The Voltitude bike

By , June 13, 2011 9:56 pm

I first saw this electric bike here.

What I love about this design is the way it folds up into this very small footprint. Have a look at the video:

httpvhd://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAoI78p2p1M

It’s about 20kg (44pounds) and the max speed is 25kph (16mph).

voltitude folding bike electric

voltitude folding bike electric

voltitude folding bike electric

I like the very simple graphic interface.

voltitude folding bike electric
There website is here: http://www.voltitude.com/ and they have this neat video in french: http://www.voltitude.com/news/voltitude-on-swiss-national-tv.html
They say, they spend a lot of personal money on the project.  They have 800 pre-order and the Chinese are interested!

In the video they talk about the price and it should be between 4000 to 5000 Swiss Franc (CHF) so that is $4782 to $5980 US.

Flying quadracopter PCB

By , June 1, 2011 6:42 pm

I am 100% you saw this in the news a couples of weeks ago.

crazyflies_quadracopter_flying_robot

I was blown away by the design until I read a comment that linked to this:

 

nconev2_quadracopter_flying_robot

This is NC one V2

In my personal opinion, I think that the bolt holding the motor should be replace by something else. There is 4 of them, it’s heavy! When I worked in Hong Kong, on RC toys helicopters they use to remove every single grams of weight they could! 1 grams can change everything on very small craft like this one. I would of tried a press fit plastic adapter. The plastic adapter clips in the PCB and the motors is the press fit.

NC one V2 flying robot cnc cut out PCB

NC one V2 quadracopter flying robot PCB layout

Look at that sexy components layout! Very well done!

NC one v2 getting cut in CNCThey get a normal squared PCB and they cut with the CNC.

 

Here is NC one v1
NC one v1

nc one v1 in hand

Very small!

You can visit there website here : http://www.nanokopter.at/tiki_v6/ ( in German). They are working on V3! It should be ready this summer… June 2011.

Here is the link of the first quadracopter: http://www.daedalus.nu/category/crazycopter/

If you like flying things, check this other amazing German builder: http://www.smartflyer.de/index.html (In German) He has been building quadracopter for years!

Smart Flyer III

If you know about other small quadracopter, please leave a comment!

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