(Our next Design Meetup is next Thursday, Nov. 1!)
Smaller & quicker for City Homes. At our 5th Meetup, Daniel Stillman showed us how he's trying to improve urban travel while keeping in mind that many of us live in homes with little space and the occasional four floor walkup. Still in concept mode (Daniel's finishing up at Pratt), the crowd responded heartily to the challenge and Daniel gave folks rides on his prototype outside on the street...
- Nano Skate
- Short Range Human Powered Vehicle
Our basic design space in in short range human powered vehicles - when a bike is too cumbersome (under 2 miles) or when the number of trips becomes large (we've talked to professionals like dogwalkers, at-your-home piano teachers, and personal trainers who use various forms of transportation to help their busy days.)
We're visualizing scooter (see //www.xootr.com) sharing programs as cheaper, less space-intensive alternatives to bike sharing and have some possible donors lined up for beta test program.
We're investigating designing for the hard-core scooter user as well as trying to design devices that could re-capture mass-market appeal for non-bike, non-skate transportation.