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07/27/2009 6:58 PM

Hello there fellow cr4'ers,

Myself and 4 of my close friends are about to embark on an excercise to design and build something that there is a desperate need of, but is not easily available or affordable.

All of us are retired or semi-retired engineers, manufacturing and management specialists. We are old country, apprenticeship served guys, with experience in all areas of the manufacturing industry.

Can you please suggest projects or areas that we should consider that might give us a challenge?

We are not in this to make money, our primary motivation is to challenge ourselves and use our talent to develop a new product or simply build a better mousetrap - and of course, have some fun along the way!

Ideas???

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07/27/2009 7:17 PM

Did you see this?

The New Energy Source vs. Venture Capital

Any ideas for him? Might turn into some ideas for you guys.

I'd like to see someone come up with a way to reduce energy consumption. How many billion LEDs are on 24/7 around the world? They're not free.

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07/30/2009 3:32 AM

Lynlynch,

Drill for magma not oil!

The west coast of the Western Hemisphere is lined with Volcanoes just ready to melt your drills and provide heat and power on a large scale just like in Iceland.

A school in Western Washington has geothermal heating and cooling.

A home could have that and a Solar electric panel to run the pump via an inverter, that varies frequency in accordance with heating or cooling load, to run a motor whose speed is according to frequency.

Hmmmm... those are already commercially available. Too late.

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07/31/2009 10:35 PM

I just asked him how to get power from there to here.

How deep, how many atmospheres?

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07/27/2009 7:34 PM

Inexpensively turn salt water into potable water. Solar powered refrigeration would also be cool.

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07/27/2009 10:10 PM

For those involved with supplying water to rural 3rd world villages, I second this response!

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07/29/2009 8:55 PM

Yess I to yes we need more good things for all the world in the enveiorment and renewable energy is what is needed and I have a complete systems and it's from nature for both water and power and need help in getting this information out to those that are of sound mind and don't play 1000 and 1 questions about how thats where its already planed emerging technologies. Engineneers are needed in the feilds of hydraulics, flash freezers, structure workers. and electritions, and solar thermal techs.

This system can help around the world outside the normal wind, solar thinkers!

Renewable ( thermal )=wind power the energy power source.

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07/29/2009 9:42 PM

Hello kennynabb6,

You have had a good start here today. Just ask and you will get someone who is interested. If not on the site then someone reading the site as they scan the web? Who knows? Good luck!

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Hello,

I am interested in the same exact things. In fact, I am thinking about starting a website... maybe even writing a book, or at least some kind of article to publish, or newsletter type of thing.. which is intended to inspire awareness in the ever-growing (yet nonetheless, still deficient!) quantity of those who DO want to make a difference, and MOST OF THEM CAN... in one way or another.. even if not thru any engineering. Or perhaps you could call it political engineering? Social engineering? Community engineering? nah..... that sounds too much like communist nonsense propaganda..... at least, it certainly *rings* of it... haha... Altho not by design! ... How about... CIVIL ENGINEERING? Oh wait, already taken... :)

You see my point.... (P.R. for the Environment... only I'M not Al Gore!) If you do, try to email me at truedepth@hotmail.com thanks

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11/15/2009 7:27 PM

Oh we see your point

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07/29/2009 8:17 AM

Dean Kamen's Deka (He invented the stent. Deka came out with the Segway. He co-founded the FIRST robotics competition for high schoolers. On and on.) has something that was called a Slingshot (in Popular Science, June 2009). Anything that can produce heat will expand Helium in a Sterling engine. The heat also evaporates non-potable water which gets superheated in a compressor run by the Sterling engine. The steam out of the compressor gets condensed into potable water and the heat from the steam/condensed water also gets recycled into the process. You should be able to get refrigeration out of that as well.

