Posted: 03 Oct 2011 04:14 AM PDT
AirshipLighter than an air aircraft
Airships, invented as far back as 1900 were an advance on hot air balloons or blimps. They included an engine and rudders for propulsion. They also include a frame made of a light aluminum or composite material. The frame is enclosed with a polymer casing that is filled with helium gas. Helium, being lighter than air, causes the airship to rise. When the weight of the airship equals the buoyancy, it stops rising and floats in position. It is then propelled forward using the in-built engine and the rudders. Descent to ground is by bleeding the helium gas in a controlled manner. Airships are also called Zeppelins, after the German inventor.
The initial work on blimps and airships came from mankind's fascination with flying in air. The first flights on hot air balloons were attempted as early as 1783. As soon as airships were invented in 1900, people attempted to fly in them. The 1937 disaster of the Hindenburg airship, which traveled successfully from Frankfurt in Germany across the Atlantic Ocean to New Jersey before crashing, killing the 36 people on-board led to rethinking on airships. The advent of airplanes for travel filled the role the early airships tried to play. Airship usage was then primarily limited to advertising, where they were an eye-catching novelty. For example, airship advertising would be done over a beach on holiday week-ends, or when ceremonial parades or carnivals take place. For fixed location advertising, such as over a sports stadium, the cheaper blimp was used. The Goodyear blimp became synonymous with such advertising.
There is a recent revival of interest in airships with NASA announcing a program for the development of a new family of airships that could lift and move very heavy cargo. NASA is working with several companies to build a prototype that could be tested as early as in 2012. Simultaneously a British company, Hybrid Air Vehicles, has announced a partnership with a Canadian company to manufacture airships that could transport weights up to 50 tones and at speeds up to 115 mph. One major technical breakthrough has led to these high load capability airships. When an airship loads or unloads cargo, its weight changes and consequently its buoyancy. To maintain constant buoyancy, ballast had to be carried. This limited the load carrying capacity of airships. A new approach to bleeding helium gas from containers into inflatable bladders is said to have overcome this problem.
The use of an airship for transport of heavy cargo is of special interest. At present, the heavy cargo has to be lifted with a crane, loaded on a truck-trailer, transported at slow speeds over roads and then unloaded, again using a crane. The operations of lifting by crane, securing the heavy cargo to the truck-trailer bed and unloading all have risks and costs associated with them. In addition, at many construction sites, the road access is inadequate and transport of heavy and large dimension cargo needs detailed studies on load-bearing capacity of the road and the culverts, turning radius for the truck-trailer at road turnings and the like. If the heavy cargo could be moved by an airship, it could result in major savings.
There are many locations where a fixed wing airplane or a helicopter becomes impractical. Fixed wing planes need an airstrip and even helicopters need a helipad for operation. An airship could get deployed at such locations. The deployment could be on hilly terrain or for disaster relief, as in an earthquake or flood affected area.
Military applications are always a spur to technology development. The applications being considered include movement of heavy armored vehicles like tanks or field guns into terrain where there are no roads or where road access has been destroyed. Airships and blimps are already being used for ground surveillance by the military and for policing and narcotics interdiction. All major aerospace companies including Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon are working on airship technologies for the military.
One of the major advantages of airships is that they can take off vertically from almost any surface including water.
The earlier airships had very low speeds compared even with road transport. The promise of higher speeds in the new designs would overcome that problem. However, the safety issues in transport of heavy cargo over long distances will remain a major concern. It is unlikely to be permitted over populated places until the technology has been proven to be safe. This could limit the application of airships to limited cargo movement applications.
The airship, by inherent design, does not have all the controls of a fixed wing airplane or a helicopter. It is, therefore, difficult to steer in heavy wind conditions and can also be affected by thermal currents. The envelope of the airship, made of polymer material is prone to puncture and that could happen when the airship in on the ground. Such punctures could cause loss of pressure once the airship is flying with the cargo.
There is no doubt that the evolution of airship technology, especially with the application of new materials to its construction, will open up another mode of transportation for mankind. New methods of control and guidance based on GPS and access to the internet could open up possibilities not imaginable even 10 years ago.
