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Occupation: Founder and Chief Technical Officer, Zero Motorcycles
Known for: Manufacturing the world’s least offensive–read: quiet and eco-friendly–two-wheeled machines. After setting a World Aviation Record (for creating the world’s first human-powered helicopter) and serving as a NASA project manager, Saiki founded Zero Motorcycles–home of the fully-electric dirtbike.
After a year of blowing motocross minds (like mine, because doing pony hops all day without smelling like 2-stroke fuel all night, or pinning it up a hillside without releasing any ugly emissions into the atmosphere, are such joyous prospects that I could just hug someone) Zero Motorcycles has now released a street bike that offers similar benefits (silent operation, lightweight body, instant torque, and no need for fossil fuels) to its predecessor. Lordy, lordy… what will Saiki dream up next?
Filed under: 2-Stroke, Eco-Friends, Electric Dirtbike, Electric Motorcycle, Emissions, Green Solutions, Innovation, Motocross, NASA, Neal Saiki, Pony Hops, Street Bikes, Two-Wheeled Fun, Zero Motorcycles
Hails from: Hong Kong
Occupation: Visual Artist
Why He’s A Babe: Besides rocking cool-geek chic as naturally as black hair, Wong applies poetic impressions of Hong Kong to very quirky, easy-on-the-eyes “experiments.”
Recently, Wong created a wheeled homeless shelter–including a bed and a desk–that unfolds from the shape of a robot (see photo, above). He says: “My question is: what if the homeless shelter is beautiful, to the point where it becomes a public artwork on the street?”
A four-eyed do-gooder with great intentions and an even better aesthetic? If that ain’t hot, we don’t know what is.
A Chinese company, Ruyan Ltd. Group, has developed an electronic cigarette that allows you to check your Tweets, log onto Facebook, send an IM, and enjoy a smokeless smoke. Sound too good to be true? Well, it is, except for the smokeless smoke part. Ruyan–which means “like smoking”–produced its first e-cigarette in 2004, using a patented technology that dissolves nicotine in a cartridge and then pumps it out in a vapor that resembles smoke. An LED light simulates a real cigarette’s ember tip so you don’t look like a complete tool sucking on it. While the battery-operated Ruyan V8 ain’t cheap ($240 for the cigarette, batteries, and 20 cartridges of nicotine solution), some see it as a safer-alternative to smoking.
David Sweanor, an adjunct law professor at Ottawa University and former legal counsel of the Non Smokers Rights Association in Canada, said:
“It’s the delivery system that’s killing people. Anytime you suck smoke into your lungs you’re going to do yourself a great deal of damage. Nicotine has some slight risks but they are minor compared to the risk of smoke in cigarettes.“
Still, the e-cigarette has yet to be approved by the FDA or your Hardass Asian Mother.
Justin Kan, a 23 year-old Yale graduate, has come up with the brilliant idea to strap a camera to his head 24/7, thus documenting his every move.
Explore San Francisco? You don’t say!
Watch Justin get take-out! Watch Justin play poker! Watch Justin meet a real black person on the street! Watch Justin sleep!
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