IndePedals is very much a project under development and our design team is creating a range of models that will increase the portability and ease of construction of the IndePedals.
A Timeline of Our Designs
January to May 2012
This design uses materials, such as bamboo, that can be easily found in the developing countries with which we hope to work. This makes it easier to assemble and bring into the country. However this would mean that each bamboo would need to be individually tested for strength, a time-consuming process.
July and August 2012
This is a computer simulation of a more minimalistic design. This design is lighter than the one above but would rely on us finding the necessary materials on-site.
September 2012 to January 2013
We have come up with three possible designs that we would like to prototype. Our biggest considerations have been: portability, price of manufacture and the need to include for a chair in the design.
February 2013 to May 2013
During these months we will prototype the designs we have built. During testing we will pay particular attention to the heights of different people who pedal and how long each of them takes to generate enough power to charge a cell phone (typically 5W). Once the technical tests are completed, we will begin creating the educational component that forms a unique part of the IndePedals. A crucial stage to this process is testing it at local schools, where we will be able to gauge how to structure and build different levels of complexity of these educational games.
June to August 2013
We hope to have built and tested three designs by summer, ready to take to countries such as Kenya and India for further testing.