Monday, April 7, 2014

Generate electricity pedaling

The above picture reminds me of what I learned in school “parallel lines meet at infinity” But these are not parallel, one made by the edge of the plane’s wing and the other by a jet. Something that I saw from the plane a little after we took off from Schiphol airport at Amsterdam.

As the sun came up this looked wonderful. Maybe Swiss airlines could use this picture for their advertisement (wishful thinking)
Before take off, I had a lot of time to kill and was exploring the airport.

Like this idea of collecting loose change – for a worthy cause.

Saw this eating place and I feel it was a bit over designed for an eating joint. Looks more like a submarine in the  making.

An eye catching ad for rental cars.

Noticed this Cycle at the airport. It may be a technological innovation but what caught my attention was its stand. A simple contraption attached to the pedal acts as a stand. It is so cost effective and convenient, as compared to the normal bicycle stands.   

As for the cycle, it has been just introduced in the market a week ago and the kick off was at the Schiphol airport.
As per the manufacturer:
“The hybrid drive system brings the power directly to the drive wheel with its high performance dual winding motor, while at the same time also serving as a generator: When you pedal, mechanical energy transforms into electricity and feeds the e-bike battery – to a certain extent self generating. By adding energy the standard range of 30 kilometers can be increased even more. Using a throttle, the motor drive can be controlled and you can ride the Mando Footloose even without pedaling.”

What I like about it is that it can be folded and put in a bag and pushed around like a strolly.

The price may be a little steep but then this could be the answer to the heavy traffic problem that exists in many cities.

By the way all the above pictures were clicked with my mobile as my camera was packed and stashed away in my hand luggage. 


Anonymous said...

That picture with the Swiss wing is classic - Charles

Lady Lilith said...

Your phone has a really nice camera.
The airport looks like a nice one.

Susan Kane said...

Oh, the things we can find at an airport. And then there is the Air Mall catalog in the bag of the seat. Very cool bike. Wonder if the price will ever drop? '
Over from the A to Z challenge.

Rama Ananth said...

Wow! the bike sounds interesting.The pictures are very nice.
So you back travelling again, which are the countries you are visiting this time?

Haddock said...

Only Amsterdam Rama. Back after 10 days with a good collection of photographs.

Anonymous said...

Very fresh look in your photography. I like it very much.

Janey and Co. said...

Very good idea.. the bike. I do think it a bit expensive.
That wing tip of Swiss Air should be framed and in their headquarters. I would show it to them. My husband and I have spent many an hour at Schipol. We even met it's director (long story). It is a very fine airport.
Thanks for the my blog! I hope that you will come again. Janey

Lowell said...

Your mobile phone does a good job with photos. Or maybe you've also got a very steady hand. Love that first shot! And the bike - it's certainly an interesting design and I agree re the bike stand. That's one of those things you wonder "Why didn't I think of that?" :)

River said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. I like that Swiss Air photo, maybe you should send a copy to them.

Sandee said...

Looks like you entertained yourself very well while at the airport. There is usually lots of things to see.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

Theresa Mahoney said...

Our airport has nothing fancy to look at while we wait. I really love your Swiss Air photo. Very professional looking!

TexWisGirl said...

that is a slick cycle!

Mimsie said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. You blog is so very interesting. I hope to return before too long.
I've not been to an airport for many a year so have no idea what ours looks like these days.

Jim and Sandie said...

Didn't realize you could make an airport such an interesting place to wait. Most of the airports I've been in have just been a place to wait, and wait, and wait. Gorgeous shots of the plane wing. You really have a wonderful eye. What an amazing bike. Wonder how long before it comes to the States?

Alka Gurha said...

You visited Amsterdam recently? Lovely captures. Look at the Gujarati umbrella next to Ganesha.