Student-designed Scalevo wheelchair scales stairs on its own

July 10, 2015 by  
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When a location lacks in wheelchair accessibility it can be a highly frustrating experience, and one that often makes it remarkably hard to maintain independence. But the all-electric Scalevo wheelchair , designed by a team of 10 students from ETH Zurich , not only provides smooth mobility for the user with a Segway-like two-wheeled system, but it can also climb and descend stairs using a set of retractable tracks. Read the rest of Student-designed Scalevo wheelchair scales stairs on its own Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: assistive devices , ETH Zurich , scalevo , segway , student design , student tech , wheelchair accessibility , wheelchair stairs , wheelchair tracks

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Segway-esque UPnRIDE Standing Wheelchair Allows Quadriplegics to “Walk” Again

August 21, 2014 by  
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Israeli innovation has once again introduced potentially life-changing technology to the world. Dr. Amit Goffer gave millions of paraplegics (paralyzed from waist down) the opportunity to stand upright and walk with his ReWalk exoskeleton invention. But the incredible device from Israel’s Argo Medical Technologies can only be used by 10 percent of handicapped individuals. So what about quadriplegics, including Dr. Goffer, who don’t have full use of their arms? The UPnRIDE is a Segway for quadriplegics — a standing wheelchair that provides stability for all terrain use. Read the rest of Segway-esque UPnRIDE Standing Wheelchair Allows Quadriplegics to “Walk” Again Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Argo Medical Technologies , Dr. Amit Goffer , innovation , Israel , quadriplegics , RehaMed Technologies , ReWalk , segway , standing wheelchair , Technology , UPnRIDE

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Promising Alabama Pilot Project Turns Algae to Biofuel – Using Sewage!

August 21, 2014 by  
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Let’s face it. Algae aren’t very exciting. But the prospect of creating a viable source of biofuel from these microscopic organisms is, and a Nevada company is finally starting to make a go of it with their pilot plant off the coast of Alabama that uses sewage as fertilizer. Making biofuels out of algae is nothing new, but thus far creating a large-scale operation to extract lipids and create fuel from them has been nonviable because the process is complicated and expensive. But according to the New York Times , Nevada-based Algae Systems has a pilot plant in Alabama it says can turn a profit making diesel fuel from algae, along with several other functions including: generating clean water from municipal sewage used to fertilize the algae, using carbon-heavy residue for fertilizer, and generating credits for advanced biofuels. Read the rest of Promising Alabama Pilot Project Turns Algae to Biofuel – Using Sewage! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: algae , biofuel , diesel , hydrothermal , lab , liquefaction , northwest , Pacific , sewage , systems

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Toyota Begins Testing Compact Winglet Personal Mobility Robot in Japan

July 26, 2013 by  
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Toyota has announced that it will begin public testing of the Winglet, a personal transport assistance robot that is ridden in a standing position, much like a Segway . Toyota says that the Winglet was created with the aim of contributing to the development of a society where mobility is safe, freely accessible, and fun. The trials are scheduled to run until the end of March 2016 and will verify the safety, functionality and convenience of the Winglet so it can be used on sidewalks in the future. Read the rest of Toyota Begins Testing Compact Winglet Personal Mobility Robot in Japan Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: green transportation , National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology , robot , segway , Toyota , Toyota Robot , Toyota Winglet , Tsukuba , Winglet        

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UC San Diego Develops a Firefighting Robot Capable of Creating 3D Images

June 13, 2013 by  
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Summer is here, and for many parts of the western United States that means fire season has officially begun. Scores of firefighters have already been battling blazes across the country. First responders could soon have an innovative new tool that can go where no human feet dare tread. Researchers at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have developed a Segway-like robot that is capable of exploring areas and taking thermal data to paint a 3D image. Using a pair of on-board RGB cameras, the machine can create virtual reality images in real time to assist firefighters. Read the rest of UC San Diego Develops a Firefighting Robot Capable of Creating 3D Images Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: conference on robotics and automation , firerfighter , first responder , Hong Kong , Jacobs School of Engineering , national science foundation robotics initiative , san diego fire rescue department , segway , thomas bewley , UC San Diego , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign        

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Vincent Chan’s Citi.Transmitter Shows How a Modular Vehicle Could Support Sustainable Cities

January 3, 2013 by  
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  Chan tells explained to us that Citi.Transmitter was his final-year project in 2010 when he was studying at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University . He says that the system “is designed for personal transportation, and also the user can, based on their own need, select a module to apply in different situations.” He says “the design idea is mainly based on research from the U.S. Department of Transportation,” which says that “76 percent of people drive alone for work,” meaning that “a vehicle of more than two seats is kind of a waste for a single person… they cannot fully utilize the vehicle, and it wastes energy and time due to the increase in traffic jams.” Chan’s design concept provides a potential contribution to the vision of sustainable cities . Obviously, public transit, walking, and biking are key elements of an environmentally friendly city. But at the same time, many city dwellers need to have the option of personal motor transportation. A small, modular design such as Citi.Transmitter might allow the user to “right-size” his or her personal transportation, saving energy and reducing traffic problems. Electric vehicles (EVs) produce very low atmospheric emissions, minimizing the local environmental impact. Chan’s design won the best-of-show award at the Hong Kong Polytechnic design school’s annual show in 2010. He tells us that some automotive companies are researching modular vehicle designs, although, as far as he knows, none has referenced Citi.Transmitter. Drawings courtesy of Vincent Chan. + Vincent Chan

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Crazy Uno 3 Transforming Electric Scooter Now Available for Pre-Order

April 28, 2011 by  
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BPG Motors just announced that their crazy transforming Uno 3 scooter is now available for pre-order! The high-powered electric di-cycle can be ridden on two or three wheels, and it’s compact enough to ride right into your elevator or into your apartment. We’re sure the neighbors would be pleased! Read the rest of Crazy Uno 3 Transforming Electric Scooter Now Available for Pre-Order Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: di-cycle , electric scooter , electric vehicle , green vechicle , segway , uno 3 , zero emissions vehicle

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Fired for Commuting to Work on a Segway? No Way!

September 15, 2010 by  
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Image: pdsphil, Flickr Could you get fired for riding your Segway to work? What if it needs a charge to get you back home again so you plug it in to your employer’s socket? Of course, you cannot answer such a question without a little bit of context

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Empowerhouse Decathlon Entry Being Designed For A Real Community

September 15, 2010 by  
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First images of the Parsons The New School Design, courtesy Parsons When the show is over, this Solar Decathlon entry will be reassembled into a home. We’re big fans of the Solar Decathlon, although I often wonder if these little gems have much applicability to real world solutions.

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The Growing Potential and Rooted Limitations of Biofuels

September 15, 2010 by  
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Image credit: Wikimedia Commons As oil and natural gas reserves are being depleted, the world’s attention is increasingly turning to plant-based energy sources. These include food crops, forest industry byproducts, sugar industry byproducts, plantations of fast-growing trees, crop residues, and urban tree and yard wastes—all of which can be used for electrical generation, heating, or the production of automotive fuels….

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