In Episode 1.1 of TRANSLOGIC, we introduced you to the HumanCar Imagine_PS, something that looks like a modern-day railroad car. What makes the Imagine_PS go is good old elbow grease (and a lot of it -- think of the vehicle as a four-man rowing machine), running on calories as opposed to carbons. The vehicle's two electric motors in the wheels generate about four horsepower (about the power of a weed whacker), creating what inventor Charles S. Greenwood calls a "bionic human
hybrid." Drivers can either power the car with their Hulk Hogan arms or turn on the motors for a blend of meat-based and electron-based power.
Part of the HumanCar's charm is clearly the human part of the equation. The thinking goes: Not every journey should require speeds over about 30 mph, so why would you need an engine at all? While the first upright Oreopithecus began walking and we've more or less
figured that out, turns out that there's more to getting around than our gams.
In fact, some other non-traditional transports might tempt your Flintstonian fantasties if the HumanCar doesn't put you off:
Trikke Good If You: Want A Workout
The Trikke (from the
Lykke Li school of double consonant spelling) could be pitched as the HumanCar for people short on friends: it's a one-man "carving vehicle." Row, lean and twist and the Trikke goes forward, turns and stops. It looks a little funny, but it beats walking.
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