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Article 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8wtCJG0D1Y

In this video they were showing the insides of a Brammo Empulse R witch is a kind of electric motorbike. They start explaining why they chose to arrange components the way they did. They talk about the reason for the kind of batteries they used and also about why they designed the motor like they did. Overall this video goes more over the technical side of how the Empulse R works and why it works that way.

Basically, the video talks about how the bike is made, where the parts are and how it all functions together. This helped me understand how electric motorbikes work and got me thinking about how the systems are connected to each other. What I learned was that the AC-DC converter should be as far away from the driver as possible because it holds high voltages. And that some people in the world shared my idea for electric bikes to be able to shift gears like a normal motorbike would.

Article 2

This article talks about the possibilities of implementing micro controllers to power small electric appliances and have them all connected via wifi to each other. It allows them to communicate with each other and send information to the main controller which allows you to control them as a single unit. If one goes down the others can replace its function. It is kind of like the little robots in Big Hero Six

This helped me with understanding how controllers are connected and how different components in one electrical circuit could all be programed as one. This related to my project because of the way the controller and the controlling platform were connected. I then was introduced to Arduino and open source micro controllers. I started looking at things people had made with these micro controllers and found it might suit my needs.

Article 3

http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/130380-future-batteries-coming-soon-charge-in-seconds-last-months-and-power-over-the-air

This article showed the different kinds of technological advances in battery technology. It showcases many different kinds of batteries that are good at many different things. For example there is one university that has made a way for you to charge your phone using a plant. It uses the photosynthesis of the plant itself to react with chemicals to create electricity. Another one was a battery that ran on water. All you needed to do was refill when empty. Some other examples include, an aluminum-air battery that could charge a smart phone in a minute.

What I learned from this article was that new technologies were out there and that they could be used and perfected. This helped me realize that a project like mine was not so far fetched.

Article 4

http://www.gizmag.com/zero-motorcycles-2016-fxs-review-road-test/42102/

This article talks about the 2016 Zero FXS supermotard, an electric bike which has 44 horsepower and a top speed of 80mph. It is the newest Zero bike on the market. Weighing only 112 kilos this bike is super light and nimble. You can get the bike with twin swappable battery packs or you can get it with just one battery however power drops to 27 horsepower and the range is halved. The article also went into some of the engine and battery communication technology as well as why they chose an IPM engine instead of the other available ones.

This helped me understand the variety of electric motorcycles out there and why there was such a wide variety. Another reason it helped was by showing me the compatibility and adaptability these bikes had.

Article 5

https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/what-is-an-arduino

In this article I learned about what the Arduino UNO was and how it worked. At first it talked about what Arduino was and why it is what it is. Later on it explains about how the Arduino coding layout works and why it works that way. Further on it shows a diagram of the Arduino Uno and, what all the components were, how the interacted and finally what each of them help you accomplish when using the board.

This article helped introduce me to the different Arduino boards, their different functions, and told me a little more in depth how they worked and why they worked that way. This was helpful because for my project I needed to know what kind of micro controller I needed

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