View Full Version : Bombardier EMBRIO One-Wheel

08-19-2005, 07:56 AM
<IMG SRC="http://www.gizmag.com/pictures/hero/2350_02.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.gizmag.com/watermark.php?p=2350_01.jpg" BORDER="0"> <IMG SRC="http://www.gizmag.com/watermark.php?p=2350_03.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><I>This <B>hydrogen fuel cell powered, gyroscopically balanced, one-wheeled recreational and commuting </B>vehicle provides an extraordinary vision of the kind of personal transport we could be using 20 years from now. <p>The design brief for Bombadier EMBRIO Concept was to "create highly innovative, functional and exciting products to exceed people's recreational needs" and find the "next thing" in recreational vehicles. The result is a futuristic and minimalistic one-wheeler that is as about far away as you can get from the conventional image of a uni-cycle - a mode of transport normally associated with circuses and street parades.<p>Balancing Act<p>The <B>riding position will be similar to a motorcycle </B>with a complex series of sensors and gyroscopes balancing passengers on the single wheel. The rider activates a trigger on the left handlebar to accelerate and turns are made by shifting body-weight rather than actually steering. <p><B>When the EMBRIO concept is at rest in "stand-by configuration", the front wheels deploy to the ground like landing gear on a plane to increase longitudinal stability</B>. <B>The landing gear retracts when the vehicle speed reaches 20 km/h but even without the landing gear, the EMBRIO would be stable when motionless because of the gyroscope</B>.<p>The EMBRIO concept's main power source is a <B>hydrogen fuel cell and additional advanced technologies including a high-performance braking system, active suspension, night vision, a digitally encoded key and robotic assistance </B>would be incorporated into the design.<p>The Concept is constructed from <B>lightweight materials including Polypropylene, Santoprene, nylon (injection moulding), aluminum (stamping, die casting and robotic assembly), magnesium (casting) and the use of fuel cell technology and recycling of aluminum and polyethylene</B> is designed to make the Bombardier EMBRIO an eco-friendly design throughout its life cycle.<p>The Bombardier EMBRIO concept is one of several concepts proposed by Canadian based Bombardier Recreational Products and it received the Gold Award at the 2003 Annual Design Awards (Industrial Design Society of America & Business Week Magazine).<p>Dimensions and weight<p>48.75" x 27.5" x 47.5" 360 lb <p>124 cm x 70 cm x 120 cm 164 kg <p>Content Links <p><A HREF="http://www.recreation.bombardier.com" TARGET="_blank">Bombadier Recreational Products site</A></i><p>A look into the future of the circus & their clowns' entertainment-purposed transportation..its kind of cool tech though, wonder if the battery pack will last longer, or as long, as a Segway i180's<p>Source: <A HREF="http://www.gizmag.com/go/2350/1/" TARGET="_blank">Gizmag</A>

08-19-2005, 10:48 AM
It seems very pointless if you ask me. I honestly can see no use for this vehicle whatsoever.

08-20-2005, 01:58 PM
I can, Segway competition.

08-20-2005, 02:39 PM
it's bombardier...they had to come up with something else besides the propulsion system for sea-doos...

The Water Is Poison
08-20-2005, 04:37 PM
This is actually very cool looking, and who knows, you may have one in a few years when oil is up to 10 dollars a gallon.

Speedster S
08-21-2005, 09:55 AM
This is very unique to say the least...

08-23-2005, 09:34 AM
Looks cool and very unique, but would be more expensive than a segway if produced.

08-23-2005, 09:40 PM
Is there some assembly required and do you have to put on the decals? I bet it looks cool transformed to humanoid. :D

08-24-2005, 12:59 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Nick</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">it's bombardier...they had to come up with something else besides the propulsion system for sea-doos...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Bombardier does a lot more than propulsion for seadoos, but I am sure you knew that already. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>wonder what first celebrity will buy this, or in what first film it will appear. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/1orglaugh.gif" BORDER="0">

08-24-2005, 01:02 AM
I thought this concept is atleast a few years old?<p>With bombardier in financial strait jacket still I think it would be unlikely for them to go for this until the figure things out.<p>cost wise it should not be too expensive especially now MEM parts are much much cheaper.

08-24-2005, 07:08 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Nick</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">it's bombardier...they had to come up with something else besides the propulsion system for sea-doos...</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Do you mean like Polaris Motorcycles, or perhaps new york's subway trains?

08-24-2005, 10:24 AM
AFAIK Bombarier is actually 3 groups of seperate companies, Aerospace, Transportation (ie subway trains and the ill-fated NY-&gt;DC train), and Recreational Transport.. I think right now RT is kinda not doing well.. but then again all 3 companies business are rather cyclic to telln you the truth.<p><br><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Santeno</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Do you mean like Polaris Motorcycles, or perhaps new york's subway trains?</TD></TR></TABLE>

08-24-2005, 01:57 PM
Perhaps the unicycle riders in the circus could take one to work? Much like the Segway, this seems like one of those nifty novelties just to show that something can be done.

08-27-2005, 09:47 PM
Oooo that's pretty.

08-27-2005, 11:23 PM
Well, I could go on for days about how dorky this thing looks, but the truth of it is it's refreshing to see a company actually considering the days beyond cheap petroleum. Can you imagine how much easier getting around a city like Beijing, NYC, Paris, or Bombay would be if everyone rode something like this?<p>Hopefully sometime in the not-too-distant future technology like this will be commonplace.

09-01-2005, 01:12 PM
This is so much cooler than the Segway. I would actually like to see them stuff a petrol engine in it and start a racing league, though.

09-05-2005, 12:09 PM
Crazy, wacky, weird, funky, cartoony, comic, funny..?Definately!This thing would never succeed in today's western countries BUT i think the over-consuming and pioneering Japanese market will be a sure thing..people will buy them like candy!!