Protect 486 puts a protective shell around a scooter
by Mark R
This is from designer Marc Graells Ballve, and, as you may have guessed, it is some anti-theft device for scooters.
Clearly, the designer gets his inspiration from nature with the armadillo as the armor can retract like that animal’s armor.
I have no idea how heavy this armor is, but it looks pretty light, almost like plastic. I’m guessing that it requires some sort of lock at the bottom so the shell is secure.
He was obviously inspired by something else, the Batman movie by Tim Burton. Some of you remember in the first film, where Batman says “shields”, and those steel plates come up and protect the Batmobile from theft or people that just want to steal the tires.
I remember that the “shield” effect from the film looked a little fake, probably done with stop-and-go animation. The effect was done somewhat better in the sequel, Batman Returns, but it didn’t quite look right.
Anyway, this Protect 486 is a good proof of concept at least. I would imagine that it would protect the scooter from the rain, at least.
Maybe one day there will be one of these shells on every scooter. Seeing them parked together will be like a giant armadillo invasion.