We provided pedal power sound for the Spoken word and Acoustic stage for this years Nottingham Green festival.
We helped the staff at DHL Daventry get a feel for the power and energy that different equipment uses. We set up two systems: One showed energy on our 2m high LED bar graph displays, the other directly powered different loads.
We were asked to provide a pedal power challenge for a sports promotion company.
We provided a two bike energy challenge with two large LED bar graphs. The energy from the cyclist is measured and displayed on the bar graph. The challenge is for 30 seconds and there is a large LED timer which counts down. The person who has generated the most energy in that time is the winner.
Here are some photos of our pedal powered fairy lights. This unit can take one or two pedal generators and powers strings of LED lights, 5m or more. The unit stores the energy from the cyclist in an ultra-capacitor and, when the capacitor is full, it runs the LED lights with a randomly chosen effect.
Bespoke Gear were commissioned to supply some pedal generators and produce some interactive displays for an exhibit at Sport Relief 2016.
We provided 4 pedal generators – two for adults bikes and two for children’s bikes – and two LED displays for an interactive display highlighting activities funded by Sport Relief.
A large monitor display showed a new fact whenever people had cycled to generate enough power.
The day was well attended and great fun – the pedal generators were in constant use throughout the day.
V3 Power and Bespoke Gear were asked to provide pedal powered cinemas for both the Eastwood and Beeston Christmas Lights switch-on events.
We provided a 6 and 12 bike pedal power systems and provided human-powered entertainment for the events. This included showing the Christmas classic ‘The Snowman’ a number of times.
Every so often a project comes along that would have been the envy of my childhood self. This was one of those projects – I was asked to build a 8 lane pedal powered Scalextric. This meant putting together Scalextric track designs and testing Scalextric cars.
I was really pleased with the end result, which was built within a 10 day timescale. [Read more…]
Bespoke Gear have been running pedal powered activites at St Anns Community Orchard in Nottingham for the past three years. They have child-friendly open days with loads of activities running. It was a sunny day during the school holidays so they were very busy.
For the younger folk we ran our pedal water fountain, which is simple, but always a winner.
We also ran our environmentally-themed water cannons. We had a queue for these for the whole day….
Its great to be involved with local community events such as this. Look forward to next year!
I had an energetic week racing around the country with Doctor Matt Little and his crazy pedal powered inventions. We traveled to five different offices with a pedal powered machine powering light bulbs and monitoring the amount of energy each person produced.
It was really great to see people getting on board with saving energy, increase their fitness level and battle to be the best.
It wasn’t all fun and games as our pedal power military characters had a serious message about turning off computer monitors when they are not being used, lights when there is no one in, walking, cycling or lift sharing the journey to work, every once in a while, instead of driving alone and only boiling the amount of water you needed in the kettle. All things we should already do but sometimes need that little extra reminder.
What better way to be reminded than a bit of healthy competition between offices? Office workers got to break up their day with a quick spurt of energy on one of Matt’s crazy inventions. They loosened their ties, rolled up their sleeves and peddled till sweat dripped off their brows. I was impressed with the amount of effort people put in and most of them pledged to think more about the amount of energy they are using and to endeavor to waste less. I’m not going to lie, I think the competitive element helped but we all know that it’s not about winning, it’s the taking part that counts…Ha! Who am I kidding, that’s what losers say!
Over and Out,