From Monday no fewer than 500 new Czech-made electric bicycles will appear on the streets of Prague under the Freebike brand. Rental is via an app and users will be able to leave the bikes – which also work in traditional pedal mode – at “virtual stations” around the city. At the system’s launch on Thursday I spoke to Charles Butler of operators Homeport.
A new electric scooter sharing system in Prague, implemented only three weeks ago, has already met with some raised eyebrows across the capital. Many locals complain they are dangerous and take up space on the pavement. Meanwhile the City Hall, which did not hesitate to ban Segways in the past, says the operators need to work more closely with local districts.
A team of scientists at the Technical University of Ostrava is capable of producing the strongest titanium alloy in the world, a member of the team, Radim Kocich, told journalists on Tuesday. The material is biocompatible so can be implanted in the human body. The scientists have been working on the development of biocompatible materials for three years with American colleague Terry C. Lowe and the discovery will be patented in the US.
The majority of Czech firms have started using 3D printing technology or are planning to introduce it within the next five years, according to the outcome of a survey conducted by the Prague School of Economics. Of the 71 companies surveyed 56 percent said they were using 3D printing technology or planned to do so in the near future in order to raise their competitiveness and reduce production costs. However experts say the Czech industry is still lagging behind countries such as Germany which is already using 3D printing technology on a massive scale.
A group of seven Czech travellers, four men and three women, are planning to ride across Latin America on scooters, covering 11,000 kilometres from Mexico to the most southern tip of Argentina. They hit the road next weekend in Cancun, and if everything goes according to plan, they should be back in Prague in June next year.