There’s a certain magic that comes with moving under your own power. It’s freeing. Being able to sustain your own transportation requirements releases you from the constant care and maintenance of gas-powered vehicles. It means you aren’t bound to someone else’s schedule or the price of oil. There’s nothing else quite like it.

Except perhaps imagination. Rushing down an unfamiliar hill on a bicycle, wind flowing past you, is a bit like letting your imagination go freely through the caverns of your mind. We would like to unite the muscle and mental of cycling and figure out why the world does not have prolific forms of human powered energy that change how we think about muscle power and how we think about vehicles. Why can’t we imagine and produce billions of very efficient human powered machines that are not difficult to use, not expensive to purchase, and not painful to operate?

While biking is still the most common form of mechanized transportation on earth [1], it hasn’t undergone a major redesign since its inception. Bicycles still have dozens of limitations that make them difficult to use in many instances. Most cannot handle muddy or washed-out terrain, they require a lot of power to go up hills, are unnecessarily heavy and severely limited in terms of cargo capacity. They often weigh in excess of 25 lbs and can be difficult to afford and properly maintain.

Unfortunately, not everyone can take full advantage of the benefits of human power. 
As a society, we haven’t even begun to consider any number of applications for the power of the energy people naturally or could easily choose to expend every day. Recognizing that aerobic exercise is vital to our health, dozens of potential channels to utilize human-powered devices have been ignored.

One of the sure ways to push against SLANT is what we like to call 0 based thinking. With 0 based thinking, we attempt to shed preconceptions and start from nothing. For example, when we set aside everything we know and rethink about how we approach human power, we can approach this topic from a new, fresh, raw systemic perspective. Clear out what we know, and reconstruct a new whole.

Adjusted perceptions 
regenerative braking
downhill energy capture
uphill assist
use of upper body to provide power
use of weight to provide power
embedded batteries
embedded motors
multi-purpose (dimorphic)
charge-at-home
solar/wind capture
proximity charging
tires that can radically reshape themselves to handle different kinds of terrain/water
embedded hydraulics
gyros
balloons
wire frames
changeable formats that support diverse inside and outside applications

Alternative
tires/wheels
materials
design
powertrain
architecture
drag
rolling friction
controls

We see a potential future that is significantly less dependent upon not just fossil fuels, but external energy in general. Soon, we think, everyone will be able to experience the freedom afforded by powering your own devices, taking control of your own transportation and owning your own energy. There’s nothing else quite like it.


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[1] — World-O-Meters

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