Besides cargo movement and surveillance uses, the rebirth of airships is causing innovators to think of new applications.
One of these, can actually be done with a blimp in place of an airship, is as a sky lantern to illuminate a large area such as a beach or a stretch of highway as an alternative to multiple electric poles and light fittings. The energy for the lamp could be derived from solar modules carried on the airship. At the height it flies, sunlight is available for more hours than on the ground.
Another entrepreneur is talking in terms of building a hotel-cum-casino that floats in air.
On a more serious note, Aeros the company that is partnering NASA is already talking of using airships to transport people, as an alternative to airplanes. They claim to be working on airships that can carry 150-180 people. They advocate this as a low carbon transportation solution. The fact that airships do not need an airport runway type of infrastructure would make it possible to use airships for point-to-point travel, theoretically between any two points.
Posted: 03 Oct 2011 02:07 AM PDT
Wood beer pong tableThese table are best to have a beer pong with your friends.
Two sets of end points or goals are placed on either sides of a rectangular board, while the beer glasses are arranged in the shape of a triangle. The opponent team tries to put ping pong balls into the other's beer glasses.
With an endeavor to do this, the more number of balls the teams are able place inside the other team's cups, the better the chances they have for winning. With a simple game strategy in place, the game is as innovative and interesting as one can imagine.
1. Summer Sale - Pink Inflatable Beer Pong Table
Summer SaleThis table can be used in many ways - you can throw it in the pool, toss it on top of an existing table surface
Well, if you answered the above question with a big nod, then the pink inflatable beer pong table is just the thing for you. Available at a price of $49.95 only, the triangles have been embedded deep inside the table. Simply inflate the table and enjoy the various options of either putting the table right inside your pool, or hanging it with the ropes and grommets provided. An excellent design coupled with a unique idea, the table would not let you down even once.
2. Custom Wood Beer Pong Table
Custom Wood Beer Pong TableThe table is crafted in poplar wood and finished with seamless construction.
The triangles have been decorated with trendy red plexiglass and LED lights from underneath. The rear panels of the wooden panel can be detached for maintenance.
Available at a price of $749, the table exudes a confidence and a style one can never tend to forget. Buy it now to enjoy a game which will make you enjoy yourselves in an unimaginable way.
3. Pin Up Girls Beer Pong Table
Pin Up Girls Beer Pong TableEach table features an easy to clean surface that measures the standard 8 foot by 2 foot beer pong table length.
Available for a price of $129.99, the table has been built in way to ensure ease in transportation and setup. What makes it different is the features it comes built-in with, right from the fixed bottle opener, to the ball holder and 6 pong balls.
No longer need to worry about carrying the table around with fear of losing some important nuts and bolts for the table. Everything has been simply taken care of, just to make things all the more comfortable for you.
4. Black Tiki Floating Beer Pong Table
Black Tiki Floating Beer Pong TableAbsolutely perfect for anyone who enjoys beer pong but doesn’t want to get out of the pool!
The Tiki Table has been crafted using high quality closed cell foam, thereby ensuring the table's use inside your pool as well.
No more need to step out of the pool when you are in a playful mood. The table can be used expertly right inside the water, thanks to the material it has been made with.
Available for $99.99, if you plan on buying this beer pong table, I can assure you, you would end up buying a winner for yourself.
5. ProBowl Premium Beer Pong Table
ProBowl Premium Beer Pong TableThe Premium ProPong tables are 8ft tournament length but fold up into a ultra portable briefcase.
Capable of being folded into just a suitcase, the 8 feet ultra portable table is one tough nut to crack. The table has been made with the best possible vinyl lamination while the framework has been carved out with heavy duty aluminum. The triangles have a grip racking which make sure that the glasses refrain from falling around everywhere on the table.
If you really know how to get the hang of beer pong and want to enjoy it in its entirety, then the ProBowl Premium Beer Pong Table is just the table for you.
This table can be yours for a price of $114.95
6. Slim Floating Beer Pong Table
Slim Floating Beer Pong TableThe Slim Floating Beer Pong Table takes all the functionality of closed cell foam pong tables and squeezes it all into a slender piece of beer pong technology.
