The Deus Ex Machina: cool but totally stupid wearable motorcycle exoskelton concept

Beyond the Tron-esque wireframe landscape, invisible barking dogs and eyeteeth-aching techno soundtrack, this conceptual video for a wearable, mech-style motorcycle is pretty cool, until you take a moment to consider motorcycle accidents in which the rider, instead of merely taking a spill, is pulled apart like a meat-filled wishbone.

Quoth the creator, between snorts of Substance D.

“It’s like riding two skateboards at once, but stable, because the machine supports the rider’s body… This isn’t fantasy, it’s a green vehicle, and all of the numbers are based in the real world.”

Those real world numbers? 12, 83, -3! Do the math, geniuses! Green? I’ll show you green… it runs on magic! But don’t you dare call my concept a fantasy! In the Platonic nether realm, all concepts are real.

I snark. But come on: it’s even called the Deus Ex Machina.

A Wearable Motorcycle [Pop Sci via Crunchgear]

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14 Responses to The Deus Ex Machina: cool but totally stupid wearable motorcycle exoskelton concept

  1. Anonymous says:

    reminds me of the wheelers from Return to Oz

  2. Enochrewt says:

    What the hell is up with the barking dogs?

  3. muteboy says:

    It’s called the Deus Ex Machina because after you’re dead, it keeps going. You are the ghost, your dessicated corpse destined to cruise the highways forever.

  4. Garr says:

    it might be only me, but I can’t view the content of the video frame (connection interrupted).

  5. Garr says:

    edit: not your fault: same thing happens on the original source site.

  6. dcisfun says:

    for crying out loud just leave it to someone who knows what they are doing (including proper research in ergonomics) and you will come up with this instead of the knee scraper, face eraser portrayed above.

    http://www.yankodesign.com/2008/08/18/a-futuristic-ferrari-speed-is-a-given-but-automated/

    this really has the “deus ex machina” built into it already and i am sure it can be made to fold just as well.

  7. Trent Hawkins says:

    Awesome design though. Looks like something out of bubblegum crisis

  8. artbot says:

    So this is on the cover of PopSci and is presented as “not fantasy” and “green”? Pul-eeeze.

    As a former industrial designer and current sometimes concept artist, calling this anything but a ridiculously impractical, uncomfortable and hella unsafe vehicle is just deluded. Would be fun to see in a movie, but why insult people’s (supposed) intelligence with this junk? Sure, fantasy vehicles are fun to design and build 3D scenes with, but why do they buy into their own BS and say it’s reasonably doable?

  9. michaelportent says:

    Methinks this would make a pretty damned cool sci-fi movie implement with some minor tweaks.

  10. dculberson says:

    I think it looks amazing – especially the fluidic muscles. Of course it’s horribly impractical, but that’s a different issue entirely.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Wishbone-esque destruction might be a little farfetched, as the rider’s arms do not appear to be connected to the machine’s “arms”. Still looks fantastically uncomfortable, though.

    I would prefer to see some type of two wheeled vehicle that uses your body for a frame, allowing the “bike” to consist of nothing more than two wheels and a motor. When you arrive at your destination, pick up your wheels and walk inside.

    Maybe a smart-skin suit/fabric that can become rigid in order to provide support. It would still be hella dangerous, though.

  12. SamF says:

    Ooh! It’s like a Cyclone from Robotech (Southern Cross).

    Plus it’s got an ULTRACAPACITOR!

  13. LyhjeHylje says:

    The driver is hanging on a few straps: not good for long trips, maybe not even for shorter.
    How does one strap himself under it anyways? Do you lie on your stomach on ground and the bike crawls over you, extends it harnesses, gently wraps them around you and lifts you up to the warm caress of the exoskeletal spine?
    If the design would be changed so that driver lies on his stomach like on “traditional” motorcycle, it might be realizable…and ripoff of can am spyder roadster.

  14. boingboingboy says:

    It looks like a hacked segway. It could only be worse if designed with steampunk (yawn) attributes.

    At speed, when your torso is rear of the head, your head will be up at an uncomfortable angle with wind pressure forcing your neck to crane back further- like watching a movie from the front row.

    The video made me wish for a joystick to fire implosion missiles at it.

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