Wheeling down a flight of stairs may no longer be a formidable challenge for those confined to a wheelchair. Israeli company SoftWheel has developed a next-generation wheel that has its own inner-suspension system for shock absorption.
SoftWheel is the brainchild of Gilad Wolf, a farmer who found himself bound to a wheelchair for three weeks. “Four years ago, I broke my pelvis, when I was wheeled to the synagogue one day, I was in agony when we went over some Ackerstein stones (a traditional stone used for sidewalks in Israel, which has many grooves).
I work with tractors and I noticed that tractors have a simple and ingenious airbag-based shock-absorbing construct. So I put two and two together: I built a wheelchair and combined a similar construct for each wheel. It made the wheelchair experience completely different. I took the idea and started to roll with it,”
While the company’s first product, Acrobat, is designed for wheelchairs, the company believes its product has a much wider-ranging application. “We understood very quickly that it’s not only a wheelchair product, but a complete game-changer,” CEO Daniel Barel tells NoCamels, “it is a platform for anything that has wheels.”
Bottom line: The shocks are in the wheels!
Go check the website out : http://www.softwheel.co.il
The eye-catching new eBIQE concept of Chinese-Israeli company Qoros, unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. This electric bicycle kind of looks like a motorbike and is one of the most advanced two-wheelers in the world.
After charging the bike from any regular electric outlet for 80 minutes, the combined battery and pedal powered-engine can run for approx. 120 kilometers and reach speeds of up to 65 km/h (40 m/h), making it faster than most electric bicycles. The bike can go from 0 to 25 km/h (15.5 m/h) in just two seconds, so the rider is bound to be the first one out of the junction when the light turns green.
Check the website out : http://www.qorosauto.com/en
Now why didn’t I think of this 🙂
Altaeros has designed the BAT to generate consistent, low cost energy for the remote power and microgrid market, including remote and island communities; oil & gas, mining, agriculture, and telecommunication firms; disaster relief organizations; and military bases.
The BAT uses a helium-filled, inflatable shell to lift to high altitudes where winds are stronger and more consistent than those reached by traditional tower-mounted turbines.
High strength tethers hold the BAT steady and send electricity down to the ground. The lifting technology is adapted from aerostats, industrial cousins of blimps, which have lifted heavy communications equipment into the air for decades.