Wednesday 1 August 2007

Teen Scientists Invent Green Electric Motor Bike

Ben Gulak and Jason Morrow from Ontario Canada (who represented Team Teen Canada in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Intel ISEF May 2007) invented this electric vehicle that rides as a motorcycle and produces zero emissions.

We wanted to simulate it as close to an actual sports bike as possible, like a speed bike so, that starts with the look alone. When you sit on it, it feels just like a bike. said Gulak an 18-year-old high school student from Chisholm Collegiate in Oakville, Ontario Canada

The bike works like a Segway, Turning depends on your weight as you lean to one side and to the other side, which is automatically detected by the system the wheels have in place. The Tango is designed with two side-by-side wheels and an R6 Yamaha frame with hand machined parts that the motorcycle body is made of and it uses electronics used in everyday appliances like the Nintendo Wii uses to detect angle and motions,

Accelerometers, control the wheels have an actuating system which gives the relative position of the bike relative to the ground so the driver leans forward and gives it angle and the speed at which your leaning forward. As the rider leans over the gas tank like on a sports bike the Tango distributes the majority of the weight along the wheels..

The Tango can reach top speeds of 40 miles per hour and Morrow claims it is more practical than the Segway or the embryo from Bombardier. The whole package is powered by amped-up wheelchair motors and 36-volt batteries.

via Canoe and Engadget
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