EDWARD – Electric Diwheel With Active Rotation Damping

Students from the University of Adelaide’s School of Mechanical Engineering have build a pretty cool human operated diwheel as a school project, and I must say, the thing looks REALLY fun to drive, even though it might make me a bit nauseated after a while. Check it out:

This project by students in the School of Mechanical Engineering, the University of Adelaide involved the construction of a human operated diwheel called EDWARD. Many diwheels in the past have been human powered or powered by IC engines. This one is purely electric. It has additional functionality lacking in other models, including inbuilt dynamic lateral stability and slosh control to prevent “gerbiling” or tumbling in aggressive braking or acceleration maneuvers. The diwheel also incorporates a unique feature that allows the rider to drive the vehicle when “upside down” – keeping the vehicle in its unstable state.

[Via Technabob]





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8 Responses to EDWARD – Electric Diwheel With Active Rotation Damping

  1. I'm not generally one for extreme sports, but I see this and think "this needs its own extreme sport."

  2. yeah…I've got the I wants.  But can I have a model that adds a storage compartment so I can hit the library or gym in it?  ^_^

  3. I immediately thought about the monowheel from South Park that Mr Garrison invents. "At least it beats flying"

  4. Define irony:
    A bunch of aussies inventing a vehicle to help them drive up-side down, down under.

    Does that even make sense?

  5. Define irony:
    A bunch of aussies building a vehicle to help them drive up-side down, down under.

    Does that even make sense?

  6. Way Cool!!….just hope Disney doesn't buy the rights and hide the plans away in some secret warehouse like the Ark of the Covenant…..lol! The competition if anyone could buy one of these would kill all the thrill rides at their parks…lol!