Turn any bike into an e-bike with UrbanX’s drop-in wheel

March 20, 2017 by  
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Are you intrigued by electric bicycles but already own a regular bike? UrbanX created a drop-in wheel that can turn almost any old bicycle into a cool e-bike. The wheel only takes around one minute to install and boasts an impressive range of 30 miles on a single charge. The UrbanX bike wheel simplifies e-bikes: add their wheel and you’re good to go. The product adds an additional 15 pounds to a bike, which isn’t as heavy or clunky as some electric bikes can be. The company behind the product offers the wheel in six sizes; they say it will fit 99 percent of bikes. Their compact battery charges in an hour and a half. Related: Juicer electric bikes bridge dorky environmentalism and cool-guy style https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/934648866/urbanx-convert-any-bike-to-an-electric-bike-in-60/description The company offers a 240 watt motor and a 350 watt motor. The 240W motor’s top speed is 15 miles per hour (mph) while the 350W motor’s top speed is 20mph. Bikers can also pedal as normal; UrbanX includes a three level pedal assist system that can be switched via an app. UrbanX says their product “works smarter, not harder by using an algorithm to ensure 100 percent of motor output is utilized to power your ride.” They came up with their patent-pending Sinus Algorithm Controlling System to boost the battery and motor’s efficiency. UrbanX isn’t the first company to come out with such a product; GeoOrbital also recently unveiled a bike wheel that converts bicycles into e-bikes within 60 seconds. The look of the two wheels are quite different, and UrbanX’s 240W motor wheel is much less expensive than GeoOrbital’s wheel. To help bring their product to market, UrbanX also turned to crowdfunding . With over 30 days to go, they’ve raised more than double their initial goal of $50,000 on Kickstarter . The limited early bird prices for the tires start at $299. UrbanX ambitiously says they’ll be delivering the wheels this summer. Via TreeHugger Images via UrbanX Electric Wheel Facebook

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The Urban Glider Lets You Zip Through Town on Just One Wheel

September 8, 2014 by  
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Forget about getting around town on four wheels, three or even two – now you only need one, thanks to the Urban Glider ! Designed by Austin Marhold, this tiny electric unicycle weighs just 24 pounds and it fits between your shins. It’s designed to be intuitive to ride, lightweight, and portable. Read the rest of The Urban Glider Lets You Zip Through Town on Just One Wheel Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: austin marhold , battery-powered unicycle , powered unicycle , self-balancing unicycle , unicycle , urban glider , urban transportation

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This Fish is Driving His Very Own Aquarium on Wheels (Sort Of)

February 11, 2014 by  
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As household pets go, it’s probably fair to say that the lives of fish are among the least active, and the creatures can rarely be described as adventurous. Even their homes are a term synonymous with being couped up. But thanks to the wonderful folks at Studio diip , at least one goldfish has a new lease on life. The little aquatic vertebrate is free to drive his own motorized aquarium around, getting the stimulation and exercise missing from the lives of so many household fish. Hit the jump to watch the video! Read the rest of This Fish is Driving His Very Own Aquarium on Wheels (Sort Of) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal health , Animals , aquarium , ardunio , autonomous driving , fish , fish car , fish health , fish on wheels , goldfish , imaging technology , robot car , self-driving car , studio diip        

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Beautiful Foothills House Showcases Passive Solar Design in the New Zealand Countryside

February 11, 2014 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: One Day All Wheels Will Be Square

December 6, 2013 by  
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You’ve probably heard the idiom “you can’t reinvent the wheel.” Well, it might be time to kick that phrase out of our cultural lexicon thanks to a number of enterprising minds. This new infographic from the team at Wish.co.uk highlights two examples of square wheels that actually work better than circular ones – the Shark Wheel and the Square-Wheeled Bike. Check out the full “One Day All Wheels Will Be Square” infographic after the break! The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: One Day All Wheels Will Be Square Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: green design , green transportation , infographic , one day all wheels will be square , shark wheel , square wheeled bike , Square Wheels , sustainable design , wheels        

