Electric Chariot Dreamin'
Let's Take an Elegant, 'Foldable Chariot' to BURNINGMAN 2012!
Burningman 2007 Dreamcatchermobile VIDEOS:
This vehicle operates similar to how a clock escapement mechanism works.
Imagine my balancing Chariot as the L-shaped 'escapement':
(I face the other direction when traveling.)
The balanced teeter-totter action of its overall length (18ft) is actually a sideways pendulum, similar to a Grandfather clock pendulum...only sideways!
The unwinding of the weight is the driver pulling the vehicle forward.
A rhythmic hop will balance this vehicle on high-pressure fulcrum wheels, to then roll quite a distance with very little road resistance!
It's truly a 'Conservation of Momentum'-mobile!
The fulcrum wheels could be Honda, aluminum MAG, front motorcycle wheels. There are new-and-improved types of smooth tires being manufactured, that can be pumped-up safely to 80-100 psi. for charioteering purposes. Then, they are deflated back to the rated 45psi for the long haul, when it's all folded-up as a flatbed trailer.
This Current TV video shows how this vehicle moves. The runner/driver gets to moonwalk, and rhythmically be lifted up by the passenger's weight, all the while leaning over comfortable pads!
Through this charioteering experience, I've learned how to leverage the forces of gravity and forward momentum to my advantage, while being able to transport four adults with relative ease!
The Santa Barbara Chariot getting assembled.
This type of vehicle is a further evolution of the traditional rickshaw. It allows the runner to use much less effort, and all the while taking 'moonwalking' strides!
Instead, the 'Makeway Landsporter'! Very useful & simple is what you'll find!
Doin' our work by our own steam, while easily liftin’ up every pound!
As decentralized methods progress, we all could be floatin’ around.
Many Nature-inspired ideas I could suggest. Oh yes, the list is very, very tall.
But for now, I'll briefly say, "Just keep human power at the center of it all"
Drawbridge hoppin' in San Francisco! My Dreamcatchermobile works just like it. A 3-gallon jug of water is balancing me until passengers hop in. Then I bring it up to the front with me to balance again!
Now, imagine the further evolution of this...which could include roller skates for the runner! Electric motor hubs for both wheels then pushes the driver along.
If the roller skate wheels are designed to only roll in one direction, then the driver can efficiently pull the vehicle along, as well.
When the driver hops, then a TAIL FIN could effectively steer it!
Hydraulic disc brakes on the high-pressure fulcrum wheels stops this vehicle on a dime.
Do you share this electric Chariot-hoppin' vision?
With materials available, a Chariot could be assembled within a matter of a few weeks!
Dreamcatcher Swings allow a person to experience being suspended from a single point. Very relaxing.