Week 12: Transportation

Overview

We won’t be discussing cars, trucks, traditional bikes, or any other large forms of transportation.  We’ll look at smaller/simpler modes of moving us.

 

Shoe Bike

 

Transportation

The act or process of moving people or things from one place to another.  Let’s make it even more specific, something that can be ridden to move a person.

 

Roller Skates

Around since the 1760s in some form or another.

 

Light-up Roller Skate Wheels

 

Trucks – It wasn’t until 1863, when James Plimpton tried his hand at this whole roller-skate-inventing thing, that there came into existence a skate actually capable of turning. Plimpton’s four-wheeled skate made use of springy carriages called trucks that allowed the skater to turn by leaning in the direction of travel. – via

 

Inline Skates/Rollerblades

Originally developed as a substitute for ice skates.

Light up inline wheels, and here

 

Cardiff Cruiser

RocketSkate R10

 

 

Skate Boards

1958: The skateboard is made from roller skates attached to a board. As surfing becomes more popular, skating becomes a way to surf when there are no waves. – via

 

Light Up Skateboard Wheels

 

Lo-Ruiter

 

Ripstick Caster Board

 

Hoverboard

 

Two Wheeled Transportation

 

Scooter

 

Spherovelo Ride-On

 

Hobby Horse (Dandy Horse) – An early cycle without pedals.

The first means of transport to make use of the two-wheeler principle, is regarded as the archetype of the bicycle. The dandy horse was invented by Baron Karl Drais in Mannheim, Germany, and patented in France in February 1818.

 

Penny Farthings (Velocipede) – an early type of bicycle with a very large front wheel and a small rear wheel.

 

Wheel Chairs – Not exactly traditional “transportation”, but we can learn a lot from wheel chair design.

Manual Wheelchair

 

Racing Wheelchair

 

Rugby Offensive Chair

 

Standing Wheelchairs

 

One Wheel

Exercise Wheels

Ab Carver Pro

 

CSX Ab Roller Wheel

 

One Wheel

 

SBU3

 

Misc

Screw Driver Powered Vehicle “EX”

 

 

The Wheelers

The source of many a nightmare for me.  But interesting mode of transportation.

 

Rollerman

 

 

Intelligent Parking Chair

 

The Impossible 

 

The Goodyear Eagle-360

 

 


Related Reading/Viewing

Concept for a Waterborne, Eco-Friendly, Partial-DIY Vehicle for Developing Nations

Gokarts USA

Homemade Segway

Easy Build Self Balancing Electric Skateboard

Vacuum Bending Skateboard Veneers

Car Bike Hybrid