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Innovative Roaming Town Square Engages Local London Community

September 6, 2013 by  
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Although most citizen-savvy cities these days recognize that community public space is as much a civic right as it is a priority, some small communities unfortunately find themselves lacking the resources to create vibrant public areas for residents. One such community is the small London suburb of Cricklewood, which has found itself with minimal public areas for citizens to enjoy within their own local community. This lack of  proper civic engagement options propelled the local Cricklewood Improvement Programme to seek assistance to improve the neighborhood. They successfully obtained a £1.67 million investment that will focus on restructuring the small and rather inhospitable area. As part of the restructuring plan (led by Gort Scott Architects ), a civic design agency, Spacemakers , has developed the Town Square on Wheels, a roaming, human-powered, pop-up public space that allows small communities to utilize whatever limited areas they do have for public use. Read the rest of Innovative Roaming Town Square Engages Local London Community Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Civic Design , Cricklewood , Gort Scott Architects , London boroughs , Spacemakers , Tom James , Town Square on Wheels        

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Loopwheel Reinvents the Bike Wheel With a Suspension System Built Into the Rims

May 3, 2013 by  
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A UK company called Jelly Products just unveiled the Loopwheel – a safe, beautiful bike wheel with a built-in suspension system that could revolutionize the compact bicycle industry. The Loopwheel is compatible with just about any small-frame bicycle and has already busted through its Kickstarter goal – so it may be headed to a bike shop near you very soon. Read the rest of Loopwheel Reinvents the Bike Wheel With a Suspension System Built Into the Rims Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative transportation , bike commuting , bike design , bikes , compact bikes , folding bikes , Loopwheels , tires , UK , wheels        

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How to make a solar powered toy car

October 10, 2011 by  
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Ramchander Koushik.R: This article will teach you how to build your own solar-powered toy car. Knowing how to do this will not only benefit children, but also adults. When people are taught to use solar energy, they will become more aware of the fact that using natural sources is always better than thinking of sources that are fast depleting. Solar energy is available in abundance in all parts of the world. Children need to realize that electrical energy might not last really long. Drilling this thought into their minds at a really young age will augur well for the generations to come. Moderate level car Using the steps mentioned below, anybody will be able to build a solar-powered toy car. This is a moderate level version. Even if someone has to take this as a science project, they are free to do so. It will be an informative project and real fun too. Time required Once you have all the items required to make a solar-powered car ready by your side, it is just a matter of assembling them and putting the pieces together. Depending on your creativity and level of interest, it might take just about half-hour to a maximum of two hours to get your car completely ready. Resources required Most of the items required can be picked up easily from stores which sell radio control equipment. A wooden panel is the first item that you require. A 2*2 panel should suffice. Next, pick up DC motors that have rubber wheels. You require two such motors. Ideally, these have to be 1 to 3 V and about 145mA – 150 mA. 2 numbers solar panels (3 volts each) with all required wires two sided tape electrical tape rubber wheeling Estimated cost 1. Solar panels – $10 per panel 2. Wooden panels – $10 per panel All other items which you will need during the process would not cost you much. Detailed procedure to make the car 1. Now, we will shift our focus to understanding how to make your solar-powered car. Place the DC motors facing each other on the wooden panel. Once this is completed, fix the wheels to the wooden board. 2. The wires of the motor and the solar panel need to be connected with one another. Care should be taken to ensure that the positive gets connected only to the positive not to negative. If by mistake you connect the negative and positive, the circuit will not work. 3. Using the sticky tape, attach the panels to the wooden board. 4. Put the wheels to the front portion of the wooden panel to ensure that your car is balanced. 5. You have now completed the assembly. Leave your car in the Sun so that it gets charged through solar power. FAQs related to solar-powered cars 1. What other materials can one use other than wood? Ans. You might think of using a plastic bottle in place of wood. If you are creative enough, you can use even empty milk cans, CD cases and mobile phone panels as the body of your solar-powered car. 2. Where can I buy all the items required to make my solar-powered toy car? Ans. Most of the items which are required for making a solar-powered toy car can be purchased from stores which sell radio control equipments. Alternatively, you may also place orders for these components with online sellers. E Bay, Amazon, etc. are lots of sellers of these items which are available on online stores. Quick tips Rather than buying solar panels think of some DIY kits which are available in the market place and create your own panels. These are extremely cheap and would last longer than you ever anticipated. Things to watch out for There are not any dangers associated with solar-powered toy cars as such will stop, however, make sure that your kids are playing in an open ground and not in the terrace. There is always a risk of tripping and falling from the terrace, in case they are careless. Now that you have learned the procedure, it is now time to build your own solar-powered toy car. Initially, you might find it a bit difficult. As is the case with most other things, with practice, you will be able to become an expert in building your own solar-powered toy car and it will also give you feeling of joy and happiness. People wishing to exhibit this in their school science projects will definitely receive lots of appreciation from all people.

