The Diavelo Zeitgeist is a stealthily-disguised Electric Bike; You Couldn’t Tell From Looking at it…

Electric bikes offer the best of both worlds: they provide an electric drive train for that much-needed boost AND retain pedal power for some human-powered propulsion and exercise. However, the major drawback to current e-bikes is their bulky appearance and extra weight from the onboard battery needed for powering the bike. But thanks to Diavelo, that could be a thing of the past… Continue reading “The Diavelo Zeitgeist is a stealthily-disguised Electric Bike; You Couldn’t Tell From Looking at it…”

Classic Sports Car maker, Morgan, is going Electric

The Morgan Motor Company—the British car company best known for STILL using postwar styling and wooden (like ASH wood) body frames for some of its retro-inspired cars—will have a full hybrid and electric range within the next three years by 2019. How retro you ask? Well, the Aero 8 (introduced in 2007) looks like something straight out of an alt-history sci-fi novel, as it comes with an up-to-date aluminum chassis and modern aerodynamics. They’ll be investing $8.6 million (or £6 million) to develop hybrid and electric powertrains for very models in its range in conjunction with Delta Motorsport and Potenza technology. Continue reading “Classic Sports Car maker, Morgan, is going Electric”

Tesla readying its ‘Gigafactory’ by tripling its land in Nevada

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Tesla’s battery-focused “Gigafactory” hasn’t even completed construction yet, and they’re already expanding its plant’s territory. The company announced that it has nearly TRIPLED its Nevada land purchases and added 1,893 acres to the 1,000 acres it received just last year. Continue reading “Tesla readying its ‘Gigafactory’ by tripling its land in Nevada”

Leaning Colosseums, “Wall-E” Builds, Shocking Gaming & WWF Cartoonage – WIRed #7

This week’s episode of The PractitioNERD (the 2nd version) discusses a leaning architectural work that NOT a tower in Pisa (the Roman Colosseum), robots printing 3D structures out of soil and sand (the Stone Spray project), electroshock “therapy” via a Sega Genesis/Mega Drive (Furrtek’s “Gene-Zap” project), and Hulk Hogan cartoon from the eighties (Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling). …also, THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK!! ARCHITECTURE … Continue reading Leaning Colosseums, “Wall-E” Builds, Shocking Gaming & WWF Cartoonage – WIRed #7

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Administer Electrical Shocks: Another Thing Genesis Does What Nintendon’t!

Remember all those Sega commercials from the late-1980’s to early-1990’s that declared “Genesis Does was Nintendon’t (man, I’m old)?  That was Sega’s marketing campaign comparing their new Genesis/Mega Drive console to the aging Nintendo Entertainment System hardware, and alluding to how advanced Sega’s system was over Nintendo’s.  Dyak and Furrtek, for reasons unknown to anyone but themselves, have modded a Sega Genesis (or in their case, Mega Drive) console with some parts from a shock collar meant for training and disciplining dogs. Their project has been dubbed “The Genezap”, which delivers an electric charge of a modifiable intensity whenever the player takes damage in Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Bomberman, or any other game.   Continue reading “Administer Electrical Shocks: Another Thing Genesis Does What Nintendon’t!”

The Faraday Porteur Electric Bicycle

Is this a sign of great technological advancement or proof that we humans are getting lazier and lazier?  Either way, the Faraday Porteur is aiming to become the “ultimate electric propelled utility bicycle.  The bike, built by and for cyclists, was nicknamed “the ultimate modern utility bicycle” by the Oregon Manifest bicycle design competition.  Just from looking at an image of it, you can tell that the Faraday Porteur is an elegantly designed bike, plus the designers claim that the bicycle is both comfortable and effortless to ride – whether you’re using the electric motor or not.  The project is up on Kickstarter, and they have far reached their $100,000 goal (raising 137,815 as of 7/30) before the end date of August 11th.   Continue reading “The Faraday Porteur Electric Bicycle”

Turn Fire into Electricity, Thanks to the PowerPot, a Portable Electric Generator!

This is the PowerPot, a power-generating pot utilizes thermoelectric modules in order to convert temperature differences into a 5-, 10- or 15-watt regulated power stream, necessary for powering up multiple USB devices (i.e., smartphones, GPS devices, LED lamps, etc.). While the traditional way to create those temperature differences is putting a pot of cold water over an open flame, the PowerPot is adaptable to other configurations (i.e., a pot filled with snow over a thermal spring).   Should you use the pot over fire method, you can also use the pot to boil water or cook food as you charge your USB gadgets.

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