Design Concept of the Day: EDWARD
June 27, 2011 § Leave a comment
EDWARD stands for Electric Diwheel With Active Rotational Damping, which pretty well explains what this is. It’s also vindication that students watching Star Wars are not wasting time: EDWARD is inspired by the Wheelbike and Hailfire Droid concepts seen in the prequels. Created by a team from Adelaide University, it’s an electrically-assisted human-powered device (think gerbil-wheel without having to go upside-down, though you can do the full 360 if you want) with a battery life of an hour and a top speed of around 40kmph. The tech could have some practical applications, though it looks more like a fun recreational vehicle in the video… (thanks to Treehugger.com).