A shot of the folded up KNIRPI scooter prototype
The KNIRPI scooter ready to ride
Is is an umbrella or a scooter? The KNIRPI is a bit of both!
Graphic to show the size of the Butterfly compared to a bottle of beer
Drive to the nearest car park and Butterfly the rest of the way
The Butterfly prototype's front wheel slides smoothly in-between the two rear wheels when the scooter is closed
The internal mechanism is based on two identical parallelogram constructions
The Butterfly prototype, with Mini badge
It only takes a second to flip open the mechanism to reveal the scooter inside, where the Butterfly is in its natural position and ready to ride
The internal structure of the Butterfly micro scooter prototype
An early mock up of the mechanism
The Butterfly Micro Scooter - finalist in this year's James Dyson Award competition
Just like the real thing, the Butterfly transforms from a portable, flat pack into a scooter
The winner of the James Dyson Award 2010 will be announced next week and there's just time for a closer look at one of the finalists, the Butterfly micro scooter. Taking inspiration from a collapsible umbrella, adding some street durability and clever engineering - and a touch of Mini styling - and the human-powered, portable urban transport solution is ready to ride. When folded, the scooter is small enough to fit inside a backpack or carried by hand but at the press of a button, flips open and extends out to a nifty three-wheeler.
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