Inside a lab at the University of Queensland, engineers are making a brain stem-shaped component of a bike wheel, and hoping to one day make it into a bicycle.
Key points:Engineers are creating a new brain stem component for a vertical bicycle wheelThe team is hoping the brain-shaped device will be used in a bicycle that is taller than a normal bicycle wheelA prototype bicycle wheel made from the new brain-inspired component was tested at the Institute of Medical Engineering at the university’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Science.
“We have created a brainstem-shaped bicycle wheel that can be mounted on a bike and ridden horizontally,” Dr David Bowers said.
“The brain stem is a bit like a wheel with a hole in the middle and a hub that connects to the wheel hub.”
Dr Bowers, who is based at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, said the bike wheel was designed to be attached to a bicycle without the need for a chain or a fork.
“There’s a lot of different components on a bicycle, from spokes to wheels and wheels and spokes to spokes,” he said.
Dr Bower said the brain was a relatively easy and simple material to produce, and the team could have created the component for the bike from scratch.
“It’s a good way to do the basic engineering of the bicycle, but we’ve also designed the whole system around the brain,” he explained.
“So the whole design was pretty straightforward.”
The bike wheel is made up of two separate components.
One of these, a hub, is attached to the bicycle frame, while the other, a battery, is connected to a sensor that detects the position of the wheel on the bicycle.
The hub is connected by an electric motor to a motor which drives a servo, which is mounted on the bottom of the bike.
The servo moves a spring to move the hub, and it’s this spring that sends power to the sensor that tells the bike to ride forward.
Dr David Bower, from the Department’s Department, explains the inner workings of the ‘brain stem’ component, which can be attached and ridden on a motorcycle.
Dr James G. Bowers is one of three scientists working on the bike component.
He said the whole bike could be powered by the sensor, or the wheel itself could be switched on and off, but there was a need to build a system that could be attached directly to the bike and used as a normal part of a bicycle frame.
“You can’t have a standard bicycle frame without the sensor,” Dr Bowers explained.
Dr Gowers said the sensor was mounted to the bottom and the wheel was mounted at the top of the frame.
The sensor is attached by an electrical motor to the hub.
He said the sensors could detect the position and orientation of the hub and move the motor, which would cause the bike forward.
“In a normal bike frame, there’s a spring on the hub that moves the wheel, but this is a little more complicated,” he told ABC Radio Adelaide.
“Because there’s two sensors, there are three sensors, the two sensors are attached to one hub, which means that they’re both moving simultaneously.”
Then there’s the second sensor that’s attached to an electrical battery that’s in the hub itself, and then the third sensor is connected between the two hub and the battery.
“Dr Gower said it was a very small sensor that would be able to detect the movement of the whole bicycle, and he hoped the technology would be used on bikes with longer legs.”
If you had a longer wheel that you’d have to have more spokes, the longer the wheel has to be, the more spokes you’ll need,” he added.”
I’m very excited about this because it’s very similar to the motor that is used in the motor of a motorcycle, so that’s a real nice fit for this sensor.
“The team hopes the new device will one day be used to make bikes that are taller than standard bicycles.”
That would be an awesome possibility because you could get a bike that’s taller than the average person,” Dr Gowers explained, “and we could make a really nice bike that you could ride up a mountain or a mountain bike up a hill and it would be much more stable and stable than the typical bicycle.