Artist battles bad air in Beijing with home-made 'breathing bike' + VIDEO

Matt Hope beats the smog with bike that creates its own clean air

by Sarah Barth   April 14, 2013  

Matt Hope - image from YouTube

Matt Hope is a British artist living in Beijing, and in response to the terrible pollution of the city of more than a million bicycles, has come up with the 'breathing bike' - an invention that creates clean air for the rider to breathe as they pedal.

Beijing's air quality, which almost ruined the Olympic Games there, often becomes so bad as to threaten public health - wich puts people off cycling despite it being one way in which emissions could be reduced.

Matt's invention is carbon-neutral, using a pedal-powered generator to power the home-made air filter.

Filtered air circulates through a hose that's hooked up to a fighter pilot mask.

But it's not quite ready to go into production yet: Hope says: "If you ride this in the rain, you could potentially kill yourself."

 

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"But it's not quite ready to go into production yet: Hope says: "If you ride this in the rain, you could potentially kill yourself.""

Slight design flaw there Thinking

posted by Wesselwookie [86 posts]
15th April 2013 - 9:54

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I like the use of the electrostatic precipitator! As he points out the power supply is a little 'hot'... Not sure about his explanation of the speed of electricity though... hmmm 'potential' for improvement.

posted by IHphoto [73 posts]
15th April 2013 - 11:27

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This wasn't posted on April 1st by any chance was it?

Get out and ride

posted by davidtcycle [59 posts]
15th April 2013 - 11:46

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I question this guy's expertise. It doesn't matter how many volts are in the circuit; it still takes ~100 mA to kill.

posted by Ham-planet [76 posts]
17th April 2013 - 21:40

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