Mini Update

A project log for Medicycle - Urban Responder

We are living in the future, Medics now need motorbikes to navigate our congested cities but they no longer need two wheels

Nick ThatcherNick Thatcher 07/26/2014 at 08:200 Comments


Saddle panels made of marine ply 1cm thick. They bolt on to top and sides so thighs do not rub on tops of the wheels, always a good idea.

“Café Racer” very dense foam for racing motorcycles used to make a seat pad that is comfortable but very shallow (2cm thick) , so feet can still reach ground. The sides are padded in much thinner foam, about 5mm.

Foam is self-adhesive. Blue upholstery vinyl attached with spray upholstery glue, folded over the back of each panel and attached with staples using a manual staple gun.

Saddle finished here. The two small fans at the front cool the OSMC power controller.


Some photos here of the dashboard during “boot up” and then when machine is balancing. The values displayed are Angle of tilt (degrees), Torque to motor (0 – 100%), Battery voltage.

Alloy panel made to tidy lower half of dashboard. Easily removed. Cereal box cardboard is great for making templates for things like this.

Web-connected medical package:

Now the basic self-balancing machine is progressing well, need to think about the medical package and where it will go. This will consist of an electronics package which will collect data on blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation (pulse oximetry) and ECG as the initial parameters and send this to a remote physician wirelessly via the web.

The electronics will be in this unusual shaped box which has been made to exactly fit a space behind the dashboard.

Box for the medical electronics

Inserting box behind dashboard

Medical electronics box fully inserted behind dashboard

The cables and leads for attachment to the patient will be stored in and emerge from, this area in the nose of the Medicycle.