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Halfbike is hand made locally from high-quality materials and components. We emphasize on the clear and minimalistic design and optimized details. We take care of the frame and handlebar manufacturing along with all the necessary testing to ensure a high quality product. The lightweight aluminium frame is laser cut and hand welded and the handlebar is hand crafted from impregnated plywood. The rest of the components are meticulously selected and come from a range of well renowned manufacturers. All the pieces will be carefully assembled in our workshop.
Halfbike brings you a completely new experience. It’s a vehicle that combines running and cycling, which turns out to be remarkably exciting and fun for getting around the city. A bicycle revised both in terms of size and functionality, a new kind of personal vehicle designed with rider experience in mind. Halfbike is light, compact and simple. You stand upright and turn simply by leaning your body. The ride is smooth and sometimes feels like gliding. We hope that Halfbike can show you what pure joy from riding really means.
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The initial idea was the authors vision of fun, portable and simple vehicle which developed into a project of electric personal commuter. The most important requirement during design phase and also the most demanding to follow, was simplicity of the vehicle itself and all of its components but without negative impact on functionality, robustness and reliability.The second requirement was to include great fun while operating, so the flight-like tilting at turns and some other solutions borrowed from aviation were utilized for that particular purpose.Other important features that came up during the project development phase were the ability to fold as well as customization according to user aspiration.
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Indian car company Tata has shown of a new prototype car called the Tata AirPod, and as the name suggests the AirPod is powered by compressed air using technology which they have licensed from Luxembourg’s MDI.
The AirPod is only in the prototype stages at the moment, it is a one seated vehicle which can travel at speed of between 45 and 75 kilometers per hour, and it is powered by a tank of compressed air.
It also features an electric engine, and the car can also draw in compressed air whilst being driven on the electric engine, it is also capable of recapturing some energy when breaking.
The Tata AirPod is expected to be developed over the next few years, and it will be interesting to see if they can produce a commercially viable vehicle which runs on compressed air.
Source The Verge
Following on from announcement of Google’s Project Glass eyewear unveiled earlier this year, and recently demonstrated at the Google I/O developer conference. Olympus has this week unveiled there new display eyewear prototype named the MEG4.0.
The Olympus MEG4.0 has been designed to connect to our devices via Bluetooth and is equipped with Olympus’s in-house “proprietary optical technology”.
The MEG4.0 is equipped with a QVGA 320 x 240 display and is able to provide a users with eight hours of use on a single charge. Using a features called “intermittent display” mode which switch on the device every three minutes for 15 seconds.
Other features within the Olympus MEG4.0 include the addition of an accelerometer that the device can use to measure the movements of the wearers head, in a similar way to Google’s Glass Project.
Unfortunately no information on pricing or worldwide availability has been released.
After 12 years as a concept, the new SeaOrbiter research vessel designed by French architect Jacques Rougerie. Now has the required funding and all the technical issues have been resolved to make the concept vessel a reality. Allowing it to roam and research our oceans, watch the video after the jump to see the concept in action.
The futuristic SeaOrbiter research vessel is part ship and part submarine, with 50% of the vessel below the water line. Construction of the $43 million research vessel will commence soon, and has enlisted the support of the European Space Agency.
Together with other industrial organisations, to help develop the latest technology required for the ambitious project and its onboard systems. Ariel Fuchs, education and media director of the SeaOrbiter project explains:
“All technical issues are resolved, all the modeling is done,”-”We gathered institutional and industrial support five or six years ago and it’s been a real institutional and financial project for the last two years.”
Jason Hilbourne has designed a very innovative multipurpose device called the Twig, that will not only charge your iPhone, but can also be used as a tripod when required. The Twig cable and tripod is small enough to slip in your pocket and measures just 102mm long.
Twig is also made to be bendable using an internal wire skeleton, allowing you to position both the tripod legs, and use it as a iPhone stand when plugged into a USB port. Watch the video after the jump to see it in action.
Twig’s designer Jason Hilbourne explains a little more about his Twig charger and tripod design.
“The wire skeleton inside Twig isn’t a limp noodle like those bendable toys from gum-ball machines. Twig is strong. Bend a leg, and it stays bent. Bend all three legs, and make a tripod. Bend Twig and plug it into your AC adapter to make an instant wall charger dock. And when you want to hit the road, just bend Twig back into ultra-portable mode and chuck it in your bag. It’s like no other cable, and it’s awesome.”
The Twing concept is currently on the Kickstarter website looking to raise enough pledges. So if you think it is something you could benefit from, visit the Kickstarter website to help make it become a reality.
Renault has released a video and some photos of a new Aline concept supercar, the Renault Alpine A110-50, and the company unveiled this new concept carat this years Monaco Grand Prix which took place over the weekend.
The Renault A110-50 takes its design inspiration and styling from the Renault DeZir concept that was shown off a few years ago, it will have a 24 valve V6 engine and is capable of around 400 hp.
Renault have yet to announced whether or not they will put the Renault A110-50 into production, they will apparent,y decide later this year if it is to be made into a real car.
The Instagram Socialmatic Camera is the work of designer Antonio De Rosa from ADR Studio, and basically it is a concept for an Instagram camera that will let you take photos and then print them out directly from the camera like a Polaroid, you would also be able to share your photos via Instagram.
