'A display of a new landscape of energy, storage, and independence in motion'
'kinesis' the Greek root to the adjective of 'Kenetic' meaning motion. The 'kinetic energy' of an object is the energy is possesses due to its motion.
The mobile experience connects information and people to physical spaces. The primary motivation for this stream of research is to blend connective technology to vehicle platform to create multiple tiers of benefits to increase adoption through new business ventures and sustainable urban implementation.
Central to the 'Kinesis' is not a replacement of the car, but a persuading step. The three wheel configuration of a powered rear wheel and parallel steering front wheels provide stable maneuvering. The wheels, and wind-screen are united by the folding chassis. The asymmetrical folding chassis is central to its viability across many demographics exhibiting an obstruction free entry. Just like sitting in a school desk, the asymmetrical frame provides a seat instead of a saddle.
The motor assisted vehicle follows the dimensional, power and weight constraints of a bike lane. Cycling efforts generate and store the power for the motor.
The combination of generator, resistance controller and battery module work in tandem for an 'off-grid' dynamic mobility experience that reduces the carbon footprint with human power.
In other words, cycling efforts would not be constant. The pedals not mechanically connected like a bicycle gearing rather to a generator. The generator would then change a battery that would then power the motor. This relieves the rider from overcoming the mass of the vehicle. Therefore making it possible to travel up hill with an equal or less effort as you would on a flat surface since your cycling is only turning a generator. The rider could also choose to pedal at a red light to charge, and then use the stored power to 'motor through' a short commute on battery.
The 'kinesis' is a shared vehicle concept that demonstrates design opportunities that relate to remote monitored health, social connectivity, business incentives, ergonomic barriers, environmental conditions, motivational technology, and urban integration toward mass adoption of human powered mobility for all.
This 'persuasive vehicle concept', in other words designed to encourage exercise with mobility. The vehicle follows the dimensional constraints of a bike lane, while offering a stream-lined ventilated enclosure. The enclosure is constructed of a monofilm, closely resembling its material roots in windsurfing. Construction of the enclosure directly adapts a windsurfing rig for its weight, transparency, durability and collapsable structure. The collapsed structure can be stored in an onboard storage compartment. Additionally, to fitting with the bike width it also folds down from its driven 3'-0" to 1'-3".
'RigWheel' is propelled by modified recumbent bike mechanics. The drive mechanism is made up of three wheels with a rubberized profile that engage with a corresponding profile to the 'big wheel'. The larger drive wheel centered between two smaller wheels on tensioner arms. The three work in concert when braking and starting from zero where the driver may otherwise find themselves swinging up or back. The tensioner arms have a built in damper to resist this kickback or lunge effect. Together the 'Rig Wheel' is the hub-less wheeled vehicle without the excess cost of the traditionally structured giant wheel bearing (etc) hub-less assembly.