Specialized’s Pedal-Powered Machine Contest
Winners of Specialized’s “Innovate or Die” contest have been announced. The contest challenge was to build a pedal-powered machine that has an environmental impact. Teaming up with Google, Specialized required each entrant to upload a video of their pedal-powered creation onto YouTube, with the “Aquaduct” mobile filtration vehicle claiming the winning entry.
“The Aquaduct is a pedal powered vehicle that transports, filters, and stores water for the developing world. A peristaltic pump attached to the pedal crank draws water from a large tank, through a filter, to a smaller clean tank. The clean tank is removable and closed for contamination-free home storage and use. A clutch engages and disengages the drive belt from the pedal crank, enabling the rider to filter the water while traveling or while stationary.”