Joules exists because designing and making things is fun. Joules came from a challenge to build an electric tandem bicycle powered by actually pushing the pedals like a person. Fun kinetic design was part of the intent, practicality was not.Joules the Robot (thanks, Byron!).
Riding with Joules is a reminder that engineering and craftsmanship can be joyful pursuits. Engineering and art need not be separate. I hope that Joules can remind kids that creating real things is great way to spend time, and perhaps a career.
Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email: firstname.lastname@example.org.