Built with dimensions of 1.25"x12"x69", the table proves its worth as a beautiful companion for your pool parties. It encompasses within it 6 standard cups and ping pong ball holders on either sides.
The Slim Floating Beer Pong Table can be yours for a price of $49.95 only.
7. PatriotPong Premium Beer Pong Table
PatriotPong Premium Beer Pong TableDurable high quality Aluminum framework
Built in somewhat the same design, the graphics on the table have been replaced with the USA flag. With a coy endeavor to inculcate a sense of patriotism amongst the players, the Patriot Pong table is a table to be cherished and valued till the end.
The table can be purchased for a price of $114.95.
8. The Nintendo Beer Pong Table
The Nintendo Beer Pong TableThis custom-made Nintendo beer pong table is quite possibly the most important thing that humans have ever done.
9. Fire Water Premium Beer PongTable
Fire Water Premium Beer PongTableThis table has a unique design with many additional features, including a stainless steel bottle cap opener attached to the table, a ball rack, 6 custom balls, and much more!
Scratchproof, waterproof, and highly detailed, the table makes it a point to ease out the conventional reputation of playing the traditional wet game. With a unique design, and a system to hold the pong balls in a side holder, the table can be made yours for as little as $129.99.
Beautifully decorated, the table demands as little space as possible. It can be converted into a brief case like structure at the time of travelling. Convenient, elegant and totally happening.
10. Nightmare Tournament Beer Pong Table
Nightmare Tournament Beer Pong TableRegulation when open but folds up into a very convenient briefcase
Boasting of a shiny surface, the mobility of the table is what makes it the most favorite amongst the masses. If you wish to travel, simply convert the table into a 2 ft by 2 ft briefcase. This is not all, for beer pong table holds up to 6 balls for your convenience and it also comes with a bottle opener in the middle of the table.
The table is an absolute stunner and will let you enjoy beer pong in a very elaborate and extensive manner.
Posted: 03 Oct 2011 01:58 AM PDT
Interactive billboards AdsInteractive billboards to enhance the advertising experience
10 interactive billboards to enhance the advertising experience are as follows.
1. Honda Billboard Interacting through SMS And Bluetooth
Honda Billboard Interacts Via SMS And BluetoothThe campaign was created by GT Media and JC Decaux using technology provided by Púca.
2. Nike’s Interactive Billboard
Nike’s UNICEF Interactive BillboardNike’s unicef interactive billboard makes each kilometer go further
3. Big in Japan Interactive Billboard
Big in Japan Interactive BillboardBig in Japan is a reality TV powering Swedish in Japan.
4. Transparent Billboards Promoting Sony PSP
Transparent Billboards Promoting Sony PSPAdventure is anywhere, these billboards seem to sa
5. Billboard for a Lingerie Store Bustop
Billboard for a Lingerie Store BustopBillboard advertising is one of the best advertising medium
6. Slower Is Better' Ad Campaign
Slower Is Better' Ad CampaignElm Grove Police Department in Wisconsin developed this campaign
7. BBC World's Interactive Billboard
BBC World's Interactive BillboardThe billboard tallied the results in real time
8. HBO billboards
HBO / Big Love Audio billboardsInteractive audio billboards featured everyday people walking on a city street
9. Adobe CS3 Interactive Billboard
Adobe CS3 Interactive BillboardInteractive Billboard for the 3rd release launching of their Adobe Software
10. Guerrilla Style Billboard
Guerrilla Style BillboardNikon Interactive Billboard
Posted: 02 Oct 2011 10:57 PM PDT
YEE flying carYEE flying car concept
Most of you might have seen some movies like “The Fifth Element,” read any books or even heard it from someone about flying cars. So, what is all that which is putting fire to the hot conversation. Most of the techies here would agree with me that these are not anything which could be made by adding the wings to a car. The manufacture of a flying car, or more appropriately said “roadable aircrafts,” needs a heavy attention on both of the aspects that it has to run on a standard road as well as fly in the sky without a smallest problem and with fewer number of transitions from a car to an aircraft. Thus the concept itself is quite complicated as one has to implement the comforts of a car inside the complex environment of a small aircraft which should be able to fly and driven.
