Indian student designs wearable Personal Mobility Vehicle inspired from Segway

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Everyone knows about Segway, it’s a common thing now, but it was still not so compact. Therefore, it was obvious that it would inspire designers to design better mobility solution. Bimal Rajappan is a Mobility and Vehicle Design student from India. He displayed his Segway inspired wearable mobility design at the Design Degree Show 2012, an annual design festival organized by IIT Bombay’s Industrial Design Centre.

Bimal’s mobility design seems to be one of the most appealing among other entries from 57 students in variety of fields like Visual Communication, Interaction Design, Animation Design, Mobility and Vehicle Design, and Product Design. The mobility concept design comprises of two hubless wheels, which the user straps to his legs and are powered by the integrated electric motors. The control unit is also wearable like an exoskeleton. Put them on your arms and control your vehicle as if you are using a simulator. As a basic requirement, like every other mobility vehicle, the concept includes suspensions through a pneumatic system comprising of dampers. Bimal call them air muscles. A battery and the processing unit are attached to the back of the frame inside an LED illuminated unit.This unit provides stability to the device, but still Bipan showed major concern about the overheating of batteries.

The face of futuristic personal mobility designs is getting clearer with constant examples, which the industrial designers are displaying with their advanced and compact mobility solutions. Portability, ease of control and preferably autonomous control programs are trying to make their way into urban mobility designs.

The mentioned concept mobility design looks fantastic for it has been designed cleverly and holds a great scope amidst the crowded cities of future.

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