T.E Lawrence and Invention of Helmets
If you wear a helmet today, then you owe to this gentleman.

You may ask what connect both of them?
Who was T.E Lawrence ?
T.E. Lawrence was a British military officer who took part in the Great Arab Revolt and later wrote the memoir -The Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
Born on August 16, 1888, in Wales, Thomas Edward Lawrence became an expert in Arab affairs as a junior archaeologist in Carchemish on the Euphrates River from 1911 to 1914, working for the British Museum on archaeological excavations. The versality of his activities and associations, and his ability to describe them vividly in writing, earned him international fame as Lawrence of Arabia.
Atleast 3 films are produced about him and the most popular one is Lawrence of Arabia
The end of an Era
T.E bought one of the first SS100s in 1925 having previously owned three Brough SS80s.(Records says he owned total of 8 Brough’s in which one was yet to be delivered while his death). While driving his George VII (He had the habbit of naming his bikes as George and this motorcycle was 7th in the list) he met with an accident.The crash that would end Lawrence's life on a narrow road near his cottage near Wareham in 1935. The accident occurred because a dip in the road obstructed his view of two boys on bicycles. Swerving to avoid them, Lawrence lost control and was thrown over the handlebars.
There was no helmets at that time and he suffered serious head injuries that left him in a coma; he died after six days in hospital.
Motorcycle riding was in its infant stage and there was literally no thoughts on the safety of the rider.Hugh Cairns a Neurosurgeon attending T.E went on to do a long study on the head injuries and crash helmets.His research has lead to the introduction and popular use of Helmets.
If you wear a helmet today, then you owe to this gentleman.Today it save a lot lives on the road.
T.E Lawarance on his SS100 Brough-Note that there is no Helmets in the image.
A recent report on Motorcycle accidents : 98.6% of bikers who died didn’t wear a helmet.-98.6% of bikers who died didn't wear a helmet - Times of India

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Strati-First 3D Printed Car



Strati-First 3D Printed Car

Strati is the first of its kind Car from the 3D Printing Generation. It was debuted in the  2015 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS-15) .It is a single piece body- 3D printed in a single machine. In crisp Strati is two seater which can go maximum of 25 Miles/Hr. Jay Rogers who is the behind the idea is the CEO of Local motors have plan to sell 3 of the same model. It took approx. 44 Hours to completely print the Chassis which may not look so aesthetic in today’s world but as technology matures the finish of the car could go up. Strati takes the Motor, Battery and suspension from Renault's Twizy which also a City Micro Car.


Strati from Local Motors
Strati is priced between 18000$ to 30000$ which is costly one comparing today’s Car Market but definitely it’s a Technology marvel.


UBEER 1 is another car which is technically first 3D Printed Car. Same used a set of 3D Printed parts and the same is integrated to form the full Chassis. Finish on the part is owing to the reason it was separately prepared and used different Rapid prototyping technology (3 D printing).

UBEER-1



Though 3D printing (Rapid Prototyping) is not a mainline manufacturing technique due the strength capabilities and other limitations , we will see the same used for Mass production owing to less time for part creation and customization possibilities.


Few companies like Koenigsegg has already using 3 D printed parts in the saleable cars as the volume is less and give freedom on customization. Seeing the current trend in another  3 years the 3D Printing  would be main stream mass manufacturing process in many Automobile OEM’s

Gogoro-The Tesla in Scooters.

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Gogoro claims that it is the first and only Smart Scooter. It is an Electric scooter with Out of the Box thoughts. Let’s see what is the package is about.



Gogoro is a well researched product and studied about the usage of scooters in the US cities (Mega cities).It came with reasoning that scooters are used for short commutation compared to Motorcycles. It uses a battery (Li Ion 18650) from Panasonic; exactly the one used by Tesla S. Battery Swap kiosk will be placed on the hot-spots and a customer can easily swap if he gets a battery Charge message. You need to find the nearest kiosk and swap the battery. Trials shows swapping of Battery are done within one minute compared to Tesla’s Battery swapping of six minutes. Mobile play vital role in communication through specific apps for the same.
Why is it smart?  Same is been answered! Total 30 Sensors in and out of the scooter which keeps tracking and report any issues if any part or function does not work. It has Bluetooth pairing capability with your Phones and tablets. Customization of both Head lamps and Tail amps; Tone modification for booting up and shutting down..It has filled a lot of features for the customer to feel fresh and new every time the ride is done.

Spec shows the speed as mph and acceleration 0-30 mph in 4 Seconds. Looks good in render and in the Proto as shown in CES. Cost is not mentioned and seems it will be similar to how Tesla has positioned. Gogoro has envisioned a lot about the product and have plan for swapping stations for the Batteries at many points in the City Hubs. Emission less Scooters will be the next big thing. Putting infrastructure is a big challenge for any Battery Operated Vehicle. Green Hopes!! that Gogoro will go for production.