The designer behind the idea says that the camera would come with a 4.3 inch touchscreen, built in WiFi, 2 lenses, one for capturing standard photos and a second for 3D photos.
Since Facebook has bought Instagram for nearly a billion dollars in cash and stock, many users, bloggers, economy experts have thought Instagram could build its first real photo camera.
You can find out more information about this fun concept camera from Antonio De Rosa over at ADR Studio.
Audi has released a new image of its RS Q3 concept, which its prepared to showcase at the upcoming Beijing Motor Show. The RS Q3 is equipped with a 360 hp engine and is capable of zipping from 0-62 in just 5.2 seconds.
The concept Audi RS Q3 has a top speed of 164mph and features a seven-speed S-tronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive, powered by the engine in the TT RS a 2.5 TFSI 5-cylinder.
Other features of the concept Audi RS Q3 include exterior upgrades like a honeycomb grille, tinted headlights, and a carbon fiber-reinforced polymer front spoiler, finished with 20″ wheels with thirty-series tires.
Nonlinear Studio has created a new non-powered speaker for the iPad and iPad 2, which has been designed to use old tried and tested low tech geometry to enhance the tablet audio.
The innovative Amplifiear clips onto the corner of the iPad where the internal speaker is situated and amplifies the audio back out to the listener. Watch the video after the jump to see it in action.
“With the Amplifiear, the higher frequencies, receive a considerable boost. This will allow us to hear the crispness of a snare drum on our favorite track. This type of sound is often mottled or even completely lost as the sound from the speaker points away from you.”
The Amplifiear is currently over on the Kickstarter website looking to raise enough pledges to make the jump from concept to design. So if you think it is something you could benefit from, jump over to the Kickstarter website now to make a pledge and help the Amplifiear become a reality.
Yesterday Google released a teaser video for their augmented reality glasses which the company calls Project Glass, and now Google’s co-founder, Sergey Brin has been photographed wearing a project glass prototype.
The photo below was taken by Thomas Hawk, and as you can see it features Robert Scoble, who spoke to Sergey Brin about the glasses and he confirmed that he was wearing a prototype device.
He quickly told me it is a prototype. I saw a bluish light flashing off of his right eyeball. I could only guess that my Google+ profile flashed up, or maybe some PR voice said “stay quiet” or something like that.But the glasses are real. Very light looking. Most of the people around us had no idea that these glasses are pretty special.
A project currently on Kickstarter has provides a range of tablet stands, which can be used on either work surfaces or in your car. Currently all parts of the Steelie tablet stands are create by a team of four engineers in their workshop and uses magnets to holder the stand in place when required. Watch the video after the jump to see it in action and see how the Steelie could benefit your tablet usage.
Steelie is available as a smaller stand for use in the car and a larger tablet version for use on a desk or counter. The smaller one retails for US$30 and the tabletop is $60.
“STEELIE is an innovative patent-pending system to hold your tablet, phone or any other device and freely position it how you like. The unique ball-and-socket design magnetically connect and allow you to easily adjust the device to your preferred position. A simple tug on the device releases the connection.”
For more information on the Steelie and the options available, jump over to the Kickstarter website.
Designer Michaël Imbert has created a concept Vintage Marshall speaker called the Marshall Freeplayer, which has been designed to provide you with a speaker system for all your modern day music needs. The Marshall FreePlayer has been designed to be equipped with Bluetooth and has been styled after Marshall’s famous vintage amplifier.
The Freeplayer also includes an iPod dock allowing you to benefit from 360 degrees of high quality audio. Unfortunately the Mashall FreePlayer is still only a concept at the moment, and probably wouldn’t be coming to market any time in the near future, which is a real shame. Exact specifications for the speaker system are a little light on the ground.
“The classic look, attention to details such as old amplifier of the brand gives vintage appearance of the design. Brushed gold plate, plastic cover as well as the glittering plastic corners are great part of essences of the brand.”
The latest creation of future watch is a design submitted to Tokyflash by Peter Fletcher from the UK, and the watch combines both LCD (or LED) with a mechanical analogue watch movement, as you can see in the photos below.
The time telling method is very simple, the arrow shaped hand has 12 LCD (or LED) blocks representing the hours. This hand is part of a disc which rotates powered by the mechanical movement to point towards the minutes. Around the outside of the disc is a ring of LCD (or LED)blocks that represent the seconds, this gives the watch some animation.
This design is just a concept for now, but we think that this one could end up going into production, you can find out more details over at Tokyflash.
Commercial supersonic travel has long been out of the market, ever since the Concorde stopped its services in 2003. Nine years later, the findings of a group of university researchers may just lead to cheaper, quieter, and more fuel-efficient supersonic travel.
The team of Qiqi Wang of Massachusetts Institute of Technology explored the possibility of flying with two wings to a side, which would then make a biplane. According to the research findings, this would then result to less drag (about 50 percent) than the usual aircraft, less fuel to fly (as an effect of the less drag), and most importantly, less sonic boom. Wang credits Adolf Busemann, whose biplane design in the 1950s completely takes shock waves out of the picture.
The group designed an automated simulation program to check the biplane model’s performance. It was only after 700 various wing measurements and 12 different biplane speeds were the team able to come up with the best design for the biplane’s wings.