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07/29/2009 9:55 AM

Hi stevem,

I did a search on the Solar Powered Refrigeration and came up with quite a lot. See below:

This is the address of the search page:

http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en-gb&q=Solar+powered+refrigeration&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

Solar Powered Air Con ApprovedAirConditioningUnits.co.uk

Solar Powered Refrigeration Solar powered refrigerators and freezers. Runs off of a single 75 watt solar module in most climates. partsonsale.com/sundanzer.html

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Environment and Resources Management 27 Feb 2009 ... In the midst of developing battery-free, solar-powered refrigeration and air conditioning systems for habitats in space, David Bergeron, ... www.sti.nasa.gov/tto/spinoff2003/er_1.html

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Promethean Power Systems - Solar Powered Refrigeration Promethean Power Systems - Solar Power Refrigeration -solar-powered refrigeration system for commercial cold-storage applications. www.coolectrica.com/

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Solar-powered refrigerators by Jeffrey Yago, P.E., CEM Issue #102 If your primary source to power a 12-volt DC refrigerator or freezer will be a solar-charged battery, then you may find the lowest overall system cost will ... www.backwoodshome.com/articles2/yago102.html

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Polar Solar Refrigerator/Freezer 30 Jul 2006 ... Custom engineered and manufactured refrigeration. Specializing in DC, battery, and solar powered systems. Providing freezers, refrigerators ... polarpowerinc.com/products/refrigerator/index.htm

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A solar powered refrigerator would be non-polluting and free to ... These flame powered refrigeration systems could be adapted to become solar powered refrigeration systems if the heated elements were exposed to concentrated ... probaway.wordpress.com/2008/06/09/601/

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Amazing solar-powered fridge invented by British student in a ... 8 Jan 2009 ... It's the kind of simple yet brilliant invention that would have the tycoons of Dragons' Den salivating with excitement. www.dailymail.co.uk/.../Amazing-solar-powered-fridge-invented-British- student-potting-shed-helps-poverty-stricken-Africans.html

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TePP Open Innovation Network: solar-powered refrigeration system Promethean Power Systems is developing a solar-powered refrigeration system for commercial cold-storage applications in off-grid and partially electrified ... tepp-innovators.blogspot.com/.../solar-powered-refrigeration-system.html

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Solar-powered refrigeration system - Patent 6469487 A solar powered vapor compression refrigeration system is made practicable with thermal storage and novel control techniques. www.freepatentsonline.com/6469487.html

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Hope this leads to a helpful end to those who need it!

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07/30/2009 2:42 AM

Steve,

The key word is inexpensive as in less expensive than the current method?

It would be interesting to know how much it costs to desalinate the water used in bone dry Cabo San Lucas, MX. Nice clean swimming pool water with no chemicals.

I know of burning fuel to produce refrigeration. Solar power can make the heat for refrigeration units too.......in the daytime.

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Inexpensive as in millions of units could be deployed to the third world for under a billion dollars. Millions of people die every year for lack of clean, drinkable water and means to keep their food from spoiling. If you make a device that is cheap (say <$50) and reliable all it takes is one Melinda Gates or Warren Buffett to write a single check and many, many lives could be saved.

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Hello stevem,

Nice ideas!

GA to you Sir.

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My wife wants a cordless hairdryer.

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Careful what you ask for!

Go on, buy her one. You'll be a hero.

Sue, you talk to him if you pass by.

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I didn't even know those things existed. He can buy me one, too.

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Look again: it's just a "charm".

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That's what I get for not following the link. So, what should jimmymac28 focus on? What does the world need more? Solar-powered desalination units, solar-powered refrigeration, cordless hair dryer.......decisions, decisions.......

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Solutions to lingering problems....

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Hello sue,

I guess whatever is thought of, there will always be something that someone needs? But you only have to think about the Jet engine and how it was conceived. I believe using a bean can? So even something which might not appear to have a 'future', with a little thought can turn into something really useful?

Take care............

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The next item after that is even more interesting:

I'd like to see what a "cordless hair" looks like !

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Rhino horn is made of fused hair, so technically it's cordless .

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Already invented. It's called a towel.

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Sorry couldn't resist.

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Here ya go ......

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Then again, one of these might work:

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John,

That's beautiful. I would bet an antique.

They don't still make them that way, do they?

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Hello JackJ,

Hope you fine?

