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Engineers design self-stabilizing electric bicycle

 
 
Reply Thu 6 Nov, 2008 12:09 pm
As every five-year-old knows, balancing on a bicycle is not as easy as it looks. But, as engineers know, getting a bicycle to balance by itself - without a human riding it - is even more difficult.


http://i37.tinypic.com/2ey9tsz.jpg

Video via >www.spiegel.de/video/video-39732.html<

“The bicycle is a comfortable vehicle that is safe and can offer more familiarity with nature compared with the car,” Murakami told PhysOrg.com. “Especially, the bicycle is a convenient vehicle that can be useful as an activity for elderly people. However, it is thought that a lot of bicycle falling accidents occur with elderly people, and it is very useful to achieve a safer bicycle.”



Full report at Physorg.com
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Thu 6 Nov, 2008 12:41 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Kamen
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 6 Nov, 2008 01:10 pm
@cjhsa,


He invented a self-stabilizing bicycle already earlier?
cjhsa
 
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Reply Thu 6 Nov, 2008 01:14 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Why would he need to?

http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2008/05/12/086653.1-lg.jpg

http://www.seriouswheels.com/pics-2004/2004-Segway-Centaur-S-Rider-Wheelie-1024x768.jpg

http://martinkennethbayne.typepad.com/acoustic_enhancement/images/wheelchair_dean_kamen.jpg
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 6 Nov, 2008 01:28 pm
@cjhsa,
cjhsa wrote:

Why would he need to?


He wouldn't. But my thread here is about it.
cjhsa
 
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Reply Thu 6 Nov, 2008 01:42 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Don't you think they kind of reinvented the wheel? Literally? LOL!
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 6 Nov, 2008 01:47 pm
@cjhsa,
No. Neither do the specialist academic magazines and reports.
cjhsa
 
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Reply Thu 6 Nov, 2008 01:48 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
If Kamen had thought it was useful and worthwhile, he would have done it. He could probably do it in his sleep.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 6 Nov, 2008 01:55 pm
@cjhsa,
Then, he obviously didn't want making bicycles increasingly sophisticated, safe and more useful for the elderly.
cjhsa
 
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Reply Thu 6 Nov, 2008 02:09 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Why not buy a Segway Centaur instead???? LOFL!!!!

You left wing types just don't understand capitalism. It's a major and obvious flaw in your programming.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 6 Nov, 2008 02:23 pm
@cjhsa,
Now don't get even more stupid. What has the care about the safety - here: for elderly who want to cycle - to do with politics? (Besides that, Keio University isn't known to be a "left" university. Quite the opposite.)
cjhsa
 
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Reply Thu 6 Nov, 2008 02:32 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Rolling Eyes
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