The Angell Project: Pushing Tech and Saving Lives
The role of a first-responder isn’t exactly an easy one. These everyday heroes risk life and limb to protect other people’s lives, property, and sanity. Thankfully, today’s cutting-edge technology – like this ingenious new design concept – works to make emergency response safer and more efficient. Marty Laurita, a Rhode Island School of Design student, cleverly came up with this first-responder motorcycle, which he calls “The Angell Project.” The concept serves to provide a purpose-built vehicle that can get firefighters or EMTs to the scene of an emergency, quickly. Onboard, and neatly tucked away into the design, are the necessary tools of the trade for these response professionals, including a medical kit, forced entry axes (integrated into the front fork), and fire suppression grenades.
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Laurita even built a functioning prototype, which is small enough to fit into tight indoor areas – your shopping malls, plazas, warehouses – as well as rugged enough to forge off-road for wilderness rescues. When it comes to living or dying, this type of fast response is key.
The design vaguely resembles other modern concepts we’ve seen, except this one sports quite a unique powertrain, a Di Pietro rotary engine that runs on compressed air. Yes, you heard right. It’s a seemingly odd choice until you remember that compressed air isn’t exactly in short supply for emergency professionals.
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Laurita puts top speed at around 80mph and allots an impressive range of 120 miles, though we presume these figures are closer to goals rather than proven specs. The cost? An estimated $7,000, which admittedly isn’t bad for a portable zero-emissions emergency vehicle. This is something that we could get behind.
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Source: The Angell Project