The Endless Runway is a radical and novel airport concept, which applies a circular runway. The concept of the Endless Runway can generate a breakthrough in sustainable airport capacity by avoiding the physical constraints of conventional runways through shifting the lift-off and touchdown points of individual aircraft.
The main feature of the circular runway is that it will become possible to let an aircraft operate always at landing and take-off with headwind. Whatever its strength and direction, the Endless Runway becomes independent of the wind. When allowing limited crosswind, airspace users can shorten the global trajectory of the flights through optimized departure and arrival routes.
The circle of the runway, whose diameter is set to 3 kilometers, is large enough to provide sufficient room for infrastructure preferably inside the circle, even for a hub airport. This makes the airport compact, while allowing current-day aircraft to use the circle without significant structural modifications.
But whereas pizzamaking remains high-touch and traditional, pizza marketing is anything but. There, Domino’s Pizza Inc. has decided that modern works better than authentic, and fun is best of all. For the past five years, the company has been emphasizing all the ways you can order pizza with minimal human and maximal digital contact. It’s introduced more ordering methods—Facebook, Twitter, Twitter with emojis, Apple Watch, voice-activated, “zero click,” wedding registry —than new items on its menu. Customers can track their pizzas online, starting as they’re being made, and in San Diego (for now; likely nationwide soon) they can track their drivers. If an Australian wants to pick up her order, a GPS system can monitor her approach so the pizza is hot on arrival.
Domino’s has spent millions to trick out a fleet featuring “the ultimate pizza delivery vehicle”—the DXP, a Chevrolet Spark subcompact with special side doors and warming ovens. An independent franchisee in New Zealand is testing delivery by drone and robot. In 2015, for the first time, more than half of Domino’s orders were placed online, and half of those came via mobile.
The entrenched $8.7 billion CAD software business, which looks much the same as it did a decade ago, remains dominated by software that long predates Google Docs—it’s installed on individual PCs, with files that can’t be viewed or worked on by multiple users at the same time. Onshape Chief Executive Officer Jon Hirschtick says it’s past time for that to change. He has a taste for the dramatic. “I believe the work we’re doing can improve the way every manufactured product on earth is designed,” he says, because he expects competitors to follow his lead.
I always get excited when I board a Southwest 737-800 plane. It is one of its newer planes, has mood lighting and the leg space and over head bin space is much better than that on the –700 which makes up the bulk of their equipment. The 800 manages to do so even though it has a capacity of 175 passengers compared to 143 on the 700. One irritating reason is Southwest quietly snuck in another row on the 700s a few years ago to the chagrin of 6 footers like me.
So, the 800 smells new and has more passenger amenities. What’s not to like? Ask the crew. To service more passengers on a stretched plane, the 800 has 4 crew members instead of 3. 3 worked in the back galley, I in the front. And Southwest introduced drink carts to allow them to service the extra load. Led to lots of crew complaints.
So, I was pleased to fly the latest configuration of the 800 yesterday (for a video of a walkthrough of the cabin, see this from Cranky Flier). The plane now has 2 galley stations in the front and two in the back, and has eliminated the carts. The back galley has two coffee makers and other changes which allow each of the 4 flight attendants to have their own work space and section of the plane to service.
Back to more passenger amenities. The plane has more space in the front galley for emergency equipment so has freed up even more bin space. The seats, part of the new what they call Heart interior, now have adjustable headrests. There are two seat back pockets now – one on top for magazines and such , one for small personal stuff. The tracks under the seats allowed for more stowage space ( at least on the aisle I was on) . The seat cushion now does not sit on a stiff metal frame but on a springy hammock so felt better. Aesthetically, I love the blue and white seats – much more professional looking.
Two nits – the armrests and the 3 restrooms are tiny. But balance that against fact that families actually don’t mind the former and love the fact that each restroom now has a changing table.
