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I’m not really going to say much here, just drop some links for Boeing Videos to watch, these are really cool.
I keep forgetting drones (also called UAVs, unmanned aerial vehicles) are a reality. Texas made news last year when one of its Police Departments unveiled plans use UAVs to fight crime. Then I saw videos on Youtube about the ARDone by Parrot. Just tonight, I ran into an ad and found out that Boeing had gone in a different direction from these when I ran into a video about the The Phantom Eye – video at the bottom of this post.
I also saw several other cool Boeing videos and shared them below.
787: Game-Changing Innovation
Here in South Carolina, the electric companies, and hopefully, the economy will get a slight boost by the installation of these stations. Columbia, Greenville, Charleston, Conway, Myrtle Beach, Spartanburg, Rock Hill and Union will have charging stations installed for owners of cars like the Chevrolet Volt (pictured at left, image from Chevrolet.com) and the Nissan Leaf.
In the long run gas stations will suffer or convert, with a gas war sure to start up with companies like GM saying that they will be transitioning much of their production into electric cars by 2015. In other areas, adoption by companies like GE will help with the electric car’s availability and price. With help from GE (and likely other major players) these green, efficient electric cars hopefully will experience a price drop bringing them more solidly into the average car owner’s reach more quickly.
Plug-In Carolina, a nonprofit founded four years ago in Charleston by Jim Poch, is coordinating the effort with the help of two grants from the S.C. Energy Office totaling $480,000 and with support from utility companies, including SCE&G in the Midlands, Santee Cooper in the Lowcountry and Duke Energy in the Upstate.
- Many Online News Sources
I’ve got a new bag of (super tasty) original flavor Frito Lay SunChips that was sold in a 100% compostable bag that breaks down in a compost bin or pile in about 14 weeks…
We dream of a world with less waste. That’s way we’re using fully compostable packaging on specially-marked bags of Original flavor SunChips® snacks. Every specially-marked bag of SunChips® Original flavor snacks is designed to break down in about 14 weeks when placed in a hot, active compost bin or pile. If it takes a little longer, don’t worry about it; Mother Nature will get to it soon enough.
– From Frito Lay’s www.SunChips.com Website
The bag is markedly louder, but who cares as compared to the benefits of a compostable chip bag? And wouldn’t you know it, they are also using solar power. for more info visit www.SunChips.com online!
Wired.com’s Autonomous Robots Invade Retail Warehouses was a very interesting read, and the Youtube video (below) is really cool. Zappos, Staples, Walgreens and the Gap have warehouses that use robots that pull products to fulfill orders and perform other warehousing chores. In the future, all of your online shopping may have robots on the other side helping manage the fulfillment of your order, and do it faster than conventional warehouses can now.
The wifi-networked robots, built by Kiva Systems of Woburn (woo-burn), MA, bring products in the warehouse to human workers. These special warehouses, more densely packed warehousing spaces incorporate interesting workstations where the orange robots bring racks containing products to be shipped. A laser points the worker to the product to be shipped, the worker picks the item up and scans it, and if its the right product the robot takes the rack away, and a light above one of 3 boxes waiting to be filled and shipped indicates where the product goes. The same light also indicates when an order is complete, and ready to be shipped.
Online shoe seller Zappos says their Kiva warehouse has a lower defect rate, higher productivity, plus a better safety record and quieter work environment than their traditional warehouse. You might think that working in an environment like this would require lots of training, but the system actually reduces training time for new workers.
These autonomous robots can also rearrange warehouse stock to place faster selling items closer and moving slower selling items farther away as orders come in. I also thought it was really cool that the robots find time to check their charge level – they run a self-test, check their charge, and if necessary dock with a charging station for some extra juice.
The relatively small space where the workers are needs climate control and lighting, but this is not the case in the majority of the warehouse since the Kiva systems robots don’t need either. This translates to a huge cost savings since most of the warehouse can remain unlit and doesn’t need to be climate controlled.
According to the Motley Fool, Elon Musk of Paypal fame brings us the Tesla Roadster, a green car powered totally by electricity with cost and performance rivaling luxury sport cars. Unlike what many of us have come to think of and expect from electric cars, the Tesla Roadster is not a clunky, slow, expensive experiement by some big car company. Rather it looks great, is fast and is reasonably priced for a sports car when compared to sports cars in its category (as fast as some Porsche and Ferraris). Heck Left Lane reports the 2009 Corvette ZR1 (abotu $104,000) is just 0.6 seconds faster to 60 at 3.6 seconds, but it will cost you a pretty penny at the pumps!
Says Motley Fool:
Tesla’s efficiency compared to a car getting 20 MPG is equivalent to paying about $0.73 for a gallon of gas — not to mention it’s completely emissions-free.
The Tesla Roadster | 100% Electric | 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds
burns no oil | pennies per mile to operate
All I want to know is how long before Tesla Motors turns its eyes on an electric car for the masses? It can’t be too far off, and I’m sure investors will be lining up if the company ever goes public.