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.
The Alcolock DS-10 is a tethered alcohol breathalyser which is connected direct to a vehicle immobiliser. This unit is designed to prevent any driver from starting the vehicle while over the pre-set alcohol limit, by giving a simple breath sample. From a breath sample, the Alcolock measures the amount of alcohol present which must be under a […]
A Japanese engineer just invented a nifty new way to travel: A transporter called a “WalkCar” that’s small, light and apparently easy to use. The product is battery powered and is about the size of a laptop. And although it looks like it can’t hold much weight and is made from aluminum, it can apparently […]
The first things to remember when doing business overseas are to have patience, conduct diligent research, and have someone on hand who understands the local context. Fortunately, in addition to patience and preparation, businesses of all sizes now have many online tools to help make it easier to do business in other countries. In fact, […]
Toyota manufactured a zero-emission fuel-cell bus and is planning to take it for a week-long test drive on the streets of Tokyo, Japan. This public transportation vehicle is actually a blend of other existing technologies. The bones are based on a conventional Hino bus, which has a standard hybrid system, and then the people mover was retrofitted […]