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A Self-Balancing, Two-Wheeled Car

One of ten brilliant innovations from our 2015 Invention Awards<p>2015 Invention Award Winner<p>Category: Automotive<p><b>Inventor:</b><p>Daniel Kim<p><b>Company:</b><p>Lit Motors<p><b>Invention:</b><p>C-1<p><b>Development Cost To Date:</b><p>$3.5 million<p><b>Maturity:</b><p>2/5<p>Inside a three-story warehouse in San Francisco, bicycles stand next to Macintosh-topped …

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Motorcycles

These Diagrams Are Everything You Need To Decorate Your Home

Interior design cheat sheets FTW.

Lighter Than Air? Toyota's Quixotic Plan To Sell Hydrogen Cars Feels Almost Real

“They are not out of the race. They are a viable alternative to other zero-emission vehicle technologies,” Wolf-Henning Scheider of Bosch told Reuters last week in Berlin. He was talking about hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, the long dreamed of cars of the future. And yesterday, Toyota unwrapped one …

Otocycles Electro Bikes

A engineers family based in Barcelona decided to imagine beautiful models of electric bicycles strongly inspired by the design of motorcycles from …

Motorcyclist Magazine

First unusual spot of the day comes from MC reader Sierra, who grabbed this cel phone pic of a MonoTracer parked with its retractable stabilizers …

Engineered Bacteria Excrete Propane Fuel

Researchers want to harness your stomach bugs in the service of your barbecue<p>Propane, the gas that fuels your barbecue (and perhaps one day your car), may soon have a new, renewable source.<p>Researchers in Finland and England developed a genetic process that puts <i>E. coli</i> bacteria to work producing the …

Karizma Cafe Racer

Swarm of 1,000 Kilobots cooperates like an ant colony

An autonomous team of swarming robots is the first of its kind on such a scale.<p>Each individual Kilobot doesn't look like much: just a few centimetres in diameter, on three almost comical matchstick-like legs. Powered only by a pair of coin batteries, they move by vibrating, shuffling forward on …

Robotics

A one-stop-shop for home energy kicks into high gear in New England

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Chewonki Semester School<p>It might surprise you to know that a one-stop shop for energy services for buildings is one of …

How to Parallel Park Perfectly, Every Time

The recipe for a one-move parking job is pretty simple.<p>Rules of thumb and experience help, but we prefer repeatable experiments. And if you see this and laugh, you're probably not as good as you think you are. Thankfully, the recipe for a one-move parking job is pretty simple.<p><i>Pull alongside the car</i> …

Driverless Cars

This Algae Battery Could Power A Tesla With 200X The Charge

In a small lab, near a lake at the edge of West Berkeley, sits the prototype of what could revolutionize battery power as we know it. The secret to this power? Algae.<p>OK, just hang with me here. Lots of research has already been done on algae’s possible power capabilities. Prototype creator Adam …

The Author Of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy' Perfectly Captured The 'Rules' About How We React To Technology

Adams fans will carry a towel with them all day, because the Hitchiker's Guide says that a towel is "the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have."<p>Adams died in 2001, but has the perfect, tongue-in-cheek quote about the way that people view technology that's still applicable …

Walt Disney Studios

Solution to two long-standing mysteries of cuprate superconductivity found

At low charge carrier density, the microscopic flyovers revealed somewhat static, ordered electrons—the "frozen" stripe patterns—and the flow of …

Why MIT Thinks You (Yes, You!) Can Solve Climate Change

Climate change: We all know it's a huge problem, and most of us want something done about it. Unfortunately, nation-state level approaches haven't made any significant headway.<p>According to Thomas W. Malone, Robert Laubacher, and Laur Fisher of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, "top-down …

Danny Kim Wants to Change How You Drive

In early March, Lit Motors founder Danny Kim hit the road to meet investors. The Portland native needed to keep the momentum growing for his small …

4 AXYZ’s 3D printed wood launches on Indiegogo

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>4 AXYZ, which plans to use additive manufacturing to make relatively affordable custom furniture and accessories out of …

How Gravity And 100-Year-Old Tech Can Help Solve The Energy Storage Problem

Push a heavy train up a hill when power is aplenty. Let it roll back down when electricity is needed. Simple as that, says the startup pursuing the unconventional idea.<p>One of the biggest challenges for renewable power like wind and solar has always been storage, so the grid can keep running cheaply …

The Johammer J1, Austria's wild one

The Johammer J1, which bears an undeniable resemblance to the Imperial speeder bikes in Return of the Jedi, is hardly the first battery-powered motorbike, but it is among the few capable of travelling 200km (124 miles) on a single charge. This sort of stamina – roughly equal to that of a …

Electric Vehicles

Hans Blix explains the advantages of thorium energy

As scientists in Shanghai are told to accelerate plans to build the first fully-functioning thorium reactor within ten years, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency Hans Blix runs through the aspects of the fuel that make it a viable source of energy<p>At the Thorium Energy …

What Is Burning Man?

As an aging, quasi-hippie with a suspicious view of humans as a species, I’ve always viewed Burning Man through a very skeptical lens. Despite this, …

Top 5 Moto Guzzi Le Mans

In the late 1970s, the Moto Guzzi Le Mans was the closest you could get to a factory café racer. Bereft of chrome and frippery, it would hit 130 mph and recorded over 70 hp at the back wheel. It was the ultimate low-tech superbike, essentially agricultural, but also possessing a strange charm.<p>The …

Motorcycles

Top 5 Honda CX500s

Let’s be honest—Honda’s CX500 is not going to win any beauty contests. With a short wheelbase, high front end, awkward looking subframe and unflattering plastics, it earned nicknames such as ‘plastic maggot’ and <i>güllepumpe</i> (the German word for a pump used to shift liquid manure) when the Standard …

Industrial Designer

200 HP Carbon Fiber Lotus C-01 Is The Superbike You've Been Dreaming Of

We knew it was only a matter of time, and after 2 years of careful planning, along with some intense research and development, Lotus is ready to …

Craigslist Crapshoot

<i>Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to …

2014 Mini Cooper and Cooper S: Envelope Pushed, Again

Slightly bigger, but the original premium compact is more "premium" than ever.<p>It was a simpler time in 2002, when Mini first launched in the United States. Gas was still less than two bucks a gallon, and Ontario-based Research In Motion was selling the first mainstream Blackberry smartphone. Ten …