Sunday, January 29, 2012

Swimming With The Dolphins Comes To Life!

I heard of these vehicles several years ago. The technology was something that we could only imagine and dream about. A company called Seabreacher is marketing these high end toys as the future of high speed water travel. Above the water it travels at 55 miles an hour. Below the water 22 miles an hour. It has the ability to leap up to 16 feet above the water. Some of the craft can hold the pilot and 1 rider. From the one video, it appears to be a rather rough ride in the second seat. I can see why the military was looking at these for special forces. Could these units be used as rescue craft? There is nothing man cannot create if he puts his resources towards it with determination and vision. The company can foresee this machine becoming a sport competition devise. I can see some safety issues if they become affordable to the masses. But imagine if they incorporated GPS technology with radar and high tech gyro sensors to make it a safer and with calculated control. 

Watch more: Wild ride
The Company Website: Seabreacher

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Norway Tests Ultra Efficient Wind Turbines "O" Emissions

In Europe where hydrogen is rapidly moving to replace the black crude, Norway has made it into the Forbes magazine top ten most innovative energy ideas with wind turbine efficiency. Wind turbines are finding themselves everywhere there there is wind. How many of us have drove by the wind farms to see some not turning, either because they are not receiving wind or the brake is on to prevent destruction under extreme conditions. The Norwegian generators use the wind to generate electricity by wind power and hydrogen. They actually make hydrogen at the same time they generate electricity. When the turbine stops the hydrogen kicks in to run the generator. There is always a continuous production of energy. The island of Utsira off the cost of Norway was chose to test this technology because of its windy conditions, so far it is working very well. The company Statoil Hydro one of the largest producers of oil and aluminum, is investing heavily in off shore wind farms miles off the coast of Norway and into this project.
Read about the island adventure to help save the world: Hydrogen Island
Forbes top 10 energy ideas: Top ten!
Investing in Green, Oil and Aluminum: New York stock Exchange Ticker Code: STO


Saturday, January 21, 2012

New Michelin Tire design to Hit the Market Soon, The "TWEEL"

Tested by the military these tires seem to work. These tires are airless and are scheduled to be out on the market very soon.
The bad news for law enforcement is that spike strips will not work on these.
Just think of the impact on existing technology:
A. no more air valves...
B. no more air compressors at gas stations...
C. no more repair kits...
D. no more flats...
These are actual pictures taken at the     Carolina plant of Michelin.

There are several different you tube videos that highlight the Tweel. This technology can be watched at:

Humvee tire testing on video:

Airless tires in construction equipment:
 The question remains will this technology enable better fuel mileage because of low rolling resistance. What happens when rocks or road dirt get caught in the open internal fins of the tire. Does this throw the tire balance off?

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Could New Bridge Design Add Longevity And Reduce Costs?

This new bridge design is drawing a lot of attention. One of the problems of bridge deterioration is the breaking down or corrosion of the metal reinforcement rods. Imagine using a non corrosive material to form the cement into tubular shapes to give strength and eliminate the need for metal in the areas where corrosion can take place. Not only is it a cheaper alternative to the expensive metal parts but it could add to the length of the life of the bridge. This bridge will be closely monitored to see if the strength can be maintained. Read the full article: Going Tubular!    

GM Rolls Out Future Vehicle In China?

In the United States, General Motors produce electric cars that get 40 miles to the gallon. Yes I said electric cars that get 40 miles to the gallon. I was very disappointed that when I was looking at a Chevy Volt, I found it listed as a "40 mile to the gallon gas guzzler." What I find even more troubling is that I found out on a public radio show that the GM corporation is starting to market future full electric Segway technology in China. I find this troubling for the future of the United States, that we are no longer the country where they can market the technology of the future. Our transportation systems are designed with 30 year windows. Now is the time we start designing our infrastructure for the new technology. Today we envision what the cities of America will look like. Tomorrow we start building, to make our cities to promote the new innovations. Fossil fuel has limited future prospects in transportation not only because of the environment, but our pocket books. The new GM EN-V vehicle article to read is: GM's EN-V is Shanghai, China's Future   

Thursday, January 5, 2012

3-D Printers Advance And Inspire Creativity

I have an earlier Blog post about Maker Bots. The first time I discovered the 3-D printers I was amazed at the affordability of these printing devices. Now even more and more items are getting programed and available for these machines to make. The future holds the machines that make everything in your home. You will purchase the file and the machine will make what you want. I have stumbled onto some you tube videos that show the primitive machine of today in action. In the future the machine will be able to make electrical circuitry and components and the robots will simply walk out of the Maker Bot. Why not program an apple using biomass materials instead of plastic to build it? Here is a machine in action followed by items a person has downloaded and made.
Check out this link :Maker Bot at work!