Gyroscopic driving cabins may revolutionize urban travel

August 25, 2017 by  
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This futuristic gyroscopic driving cabin – controlled by a joystick – may just be the future of urban commuting. A Russian design company, Dahir Insaat , has created the futuristic pods to provide a radical new green solution for cities looking to curb urban transportation problems. The gyroscopic glass-dome cabins use an innovative take on the classic gyroscopic system to enable the vehicles to be completely self-balancing. With just two wheels, the pod’s movements are completely controlled with a joystick instead of a steering wheel. Related: Zero-emission hydrogen-powered car is designed to revolutionize everyday travel Although the concept is feasible for individual drivers, designer Dahir Semenov wants to expand the idea of gyroscopic vehicles to include public and emergency transportation for cities. The concept envisions gyro vehicles such as firetrucks or public buses lifted on narrow stalks that would use rails to glide over conventional traffic . Semenov has spent years developing the concept , mainly inspired by the need to address the issues facing overcrowded urban areas. He said, “I do not have the slightest doubt that this mode of transportation will supersede buses, trams, and trolleybuses in the cities of the future… I can say without exaggeration that this mode of transportation is compatible with the human habitat, with the spaces in which city dwellers recreate… After all, it is absolutely safe in both ecological and physical terms.” + Dahir Insaat Via Yanko Design

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Hundreds of people come together to save beached whale in Brazil

August 25, 2017 by  
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A beached whale is a tragic sight – but a community of sun-worshippers in Brazil refused to sit by when it happened on their beach. Hundreds of people rallied around a stranded humpback whale in Buzios, digging around the animal in hopes of saving its life. They spent hours trying to save the whale, and were rewarded with the return of high tide. A humpback whale was recently stranded on the beach of Praia Rasa in Buzios, and people on the beach jumped into action. They tossed water and dug around the whale to keep it alive for hours. Biologists on site said the whale was young, weighed as much as 15 tons, and was around 45 feet long. Related: Hundreds of whales die in New Zealand’s third largest mass stranding When high tide returned, the whale was at last able to leave the beach. A Buzios City Hall spokesperson said the whale found its way back to the ocean . Amateur video footage shows crowds of people standing on the beach watching the whale reenter the water. We don’t fully understand why whales strand themselves, although several reasons have been suggested. University of Aberdeen professor David Lusseau published a piece on The Conversation detailing some of these reasons, like that whales beach themselves because they are injured or sick, or have become disoriented. They also might behave differently if food stocks plunge, temperatures are strangely low or high, or if pollutants seep into the water. Lusseau said often whales that are returned to the ocean will re-strand themselves hours or days later (especially if they were ill) – but some whales are able to escape. If you come across a beached whale, the charity Whale and Dolphin Conservation said your first response should be to call an expert for help – many countries have stranding networks that can help ensure the whale is treated correctly. Via The Telegraph Images via Wikimedia Commons and screenshot

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Thrustcycle SRT: A perfect balancer with gyroscopic stabilizing system

August 26, 2011 by  
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Ruchika Pahwa: Thrustcycle SRT Three wheeled electric vehicle Running on the gyro or flywheel system, the Thrustcycle SRT is a three-wheeled vehicle that amazingly balances itself, as well as its driver – and that too by harvesting the braking-generated kinetic power and standing on all three of its wheels in a straight lateral line! Doesn’t it sound quite different from the regular delta-configuration vehicles with a single wheel in front, or from the tadpole-configuration vehicles with a single wheel in the back? Well, this is made possible by the mechanical gyroscopic stabilizing system that supports it to remain upright even while it stands still in the parking. Such a system extends the range of the vehicle by operating on the stored kinetic energy, generated due to braking. Thrustcycle SRT Three wheeled electric vehicle The Thrustcycle SRT’s latest version gets powered by its electric hub motor installed in its middle wheel, while the vehicle’s rear wheel provides steering and its front wheel controls direction. When the driver gets into the parked vehicle and powers it, the gyroscopic effect of the vehicle’s flywheel system makes it stand on its own. Though it leads into turns, but gyro always pulls it back upright. The kinetic energy from braking, as stored by flywheel, augments the chemical battery of the vehicle and makes it move longer on a single charge. Check out the following video that displays this innovative creation hover and glide, while making a superb balance. Unlike other experimental usages of this flywheel energy storage system in vehicles, the harness of gyroscopic tendencies has been successful in the Thrustcycle SRT, which has been able to offer a very good balance. In an interview, one of the Thrustcycle’s team members explained that this vehicle magnifies a gain in efficiency because of a recycling of braking and downhill energy. The member also informed how the gain in aerodynamics, reduction in rolling resistance, and decrease in the weight of the vehicle get multiplied. It was also discussed how this gyroscopic system enables an aerodynamic in-line vehicle that is narrow and has no wheel wells. Thrustcycle SRT Three wheeled electric vehicle A not-so-good fact about this SRT is that, in near future, it will not be seen coming out of the assembly line, and even if something is planned, there is no cost estimation that has been done by the company as such by now. But, the happy part is that you may still own it! Yes, the company is ready to provide versions with gas, hybrid or electric engines – and that too, per the client’s customized requirements. Is it not a great chance to give it a try then? Via: Gizmag

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Jurmol Yao’s electric bike concept transforms for rescue operations

August 26, 2011 by  
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Ankit Sharma: Multifunctional Electric Rescue Bike Designed by Jurmol Yao For someone who gorged on Disney’s ‘Duck Tales’ cartoon series when young, I was always fascinated by the inventor Gyro Gearloose featured in the cartoon series – how he would invent things, and how one object could be transformed into something completely different. I remember him inventing a car that could turn into an airplane, and even a submarine. Well, when I came across the inventor Jurmol Yao, it took me back to the golden days of adolescence. This man, Jurmol Yao reminds me somewhat of Gyro Gearloose. A bike which can turn into a rescue machine – impressive indeed. Read on and feel ‘Jurmolness’ washing all over you. Picture Gallery Concept Electric Rescue Bike Concept Electric Rescue Bike by Jurmol Yao What’s it about? What is a bike really used for? We take it out on the roads, we ride it for fun, some people ride it to burn calories and some people earn their livelihood on the bike. All those riders in Tour de France and other cycling events around the world will surely agree. Some people ride it for the thrill, some for adventure and some for other reasons entirely. But isn’t it a bit far-fetched to say that a bike can be used by the Coast Guard to rescue people trapped in water? Ask Jurmol Yao and I’m sure he will disagree. That’s because he has invented the Coast-Guard-helper-cum-people-savior-bike. How it works? This bike was made to ease the work of the Coast Guard personnel. This bike makes patrolling easier as compared to other bikes. It is also environmentally friendly as it doesn’t require any fuel for its propulsion. And for emergency rescue, you don’t need anything else. If you have forgotten your rescue gear, your mode of transport will suffice. The bike can be turned into a rescue device at will. It can be bent and transformed into a lightweight throwing device. The front wheel can be thrown into the water – just like a lifebuoy. And there is a motor attached to the bike. The back wheel acts as a winch, and the person can be pulled to safety. Production on this multi-functional rescue bike began in August 2011. This is the mechanism of the bike, and you can always take it out for a ride – it’s sleek and looks magnificent. People will always envy you possessing something unique, and that too good looking. It’s people like Jurmol Yao who are the real ambassadors of innovation and deserve all the accolades and help that they can get. Let’s carry the spirit of innovation forward, and let it make the world a better place. Via: Planet Custodian

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