If you’ve ever dreamed of levitating out of traffic when cycling to work, your dreams may soon come true. Three Czech companies have joined forces to develop a helicopter/bicycle hybrid, complete with giant propellers above the front and rear wheels. Although the bike isn’t quite ready to carry a human on board, it has already been tested by remote control and it can fly for five minutes straight.
The helicopter bike prototype may look a little like the rider is transporting two wind turbines, but those cage-protected propellers create enough power to lift the bike vertically into flight. Weighing in at 209 pounds, the prototype has two large battery-operated propellers on the front and back, and one smaller propeller on each side which is supposed to give steering control in addition to flight.
Surf Air is an “all-you-can-fly” start-up for frequent fliers that is disrupting the market for intercity air travel in California, offering private jet travel at near-commercial pricing. Surf Air’s business model is radical in its simplicity. After a one-time fee of $1,000, members pay $1,750 a month. Then they fly all they want, every day […]
New business ideas curated by Emma Bailey. Thanks! Looking for a new way to commute to and from work? Recent technological advancements in the cycling and commuting world have created a whole new perspective on transportation. From electric wheels to smart scooters, the 2st century has really gifted us with new means of getting places. WIth […]
Laserlight is the world’s first front bike light with a laser projection. It aims to mitigate the biggest cause of cycling fatality—being caught in a blind spot—by projecting the symbol of a bike onto the road six metres ahead of the cyclist. The projection gives the rider a larger footprint and serves as an early […]
If a new crowdfunding campaign is successful, yet another “smart bike” will soon be available to consumers. Called the BiCi, it was designed by a team from Shanghai-based AOAO Studio after a four-month period of focusing on “what the perfect bike should be.” The end result certainly looks unique, if nothing else. What makes it […]