World’s Fastest Bicycle “Egg”

ETA Speedbike
This human powered bicycle is so cool–and fast!

 

It is called the ETA (or “Banana Bike“) and is being designed by AeroVelo, University of Toronto engineering graduates and students.

 

These are the same folks that created the award-winning Atlas human-powered helicopter.

 

The ETA is expected to reach over 87 mph, thereby breaking the human-powered land speed record of 83.1 mph.

 

The bicycle mechanics are being enclosed in an egg-shaped aerodynamic shell and it will be powered by a single person doing the pedaling.

 

A combination of the movie Tron and the 1970’s sitcom Mork & Mindy, it offers the potential for an environmentally friendly way to get around town and some nice fat-burning exercise too. 😉

 

(Source Screenshot: here with attribution to BusinessWeek)

Futuristic Highway

Some really great ideas here for the highway of the future.

These are the inspiration of interactive artist Daan Roosegaarde.

To save energy and increase safety, there are four concepts presented:

– Glow in the dark road markings (i.e. lane dividers) with photo-luminescent paint that charges during the day and lights up at night.

– Weather symbols on the road with temperature-responsive paint, so for example, when the temperature falls below a certain level, the roads show snowflake symbols to indicate that they may be icy.

– Motion-interactive lights on the highway that light up when cars approach and are powered by the draft of the moving cars.

– Induction lanes that can charge car batteries as they run along them and reenergize the cars for further travel.

Already, there is a 500 meter stretch of road in Oss, Netherlands with the glow-in-the-dark road markings–these are almost radioactive green in color and give a futuristic Tron look to the roads.

Now the question is when can we get these high-tech upgrades for I-495?

What an awesome high-tech display befitting our nation’s capital and maybe it would help with traffic as well! 😉