Which is k-for cool. Looks a bit like an flying Aptera. I kindof preferred the DIY vibe of the other one though.
Only in Germany would you get a building that big, with a floor that clean. Infrastructure man, It’s the business.
More (impressive) detail on it here:
Using electric motors like this cuts out a whole haystack of complexity, while at the same time allowing far greater computer control. Even if we weren’t running out of oil (and sky to dump the fumes), electric would be a better way of doing it. Only 20 minutes flight time though. Therein lies the rub.
Fairly impractical… and it’s hard to believe it’s real… the rotors turn so slowly.
Still – there it is. The world’s biggest quad-copter. Personally I think it might be better to sit there riding a bike that winds up a huge rubber-band… and then fly using that… kindof allows you to compress the energy going in. Mind you, when it runs out, you’d come crashing down, so maybe not.
Unfortunately, I come from one of those countries where people will do anything… ANYTHING… to avoid embarrassment… so chances are this won’t catch on… although maybe the technology could be used elsewhere.
Which is a car roof that has solar panels by day, and lights up inside at night… oled screens etc that change according to ambient light conditions.
But who cares about that? This is a totally cool design – and a classic example of what you can do when you get computer-controlled machines to do the fabricating.
The photograph is taken from the point of view of… I don’t know… a cat probably.
There isn’t much on the BASF website… apart from a classic example of what will come to be known as Early 21st Century pre-World War III, Fascist Design. You know the sort of thing.
I don’t know why they’re always doing that. People in suits, tinted blue… but at least you can see them coming. The really insidious stuff has people who are full of… “life”… like the ones in coca cola or beneton adverts.
… but it came to this. They were destroyed by business optimised for scarcity. Deliberately. They got rid of the guy who’s baby it was, then they borrowed money until they ran out, then they destroyed it.
If this was an (open-sourced) software project, it would be given to the community.
When I was in London once I found an entire skip of Thomas Dolby singles… 1000s of boxes – each with a black-and-decker put through them. This is what intellectual property does. It has to destroy abundance to work.
It’s actually a company making them… early days yet, but there are a number of very definite advantages over the big petrol driven ones – like redundancy, and electricity and parachutability etc.
It’s a hexakaidecacopter. Or just a hexadecacopter. The gym-ball ladding pad thing is utter genius – all it would need is to have a zorb in the middle of it, filled with helium and nitrous oxide and I’d be the happiest guy in the world.
“Ford’s electric vehicles are now bundled with the option to have SunPower install rooftop solar panels for about $10,000 after a federal tax rebate. The panels, which are estimated to generate 3,000 kilowatt-hours a year, can fuel the electric car for about 12,000 miles. Customers can also monitor the solar panels’ output over the Web application or an iPhone app.” – PSFK
Which is pretty cool, because it’s a driver/gateway for several different that will take people off-grid, and offer enormous benefits in terms of resilience and freedom from corporate-fuckwittery.
The different techs, being solar (obviously) and remote-monitoring… or any kind of electrical monitoring in fact. I think it might also provide a driver for creating vehicles that aren’t based on the principle of using a ton of steel and glass to get a 12 stone human being from A 2 B.
Maglev in a vacuum delivering 97% efficiency… that’s incredibly impressive. They go on about them being safe… and I guess in some ways they are… until one escapes, and lets all the other ones out and then you’ve got about 20 steamrollers going at about a million miles an hour flying off in all directions.
Looks like portable ones are doable as well
Loads of little DIY variants about the place as well
And Porsche are playing with them
Jesus… listen to the voiceover of this
What. A. Crock. Of. Shit.
Fucking embarrassing to listen to, even with no one else around