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Future Perfect : Fusion power as a safe alternative to fission power

October 10, 2011 by  
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Divyam Singh: Fusion power as a safe alternative to fission power Fusion power as a safe alternative to With various countries undergoing liberalization for faster economic development, the energy needs of the world are growing at a very fast pace. The availability of fossil fuels is only for a limited time period and their effects are also very devastating for the global environment. As increased carbon levels in atmosphere have been found to damage economic systems throughout the world, the nuclear power is emerging as a more useful and easily explorable option for fulfilling the energy needs without causing any environmental damage. The common man in general has not been able to trust nuclear power and the word ‘nuclear’ still instills fear in many people. There are various dangers which people associate with the world nuclear. These includes the link between nuclear power and nuclear weapon, the nuclear disasters of Russia and Japan and the likely occurrence of such events in the future which can have catastrophic effects for mankind etc. The fast depleting energy sources have led the scientists to explore the area of nuclear energy and power in a much deeper way and such measures are being devised so that the nuclear power generation can be done in such a way so that there is no risk involved. One answer to the complexities mentioned above is thorium. thorium is a silvery metal which is present in the earth’s crust in abundance, is clean and is able to produce more energy when compared to uranium. As of now many countries are taking part in the fusion research with the EU, USA, Russia and Japan lading the way. Other countries contributing to a certain extent are China, Canada, Brazil, and Korea. In earlier days, both USA and USSR linked the fusion technology to their atomic weapons development programs. The fusion technology was classified till the year 1958’s Atoms for Peace Conference in Geneva happened. Thereafter, a breakthrough at the Soviet Tokamak made the fusion research as the most sought after ‘big science’ in the 1970’s. International cooperation for developing fusion energies ensures that cost and complexity of the devices which are involved in developing fusion energy no longer remain a setback and issue and the process is not hindered by economic shortfalls. Evolving trends In the last fifty areas, enormous progress has been made towards achieving scientific and technological progress in the field of fusion. The industrial scales containing fusion devices where plasma are manipulated at hundreds of millions of degrees are used by the scientists. JET or the Joint European Taurus-the central research facility of the European fusion program is also called as the JET. it is located at Culham, Great Britain. It is the most eminent fusion facility in the world and is the focus of significant fusion research funding. The state-of-art facility has enabled Europe to make great strides in the area of fusion research. Around twenty individual EU member states run a number of specialized smaller devices. The operation of JET started in the year 1983 after the facility was approved in1974. It met all its operational goals in the year 1990. After it, new scientific program were started and JET now also serves as a research facility and hosts a great number of operational researches. JET has been able to produce significant fusion power in the deuterium and the tritium plasma with numbers going up-to 16 MW in the short pulses which are characteristic of the current and existing experimental devices. The ‘beak even’ condition where the output power of the fusion process equals the external power which is inputted has been successfully achieved by the JET. The jet has also demonstrated clearly that the fusion devices can be operated in a very safe manner by using the tritium fuel. By using the remote handling techniques the radioactive structures can be easily maintained and also modified in the JET. The Eco Homes- the eco-homes use the cylindrical solar panels for generating more power. The eco house, which is 800 square foot in size uses the solyndra cylindrical photo-voltaic which by their unique shape capture more amount of sunlight when compared to traditional solar panels. The system is also termed as the green roof integrated photo-voltaic or the GRIP V. Here the green roof located beneath the panels help in creating greater efficiency for powering the solar house. The green roof underneath ensures that the reflectivity is minimized and the greenery regulates the temperature of the solar panels which are located above the house. The house is expected to produce zero emission. The house has been built using sustainable materials. The wood sided flooring is obtained form an old Pennsylvania barn and the house also has an indoor garden which contains herbs and other plants. MIT’s Alcator C Mod Reactor- MIT’s Alcator C Mod Reactor is the tokamak type fusion reactor which is university based. The new process of fusion burn has been revealed after 30 years of experiments which have been done at this reactor. The basic operational problems of the fusion reactors can be solved by this reactor. As per MIT news,self heating sustains the power and fusion reactions in this reactor and no outside heat supply is needed. The Concept- When the nuclear processes generate power the power is termed as nuclear power. A fusion reaction is said to occur when two light atomic nuclei bind or fuse together to form a more heavier nucleus. While binding, a large amount of energy is released which arises form the binding energy that occurs due to strong nuclear force that is manifested as an increase in the reactant’s temperature. The fusion power forms the primary research area in plasma physics. The Advantages- the reaction of the nuclei of tritium and deuterium produces fusion power. The availability of these hydrogen isotopes is in in-exhaustive proportions. The fusion reaction gives helium as its byproduct which is not harmful to the environment. Moreover the fusion reaction does not gives any harmful waste as is the case with fission reaction. Thus, the energy obtained from nuclear fusion reaction can be the answer to global warming, nuclear waste and the impending energy crisis. The impact- the fusion power and energy can be seen as the future in-exhuastible source of energy for the whole world. Many researches are currently going on in the area as there are extreme scientific and engineering challenges in this fled of energy production. Different countries are contributing their scientific expertise and research acumen and working towards the attainment of fusion energy by their combined efforts. This is in sharp contrast to the initial days of exploration of fusion energy when countries like USA and USSR kept the fusion energy exploration processes secret.

