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EDWARD Electric Diwheel Makes for a Fun Commute Flipped Upside Down!

Posted By Laura K. Cowan On June 3, 2011 @ 6:06 pm In automotive,Green Transportation,News | 1 Comment

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Diwheels are the amusement park rides of the electric vehicle [1] scene. Traditionally designed with a frame [2] and suspension [3] contained between two wheels, this sweet design has just been taken on a daring turn by a team of students at the University of Adelaide [4]. The new EDWARD [4] electric diwheel can not only balance itself for smooth transport, but it can also take riders on a joy ride flipped upside down!

YouTube Preview Image [5]

The students created EDWARD with Active Rotation Damping control. The vehicle works by calculating how to best keep the driver level, whether he is right side up or upside down. With this damping control system and slosh control, EDWARD is able to take a driver from Point A to Point B–or in crazy wheelie circles–up to 25 miles per hour. The cherry on top? It’s powered by joystick. Check out the video to see EDWARD in action above.

+ University of Adelaide Mechanical Engineering [4]

Via Hackaday [6]


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[1] electric vehicle: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=electric+vehicle

[2] frame: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=vehicle+frame

[3] suspension: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=suspension

[4] University of Adelaide: http://sites.mecheng.adelaide.edu.au/robotics/robotics_projects.php?wpage_id=44&title=60&browsebytitle=1

[5] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uf6Gh-hPDeo

[6] Hackaday: http://hackaday.com/2011/06/02/edward-the-vehicle-of-the-future/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+hackaday%2FLgoM+%28Hack+a+Day%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

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