Concept Bikes: Ford’s Android-Powered e-Bike, Nylon Commuter & Ironman Robot Triathlete

ford android os powered e-bike concept commuter bicycle

Ford Motor Co has unveiled a concept e-bike that’s run off the Android mobile operating system. Commanded by a Samsung Galaxy S II that controls the suspension and monitors the battery charge. The electric motor is inside the front hub (front wheel drive!?!) and powered by a 9.2Ah battery. Or, you can just pedal it, putting the power to the pedals on a belt driven system. Because it’s run on Android, theoretically you could put the same app on any device running it and simultaneously run Google Maps, etc.

ford android os powered e-bike concept commuter bicycle

The bike is purely concept, but it provides a nice glimpse of things to come. Via Engadget.

nylon 3D printed bicycle by designers Andy Hawkins and Chris Turner

Claiming to be the first complete bicycle made by 3D printing. It’s created by fusing 1/10th millimeter thick layers of nylon powder, a technique also used in satellite construction. Designed by Andy Hawkins and Chris Turner at the Aerospace Innovation Centre in Bristol, UK, and is supposedly strong as steel. Via Inhabitat.

Panasonic Evolta triathlon robot swims bikes and runs in the Hawaii Ironman World Championships in Kona

Panasonic’s Evolta robot has been pushed to do some pretty incredible things given its diminutive stature, as shown in the video below, but this year is the toughest. On October 23 (and probably the 24th, too), it’ll compete in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. How it got its qualifying slot is a murky issue, but it’ll be there. Three separate robots have been tuned to perform each of the three legs. The swim bot will only use its arms to pull through the water as that was deemed most efficient. The bike and run bots were tuned to balance power usage and speed.

 

Comments

Marco - 09/22/11 - 12:38pm

Ugh…. The Ford bike makes me sick.

Xris - 09/22/11 - 7:08pm

Well, looks like the cat is out of the bag. The stem they’re using is a Carbon Copy (lol) of the Giant Connect SL stem. Or is the Giant stem a copy of one out of a catalog in China?

Matt - 09/26/11 - 5:42am

That nylon bike was doing the rounds 6 months ago… “Strong as steel”? There are videos out there that show how flexible it is, strong as steel in compression maybe but no chance of producing anything like this in the near future!

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