Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Kaylad-e Trike

Worry Free E-trike

Posted: 31 Dec 2013 12:01 AM PST

The KAYLAD-e trike makes getting around the city a cinch! The electric pedal-assisted design focuses on safety and security to give the rider peace of mind both on and off the trike. Head, tail and direction LED lights give the rider visibility while integrated locks secure the bike and any cargo from theft. In the event that someone is able to make off with it, built-in GPS makes it possible to track down.

Designer: Dimitris Niavis

Monday, December 30, 2013

Equality Vehicle

For years, cars have been retrofit with systems that allow disabled individuals to drive, but never before has an entire car been adapted from the ground up for those with mobile disabilities. The first of its kind, the EQUAL concept extends the compact car experience to disabled individuals in an easy-to-use, stylish vehicle that blurs the lines between what is and isn't possible. Check out the inspirational video after the jump!

Designer: Absolute Design

Thursday, December 26, 2013

nCredible nPower nFold nCycle with nPocket

Don't be deceived by the nCycle's minimal aesthetic- it's actually loaded with tons of extras & innovative features that set a new standard for future e-bikes. The design scraps the classic tubular structure for a sleeker, lightweight, hollow-bodied shell that protects the inner electric drive system. Other features include a built-in pocket for small cargo, a bar-mounted locking system, integrated headlights & speakers, & even a holographic display. Check it out!

An optional electric drive version is available where the vehicle is partly aided by a rear hub-mounted electric motor. The drive power battery is located inside the body, starting from the seat and up to the pedals hub. The structure not only offers natural shell protection to the battery, but being metallic, it also provides substantia cooling, increasing performance and battery life.

Usually, folding bikes are clumsy, and somehow look odd and chunky, especially at the hinge. Cool, sporty, foldables hardly make it into production. Thanks to its special "sandwich" structure, the nCycle can be folded in two seconds and stay sturdy without showing any aesthetic or aerodynamic handicaps with operated. The body is split in half at the location between the seat and pocket. A pair of rails is attached on both structure parts and the hinge is made to slide along those rails. Folding the bicycle involves just three steps: unlocking the rail, sliding both ends to uncover the hinge, and folding.

An integrated locking system represents the best blend of safety, portability, lightness and ease of use. Doing away with cables, most of the system consists of the handle bar itself. With dual handles for multiple riding positions and comfort, the handle bar is appropriately loop-shaped to fit most poles and steel bars available in the city. When closed, the hardened steel loop is virtually impossible to break or cut with any kind of manual tools. The process of locking and unlocking is also much quicker and simpler- simply embrace the pole with the handle, pull the tube from one handle and click it inside the other.

Most bike baskets are bulky and ugly, but the nCycle's retractable pocket between its two metal plates allows it to disappear completely when not in use. When in use, it is just slightly visible under the belly of the shell. Tied to two rigid folding arms, the support of the pocket makes it foldable, flexible, but also unbendable while turning and tilting the bike.

Headlights & Speakers:
Manually-controlled headlights and Bluetooth speakers are powered by the main battery. Built in to the handlebar structure, they are also theft proof.

Electronic System:
An optional app-operated holographic display replaces a bracket for a smartphone,  providing a display directly on the handle bar to give the rider improved and safer visibility. The various functions of the app can be accessed by sliding the thumbs back and forth on touch sensitive zones near the handles without removing the hands completely.

Designer: Hussain Almossawi & Marin Myftiu

Audi Ducati Motorrad

Ever since last year's acquisition of Ducati Motors by German auto giant Audi, people have been speculating as to what exactly might spawn from this moto(r) merger. French designer Thibault Devauze, in collaboration with his brother Marc Devauze and modeler Clement Couvreur, have conjured up the Audi Motorrad. A clear shot at rival BMW's Motorrad motorcycle group. This forward thinking design is packed with a Ducati-derived 850cc, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic 2-cylinder engine coupled with a double clutch gearbox. The body uses Audi's Ultra lightweighting technology, with a combination of carbon fiber and light alloys.

Designer: Thibault Devauze