness, and can hold at least one super-size 400-pound human.

It has a nice tank type look. Seems like it can do it’s thing in just about in any direction too. Aside from that my friends, details are elusive. No release date either. But the term “fifty thousand dollars” should be enough to scare most of you off.

Baby hot rods: Kid Kustoms Roddlers

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on April 7th, 2008

Baby hot rods: Kid Kustoms Roddlers
Have you been out on the streets? Have you seen what the hell is going on? It’s like the 1950′s all over again. Damn kids with their souped up Hot Rods. But now the kids with their Hot Rods are like a year old! And with their moms! I’ve seen em on the sidewalk at intersections, on opposite sides of street, the mothers eyeing eachother just before they put the stroller to the concrete and race.

I’ve also seen random mommies running into one another on the same sidewalk, eyeing each other up as a third mommie(Usually a milf) happens by, and then the milf stands between the strollers and waves a scarf to start their little drag race. It usually ends with a stroller in flames and a cop car, as the other mothers flee.