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Schweeb Gets A Million Bucks

Posted in Bizarre, Commuter Cars, EcoLust by Dustin Driver | October 9th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

In the future, I will bike to the neighborhood Schweeb port, squeeze into a transparent Schweeb pod, and pedal down the monorail at 35 miles per hour, sailing over the gridlock below. That’s designer Geoffrey Barnett’s vision, and Google just gave him a million bucks to develop it further. The brilliantly crazy Kiwi came up with the idea while visiting Tokyo and promptly flew home to build the contraption for a New Zealand amusement park. It’s a sweet idea—the Schweeb pods are super aerodynamic and thanks to slick ball-bearings at the monorail track, there’s barely any rolling resistance. Another cool feature: Schweeb pods can pivot up to 60 degrees in the corners, giving Schweeb riders a real Top Gun experience. So what’s with the million bucks? A few years ago, Google asked inventors to submit ideas that could help people across the world. They called it Project 10^100 and put up $10 million in prize money. The people voted on the projects and the Schweeb was a winner. No word on what Barnett plans to do with the money, but it would be cool to see a Schweeb monorail over the streets of San Francisco or New York.

Source: Gizmag

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