GIVE IT SOME, ER, ELECTRICITY!
You can’t help feeling that most of the electric motorbikes on the market are not quite sure of themselves. They all want to look like traditional motorbikes and hide their true identity. But not the Johammer J1. It’s not only the boldest and least conventional electric motorcycle out there; it is probably also the quietest and most innovative.
Austrian Johann Hammerschmid spawned this lovechild of the Batcycle and a Junkers Ju 52. The stroke of genius and its centrepiece is the lithium-ion battery, which, at 70kg, accounts for almost half its total weight. The Johammer J1 weighs in at just 178kg, generates 15bhp and can reach 120kph. But it’s not the engine limiting the top speed; on-board electronics artificially keep it down to maintain a range of over 200km when the battery is fully charged.
“I want to create the most powerful super-sportscar with an electric engine, not just the most powerful sportscar with an electric engine,” says Mate Rimac, an inventor and speed-freak from Croatia. Rimac isn’t keeping his know-how to himself. The battery from his Concept One car now also features in the Swedish Koenigsegg Regera, the world’s most powerful production car.
MY PARENTS: HAL & K.I.T.T.
NOT AN ALARM CLOCK.
This white gnome was invented by Cynthia Breazeal and provides us witha pretty revealing perspective of the future of home robotics. The socially interactive robot Jibo was all the rage on Indiegogo last summer. The project pulled in an incredible $2.3 million, more than any other tech campaign. Jibo doesn’t just speak, listen, see, feel, light up and do everything every laptop already can; it can also learn and adapt to the needs of its owners… sorry, friends.
WHAT BATMAN wears UNDER THAT SUIT.
Dhananja Jayalath and Christopher Wiebe couldn’t afford personal trainers back when they were both students at the University of Waterloo in Canada in 2010 so they made their own by cramming a T-shirt and shorts full of some 30 (!) sensors. Five years down the line, their baby, called Athos, is about to revolutionise our workouts. The ultra-sensitive sensors, developed especially for the purpose, record all muscle activity below the skin plus the respiratory and heart rate, and send their results to a smartphone app. The app compiles an individual training programme and tracks your progress. Come on! Come on! Just two more press-ups!
What can the supershirt do?
EMG (electromyography) measures muscle activity
Six sensors focus solely on the heart rate
Special detectors record breathing patterns
Material expels sweat and heat
Integrated level 50 UV protection for the skin