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Old 03-12-10, 10:38 PM   #1
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HMK 561 electric bike concept seats you on the battery

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HMK 561 electric bike concept seats you on the battery, makes you significantly more attractive
By Sean Hollister posted on Engadget Mar 11th 2010

http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/11/h...tery-makes-yo/

Most electric bikes are fairly sordid affairs, little more than an ordinary bicycle with a motorized hub, a strap-on battery pack and regenerative braking capabilities (if you're lucky). Not this HMK 561 electric bicycle concept, which took home an iF Design Award for some seriously forward thinking. It's not just the stylish forward rake of this juiced cruiser that's innovative, it's the frame -- composed completely of a conductive carbon fiber weave that allows the bike's body to not just pass electricity to the motors, but actually store it like a giant capacitor. Factor in integrated lights and a pinch of that aforesaid regenerative braking at each axle, and you've just about got the bicycle of our dreams. Oh, and did we mention a prototype has already been built? Yeah.
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Old 03-13-10, 09:57 AM   #2
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I can certainly see how these stupid ideas win awards all the time. This one wins for not needing pedals and still calling itself a bicycle. Do you bounce up and down to make it go?
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alot of the comments are already chewing up that silly design of a bike. most of it on where the heck do you put your feet! hahah! Those foot pegs looks like it'll fit your knees which will probably kill you in a 1/4 mile of bumps on the road. Also with your feet dangling you'll also be a eunuch after 1/4 mile also.

it's pretty much just an award for design but not really for actual everyday practicality. and with 4 wheels that's adding on alot of extra weight and would really mess around with the center of gravity when you are doing a quick corner. Just like the previous folding bike with no pedals I wish they start passing out awards to actual designs that work for everywhere.

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Old 03-13-10, 01:41 PM   #4
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Evaluation Criteria
Design quality
Degree of innovation
Visualization of intended use / interface
Target group relevance
Requirements and objectives
Depth of development
Societal relevance / adequacy
Environmental friendliness
Principles of universal design
Choice of material
Functionality
Safety
Usability
I'm fairly certain that none of the jurors have any idea of what a bicycle is beyond a two wheeled vehicle.
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Evaluation Criteria
Design quality
Degree of innovation
Visualization of intended use / interface
Target group relevance
Requirements and objectives
Depth of development
Societal relevance / adequacy
Environmental friendliness
Principles of universal design
Choice of material
Functionality
Safety
Usability
I'm fairly certain that none of the jurors have any idea of what a bicycle is beyond a two wheeled vehicle.
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