Hack Turns Bike Into Air Filtering Machine For Beijing [Video]

Hack Turns Bike Into Air Filtering Machine For Beijing [Video]

Artist Matt Hope is on a mission to combat the city's pollution with a bike that cleans the air and sends it to a mask worn by the cyclist.

Emma Hutchings
  • 1 february 2013

The pollution in Beijing is a real problem for anyone walking or cycling around the city. But, if they were to drive, they’d just add to this problem. So artist Matt Hope, who is based in Beijing, decided to create a unique solution: an air filter attached to his bike that provides clean air as he rides along.

For the “breathing bike,” Hope put his mechanical engineering background to good use combating pollution. Hyperallergic reports that the bike creates electricity as you pedal, which powers a wind generator.

Useful Hack Turns Bicycle Into Air Filtering Machine For Beijing's Polluted Streets [Video]

Polluted air gets pulled into the hacked bike through an Ikea trashcan and the dust particles become positively charged and stick to a metal trumpet. Then the clean air is sent through a tube to a fighter pilot mask, worn by the cyclist. The site also notes that the bike currently isn’t safe for production as it creates 5,000 volts of electricity.

Check out Matt Hope and his bike in the video documentary below, produced by web series Cool Sparks, which profiles people who do inspiring work:

Matt Hope


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