Overall, crew and passengers should both be happier. In my small sample from yesterday I would certainly say so. But the plane had people going to cruises and the beach in Tampa and onwards to San Juan. If they were headed to a ice bound city, may be the mood would have been less pleasant?
ST Microelectronics AS5C Y533 (also found in the 2015 Apple TV)
L05286 QS4 VG Z SGP 528
Cambridge Silicon Radio (Qualcomm) CSR1012A05 Bluetooth Smart IC
3.82 V, 0.329 Wh lithium-ion battery
pressure and angle sensors
package also has a spare tip and a Lightning and Lightning adapter
Apple is rumored to be bringing out the second generation Pencil this year. Hopefully, it can also scale up production and lower the cost. Users are reporting they lose the Pencil quite easily, and most certainly the cap, which hides the Lightning connector. At least, there is a cheap solution for the cap – the glow in the dark PencilCozy.
Every America’s Cup has its own design rules, influenced by the defending champion. The next one in Bermuda this summer will see a 50 footer (down from 72 in the 2013 Cup) and have a crew of 6, instead of 11.
“The new America’s Cup Class boats are foiling, wingsailed catamarans, 15 meters in length and capable of reaching highway speeds approaching 100 km/h. In addition they are extremely maneuverable, making them ideal match racing platforms.”
“We know there is still speed to be found between now and May 26 when racing begins”
“America’s Cup Class catamarans use lift generated over a hydrofoil suspended under the hull—like a wing under water—to boost the boat up out of the waves and make it fly. Instead of pushing its hull through the water, the yacht skims the surface, riding on what look like little feet. The result? Where the old boat could only “fly” when going downwind, Oracle has nearly perfected how to rest on its foils no matter the conditions.”
According to the Oracle USA team
“Over 15 designers and 50 boat-builders have contributed to the design and build of “17”, with more than 85,000 man-hours accumulated to date. Team partners like Airbus, BMW, Parker and Yanmar have provided technical expertise and support.”
One of the Airbus contributions is “the use of brand-new microelectromechanical sensors or MEMS. Typically used to monitor aircraft wings, the company developed a special version of the sensors to return information on the boat's wing. Eight strips containing a total of 400 sensors were applied to the wing during testing, which were able to reveal information about the conditions found at the top of the (75 foot) sail versus the bottom.”
(Ladies, even if you are not into supply chain innovations, check out the functional and attractive Dagne Dover handbags in the video.)
FedEx joins a space filled with other logistics providers and Amazon.com Inc.’s Fulfillment by Amazon service, in which merchants selling on Amazon’s marketplace pay Amazon to store and ship their goods.
Dagne Dover is one of what FedEx Fulfillment hopes will be many merchants—from startups to midsize retailers selling across multiple sites and online marketplaces—using its new service, Dan Coll, FedEx Supply Chain’s senior manager of e-commerce fulfillment, tells Internet Retailer. In 2015, FedEx bought logistics firm Genco as a part of a push into e-commerce and later renamed the unit FedEx Supply Chain. That unit has 130 warehouses and distribution centers in North America, totaling 35 million square feet, and FedEx says it processes 358 million returns annually and 580,000 direct-to-consumer shipments daily.
Dyson may be the world’s most interesting engineering and design firm. It’s not just because they manufacture 40,000 inventive products a day, from high-end vacuum cleaners to fans with no blades, but because it’s a multi-billion dollar empire that’s owned, not by shareholders, but by one man, its founder, James Dyson.
James Dyson is approaching 70, and of three children, he has one son who has been anointed his successor: Jake. (His other son is a musician, while his daughter is a fashion designer.)
Morpher, a bike helmet made from interweaved plastics that is just as strong as its traditional counterparts (it meets general safety requirements in both the U.S. and Europe), but flexible enough to fold almost totally flat, making it easier to transport. Woolf recently shipped the first units to his Indiegogo backers, who helped raise almost $300,000; he’s now in talks with stores too.