Thursday, July 31, 2008
Video of how the Martin Jetpack works. Know you guys must be getting sick of this thing by now but here is a great EAA video of how the Jetpack works. This info will come in very handy when I get mine so please start sending in those extra unused bucks I know your all hording.
What does this have to do with Power? Big motors, massive speed, Sexy aircraft? Everything!
"Jon Sharp flying the Nemesis®NXT® broke the 19 year old 3 Km C1-b record with a speed of 356 mph (573 km) today in front of a large crowd at AirVenture, Oshkosh, WI. The weather was less than perfect with winds gusting to 20 plus knots, yet the Lycoming Thunderbolt powered Nemesis®NXT®prevailed. “It was incredibly bumpy! I’m surprised by the speed. I thought for sure that we may have just barely made the record.” states Sharp, “I love that Thunderbolt engine!” The speed is calculated by averaging the four passes through the 3 Km timing gates. This is done by a NAA (National Aeronautical Assoc.) approved GPS unit that is placed in the plane. The 1989 record speed was 341 mph set by Richard Greer in a Questar Venture. The next record attempt is scheduled for Saturday, August 2nd during the AirVenture Showcase.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2008
As thousands looked on Tuesday, the inventor's 16-year-old son donned a helmet, fastened himself to a prototype Martin jet pack and revved the engine, which sounded like a motorcycle. Harrison Martin eased about three feet off the ground for a 45 second demo flight. The Martin jet pack can — in theory — fly an average-sized pilot about 30 miles in 30 minutes on a full 5-gallon tank of gas. There's an emergency parachute that's effective above about 400 feet, and an impact-absorbing undercarriage that can soften a rough landing or short fall, Martin said. It is unclear whether people will shell out $100,000 for a jet pack but if you have a few extra bucks please send them my way.
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The Rocket Racing League (RRL) unveiled its competition racing aircraft Tuesday in a single-ship demonstration to open Tuesday's afternoon air show. This marked the first public flight of these aircraft, which were first introduced in April in New York. As the rocket racer prepared for takeoff, the crowd was advised to put their sunglasses on. After a loud pop, 1,500 pounds of thrust from a liquid oxygen and kerosene engine, a short takeoff, and incredible vertical climb, the rocket racer was high overhead with 15 foot flames out the back. Immediate applause came from the crowd. For this demonstration, the rocket racer rotated at 100 knots, but on the "raceway in the sky," they would normally go 200-250 knots.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Shame even the biggest Spin Misters at Fox News with Pen’z Gear’s perfectly balance pens. These suckers are just made for spinning. (Even more than Bill O’Reilly) They feature rubberized grips and slick centers that facilitate better handling. Adjustable weights so you can balance the pen perfectly to your desired center of gravity. These pens are made heavier than usual giving them better inertial spinning properties and they come in a 190mm length which is considered perfect length for spinning pens. You can even write with them! So next time you are on Hannity and Colmes be prepared for some serious spinning action with Pen’s Gear pens.
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Video of a fresh beautiful Virgin. Video of Richard Branson and Burt Rutan’s roll out the WhiteKnight 2 today. "The rollout of WhiteKnightTwo takes the Virgin Galactic vision to the next level and continues to provide tangible evidence that this most ambitious of projects is not only for real but is making tremendous progress toward our goal of safe commercial operation," Branson said. Whatever… let see this thing fly.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Recyclers are devising dazzling new ways to mint fortunes from America's mountains of waste. The broad category of "waste and recycling," which includes everything from materials recovery to sewage biotechnology, drew a record $622 million of investment in 2007, compared with $245 million a year earlier and just $20 million in 2001, according to Cleantech Group, a green investing consultancy. Sober investors are throwing money not only at established recyclers like Casella Waste, but also at bolder ventures like Warrenville (Ill.) trash-to-ethanol startup Coskata and Austin-based e-waste recycler TechTurn, so confident are they that there's real cash in trash.
More at BusinessWeek
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We say you still look like a dork. Live with it.
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Saturday, July 26, 2008
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Friday, July 25, 2008
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Sailing the wave-powered Suntory Mermaid II, the 6,400-kilometer (nearly 4,000 mi) journey, took 5 to 6 weeks longer than originally planned. Taking in to account this trip can ordinarily be completed by a diesel-powered boat in about 10 days - it's no speedboat.
The Suntory Mermaid II is a 9.5 meter (31 ft) long x 3.5 meter (11 ft) wide, 3-ton vessel made of recycled aluminum, does not use an engine for propulsion. Instead, it relies on a pair of fins under the bow that move up and down as the waves come in, propelling the boat forward.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
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Princeton is smaller, but Planex has a cool feature to attach a hand strap - which is helpful when trying to remove the little buggars!
