Straight out of my Blade Runner fantasies, Murata Electronics in Japan has made robots that can ride bikes and unicycles. This is Murata-seiko-chan, who can actually ride that teeny unicycle thanks to a number of sensors embedded in the backpack there.
Now mind you that I can’t ride a Unicycle, despite trying to and I’m made out of flesh and blood, it blows my mind that there are robots already that can ride these.
Combine this with Avatar and in the future we’ll be controlling unicycle-riding robots with our minds!
Not sure why the woman giving the demonstration is wearing a fluorescent iguana on her neck though. Maybe that’s a style thing from the future.
Do you ever think about light? I don’t mean things that aren’t heavy, I mean the shining goodness that comes from lightbulbs. Really the only time I’m pondering the wonder that is our electrical grid and its effects is when it’s vanished. Give me a good blackout and I’ll think about sweet sweet luminosity all night.
Seems some other people have a more visionary approach to light. Over at Timbuk2 they’re combining their knowledge of bags with the mission to help bring lighting to third-world countries at the 2009 Pop!Tech conference.
Their idea is to take a messenger bag and integrate a solar panel into the top, allowing people in Africa to use the bag by day and to power low-voltage lights at night. By simply extending useable light a few hours a day a family can be vastly more productive.
Even Timbuk2 realizes that the idea might not work as well as expected, but every good idea has to start somewhere.
Where so much music back then (prog rock) and today (everything recorded with ProTools) can sound dense and cluttered, Kraftwerk’s was virtually empty, implying the wide open spaces of postwar central Europe, as experienced by rail, motorcycle, or bicycle - the band’s three preferred methods of transport.
You can hear that openness in their Tour de France soundtrack. Also the breathing, drivetrains, and rhythm of the peloton. To us, Kraftwerk not only influenced a generation (including hip-hop), but their music sounds like the bike.
It’s another example of music and bikes, a topic we’re covering more this Fall and into the Spring.
Boing Boom Tschak Ping – man machine.