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Timeless GardenAn interesting concept “The Timeless Garden” designed by Francesco Castiglione Morelli & Tommaso Ceschi relies on the chemical reaction between mud and metal to power its built in digital clock. I for one have wanted to see more products like this come to light. As well thought out engineering and design should be used in ways to be less reliant on other sources of grid based power. Not all products of coarse will be able to be self sufficient, but we need to strive toward reaching that goal. Do you remember that experiment in science class of building a battery from potatoes? Well this concept is really not that much different. This I believe is still in the conceptual stages because there is no indication whether or not this product is in production. Not only is this device self powering, it also helps absorb CO2 from the air to create oxygen (like all plants do).

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Airpod
Well if it’s up to Motor Development International then we might just start seeing these in the near future. The designers are former aerospace and formula F1 engineers. With the idea of using compressed air to power these small pod like vehicles. Currently the Airpod is only a prototype, but has gained the interest of  Tata Motors (India) and an American start-up called Zero Emissions Motors. Also to note that Air France/KLM officials have announced a six-month test trial at Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris and Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam to ferry passengers in between departure gates. The Airpod holds four people with an approximate range of about 135miles with a top speed of about 43mph. This would make a great vehicle able to transport people in very dense areas that don’t require fast speeds. Hence why Tata Motors of India is most likely interested in this technology. According to Zero Pollution Motors the Airpod can be filled with a maximum of 350 bar (5,076 psi!) in about 90 seconds. This is ideal for the fast paced airport industry were time is critical. These claims seem to good to be true, and like others I will remain to be skeptical. The technology presented has promise, but until the Airpod can be proven on a full fleet scale we will not really know how realistic compressed air will be for and alternative fuel for automobiles.

Anti-theft Bicycle System
Grant Howarth has designed this cleaver Anti-Theft Bicycle Security station to help combat the problem of thefts stealing anything and everything they can possible get and leaving the just the frame. This is quite a common problem in large cities like New York. Hundreds of bicycle frames are striped of their part. With no wheels or seat the owner sometimes leaves the bike frame as-is which can be very unsightly. Here’s the designers description:

Bike security that protects all quick release components. Modularity was the cornerstone of this project. Once the arms lock into place the bike cannot be moved in any direction protecting the seat, wheels and other quick release components as well as protecting the entire bike from theft.

The bike is rolled up the curved surface until its back wheel falls into a groove which prevents the bike rolling back. The “gutter”, which serves to protect the wheels, also prevents the bike from moving in any direction. Once in place the arm can be moved downwards.

The whole locking process takes less than a minute. Furthermore the product promotes safety in numbers, as the more bikes stored the greater the protection of the “pack”.

The product also [recoups] costs within 3 years through the ability to use it for advertising purposes (assuming advertising space costs in Glasgow, Scotland).

I think this is a great ideal for cities of all densities as it helps to promote more exercise and the use of non-oil dependent transportation

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Mission One EV Sports Bike Mission Motors is the designer of this Mission One EV Sports Bike. With a top speed of 150mph and a range of the same, this all electric motorcycle has set the bar. The first bikes are supposed to come to market in 2010 and will have a limited production of 50 with a price tag of $68,995. The founders of San Francisco based Mission Motors  Forrest North, Edward West , and Mason Cabot have assembled a cast of team members from the likes of Tesla Motors, Ducati and Google to help make this production vehicle a reality. I only hope projects like this can get funding and some government help along the way in either tax breaks or stimulus. This is the kind of Green Technology growth our nation needs to help further our nation from oil dependency.

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