Week 8: Wheels That Do Things

Overview

Other than roll that is.  Wheels can bounce, wiggle, light up, change shape, and much more.  What can our wheels do when they roll?

 

 

Paint Job

Shapes and colors can add a lot to a simple spinning wheel.

Hypno Wheels

 

Barber Pole

Electrical Tape on a piece of Speed Rail

Painted Wheels

 

Wheels with Lights

Cycloid – Berenice Abbott, 1958

To create this image of a geometric figure called a cycloid, Abbott photographed a rolling cylinder with a lamp on its rim.  (A cycloid is a curve traced by a point on a circle being rolled along a straight line.) The cylinder also had a lamp on its axis, which produced the straight horizontal line in the image.

 

Wheels with Illuminating Lights

 

LED Inline Wheels

 

Glowing Bike with Ultraviolet LEDs

 

Slip Rings

 

Round EL Panels

 

Shape Transforming Wheels

Hoberman Associates: Flat Ring Design

 

Origami Doughnut Protects Under Pressure

 

Phlat Ball

 

Transforming Wheel Robot – Thingaverse

 

Morph Wheel

 

Urban Bicycle Concept with Folding Wheel System

 

Roadless Wheel System

 

Telescoping Wheel

 

Multi Directional

Omni Wheels

 

Mecanum Wheels

 

Omni-Ball

 

Climbing

Stair Climbing Wheel

 

Techlift

 

Scavelo Wheelchair

 

 

 

Energy Harvesting and Powered Wheels

BH-03

 

Copenhagen Wheel

 

 

Speaker Magnet Generator

 

Airless/Non-Numatic Tires

Michelin X Tweel Turf

 

 

 

Two Nuns Bike – Steel Tires

 

Sportsman WV850

 

Misc

Spinners

 

Laser Etched Firestone Tires

 

Trick Golf Balls

Comparing Force Image Schemata in Dials

Can even be incorporated into controls

 

Mine Kafon

 

 

Assignment

Create a wheel that does more than just roll.  Change shape, self propelled, store energy, light up…

 


Related Reading/Viewing

Comparing Force Image Schemata in Dials

Comparing Pictorial and Tangible Notations of Force Image Schemas

Omnidirectional Drive Systems

Adafruit Sliprings

Round EL Panels