BMW i has come up with an innovative two-wheeler, which acts as the perfect complement to the BMW i3 Concept and adds a new and convenient layer to personal mobility, particularly in urban areas. The new BMW i Pedelec (Pedal Electric Cycle) Concept is a compact bicycle fitted with an electric motor that tops up the rider’s muscle power with an extra dose of torque.
And that means the rider can get to other parts of town even more quickly and effortlessly – and without breaking into a sweat. The BMW i Pedelec Concept can be folded up almost in the blink of an eye and, handily, there is room for two of them in the boot of the BMW i3 Concept. Plus, their batteries can be recharged while they’re in there.
Like the BMW i3, the BMW i Pedelec Concept is a thoroughly high-tech form of personal transport. Advanced componentry – such as disc brakes at the front and rear, a three-speed gear hub integrated into the motor, a lightweight frame made (like the BMW i3 Concept) from aluminium and carbon fibre, a torquey electric motor complete with electronic management system and high-performance battery, and a clever folding mechanism – make this motor-assisted bicycle an extremely practical transportation solution. As well as its impressive riding and packing characteristics, the BMW i Pedelec Concept can also be converted in a matter of seconds to offer a handy pushing mode, which allows it to be rolled and steered and therefore taken on public transport at no extra cost, saving the rider the effort of having to carry it around.
Because the electric hub motor only assists the rider’s pedalling up to 25 km/h (16 mph), the BMW i Pedelec Concept does not need to be insured or registered, no licence is required to use it, and the rider does not have to wear a helmet. Depending on the nature of the route, rider’s weight and degree of motor assistance utilised, a full battery charge will give a range of 25 – 40 kilometres (16 – 25 miles). Under braking and when riding downhill, the hub motor acts as a generator and supplies the battery with energy. It takes just four hours – or 1.5 hours on a quick charge – for the empty battery to be fully recharged, either from a domestic plug socket or inside the boot of the BMW i3 Concept.BMW i Pedelec Concept: specifications
||Aluminium and carbon fibre (50:50)
||Hydraulic disc brakes
front and rear
||Three-speed gear hub
||42 V hub motor
250 W/20 Nm (15 lb-ft.)
|Motor management system
||Electronic, via torque
(pedal torque > motor torque
||42 V lithium-manganese (LiMn) battery
||25 – 40 km (16 – 25 miles)
French designer, Dimitri Bez has proposed a solar-powered concept car that showcases dimples, inspired by golf balls.The Hexa car concept immitates the surface of a golf ball and optical cavity of its unique material. The car’s unique roof design reduces drag of the vehicle just like a surfboard or a golf ball and at the same time, promotes the efficiency of the solar powered vehicle, even on a cloudy day.The car’s dimpled roof reduces heat transfer, allowing the vehicle to conserve solar energy.
This is the passive ceramic amplifier made in Italy that produces naturally resonant tones from an iPhone. Designed in Milan, it is handcrafted entirely of slip-cast ceramic fired in Vincenza, renowned since the 18th century for its traditional ceramics that have been compared to the finest Chinese porcelain. The clay itself comes from the Tuscan comune of Montelupo Fiorentino, a prominent center of ceramics production during the Renaissance, its products reaching as far as the first European settlements in Central America. Replicating the curvature and passive amplification of a horn, the amplifier augments sound from an iPhone without requiring auxiliary power or speaker components. The amplifier projects music or phone calls using authentic horn acoustics; simply place an iPhone or iPod in the amplifier’s cradle. Its walnut base provides minimum contact with the horn for optimal acoustic performance.
This is the watch that displays the time by building three colorful arches of blue LEDs. Only available at Hammacher Schlemmer, the display uses 26 LEDs to depict the time. Twelve LEDs depict the hours, five represent 10-, 20-, 30-, 40-, and 50-minute increments, and nine display the minute from 1-9. The LEDs illuminate to form an ever-changing arc as the time progresses through the day–1:11 AM will only illuminate the “1″ hour LED, “10th” minute LED, and the “1″ minute LED while a fully arched display depicting 12:59 PM utilizes all LEDs. A press of a button repurposes the LEDs to display the date. Stainless steel case and 3/4″ W band in a black electroplated finish. 2 1/4″ H x 1 1/2″ W x 1/2″ D. (4 oz.)
Engineers Michael Mercier and Chris Jones created the concept of a sports car on an air cushion and cook it to realization. This is the future of hovercraft. What’s the benefit to us chassis hovercraft? First of all these is environmentally friendly, the large throughput and flexibility.
However, the control system is not much different from the management of conventional cars. Even a inhibition closer to that of the wheeled transport. The matter in a patented arrangement of fans, allowing easy and accurate control this ship.
This project will be built using light and strong materials like carbon fiber, aluminum, fiberglass, marine plywood. On a production of one model, developers are planning to spend 20 million U.S. dollars.
The device will be a hybrid, equipped with both a gasoline engine so and the electric motor. Test flights the first samples are scheduled on 2013, provided, that the authors of the concept be able to collect the necessary sum for the project.
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A popular class the phones, of folding in two, can be reborn again, says designer Christian de Poorter. His new concept iFlex uses the advancements in flexible electronics and combines the advantages of a touch phone with a form factor “clamshell”.
The smartphone has a magnetic lock that will not allow his to open up when folded. Flexible screen integrated in the housing of a flexible nylon material, which is also can be folded. This a concept, believes a author the development, will contribute to the emergence of a new class of applications that can not be realized with traditional rigid the displays. For example, a smartphone can turn into the compact makeup for women. Or, be more the convenient alarm clock, or to help the participants of the Conference, working as a table with the name.
A development can become a reality in a few years, because Samsung is going to introduce commercial gadgets based on flexible screens later this year.
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“For almost two years, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has been investigating allegations that Google Inc. unfairly dominates the Internet search market. The consumer agency ended the case today without bringing charges over the main issue — whether Google favors its own products in search results and, consequently, stifles competition,” Bloomberg News editorial board writes.
“The FTC missed an opportunity to explore publicly one of the paramount questions of our day: Is Google abusing its role as gatekeeper to the digital economy?” Bloomberg writes. “Lawmakers, economists, other regulators and consumers should all be in on this important debate over whether Google is leveraging its overwhelming dominance of search into unassailable market power in other areas.”
Bloomberg writes, “There is some evidence it is. When a consumer looks for flights on Google, the search engine first provides a short list of airfares offered by Google’s advertisers. Next comes a “Google flight search” box listing the major carriers and their prices. Only after that do online travel services, including Expedia, Kayak and TripAdvisor, appear. They often provide less expensive fares, yet require more time filtering through numerous options.”
Bloomberg writes, “Ask yourself this simple question: Am I harmed when rival services, whether for product comparisons, hotel bookings, airfares, restaurant reviews or maps, go out of business because they can’t compete with Google? We suspect the answer is yes.”
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“Open Road Films and Five Star Feature films on Thursday announced that distribution agreements are in place for the Steve Jobs biopic “jOBS,” which will arrive in theaters sometime in April,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.
“The film stars Ashton Kutcher as Apple cofounder Jobs is said to chronicle the defining 30 years of the tech guru’s life, from the creation of Apple, his ousting in 1985, the founding of NeXT Computer, the purchase of Pixar and his subsequent return to Apple in 1996,” Campbell reports. “Not to be confused with the big-budget Sony film written by “The Social Network” scribe Aaron Sorkin, jOBS will premiere as the closing night film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 27.”
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