The old paraffin 'blow lamp". There was kind of an 'art' to starting one of these beauties! Of course the LPG took over from these, but I used one on and off for about 5 years. It was owned by my Granddad I believe, passed it to my Uncle and then onto me. Nice to use outside in the winter, and you could boil your kettle for a cup of coffee! Great gear.

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Very much doubt if they still make 'em.

The pic (which I "borrowed" from someone in cyberspace) brings back many smelly memories associated with paraffin:

Dad stripping (probably lead-loaded) paint ...

Sausages cooking over a Primus stove ...

Gran'ma & Gran'dad's house, with the winter chill cut by an Aladdin heater ... (remember frost flowers on the windows?).

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Hi stevem,

Yes you right, no cords! Cheap to run as well?

Take care......

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To be fair, Randall beat me to it. (I didn't click on his link either)

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Well jimmymac28 I want to see an Electric Road.

What I mean by that is a road that will give power to vehicles for vehicles with electric motors.

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Hello Trascendian,

GA to you Sir!

I like your idea. These electric vehicles could have an automatic sensor which keeps one care from getting too close to the car in front? And, perhaps automatic braking? These 'roads' would be dedicated to one way traffic so there would be no signals, traffic lights etc.

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Just like the train system at the SeaTac airport running contiously for about 30 years?

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My ex wants a left-handed screwdriver .

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Man, you are good! And fast! Any hints for Lottery, tonight?

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Hi JohnDG,

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Your wife wants a left-handed screwdriver?

Probably at the same shop you get Tartan paint, possibly?

I know for sure they have a 'long wait' there. I sent a new girl to our engineers shop to ask for a long wait. He told her to wait over there (she said), and did not say anything as he was in and out of the shop for an hour. I thought it best that I go and collect her then...................

Well these things were tried on me. I was a little too wise to accept any of these leg pulls, but this girl wasn't! She is still a friend.

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Poor JohnDG; born right handed?

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Well, that's as maybe ...

The (unspoken) point in my post was that my ex was almost certainly born right-handed, but was also born with a nasty dose of cerebral palsy, which left her right hand pretty useless (particularly when it comes to screwdrivers & such).

She does well with her left hand - but a decent set of left-handed one-hand-operable tools would be "handy" .

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Hello JohnDG,

Really sorry to about your friend not being able to use the right hand. I know of two people whom trained themselves to use the opposite hand to what was not working. And also two other who are almost ambidextrous.

It is a little weird to watch the ambidextrous writing with the right and left hand!

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It is a little weird to watch the ambidextrous writing with the right and left hand!

How about watching somebody writing with the right and the left hand, in the same time, and Different texts!

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Hello indel,

Are you fine?

Thanks for the reply post.

Yes writing with both hands in different texts takes some concentration, for sure!

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"I had to switch to using the mouse left handed after a bout of carpal tunnel 3years ago. Now I use a laptop most of the time & switch around depending on what I'm doing."

You know most people aren't so forthright about their nocturnal activities on the net.

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Hello chrisg,

You know, you are are just too naughty. You only said what I wanted to though!

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I actually had to change my original text as it read Carnal tunnel 1st time through

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Freud would've had a field day!

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Hello Garthh,

Yes it is all it take, practice? I never have been any good at two handed texting, but, I like you use my left or right hand as my 'mouse' when I need to. The people whom I take my hat off to is those who have lost a hand or were born with very short arms. It is amazing how these people have turned a need into a speciality! For instance eating or painting or writing with a foot? I am not sure where the 'dexterity comes from as the hands are just a small way away from our eyes, but a foot is at least twice as far or more away. Just can't understand how it can be done, but admire those who can do it for sure!

I have a friend and it takes him a minute to 'write' "hi", but he can use a computer faster than I can. He has it set up to use with 'touches' rather than typing a word. Very clever.

I have not had a mobile for about 5 years. The phones are probably a lot faster know so it may be easier to use both hands. The mobiles took so long to change letters with my last one I had no choice but to use just one hand. The use of the mouse in either hand may make it easier to use a mobile in the 'wrong' hand? Interesting to try when I do get one.

