Countertop Concept Bike: DEzien’s Bicycle That Powers Your Home

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The appliances sitting atop your kitchen countertop may pull energy from the grid, but the Levitation bicycle built from the same acrylic as that kitchen countertop can put energy back into it.

We knew cycling was green, but DEzien is taking it to a whole new level. Connect on through to see how the electricity you create on the Levitation can power your home. And e-car. And iPhone and microwave and…

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DEzien has equipped the Levitation with a rechargeable battery. Not for propelling the cyclist, but for capturing kinetic energy. As the Levitation is ridden a portion of the rider’s power is stored in the frame-encompassed battery. Once home and docked, the Levitation becomes a power source for most anything via its USB 3.0 cable.

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The Levitation incorporates an LED touch-screen that communicates not only standard ride data, but also information on how much power the rider has generated for the battery. And seeing as this is the 21st century, why not take the tech another step further and design this future-bike as a WiFi hotspot? That is precisely what DEzien did with the Levitation. So now one can attempt the no-handed commute while scanning news headlines and social media at blazing fast speeds – all the while having confidence in the fact that said WiFi device can be recharged by that very bike upon arrival at destination.

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While still a prototype, the Levitation flips the e-bike principle on its head. Anyone keen on renewable energy and less so on throttle twisting may consider this new take the marriage of electricity and pedaling.

Comments

Ben - 07/07/13 - 2:53pm

I like the concept a lot, but those have to be the absolute worst design for handlebars I have ever seen. My shoulders hurt just looking at them. At least flip them over so the horns are up. It;s getting a little old seeing so many designs of bicycles that the designer has obviously not consulted a single bicycle mechanic, designer, or engineer. Cool concept, but there is so much wrong with that bike.

MB - 07/07/13 - 3:02pm

These guys need to do more math. It would take an army of strong cyclists to ride all day to power your home. It can “assist” in powering anything but let’s be realistic here.

And, yeah, no thanks to that top tube. Could get more “battery” by dropping it and making the frame a solid triangle a la the look of a frame bag.

MotoPete - 07/07/13 - 3:56pm

How about more standover clearance or maybe a seat? Call this bike the Levitation NO, more like – Stuper V Butt Chisel, Plastic AssTastic, Forthcoming Lesion, or maybe Tip to Taint. Help me out here on this.

Topmounter - 07/07/13 - 4:01pm

Where is this supposed “prototype”?

All I see are a few 3D models and a bunch of green/tech buzzword gobbledy-gook from some undergrad design school project.

Seriously guys.

Collin - 07/07/13 - 4:05pm

It would take a petty big and long effort just to make some toast

Rob - 07/07/13 - 4:23pm

Cool design, all it needs is a few things and it would make for a slick Time Trial bike

Speedy - 07/07/13 - 4:46pm

@MotoPete – you nailed it.

“Tip to Taint.” I lold hard. Thank you for that.

Guy - 07/07/13 - 8:12pm

How about an indoor trainer that captures energy? Then you can ride an actual bike. As for names, how about Velonumb?

Jake - 07/07/13 - 8:17pm

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edge - 07/07/13 - 10:36pm

@ Jake. And a waste of energy too.

Ventruck - 07/08/13 - 5:58am

There’s a blow-up view at their rather hollow site, like it was an attempt to look legit although the construction looks less intricate than a Lego set. The crank/BB and headset interfaces are total question marks, along with the numerous things already mentioned. Can’t tell if they totally screwed up with their campaign ad by leaving things out, or simply drew something and completely just made up “how it works” like I used to do…when I was like, 8.

MB - 07/08/13 - 10:17am

@Guy – they already exist and capture as much energy as you’d expect from a human making “power”. A nice alternative to nothing, but not a “solution”.

WannaBeSTi - 07/08/13 - 11:36am

I like the LED ouch screen on the top tube. With a few crotch strokes you can cycle through the various displays.

Notice in the cute little drawing at the bottom it takes four people, a car, a bike, a happy little cloud and sun, and two trees to power one light bulb for two people the owner’s manual.

Kathy - 07/08/13 - 3:29pm

all I can say is “ouch” – where’s the seat??? It is a cool concept but looks like it has a long way to go before it’s reality.

Sprockets - 07/08/13 - 6:42pm

How about the fact it is supposed to be made from an acrylic material with an elastic modulus that is less than 5% of steel and less than 13% of aluminum. ?

ajbosch - 07/09/13 - 5:07am

It looks like it could be a pretty efficient Tri-Bike. Imagine how much of a charge the batteries would build up during an ironman? ;)

Marky - 07/09/13 - 11:33am

Maybe our government can waste a few hundred million taxpayer dollars on this. Who needs coal?

Ranty - 07/09/13 - 1:48pm

Designers should take care of the design and leave the tech to the engineers.

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