Archive for ‘Conveyance’

October 26, 2010

Launch Party at World’s First Private SpacePort

by Matt Forcey

Sixteen months after breaking ground in Las Cruces, New Mexico, the world’s first commercial spaceport “Spaceport America” celebrated this weekend with a launch party for the facility’s two-mile-long runway (watch the ceremony here).  A partnership between the State of New Mexico and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, the spaceport has been providing commercial satellite launch services for the past few years, and will soon begin its much-anticipated space tourism flights, ferrying lucky (and wealthy) customers into suborbital space for a few minutes of weightlessness and a remarkable view of our planet.

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October 17, 2010

Clowning Around on an Innovative Self Balancing Motorized Unicycle

by Matt Forcey

 

Friends, nerds, countrymen, lend me your ears.  More portable than folding bicycles and more respectable than (most) mopeds, Focus Designs‘ new Self-balancing Unicycle (SBU), keeps you upright and cruising with a similar accelerometer/gyroscope stabilization set-up as the Segway, and an innovative in-hub motor.

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October 6, 2010

“Bus Stop of the Future” Can Sense its Surroundings

by Matt Forcey
Imagine if your local bus stop enabled you to check your e-mail, share community information on a digital message board or check the weather forecast?  Even better, what if it could tell you the exact location and time of arrival of that bus that you’re waiting for?

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October 5, 2010

Turn Any Bicycle Into a Smartphone-Controlled, Hybrid E-Bike

by Matt Forcey

 

Smart, responsive and elegant, the Copenhagen Wheel is a new emblem for urban mobility.  It turns the bike you already own, quickly and easily into an electric bike with regeneration and real-time environmental sensing capabilities.

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September 24, 2010

Socially Networked Scooters from Mini and Smart Use iPhone as Key

by Matt Forcey

Just ahead of the Paris Motor Show, which runs Oct. 2 -17, small car rivals Mini (owned by BMW) and Smart (owned by Daimler) have unveiled new electric scooter prototypes, the Mini Scooter E and Smart escooter. Both lithium-ion powered designs plug into a standard household electrical outlet, offer a variety of safety features not typically found on a two-seater (airbag, ABS, Blind Spot Assist) and use a smartphone for a key and instrument display panel.

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September 16, 2010

$10 Million Auto X-Prize Ultra-Efficient Winners

by Matt Forcey
The Progressive Auto X Prize has just announced the winners of its $10 million contest to design and build the world’s most efficient eco vehicle, and the grand prize goes to…

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September 15, 2010

Hyundai To Sell Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars In 2012

by Matt Forcey

In a bid to one-up their competition, Hyundai has announced that they will sell hydrogen fuel cell cars starting in 2012 – three years before Toyota, Honda and the rest of the competition.

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September 10, 2010

The New Classics: Heritage-Inspired Dreamboats

by Matt Forcey

Earlier today, the Thayer IV, took to the water, on a lake in Minnesota, for the first time since it’s near-complete restoration.  Few probably know that this boat, a 1950 Chris-Craft Sportsman, was featured in several scenes in the Oscar-winning movie “On Golden Pond“.

For me, that boat was the highlight of the movie.  Ever since being conscripted to watch the Hepburn / Fonda melodrama with my folks when I was younger (it’s not a kid flick), I have been infatuated with older Chris-Craft runabouts.  These dames were endowed with an elegance and character that I didn’t see in the motorboats produced during the 1970s, 80s, and 90s (even those built by Chris-Craft).  

In 2000, Chris-Craft was sold out of bankruptcy to Stephen Julius, who also owned the iconic brands Indian Motorcycles and Riva (Italian boat maker – remember the boat chase in the third Indiana Jones movie?).  Mr. Julius, who seems to be, like myself, inspired by history, set out to re-establish Chris-Craft’s image of luxury.

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