Soaring fuel prices and unavailability of parking space are gonna be the major problems, especially in urban environment, for the people owning personal vehicles in the days to come. Providing a solution, Dutch designer Niek de Kort has conceived a vehicle concept dubbed the “Gravity Vehicle” that integrates photovoltaic panels to harness the solar power, and occupies very little space for parking as well. The single-seater also integrates flaps that pop out, as soon as you steer it, to support the single-wheeled vehicle. Once the vehicle is in motion, gravity does the rest to keep it balanced, even at high speed, on the road. Moreover, the futuristic vehicle ensures a stylish ride without compromising the comfort.
Taking cue from the rainwater flowing smoothly on the leaves, Argentine design studio Synopsis has come up with an innovative umbrella that much like the Filterbrella collects and filters the rainwater for drinking purpose. The “Umbrella Recollector,” as they hail it, features a cone shaped fabric to collect rainwater, which you can pour into the water bottles after appropriate purification through built-in filter. Moreover, you can adjust the knob to screw bigger bottles and store drinking water for future use.
Taking cue from one of the most wonderful creations of the Nature, the flower, Portuguese designer Alexander Castro has come up with a public seating called the “Flower Seat” that as its name indicate blooms like a flower to receive guests or visitors in a park or a marketplace. The public seating features the frame finished in high-density polypropylene and recycled plastic, while the seat and back are made in interlaced ribbons of cork oak. The sustainable seat also includes a base, underneath each seat, composed by reused shock absorbing springs of old cars. With cities fast becoming a jungle of thick concrete, the Flower seat with its organic form and sustainable materials presents a refreshing design.
VeloMini is designed to pluck you out from several troubling scenarios. It makes commuting easier, cleaner and greener, saves you from many a parking hassles and facilitates a “multi-modal” commute in which you ride the bicycle to the station, carry it on-board, and at the other end ride to your destination. This sturdily built foldable electric bike weighs just 31 lbs.
The folding mechanism involves simply loosening a knob, breaking down the seat and steering tubes, and then retightening the knob. Once folded the VeloMini rises just by just 18”. The controls are very straight forward. Equipped with 24v, 6AH Lithium-ion battery which charges under 3 hours, the VeloMini is powered by 180 watt brushless hub electric motor.
The bicycle is very easy to ride. You just have to hop on and start pedaling. While the default mode for the VeloMini is pedal assist you have freedom to choose your riding style between pedal assist, pedal and throttle, or throttle only. The range you achieve of course depends on how much you pedal. The bicycle can easily reach the speeds of 8-12 miles/hr. The wheels may be small but they help VeloMini ride like a normal bike. The bicycles brakes are a normal V-brake in the front and a drum brake in the rear. Tagged at $995 the VeloMini is already in the market and comes with a case, carry strap, charger, toolkit and a manual.