I want a Quad Core Chopper

Like a lot of people, I like looking at a nice motorcycle.  Everytime I see an ultra cool bike, I imagine myself riding down the highway in my leather jacket, boots, and sunglasses.  Then I get pulled back to reality.  A friend of mine once gave me a ride on the back of his bike.  It was thrilling and terrifying at the same time.  It was my one and only experience with a motorcycle. 

Quad Core Chopper

This bike is not only cool, but it appeals to my geek side as well. 

I read about this on eweek.  It's a chopper made by Orange County Choppers.  There's an onboard embedded Core Duo processor for the kickstand, rearview camera, tachometer, and spedometer.  A motorcycle with a rearview camera - who would have thought? 

Engadget mentions that they're surprised that anyone at Intel even watches a TV show about motorcycle building.  They shouldn't be.  Like other technologists and engineers, people at Intel are always looking for new cool places to use technology. 

The thing that I've been wondering about is what software is used to power the bike.  What features can you use while driving?  How do you access them?  Through voice commands, simple knobs and switches?  What happens if the PC crashes while you're driving? 

What other examples of different, innovative software applications have you seen? 

Oh yeah, and when they make a Quad Core chopper, I wouldn't mind taking another ride.
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Josh Bancroft (Intel)'s picture

I have the perfect solution for you, Bill. OCC is letting you build and have your own copy of the Quad Core Chopper in Second Life:

http://millionsofus.com/blog/archives/196

Yours for the low low (really) low price of L$1. :-)

We should get some for the whole team, and then we could be a motorcycle gang in SL. Geek pride, represent! ;-)

Bill Pearson (Intel)'s picture

Great idea Josh. I'll go buy one tonight.

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Bill, it already is a quad-core chopper, featuring a _double_ V-twin engine...

Bill Pearson (Intel)'s picture

Adrian, now if I could only figure out how to get one...

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Bill, even better: how about a six-core? You'll be ahead of the crowd. Not even available in SL! This guy overhere builds custom choppers around V6 engines:
http://www.peetshdservice.nl/

Now you tell me: where can I get an 80-core chopper? ;-)

Bill Pearson (Intel)'s picture

It just keeps getting better! Adrian introduced me to choppers with V6 engines, and they brought the QC chopper into the building where I work. I need to get my picture taken with the bike. Do you think they'd take me for a ride?

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It's a good-looking bike in real life

BUT IT HAS A CRAPPY SECOND LIFE SCRIPT.

Sorry OCC.

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I DON'T BELIEVE IT! I WAS BORN, AND RAISED, ABOUT 35 MINUTES FROM OCC. WHERE WERE THESE GUYS WHEN I WAS GROWING UP. I WAS RAISED IN MONROE, NEW YORK. AT THE TIME, THE BEST EMPLOYER, IN THE "NEIGHBORHOOD" WAS IBM IN KINGSTON, NEW YORK. COMPUTERS TOOK UP BUILDINGS AND HAD MORE HVAC TO KEEP THEM COOL THAN COMPUTER ITSELF. MIGHT HAVE HAD SOMETHIN TO DO WITH ALL THOSE 12AX7A VACCUME TUBES! MEMORY WAS FERRITE BEADS THAT HAD WIRES THREADED THROUGH THEM FOR REAN/WRITE/INHIBIT CYCLES. AS THEY SAID WITH VIRGINIA SLIMS, "YOU'VE COME A LONG WAY BABY"!

BACK THEN IT TOOK YEARS TO INOVATE ..... NOW IT ALMOST TAKES DAYS. AH! THE GOOD OLD DAYS; WHEN THE WORST THING YOU COULD DO WAS GET CAUGHT UNDERAGE DRINKING. THEN THE COPS WOULD TAKE YOU HOME TO YOUR PARENTS. NO MORE!

OH YEAH, WHERE AM I GOING WITH THIS? IT'S ALZHEIMERS ..... THE LONG GOODBY. NOW JUST WHERE DID I PARK MY H-D 1200 CUSTOM SPORTSTER SPORT. ALL TRICKED OUT WITH DYNAJET, SCREAM'N EAGLE AND CAMS W/ PERFORMANCE PROM. I BET IF I HAD ONE OF THESE "NEW FANGLED CHOPPERS" I WOULD BREAK MY OWN RECORD FOR GETTING A SPEEDING TICKET ON A BIKE. 104 MPH THROUGH HEARTLAND, WISCONSIN.

ANYONE KNOW WHERE I CAN GET A POSTER OF THIS "BAD BOY"?

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hemiman's picture

This like 5 years too late, but I was just searching google and came across this. I would like to answer some of the questions in the posted article about the Intel Choppper. 1. What software is being used to power the bike? ANSWERS: The computer has a custom GUI application running on Windows XP that communicates with the bike's standard magneto ignition system found on all OCC choppers of that era. 2. What features can you while driving? ANSWER: The Switchback UMPC basically operates like a PC and so anything an ordinary PC can do, can be done while riding the bike. Though difficult and combersome to access you could listen to music, surf the web, play games, etc. (why?). There is a GUI written to display essentials like Speed, RPM, Transmission neutral, Kick Stand status, rear view camera, and GPS map data that would be more appropriate to view while riding. 3. How to you access them? ANSWER: By clicking icons on the desktop. The switches and knobs on the chopper still function like traditional choppers though blinker signals are fed back into the computer so that they can be displayed in the GUI while riding. 4. What happens if the PC crashes while riding? ANSWER: The GUI application displaying Speed, Tach, etc. will stop operating obviously. Here is where things get a little complicated. You see, the Intel processor really doesn't control anything. The Switchback is designed around a Xilinx Virtex 5 FPGA which is the control hub of the Switchback itself and all its peripherals. The Intel processor and chipset are treated as a peripheral in a sense that even things like I/O, power, , display, booting, etc. are controlled by the FPGA. Its the FPGA that is actually handling the bike's ignition system, kick stand, and automatic starter mode. They way it works is this; when a request is sent from the GUI that is running on Windows XP, the request is sent down to the FPGA that is hard wired to the chopper's electrical system. The FPGA is coded in VHDL and is extremely stable withing nothing to "crash". Its the FPGA that monitors the bikes vitals and feeds data back up to the GUI running on the Windows XP desktop. Should the PC portion of Switchback or "WinTel" system crash, the FPGA will simply keep handling the bikes vitals as usual until the Windows OS is rebooted and the GUI relaunched. You might not be able to see your virtual gauges while things get rebooted, but not to worry the abstiantied logic within the FPGA is taking care of keeping the ignition on and kick stand up while your moving down the road.

Shane

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