Take care my friend...................

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Landseer (who painted The Monarch of the Glen) could simultaneously draw a horses head with one hand and a stags head with the other.

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Hello Randall,

Landseer (who painted The Monarch of the Glen) could simultaneously draw a horses head with one hand and a stags head with the other.

That sounds like a clever trick. Especially if you are paid by the 'picture'. Making two drawings at a time would double your income?

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An improvement in Stirling Engines for cooling. Have a go at increasing the torques of those things too so some decent electicity can be generated under a load

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oops. I missed the spelling mistake (Stirling). Thanks.

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hello all

Yes you are right! part of the flash freezer cooling system has simmilar aspects.

As well as a tronado vortex.

It's the best of a naturals and 6 man made thermals working tohether for a maseive power toruqe and speed of controled air flows.

Thanks for the thought. Now it's up to all to get this eye opening possiblities from todays tech.

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Yes Thanks !

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How about something to get rid of BO, bad breath and flatulence in crowded public transportation ?

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It's so magnanimous of you to think about the huddled masses, when you have hyper-drive transport available to you.

What a humanitarian gesture from one with your past. Have you turned over a new leaf?

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With my son and daughter looking over my shoulder everyday? What do you think ?

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Gee, you sound almost..........................human.

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Hey, I'm only part droid you know .......

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Portable Raman with large library capabilities, for materials analysis on the fly.

The applications are many: forensic science, counter-terrorism, health, environmental science, manufacturing, natural products... Think about health alone. The cancer specialists have finally come out and said, the cure for cancer is to prevent it. That means a whole other focus in health, looking at environmental exposures, understanding just what we're getting into that's causing this disease (and/or others).

Who makes the tools widely available to collect the data, will be doing a great service to humankind (and could also make lots of money). IMO the presently available tools of this type are overspecialized as well as overpriced. A multi-app, unspecialized tool with open source software for data analysis and library management would be truly useful.

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Scale-up the Scalextric slot car system to 12in:1ft scale, and implement it across the UK road network thereby reducing the UK's dependence on oil.

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I'll take a look at that Scalextric slot car system. Glad you captured the point of the idea. Chrisg288 posted an intriguing concept drawing awhile back.

I struggle with rights of way issues and weather. Lately last I was contemplating over and under vehicle feeds.

It is one thing to build to a standard, as in the case of Electric Rail, and another to attempt what I propose in a competitive non standard environment.

I am particularly interested in determining what infrastructure would in fact practically work in the US Superhighway corridors for Trucks and Passenger vehicles.

I am aware that my concept may well be near to impossible for any but the most Urbanized environments, with consistent good weather.

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I don't think that one ever got posted.. just sent to you and a couple of others.

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Good, my attorney is supposedly maybe, going to put money up for incorporation next month.

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Think about a system that only energizes the section that has traffic. Something like an inductive transformer that transfer energy from below the vehicle so that can be fully enclosed (weather proof and safe) and can be maintained in sections. It should also have a sensor network to activate each section as the vehicle passes over it.

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We have toll carpool lanes with sensors that take your transponder info and bill you.

All they have to do now is put the energizing inductors in the road.

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Search for maglev. I think Livermore and General Atomics are developing something better than the Japanese and German versions. Inductrak and Inductrak II.

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I do appreciate you thoughts and wish you all friend a good long life.

Since your goal is not to make money,In my opinion developing something and building it may consume lot of energy, time and money and may end-up with no results due to lack of resources,don't you think it would be better if you can hunt some younger talents say about 10 boys those are willing to mould them self to your dreams, educating and offering them some really good training with a mission.

What do you think?

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Yes Rakesh - this is a good idea and one which we will certainly consider. Just so you all know, we have our own manufacturing facility with full machining and fabrication facilities available to us. We also have a Medical University close by, and I am considering approaching them. Not had a lot of success with Universities in the past - like dealing with government - no one will make a decision and when they do, it takes a lifetime to enact. However, I will try again. We are currently stacked with experience, but fall short on youthful exuberance and acedemia. Uni could be a fertile ground for projects and young talent.