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Seven green products aiming to reduce your carbon footprint

October 10, 2011 by  
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Shreeja Narayanan: Green products Green products aiming to reduce your carbon footprint The 21st century has been a mute witness to several advancements in technology and lifestyle that have taken place at the cost of our environment. Irresponsible human activities have increased the emission of green house gases causing extensive damage by way of global warming. All this has made it vital for us to reduce carbon footprint in some way or the other. One good plan to achieve this is to use green products that are environment friendly, sustainable, bio-degradable and recyclable. There are many green products available in the market, some run on water and solar power, some consume less electricity, some require less packaging and so on. Let us check out seven green products that will help reduce carbon footprint: 1. Green furniture Green furniture Green furniture is sustainable As the name implies, green furniture is sustainable, contains low levels of toxic materials and can be taken apart or recycled at the end of its life. Furniture with C2C (cradle to cradle) certification from McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC), the global sustainability consulting and product certification firm, is an example of green furniture. This kind of furniture uses reclaimed wood or bamboo, the latter growing mature in a time span of 5 years or less. Many of these can be assembled without tools. Best examples of green furniture are lounge furniture from EGM Green and furniture from Havertys, Steelcase Inc., and Herman Miller. 2. Environmentally friendly lighting Environmentally friendly lighting Eco-friendly lights for your home or office is a great way of greening up your lighting Eco-friendly lights for your home or office is a great way of greening up your lighting. LEDs, CFLs and solar powered bulbs and lamps are energy efficient and long lasting. Green lighting systems use motion sensors to turn lights on and off only when a person’s presence is detected in the room. There are timers available to turn lights off after a set time period. All this reduces the overall electricity consumption to a great extent. 3. Eco-friendly wall treatments Eco-friendly wall treatments Go for green eco-friendly wall tiles that are made of bamboo pulp which is 100% bio-degradable and chemical-free Thinking of changing your wall decor? Go for green eco-friendly wall tiles that are made of bamboo pulp which is 100% bio-degradable and chemical-free. This is a great way to paint walls without going in for the more toxic painting process. 100% recyclable 3D tiles made from sugar cane bagasse are available in different shades which add a fresh look to walls. Paints manufactured artificially have a high metal content and emit fumes when applied on the walls or left uncovered. A reasonably better option is to use paints and finishes made of natural products like clay paint and plant based paint. The company Painted Earth manufactures good quality paints from natural products as well as high quality water-based synthetic paints and wood finishes with zero or very low VOC (volatile organic compounds) that emit few or no chemical fumes. Other manufacturers in this category include Behr – which offers eco-friendly, lead-free paints and Nippon Paints offering environment friendly paints with very low VOC. The next in this league of eco-friendly wall treatments is bio-degradable wallpapers made of natural fiber, recycled paper and post consumer recycled waste. 