Gallery: Rocky Roads are No Match for the Shape-Shifting Roadless Wheel

 

The shape-shifting Roadless Wheel is a one-size-fits-all solution for different vehicle types and road conditions in rural Africa. Student of Innovation Design Engineering at London’s RCA, Ackeem Ngwenya used the principle of a scissor jack to make the wheel grow shorter and wider, or taller and narrow, to adjust to rough roads in areas with no infrastructure.

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  1. Eletruk October 31, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Two things: IndieGoGo campaign has ended, so you won’t be able to contribute.

    As far as the wheel goes, there’s going to be some real difficulty finding a suitable material to use for the wheel covering. Something stretchy enough to handle the diameter change would more than likely be too flimsy when fully stretched out (assuming you can even find a material that stretches that much).
    The other option is forgo the covering and terminate each section with wire mesh or something similar.

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