The first concept, called BHO3, is designed to charge the batteries of electric cars by transforming the heat generated from a rolling tire into electric. Heat is generated as a tire rolls and materials would be embedded to generate electricity.
Goodyear's second concept is called Triple Tube. The name is largely self-explanatory and includes three tubes that rest under the tread and near both shoulders of the tire and center. An internal pump would automatically adjust air in the tubes based on road conditions.
An eco setting would inflate all tubes to the max to cut rolling resistance. A sport position could cut inflation on the inboard tube for better handling and a wet setting would inflate the center tube to prevent aquaplaning.
Plex Systems organized a tour of the Sanders chocolate factory in Clinton Township, MI as part of their analyst day. The showpiece was the new, 188 foot Imperial Line (see video below) and the variety of planning, scheduling, inventory control, quality management and other functions the Plex software supports in the operation.
I was impressed with the scale of the operation – the volume of 10 lb Blommer dark chocolate bars, the huge vats of half and half and inverted sugar, the wide range of caramel recipes and product packaging.
No Willy Wonka at this factory but a very enjoyable couple of hours anyone would enjoy if you happen to be near Detroit.
A new SUV after 7 years, a new laptop after 3, and a new smartphone after 2, and especially when you see things from the eye of a technophobe wife, you realize how everything, even basic, humble things are rapidly evolving
The car clock has evolved to synch with the GPS and auto-adjust to daylight savings and time zones
The earbuds can screenprint to your photos
The speakerbox can speed-dial for you
The mouse has lost its tail and can walk even on rough surfaces
“When Google hosted a boot camp this month for its Android operating system, there were some new faces in the room: automakers.
They made the trip to learn about Android Auto, a dashboard system meant to let a smartphone power a car’s center screen. Tasks as varied as navigation, communicating, and playing music, apps all constantly talking to the cloud. And to the driver. A similar scene is playing out at Apple, where its rival CarPlay system was developed for iPhone users.”
“In coming months, dealerships across the country will begin selling vehicles capable of running Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, or both.
The systems go far beyond current Bluetooth pairing for playing music or making hands-free calls and allow Google’s or Apple’s system to take over the center screen and certain buttons in the car.”
"The most requested thing that kids have wanted to do with Barbie, and Mattel's done unbelievable amounts of research over the course of decades, is to talk to Barbie," says ToyTalk CEO Oren Jacob, Pixar's former CTO, who worked at the groundbreaking animation company for 20 years. "That's the number one request over all demographics, over all geographies, of all time. For the first time we're doing that for real now."
Yet it’s equally hard to overstate how dramatically the hyperloop could change the world. The first four modes of modern transportation–boats, trains, motor vehicles and airplanes–brought progress and prosperity. They also brought pollution, congestion, delay and death. The hyperloop, which Musk dubs “the fifth mode,” would be as fast as a plane, cheaper than a train and continuously available in any weather while emitting no carbon from the tailpipe. If people could get from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 20 minutes, or New York to Philly in 10, cities become metro stops and borders evaporate, along with housing price imbalances and overcrowding.
The only thing this geek fantasy is missing: Musk. With his hands full simultaneously running Tesla Motors and SpaceX, he’s left it to others to make his theory a reality. He declined to comment for this story. But his fingerprints are on each of the groups vying to build the hyperloop, even though they couldn’t be more different.
“The Trecan 60-PD and 60-PG is the true work horse of the fleet, with a capacity of melting 60 tons of snow per hour. Its 12 million BTU / hr burner can melt 150 to 300 cubic yards of snow with an average snow density of 15 to 30 lbs per/ft. per hour.”