Thursday, 28 November 2013

Personal Transporter Designed by Indian Student

Personal Transporter Designed by Student

 Segways are a well-known form of personal transportation. They are both economical and environmentally friendly, which makes them very likely to be the future of transportation. A design student, Bimal Rajappan, created a radical concept for the next generation of this popular mode of transport.

Rajappan designed the concept for the Design Degree Show hosted by the IIT Bombay’s Industrial Design Centre in Mumbai. His design is one that the user can wear. The wheels are powered by an electric motor and are hubless to save weight and space. The forearm-mounted controls are used to operate the vehicle and it can be folded and worn like a pair of over-sized boots. The suspension comprises of a pneumatic system which uses dampers called “air muscles”. The control unit of the vehicle is located at the posterior and illuminated by LED’s, providing stability and control to the unit.
This personal transporter is not only a representation of the future of personal vehicles, but also an embodiment of what today’s young minds are capable of. We hope that this concept will soon come into production and we will see more and more people using these transporters around us.

Segway-style personal mobility vehicles always tend to look extra geeky to us. For us they are the future of transportation where geeks will get around sans polluting the surroundings. This is exactly what an Indian design student Bimal Rajappan wants to convey with his concept of a Segway-inspired personal mobility vehicle that was the most radical concept at the Design Degree Show organized by IIT Bombay’s Industrial Design Centre in Mumbai.
Techtree reports, the wearable personal transporter concept that’s more of a Segway strapped to the riders legs, has a pair of hubless wheels powered by an electric-motor. The device operated with forearm-mounted controls can be worn to look like a pair of oversized jackboots. The concept vehicle has pneumatic system comprising of dampers or “air muscles” for suspension and an LED-illuminated unit on the wearer’s posterior that works as the vehicle’s brain (control unit) to provide it with the much needed stability and control for a safe ride.

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