Full spec review and photos here
Upstart light sport aircraft manufacturer ICON Aircraft successfully flew a prototype version of its ICON A5 amphibious sport plane. The ICON A5 two-seat sport plane features an amphibious design with retractable landing gear for flying off land and water, plus several patent-pending technologies highlighted by folding wings that allow the plane to be easily stored and towed on the road with a trailer. Designed to be predictable and easy-to-fly, the ICON A5 features a lightweight carbon fiber airframe and is powered by a 100-hp Rotax 912 ULS engine that runs on both auto and aviation gasoline at an estimated top speed of 120 mph. Besides the folding wings, more unique features specific to the ICON A5 include an sports car-like cockpit with MP3 port, and patent-pending Seawing platform for easy access and docking on water.
More at Businessweek.
However they are powered, the vehicles must also emit less than 200 grams of carbon dioxide per mile. That is around half that of a typical passenger vehicle, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008
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umpcfever is reporting news of the first Menlow based MID in HK.
Prices are now available for the Aigo MID P8860.
"The retailer version of aigo MID P8860 will come to us few days later.
More details review will be available soon. Keep Checking!!"
We had a play with similar devices at Computex 2008, can't wait for their review of the latest production medel!
Go to the Japanese site here
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
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Monday, July 21, 2008
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Saturday, July 19, 2008
The reaction reliably and efficiently turns the lignin in waste products such as sawdust into the chemical precursors of ethanol and biodiesel.
Friday, July 18, 2008
If this works, we can assume it won't be long before the sound file makes it's way onto a P2P file sharing network near you for a more reasonable price :P
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Thursday, July 17, 2008
Pocketables has reviewed the Kohjinsha SC3.
For those waiting to see performance reports and video playback reports, this review was worth the wait! (ok, so it's only 6 days after JP release :) )
Great review Jenn!!
Read the full review is here.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
The dream of a personal flying jetpack has always been stymied by the minuscule flying times. 43 seconds is the longest anyone has ever staying aloft on a jet pack with most flights under 30 seconds. Finally the 30 second flight barrier has been broken. Although AirVenture officials are mum as to who the maker of the jet belt is, they have stated that this year event (opens July 28th in Oshkosh Wisconsin) will premier the first true Jet pack with a 30 minute flight time. A quick Google search easily reveals the New Zealand based company Martin Jetpacks as the maker. Not much is known about the company. The Web site provides only the date of the launch. No word on pricing or availability either. However, ANN is reporting that the developers of the “World’s First Practical Jetpack” state that their innovation is distinguished by a unique, patented technology. Capable of flying 100 times longer than the Bell Rocket Belt of the 1960s, it uses regular gasoline and complies with FAA Ultralight regulations.”
iphonedev reports "iPhone 3G running our own software. I think you’ll agree that this was worth the wait" - certainly is! well done!
below is a video of their progress:
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The total cost of materials used inside the latest iPhone is $174.33, If the analysis is correct, Apple (AAPL) is spending about $53 less on materials than it did with the first iPhone, which iSuppli says costs $227 to make.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008
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The team is building a solar cooling system that unlike the existing machines on the market, uses an improved absorption mechanism capable of producing cold water at a range of temperatures from 7º C to 18º C when the exterior temperature ranges from 33º C to 43º C. Suitable for residential use, the cold water produced can be used for climate control applications in houses by combining it with a water-to-air heat exchanger (fan coil).
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Monday, July 14, 2008
Pickens is expounding the plains potential for wind in the "Pickens Plan," his well-publicized campaign advocating to massive American investment into wind.
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The objectives for the project include identifying and assessing appropriate biofuels, studying their effect on engine components such as combustors and fuel systems, developing appropriate technologies and design changes to accommodate them, and conducting tests comparing current jet fuels with first-generation ethanol, as well as second-generation biofuels.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Systematic flight testing has stared and ElectraFlyer plans to display their aircraft at this years Air Venture in July, 28th.
Friday, July 11, 2008
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The Japanese Acer One will come in Dark Blue or White.
AOA150-Bb (black)/ AOA150-Bw (white)
CPU：Intel Atom processorN270(1.6GHz)
Memory：1GB(512MB onboard + 512MB) / possibly 2GB via upgrade (untested)
RAM slot : 1 (512MB installed as ships)
Hard Disk : 120GB
OS：Windows XP Home Edition
IEEE1394 / PC card slot / DVD drive : none
Slots: SD, MMC, RS-MMC, MS, MS Pro, ｘD
Others ： mini D-SUB 15 VGA out
LCD : 8.9" wide
Size: 249 x 170 x 29mm
Weight: 1.1 Kg
Battery : approx 3hrs max
Acer PDF (Japanese only) here
You can customize your receipt on their website, the custom receipt will be shown (containing the text that you entered) in a simple JPEG file.
"The completed receipts are in dollars only but you can enter non-dollar amounts for prices if you like. That way, you can say that something is "free" or "cheap" or whatever you like".