SolaRoad in Krommenie, the Netherlands, will be the world’s first cycle path with embedded solar panels. Around 2,000 cyclists ride its two lanes on an average day. Solar panels embedded in the cycle path near Amsterdam could generate enough electricity to power three houses, with potential to extend the technology to roads.
Wouldn’t it be nice if our roads act like solar panels? And if we could drive our vehicles with the solar power generated by this? That was the brainchild of the developers at SolaRoad and what led to the first solar cycle path.
What kernel of an idea do you have that will revolutionize the way we live in this world?
If you’re from the British Isles, you take ‘the lift’ when you want to ascend to an upper floor in a building. There’s now tech that will make your travel in an elevator a bit more unusual -
“So what exactly makes the design so special? First, it can travel sideways as well as up and down, making it ideal for building designs such as Google’s under-construction “groundscraper” in London, which, as its nickname sort of suggests, is longer than it is tall.”
Watch the video announcement from the system’s designer: ThyssenKrupp
“Otis Elevators, founded by Elisha Otis, is still the world’s largest producers of vertical transport systems. We’re still largely using cable systems to hoist elevator cabs up and down between floors, as we did in the early 1800s. And as urbanization stretches cities taller and wider, this will have to change.”
If they install this on any campuses, wouldn’t this be a cool way to get to that class you’re always late for???
American company, Local Motors, has built the world’s first 3D-printed car, made from a mix of carbon fiber and plastic. The car’s body was created over two days, in a giant printer at a Chicago trade show. The name of the car, Strati, is the Italian word for layers.
Does it drive? Yes. However, because of U.S. rules and regulations surrounding registration of vehicles, the car will not be drivable on public roads until sometime in 2015.
How long does it take to 3D print the Strati? The Strati currently takes 44 hours to print. The goal for the next stage of research & development is to speed up the print rate while maintaining quality. The intent is to cut down the print process to 24 hours.
The Strati will retail for around $20,000.
The FlyKly Smart Wheel fits practically any bicycle or lifestyle. And turns any bike into an electric bicycle and any commuter into a joyrider in no time. Just start pedaling and Smart Wheel delivers a boost up to 20 mph and a 30 mile range on a single charge – more than enough to power your every day. And it can be recharged in just 2-3 hours.
In combination with a smart phone app, this technology encompasses all aspects of bike riding: setting your top speed, locking the bike, GPS tracking if the bike should happen be stolen and saving and sharing your favorite routes. There are plans to manufacture a glow-in-the-dark version in the near future.
While the cost of the FlyKly Smart Wheel isn’t inexpensive, it looks like a great product for cycling enthusiasts.
FlyKly products are exclusively available online. They ship orders on a first come, first served basis. Your credit card will be charged when your order goes into production; FlyKly will confirm with you before the charge.
This looks like just the incentive I need to get out my old bike and go for a ride!