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26 November 2003 was the last flight for the commercial Concorde supersonic airliner. Global dreams of traveling 3 times faster than anything else were seemingly dashed forever.   That was until the 2011 Paris Air Show. Two supersonic jet concepts were announced from EADS and new player HyperMach Europe Aeronautics. Both claim speeds fasters than the Concorde. Both are decades away. More notably, both are promoting these jets as being "green."   EADS, the European Aeronautic Defence ...
by Mike Garrard   Without doubt, electric vehicles have sex appeal. Not in the same way that a five litre 480hp V8 Mustang at full throttle does. The benefit is more cerebral.  They are the future, quiet and clean. Driving one comes with a feel good factor of saving the planet. I have one, and I love it, see here. It might even breed a certain little sanctimonious corner of the grey matter that makes one park it on the drive rather than put it in the garage.   Do we need them? ...
Kinergy Flywheel     A weighted 9" disc spins at 60,000 rpm, who's surface is traveling twice the speed of sound, may just power hybrid vehicles in the near future. British company Ricardo has designed a flywheel energy storage system to use in future hybrid vehicles. The system called Kinergy, stores the energy in breaking into the carbon fibre laced flywheels. The energy stored is then used as a torque assist in accelerating the vehicle. The flywheel is house in a vacuum sealed conta ...
  Inside a non-transparent box that is moving, one may feel secure. Ignorance is bliss. But placed in a clear box that is moving, impending doom could be seen. Airbus wants to make a clear box airplane for the future. Much like the observation car on a train, a section of the new airplane will be mostly transparent showing the entirety of the outside. The ability to look straight ahead into the direction of the plane will show objects approaching at whatever speed the plane is moving. 700 m ...
    Here is a perfect example of, "I can not believe this has not been done already."   Aalto University in Finland is testing the use of hybrid technology in non-road, mobile industrial machinery. Think Prius versions of cranes, bulldozers, tractors, and diggers. Their concept is to capture of the energy from the work being performed by each machine that is lost when in operation. Like in hybrid cars, deceleration, braking energies are being absorbed as well as energy from such ...
The charge anxiety of an Electric Vehicle (EV) has deterred many from purchase. With few places to recharge, the possibility of being stranded is high. Nissan and the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) announced a roadside recharging service for all EVs that has lost power. Nissan developed a few roadside vehicles equipped with EV recharging equipment that can be deployed from a Kanagawa branch office. Of course this one office will not service all of Japan, it is first being tested in an extreme ...
Eavesdropper

Sphere drone robot

Posted by Eavesdropper Jun 10, 2011
  The Japanese Ministry of Self-Defense went to the geek capitol of Akihabara, a section of Tokyo, to source parts for this "reconnaissance drone." In its current form, it can travel 40 mph for up to 8 minutes. Since the drone if built inside of a protective sphere, it can withstand the sudden impact of drop after losing power. 8 separate fins around the sphere control the direction, and it seems to handle quick turns very well. The 42cm, diameter, drone weighs only 350 grams with all the c ...
by Jim Bridgwater   Last week I attended the ITU’s Fully Connected Car Workshop which takes place within the environs of the Geneva Auto Show. It was an excellent opportunity to check out all the new cars on display, but also to see what is happening in the world of infotainment. Although most of the emphasis was on new model announcements and “green” cars of all descriptions, there were a few notable infotainment displays.   Perhaps the most significant news is t ...
by Cherif Assad   The debate for performance has always been a passionate one in the engineering community. In the semiconductor industry, nearly every competitor claims to have the most innovate architecture that offers the highest performance.   Let’s make an attempt to sort out the requirements of a relative performance evaluation. The intrinsic core performance and workload behavior are important, but not enough. The interaction with the peripheral set –analog to di ...

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