Google and Specialized challenge inventors

Specialized, the US bike maker, has teamed up with Google, the 'search engine blogging platform portal email office software' firm, to issue a geeky challenge supporting its Innovate or Die slogan.

The company is calling for ‘inventors, tinkers and brainiacs’ to design new pedal-powered machines that can help replace other energy sources. And Google is promoting the initiative on YouTube, of course. Here's a sneak preview of what's on the cards.

Five finalists will get Specialized bikes, with the winning inventor or team also scooping a $5000 (about £2500) cash prize.

Time to dig out the plans for that dynamo-powered tea-maker…

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