There are currently a few flying cars which are available commercially. One of them is Terrafugia “flying cars.” It has recently been granted special exemptions by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as Transition “roadable aircraft.” Most of the other prototypes and concepts are in development.
The factors that inspired most of the people and automotive companies to think about the concept of a car which can fly too, came firstly from the original Flying Car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which was used as a movie and stage prop. Six versions of the car were made for a movie and one of them was a flying car.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s Flying car version mainly caught the attention due to its toughness factor. It was built strong enough to handle dirt roads, cobblestone streets and could jump off a couple of stairs too! It’s engine is a Ford V-6, and ship builders crafted out the wooden passenger compartment. An automatic transmission was also added, but details and instruments were added to make it look like an original touring car in early 1900s. These details about the car helped in idealizing a flying car which should be strong enough and well designed to run on the streets and when needed, fly in the air.
Where we are now:
If you want to see a fully working flying car, you need not wait as the “Transition Roadable Aircraft” which is discussed above, is going to be manufactured commercially by Terrafugia, a Woburn, Massachusetts based company. Its development can be called as a milestone in this field. The features included in the car are well enough to take care of both air and street ride.
Special tires are being used for the car due to their ultra-lightness which will not weigh down the aircraft. Panes made of poly-carbonate material are used instead of heavy glass windows giving the car a relief in its weight and shatterproof strength.
Physically, it is housed with wings with a span of 27.5ft. The wings can be folded down and when not in use, that is when being used as a car only, are double-folded to the car sides. Normally, a flight of 460 miles can be covered up in a single go and the speed can strike up to 115 miles/hr. Unleaded petrol is used as fuel and parking can be done in your own garage.
As it is a special car, it needs you to fulfill some special requirements to fly it. One of them is, you must have a flying license and the second and most important is that it will start only by entering a secure code.
What makes it stand out:
There is no doubt that flying cars are going to come into existence in a few decades and will be a part of our daily street view but it is most important to check out the pros and cons of these so as to check their sustainability in today’s scenario. There are some design aspects which differentiate the flying cars from the conventionally designed cars such as the window panes, the tires, the body structure and engine used in the car.
The advantages of a flying car are listed below:
The dark side:
A coin have two sides, similarly, anything with a number of advantages have some disadvantages too. The minus points incorporated in a flying car are:
Where do we go from here:
Here are some examples of flying cars which could be seen in coming future:
1. The ‘leave a piece at the airport’ (LPA): For which you can leave the flight components at the airport and drive away with the car. For taking a flight, you have to go back to the airport and attach the pieces back to fly the thing.
2. The ‘take-it-all-with-you’ (TAW): After landing is done, the so called airplane will be converted into a car after a series of transitions.
Two types of vehicles can be followed up in the latter category:
There are a series of cars which are currently being conceptualized and designed after the success of Terrafugia’s flying car, some of them are:
1. Moller's Autovolantor
Moller's AutovolantorMoller's Autovolantor flying car
2. Egg-shaped flying concept car
Egg-shaped flying concept carThe Egg-shaped flying concept car
3. Pal V flying car
Pal V flying carPal V flying car from Dutch inventor John Bakker
4. High Road Aerocar
High Road AerocarLeigh Aerosystems displays High Road Aerocar
5. YEE flying car
YEE flying carYEE flying car concept
Posted: 02 Oct 2011 09:53 PM PDT
Unusual remote controlUnusual and interesting remote control designs
1. Gel Remote
Gel RemoteStrange Panasonic Gel Remote concept.
2. Gesture Remote
Gesture RemoteTV viewing Gesture Remote
3. Human Emotions Remote
Human emotionsHuman emotions by Zeynep Altmisoglu
4. Remote Control Household Devices
remote control household devicesUniversal remote controller
5. Remote Control on Soft Pillows
Remote Control on Soft PillowsUnique Soft Pillows remote control
6. Shake Control
Shake ControlShake & control, TV remote works without battery.
