Posts tagged ‘transportation’

October 26, 2010

Launch Party at World’s First Private SpacePort

by Matt Forcey

Sixteen months after breaking ground in Las Cruces, New Mexico, the world’s first commercial spaceport “Spaceport America” celebrated this weekend with a launch party for the facility’s two-mile-long runway (watch the ceremony here).  A partnership between the State of New Mexico and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, the spaceport has been providing commercial satellite launch services for the past few years, and will soon begin its much-anticipated space tourism flights, ferrying lucky (and wealthy) customers into suborbital space for a few minutes of weightlessness and a remarkable view of our planet.

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October 17, 2010

Clowning Around on an Innovative Self Balancing Motorized Unicycle

by Matt Forcey

 

Friends, nerds, countrymen, lend me your ears.  More portable than folding bicycles and more respectable than (most) mopeds, Focus Designs‘ new Self-balancing Unicycle (SBU), keeps you upright and cruising with a similar accelerometer/gyroscope stabilization set-up as the Segway, and an innovative in-hub motor.

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October 6, 2010

“Bus Stop of the Future” Can Sense its Surroundings

by Matt Forcey
Imagine if your local bus stop enabled you to check your e-mail, share community information on a digital message board or check the weather forecast?  Even better, what if it could tell you the exact location and time of arrival of that bus that you’re waiting for?

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October 5, 2010

Turn Any Bicycle Into a Smartphone-Controlled, Hybrid E-Bike

by Matt Forcey

 

Smart, responsive and elegant, the Copenhagen Wheel is a new emblem for urban mobility.  It turns the bike you already own, quickly and easily into an electric bike with regeneration and real-time environmental sensing capabilities.

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September 26, 2010

Flashy LED Posterior Poster

by Matt Forcey

Every motorist has at one time dreamed of having a rear-window-mounted display to message other drivers in appreciation or angst.  For the bicyclist though, such a gadget could be much more than cathartic.

Korean design firm, Lee Myung Su has delivered on this need with a backpack (already an essential accessory for cyclists), sporting a built-in LED screen that can display signals to surrounding drivers.

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September 24, 2010

Socially Networked Scooters from Mini and Smart Use iPhone as Key

by Matt Forcey

Just ahead of the Paris Motor Show, which runs Oct. 2 -17, small car rivals Mini (owned by BMW) and Smart (owned by Daimler) have unveiled new electric scooter prototypes, the Mini Scooter E and Smart escooter. Both lithium-ion powered designs plug into a standard household electrical outlet, offer a variety of safety features not typically found on a two-seater (airbag, ABS, Blind Spot Assist) and use a smartphone for a key and instrument display panel.

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September 21, 2010

Are Wind-Catching Sails the Future of Board Sports?

by Matt Forcey
We love innovations that keep people out of their cars and using alternative methods of transportation, so we were intrigued to hear about the Sporting Sail. This $79 kite-like device purportedly lets skateboarders harness the wind to control their speed.

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September 15, 2010

Mitsubishi Electric Elevators Carry 80, Possibly the World’s Largest

by Matt Forcey

If you’ve ever been annoyed by the impatiently waiting for an office building elevator, this might just be the perfect building for you. Each of the new elevators installed by Mitsubishi Electric in Umeda Hankyu Building’s new office area in Osaka, Japan measures 11.2 x 9.2 feet in area by 8.5 feet high (3.4m wide, 2.8m long and 2.6m high). This allows for a whopping 80 person capacity, or over 11,500 pounds

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