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Mike, that is so cool!  Thank you so much for sharing!  They even talk about the segway in the pitch.  I can't wait to show that video to my kids.  Their website says they are hiring. Maybe our kids can get their resumes in order!

That was really cool, thanks!
Sonya in Harrisonburg


On Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 10:58 PM, Michael Blanpied <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Dear FLL Coaches,

You and your transportation-immersed teams might find this pretty interesting. A 19-year-old guy has invented a motorcycle called the Uno, which uses only one wheel (actually, a pair of side-by-side wheels) and operates like an electric-powered unicycle.

The Uno uses active balancing and rider detection, accelerometers, and feedback--similar to a Segway scooter--to remain upright and move. It's a very cool concept, and the prototype looks very cool as well. The young inventor has won several awards, started a company, received venture capital funding, and is developing the bike.

The web site, http://www.the-uno.com/, contains pictures and links to several magazine article and awards. The site includes a video of the 19-year-old inventor presenting the idea to the Dragons--a panel of venture capitalists--hoping that they'll invest in his company so he can develop the bike; that video includes footage of him riding the Uno.

On a related topic, several people have built miniature Segway scooters with the NXT kit, using either a light, ultrasonic or accelerometer sensor as the feedback input. Building and programming a self-balancing robot is a neat project for more advanced NXTists. For those wanting a further challenge, the robot can be controlled from afar using Bluetooth, with a laptop, cell phone or another NXT brick as the controller. There are examples posted to http://mindstorms.lego.com/NXTLOG/.

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Cheers,
Mike Blanpied
Reston, VA
2006 #4809 Nano People
2007 #1666 Power Bunnies
2008 #5013 BLT--Brilliant LEGO Team

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