Lever Drive Bike to the Rescue!

Lever Drive Bike to the Rescue!

This amazing machine goes by the name “Catapult” and is created by designer Tom Robbins, who, in an effort to improve the state of bikes made for the handicapped, went for the lever drive route. The inspiration for this bike came from seeing a particular person in the park attempting to operate one of those upside-down bicycles where the wheel-turning mechanism is turned by hand rather than by foot. In a moment of sheer brilliance, Tim Robbins turned to what ends up being a lot easier to operate: the lever drive.

0 Designer: Tom Robbins Design

Ride Those Bones

Ride Those Bones

The Bone Bicycle takes inspiration from the natural structure of a human bone, meaning light-weight yet strong. This cycle also exudes the same feeling of being naturally strong with an easy smooth ride and a light-weight frame. It comes at the right time of Halloween, when ghost, ghouls and skeletons keep knocking at your front door!

0 Designer: Sungkuk Park

Windows of Protection

Windows of Protection

This is an automobile for the future of family transport and safety and it goes by the name “The Guardian.” Epic name! It’s automated enough that you need no license, there’s no age minimum, and you can be drunk as a sailor inside of it while it’s cruising down the road. Well that’s crazy!, you must be saying. It’s automated!, I say. I can’t help but think of the film Minority Report where the cars also all-but-drive themselves, allowing lots of freedom for speed but as you quickly realize, a lot of room for control by big brother.

0 Designer: John Bukasa of Casser Design

A Strip of Car

A Strip of Car

A Mobius strip is a surface with “one continuous side formed by joining the ends of a rectangular strip after twisting one end through 180°” (Apple Dictionary.) It’s named after its discoverer August Ferdinand Möbius who basically found it super interesting because it was forever three dimensional. The vehicle you’re about to glance upon is the Mobius as well, this one designed by Tommaso Gecchelin who aims to merge aesthetic suggestions of both math and geometry into one harmonious shape.

0 Designer: Tommaso Gecchelin

Make Biodiesel Your Own

Make Biodiesel Your Own

Apparently this super fabulous fuel situation known as Biodiesel is the miracle source of energy. Designer Ben Guthrie informs us that Biodiesel “is a renewable resource, completely biodegradable, non-toxic, cheap to make, and ingredients are readily available, often for free as by-products of other processes.” What Guthrie would like to do, spread the love of Biodiesel, is a very noble thing, as Biodiesel is not (yet) a widespread process.

0 Designer: Ben Guthrie

A Soft, Electric Lambo

A Soft, Electric Lambo

Designer Andrei Avarvarii has a vision for a smooth, voluptuous Lamborghini, the very opposite of the very sharp, origami-style of the Lamborghini Reventon. The challenge in creating this new Lamborghini “Minotauro” lies in not only staying within the strong identity system of the Lambo line, but also in making the vehicle electric! The challenge of course isn’t creating an electric car. We’ve had electric cars for years now. Nay! The challenge lies in convincing the consumer that not only is it cool to drive an electric car, it’s doubly cool to drive an electric supercar!

0 Designer: Andrei Avarvarii

Yipee! It’s a Hubless Skateboard!

Yipee! It’s a Hubless Skateboard!

Calling all ye skateboard enthusiasts to check out this lovely FreeRider SkateCycle (love the complex name!), a self propelled hubless skate that allows you to rule the flat ground and any skate park! The features include 9-inch polyurethane hubless wheels, weighs 7.3 lbs, easy folding system, solid aluminum frame, durable composite body parts, and two slip-resistant footboards. The wheels are connected via a double-jointed, twisting axle, which allows the rider to twist their body and move their feet inwards and outwards, to propel the board forwards.

0 Designers: Antonio Meze & Brooklyn Workshop

NYC's New Taxi Topper

NYC’s New Taxi Topper

Bluemap Design in collaboration with Show Media, Inc. and Distec GMbH present a brand new billboard box for the tops of New York City taxi cabs, that never-ending sea of yellow, black, and white on wheels. For many years there’s been a triangular plastic box up there and heck, it’s time for a change. This new box is sleek, simple, metal, LED lit, recyclable, makes the ad easier to view and read, and will be fitted to cabs across the city starting as soon as the end of September 2010.

0 Designer: Bluemap Design

Wild Froggy Trike Action

Wild Froggy Trike Action

This is the wildest recumbent trike you will ever see in all your days. It’s got such a fury that you’ll probably rocket off right into space when you ride it. It’s got customizability to the max, fitting directly to your body shape and desire. This is the “OOPHAGA” and it’s got a frog for a logo, and chassis made of carbon fiber. The color combination is customizable, and so are the rims. There’s shock absorbers, removable headrest, and because of its totally analog setup, is completely eco friendly. Made for asphalt, but dares you to take it offroad.

0 Designer: Milos Todorovic

An Island of Yacht

An Island of Yacht

Behold one gigantic yacht for the folks of the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. This is “Landscape,” a yacht made to provide an ideal location for you to have fun on the boat and off, no comfort done without. The Landscape is a 75 meter trimaran with a 20 meter beam. Huge, giant, unbelievably magnificently large. There’s a staircase into the sea, a sun deck, a lounge and dining area under a canopy, a giant main deck with open floor, and cabins, galley, conference room below.

0 Designer: Jun Han Song

15 Amazing Bicycles For The Future of Seoul

15 Amazing Bicycles For The Future of Seoul

Seoul is one city that is conscious of the fact that we need to ride more bicycles and loosen up the traffic congestion. To advocate their intent Seoul Design Fair hosted the Seoul Cycle Design Competition 2010, where entries from around the world we welcomed. The mission was to provide a cycle for the city dweller, so that he can adopt cycling into his daily routine and lead a healthy lifestyle. The city on its part, promises to provide all the infrastructure needed to promote it. Let’s take a look at main features of 15 of the best entries in random order!

0 Designers: Various

Row Your Landlubbing Cart

Row Your Landlubbing Cart

Made for adults as well as children, this is the row-tastic exercise tool, similar to a city bike, where you’re able to rent, ride, and return without worry. Intended for low traffic areas, woodlands, beach, park and residential areas. Great for all sorts of forms of golf, row your way into the future of exercise and shared vehicle usage. It’s called the “RowRay,” and it’s made to sit at the back and row with your arms. This vehicle’s stripped down to the bare essentials so that you can use it, or carry it over a river if you’re on the Oregon trail, or row REALLY FAST if you’re in a RowRay race.

0 Designer: Troels Øhman

Emotional Backpack For Cyclists, What Fun!

Emotional Backpack For Cyclists, What Fun!

Here is a totally cool backpack that goes by the name of SEIL Bag. It’s a backpack meant for cyclists and features an LED Display (flexible PCB) on its face. The bag is designed to work in two modes: Driving Mode and Emotion Mode. In the Driving Mode it shows left and right turn signals for the rider, which is controlled via a detachable controller. This makes it easy for the following traffic to know the riders intent. The cool-quotient is upped with the Emotion Mode; here you can display a variety of emoticons, just for the heck of it.

0 Designers: Lee Myung Su, Park Geun Wan & Park Okhee for Leemyungsu Designlab