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Saturday, January 22, 2005

Aprilia Magnet


What do you get if you combine Michael Schumacher's Formula One car with Valentino Rossi's MotoGP bike? The Aprilia Magnet.

Originally designed by Heikki Naulapää as his degree project for his Vehicle Design MA at the Royal College of Art in London, the Aprilia Magnet combines open-wheel racecar design with two hydraulically-actuated, leaning front wheels to simulate motorcycle turn-in. A single, stationary wheel remains in the back.

The Magnet is powered by a 550cc motorcycle engine combined with an electromagnetic motor in each wheel. There's also a battery to provide some additional oomph. As if you'd need it; the power-to-weight ratio of this amazing hybrid bike must approach that of professional racing motorcycles.

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UPDATE (Brendan): No word yet on whether riders of the Magnet will be required to scream "TETSUUUOOOOOOOOOO" while dodging automatic weapons fire.



[Via gizmag]

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Friday, January 21, 2005

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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Dancing Rings Around ASIMO and HUBO


Now come reports of the existence of Promet, a new robot developed by Japanese researchers. Promet is designed to be a "master of Japanese traditional dance".



Given its resemblance to Soundwave, I assume it pipes its own music in during its dance routines.

How long until another consortium of Japanese researchers is sending out its army of slow-moving Ninjabots to destroy ASIMO and HUBO? Those guys need to watch their plastic backs.

UPDATE: If you're reaching us through the links at Engadget, welcome aboard the carbongeek express. Stick around for posts on movies, comics, IP nonsense and of course the sublime genius of robots.

UPDATE: Found a movie.


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