The foreground of this mobility proposal seeks a reconfigured urban landscape by balancing the preconditions of energy, storage, and independence.
The 'Kenisis' targets extropic trends of what technologist and author Kevin Kelly lists as “efficiency, opportunity, emergence, complexity, diversity, specialization, ubiquity, freedom, mutualism, beauty, sentience, structure, and evolvability”
Central to the 'Kenisis' 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 stabile 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.
This 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.
It is structured as an enabling platform that democratizes ridership and frequency within the bike lane. A focus of a later investigation; software integration would create incentive mechanism tailors a reward stream based on a users fitness effort, calories, and distance milestones. Social network connectivity creates an enhanced experience launching competition andcollegial motivation to adopt human powered mobility into the dailyroutine.
The following images are the first concepts, then follows the re-investigation and modeling of a functioning chassis and kinetic model. It is a continuing investigation.
MIT Media Lab
Mech. Eng.Nicholas Pennycooke