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Yamaha Branded Deus Ex Machina Motorcycle Exoskeleton: A Segway On Steroids

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Art Center Pasadena student Jake Loniak has taken everything that is cool about exoskeletons and motorcycles and crammed it into this Yamaha-branded Deus Ex Machina concept motorcycle. The vehicle is powered by ultra-capacitors and doped nano-phoshpate batteries (similar to the ones currently used in hybrid cars) and it is controlled using 36 pneumatic muscles with two linear actuators set along a spine consisting of seven artificial vertebrae. Even the helmet is pneumatically attached.

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If constructed, the designer believes that it could achieve a top speed of 75mph (0-60mph in 3 seconds) with a recharge time of 15 minutes and cycle time of one hour. We may never know if that is true, but I say throw some sort of storage compartment on this thing and let's find out. [Art Center Pasadena via Hell For Leather]

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newgalactic
newgalactic

It looks like it's rear-wheel drive. So it's looks like Migo's concern is valid. So, serious limitations on acceleration. Also, it looks like it breaks with the front wheels. So I'm concerned that breaking too fast could cause it to tip forward. This is especially scary, because guess what's the first thing to hit the ground if it tips forward (hope it's a strong helmet).