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eatART Powers the VAG 2015

12. June 2015 by Ben Z Cooper Leave a comment

eatART Supporters! We are looking for captains and members of Watt Rider Teams for our 7th Annual “Powers the Vancouver Art Gallery” event on June 28th. Teams of 4 or 8 will ride for 45 minutes to raise funds for eatART. You can make a donation yourself to join, or ask your friends and family to sponsor you. While cycling, you will be generating the power needed for the sound stage to keep the party going! (Plus for there first time ever, there will be a beer and cider garden!)

You’ll also have a chance to see the progress on Titanoboa, Prosthesis: The Anti-Robot, Mondo Spider and Daisy’s new make over!

All are welcome to join or make a team! Just email our PTV lead, Chelsea at


Mondo Spider Heads To Russia

09. May 2014 by Curtis Perrin Leave a comment

Mondo Spider has been packed up and shipped out to Russia as of April 30th! This marks the first time the spider has left the continent. If anyone happens to be in Moscow between May 15th-18th be sure to check out the massive Bal Robotov. Jon Tippett will be on a panel and doing a presentation about eatART and the Mondo Spider on the 17th.

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Prosthesis Coverage by Vancouver Courier

10. April 2014 by Curtis Perrin Leave a comment

Article by Vancouver Courier about the trials and tribulations of Prosthesis. Covers trip to NYC for Engadget’s Expand and the Indiegogo fundraiser.


eatART is looking for a new home in Vancouver

07. January 2014 by Chris 1 comment

We’ve finally outgrown our current lab on the Great Northern Way campus and are looking for new space in East Vancouver. Ideal areas include False Creek Flats, Mt Pleasant, Hastings Sunrise, Grandview woodland & Strathcona. We’ll be looking for +1500 sqft (ideally ~3000 sqft) of industrial or workshop space. Must haves include features like a concrete floor, +13′ high garage doors (Daisy is HUGE!) and 3phase 240v power.

Have a lead on space to rent or purchase? Contact us at

2014 will be the year we move to bigger lab!

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eatART’s Power the VAG 2013

02. July 2013 by Ben Z Cooper 1 comment

Come join us for eatART’s 5th annual Energy Awareness Art fundraiser in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery on Saturday, July 6th! Stop by and check out the art, dance to the music and play! We also invite anyone with a custom made bike or ebike to come hang out and have a bit of a show and shine.

The event is entirely pedal powered and acts as a fundraiser to help us cover the costs of our lab space and continue our community and educational outreach!

Invite your friends! Facebook event link is here.


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gBikes Featured on Shaw TV!

24. April 2013 by Curtis Perrin 1 comment

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From gBikes to gSnails

26. February 2013 by Michael Rogers 13 comments

What has a seat, two pedals, and brews a mean espresso? No, not our lead engineer Curtis Perrin on a bike; it’s our latest project, the gSnails.

gBikes has partnered with local business owner Boyd Thomson to design and build a creative and sustainable way to power his business, in what will be gBikes’ first permanent installation. Working with a small grant provided by the LiveSmart BC: Small Business Champion Program, the idea was to design a functional and stylish piece that allows visitors to the Wilder Snail Cafe to generate their own electricity while enjoying a nice hot beverage.

Bikes that generate electricity? Yeah, that sounds like gBikes. (more…)


Black Ghost Paints With Light!

20. January 2013 by Curtis Perrin 1 comment

The gBikes crew added a new feature to the Black Ghost the other night. We had bought a strand of addressable LEDs a while back. These easily ALEDs are easily controlled from our Rasperry Pi mini Linux computer. One of the cool things you can do with them is light painting where by using long exposure photography you can reveal an image that is displayed one column of pixels at a time. We used these instructions on light painting with the raspberry pi and got some pretty awesome results. We’re looking at making this into a interactive type setup via a simple wifi drawing app. See below for a video of the photo session as it happened. Special thanks to Kiki Falconer for the opening animation and you also might recognize the music by Ben Abraham from our very first bike car video. Bryant Deroy photo, Mike Rogers video.

Like us on Facebook to keep updated on project progress and future events!


The Mondo Spider and Titanoboa take CES by storm

15. January 2013 by Jonathan Tippett 3 comments

Early this January, core crews from the creative teams behind The Mondo Spider and Titanoboa set out over the treacherous, snowy southern California mountains to deploy at the worlds largest consumer electronics show, CES, in Las Vegas.  The two machines were brought down to spread our message of rethinking energy through art in place where tech is king.

The machines were stationed at by the Lenovo booth, and even amidst the latest, biggest transparent televisions and blaring tech gadgetry, Spider and the Snake still captured peoples imaginations. The crowds and media were stunned and thrilled to see what could be done with the creative application of engineering and what you could run off modern battery technology.  Over the 3 day deployment we had coverage from Popular Mechanics, BBC World, c|net and made the IGN top 10.

The folks at IGN were so excited by the machines that they did a separate interview with Mondo Spider co-creator Jonathan Tippett about his next project, Prosthesis: The Anti-Robot, which he is building in the eatART Laboratory.

And as if the media adulation and crowd wowing were not enough, the week was topped of with a moment that could only take place in Vegas: The King himself, Elvis, came back from the grave just to ride the Spider!

As  final bonus Ryan Johnston and Jonathan Tippett got a ride in the worlds first electric DeLorean, and guess what? It ran on the same batteries as The Mondo Spider! Now that’s the future!


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