7. Physical Gesture Remote Control
Physical Gesture Remote ControlPhysical Gesture Remote Control by Sungwoo Park.
8. Book Style Remote Control
Book Style Remote ControlRemote Control by Chen Hung Ming
9. TV Remote Design For Sony
TV Remote Design for SonyTV Remote Design by student from Dong Hwa University, China
10. Motion Sensitive Remote Control
Motion SensitiveMotion Sensitive by Ryan Sorrell
Posted: 02 Oct 2011 09:47 PM PDT
Portable printersPortable printers for printing on the go
1. Lumium portable printing solution
Lumium portable printerA lightweight portable printer by Lumium
2. Mini Giant printer allows printing on the go
Mini Giant printerMini Giant printer by Paula Adina Sumalan.
3. Printstik PS905ME
PrintstikPrintstik by PlanOn Systems Solutions
4. Trak Mobile Inkjet Printer
Trak Mobile Inkjet PrinterPortable laptop printer by Hung Chih Wang
5. Canon PIXMA iP100 super-flat portable printer
Canon PIXMA iP100Super-flat portable printer by Canon PIXMA iP100
6. Epson portable printer
Epson printerEpson portable photo printer
7. Zink Portable Printer
Zink printerZink, a tiny printer doing without ink.
8. 4te Mobile Thermal Printer
4te mobile printerO’Neil’s microflash 4te mobile thermal printer
Posted: 02 Oct 2011 04:55 PM PDT
Modern TheaterModern Theater
1. Modern Roman Colosseum Concept
Modern Roman Colosseum ConceptA large temporary theater styled after the ancient Roman Colosseum will be built on a large stretch of lawn along the entrance to The Hague in South Holland.
2. Flekkefjord Cultural Center
Flekkefjord Cultural CenterFlekkefjord Cultural Center, Norway
3. Kaufman Center for the Performing Arts, Missouri
Kaufman Center for the Performing Arts, MissouriKaufman Center for the Performing Arts, Missouri
4. Rakvere Summer Theater
Rakvere Summer TheaterThe outdoor theatre stage is built especially for 12 plays during the summer. Its main architectural goal is to create a closed, comfortable and intimate space that forms an immediate connection with the audience and the actors.
5. Knut Hamsun Center
Knut Hamsun CenterKnut Hamsun Center, Norway
6. Sinfonia Varsovia Concert Hall
Sinfonia Varsovia Concert HallSinfonia Varsovia Concert Hall, Poland
7. Run Run Shaw Creative Media Center
Run Run Shaw Creative Media CenterRun Run Shaw Creative Media Center, Hong Kong
8. Almonte Theater
Almonte TheaterDonaire Arquitectos created the bold geometric Almonte Theater in Huelva, Spain, located on the site of an old winery.
9. Taastrup Theater
Taastrup Theater, CopenhagenTaastrup Theater, Copenhagen
10. Theatre du Châtelard
Theatre du ChâtelardTheatre du Châtelard, France
Posted: 02 Oct 2011 04:52 PM PDT
Jaspreet Kaur Walia:
Wi fi detectorThese are wearable and also Wi Fi Detectors
1. Wi-Fi Detector Shirt
ShirtGlowing animated shirt dynamically displays the current wi-fi signal strength.
2. Hotspot Bloom
Hotspot BloomHotspot Bloom is a wearable flower that glows and changes color to indicate the signal strength
3. Wi-Fi Detector Watch
Watchne click of a button will tell you the signal strength in numerals ranging from 0 to 8.
4. Wi-Fi detecting baseball cap
CapThis WiFi detecting cap is powered by a couple of CR2032 batteries
5. Wi-Fi Detector Laptop Case
Laptop CaseIt is available in various sizes and styles and the price ranges starts from $360.
6. Wi-Fi detecting shoes
ShoesShoes can now help you detect WiFi signals with the help of LEDs.
7. Wi-Fi Jacket
JacketThe Wifi Jacket is the first of a range of WiFi apparels.