Schweeb – Google’s Next Big Investment a Human-powered Monorail

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Schweeb – human-powered monorail transportation system

If you were gonna ask me what Google’s next investment would be, in a million years I would not have answered a human-powered monorail transportation system. But via Google’s Project 10^100, the search engine giant announced on Friday that it’s given $1 million to Shweeb, which makes a transportation system based on pedal-powered pods that zoom around a monorail track about 20 feet above the ground. (video)

 

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Combination Brake-Accelerator Pedal Solves Accidental Acceleration Problem

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The combination Naruse Pedal always activates the brakes when a driver stomps down.

Two pedals, inches apart, one for gas and the other for brakes. For years, a Japanese inventor has argued that this most basic of car designs is dangerously flawed.  The side-by-side pedal arrangement, the inventor says, can cause drivers to mistakenly floor the accelerator instead of the brakes, especially under stress.

 

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Pedal-Powered Submarine To Go On The Market

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Going Green Under The Sea
A pedal-powered submarine capable of diving up to 30 metres has been developed by a Russian company. The craft can be powered by two people with no specialist training and moves at about walking pace.

The pedallers sit side by side in the craft, most of which is made from a special acrylic glass. Its designers say this will give occupants “spectacular underwater views”.

Apart from two sets of pedals, controls are limited to a steering wheel and a few buttons to make operating the submarine as simple as possible.

Charging Your iPhone With Pedal Power

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BioLogic FreeCharge

Apple devices are getting quite a bit of attention when it comes to renewable energy lately. Just yesterday we showed you the new solar power skin that is coming out later this month. But if you’re needing a charge on a cloudy day, there’s a solution coming out in a few months – you’ll be able to hook your phone up to your bike and pedal your way to a full battery.

Steampunk Segway – AKA The Legway

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Another way to ride!

It’s not actually powered by steam in any way, and according to the creator ‘bdring‘ it can’t really turn very well, but if you’ve been looking for an extremely cheap DIY alternative to the Segway, head on over to Instructables where you’ll find everything you need to build your very own Legway. It’s even eco-friendly since there’s no emissions (unless you count sweat) and the original model pictured above was constructed from mostly found materials.

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The Aquaduct Bicycle

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This unique bicycle won the 2008 Innovate Or Die contest and was created by five IDEO engineers and designers. The Aquaduct allows a person to carry a large amount of water while filtering it into clean drinking water at the same time.

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The Ferrari FXX Pedal Go-Cart

The Ferrari FXX Pedal Go-Cart

The Ferrari FXX Pedal Go-Cart

The Ferrari FXX pedal go-cart is a mighty good way for you to initiate your kids into becoming Ferrari worshippers like you and also have loads of fun racing around the block. The new Ferrari FXX pedal go-kart from the house of Berg Toys has a nice sports-car like stance, comes in Ferrari red and also manages to look quite big for a pedal go-cart.

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