4. Organic apparels and eco-friendly accessories Organic apparels and eco-friendly accessories Organic clothing is made from materials like soy, organic cotton and hemp Organic clothing is made from materials like soy, organic cotton and hemp. Green clothing that is skin friendly and environment friendly is in vogue. These clothes are dyed with organic dyes, free from hazardous chemicals. Brands selling organic clothing and accessories include Nike, Timberland, Marks and Spencer, Wal-Mart, Target and Reebok. ‘Del Forte’ Denim is a cool example of organic clothing. It is made of 99% organic cotton and 1% of spandex, making the jeans environment friendly and stretchable. There is a variety of eco-friendly accessories like bags made of wicker, recycled leather, candy wrappers, recycled sails, coir, jute, coconut shells and recycled paper in addition to eco-friendly jewelery made from recycled metal, bamboo, silver and wicker. Snake skin shoes can be made from organic cotton canvas cleverly designed to mimic snake skin. Nike makes use of recycled paper to create cool sneakers. There are foot wears made from recycled leather dyed using organic vegetable dyes. 5. Green gadgets Green gadgets Green gadgets range from solar powered devices like solar panels that charge your cell phones Green gadgets range from solar powered devices like solar panels that charge your cell phones, car batteries and digital cameras, solar powered water heaters, lawn mowers to solar cookers. Some run on water like the eco-friendly Bedol alarm clock. It converts ions in water to energy and a single fill up lasts for more than 12 days. There are LCD television sets like the EcoTV from Philips which is made entirely from lead-free, flame-retardant components. Its manuals as well as packaging is made from recyclable materials. 6. Green moss carpets Green moss carpets Moss carpets are a great way to look green, feel green and go green Moss carpets are a great way to look green, feel green and go green, right in your bathroom. You get a beautiful feeling of fresh green grass under your feet. It is made from imputrescible foam called plastazote, which is sustainable and 100% recyclable. The mat has island moss, ball moss and forest moss, which thrive on the moisture found in bathrooms. 7. Green cleaning products Green cleaning products There is an entire range of cleaning products made of environment friendly, non-toxic, organic and bio-degradable ingredients There is an entire range of cleaning products made of environment friendly, non-toxic, organic and bio-degradable ingredients extracted from vegetables and plants that break down completely without polluting the sewage systems. Their containers are 100% recyclable. Green cleaning products do not contain harmful substances like chlorine, benzene, glycol ethers or petroleum distillates. Amway home care products are a good example of eco-friendly cleaning products. These environment friendly, green products will reduce your carbon foot print to a great extent. Take the initiative to go green, start using green products.

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