Novel Wheel Designed that Turns Bicycle to Hybrid
The gradual advancement in the field of science has led to the development of new technologies that contribute a lot in solving complex tasks. According to a new report, a supergroup in MIT has designed a self-contained module that turns any bicycle into a hybrid one.
Scientists named such wheel as the Copenhagen Wheel, which works like a Toyota Prius or Chevy Volt. Assaf Biderman, founder of Superpedestrian, said that normally when brakes are applied heat is produced because of friction. But, this research helps in generating juice at the time of braking.
A 12 pound red disk is placed between the spokes of the wheel, which was invented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's SENSEable City Lab. Features of this wheel are that it can speed up to 20 miles per hour and has a range of 30 miles.
This bicycle is battery operated and rider can remove the lithium-ion battery to charge it fully for the sake of its travel. Researchers said that this bicycle can run up steep hills very easily with a single boost and is labeled for $699.
The most interesting feature is that it can be customized with rider's mobile app. This feature offers rider to maintain its personal profile by tracking distance travelled, calories burned and elevation gained.
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