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I have a long list of things that I've put out here to public domain that need verfication.

you can see or link to a few of them here...

could you build and test different types of wind turbines ? (other one)

what about all terrain vehicles? water trains? flying cars?

What kind of things are you looking to build, more specifically... that way I can show or give ideas tailored to your capacities..

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Not had a lot of success with Universities in the past - like dealing with government - no one will make a decision and when they do, it takes a lifetime to enact.

The government people went to those Universities.

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Take a look (back to 1929) at this and think about how you could come up with a low emission (not zero; keep the propulsion technology relatively simple) 100 mpg drive train and still keep an exciting level of performance.

http://affairsc.blogspot.com/2009/07/bloody-mary-1929.html

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A self shoveling sidewalk, preferably wind powered. What would that look like I wonder? something like a windshield wiper? Oh, I know, move the whole sidewalk surface and their passengers. You know, like Heinlein''s "The Roads Must Roll, or Asimov's "Caves of Steel". But first, get past the snow bit....

Personally, my latest project is to build a fly press out of a post jack, but since that was invented by L. Da Vinci I don't think I need an engineer to help.

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To develop a vechicle to drive me home or take me to work without worrying about stopping at stop signs, other vechicles, obstructions where I can sit back and enjoy the scenery and take a snooze till I get there. As like they are doing with the farm equipment today in their guidance systems across the wide open fields.

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How about trying to find a way to use water as a fuel and nobody could charge the living ------ out of you.

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A guidance system on your lawn mower as your watching the baseball game or jammin to the radio.

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We had an automatic electric lawn mower twenty five years ago in Durban South Africa. Once a week the lawn mower (fully charged) would automatically come out from a hatch built into the side of the house and mow the lawn getting direction from pre-layed tracks under the lawn. The grass was always short and neat. Ten years before that we had a rechargable mower, this was fantastic ,little sound and no cord to mow over.

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We could really use a NG fuel distribution system

and a mechanism to educate legislators,

we could make good use of an efficient electric transmission system

and an logistic transfer system to replace trucks and trains on the surface.

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Jimmymac28,

Put up the specific experiences of your group, so that based on the overall exposure interesting projects can be suggested. I too like creative projects, it is worth doing as a feed for one's intellect as well as making saleable product and experimenting with creative skills.

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good comment - so I had a serious think about it. I could fill a page with my experiences alone - and I am the youngest of the group! We have worked collectively in UK, Italy, Canada and the USA. Always in manufacturing, initially in a technical capacity - apprentice toolmaking, journeyman, draftsman, junior designer, senior designer, project manager, Industrial Engineer, Production Engineer. Then in management as Line Supervisor, Production Manager, Plant Manager, Vice President and President. We also have moved manufacturing operations and done green site start ups. We have been involved in the later part of our careers in factory automation - we have designed, built and installed systems worldwide from $50,000 to $6million, mainly for the automotive industry but also for large pharmacy.

For fun, one guy builds furniture, clocks and gets involved in major home construction. Another is into painting and photography, one guy designs and builds model steam boats (builds complete from raw material - engine included) and another is into high performance cars and antiques. And me? I'm the last remaining man still working full time. I have my own tool and cutter business.

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I'd like to see posts concerning process improvement projects your group could tackle. Specific concerns that you guys picked up in the different sectors where you worked? The reason for asking is that some worthwhile improvements are in the process that makes the final product. I'm not seeing much in this thread that relates to that aspect.

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Can you make me a fly press?

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its been done already!

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Ok I see that you have the knowledge of some cablair and skills of working base of management and companies, But would be interesting in joining with me and some others to get this system built. The compelet informational disc has the propper docouments to get the information that all first stage information only not the complete story just some untill the None discloser gets back to me by postal mail for safty of this emerging technologies.

My contact is for that reason inclosed for is my e-mail on a spam filter that is for that kennynabb6@win.net

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My friend, you should not publish your email. It is inviting spam. Wait until you find someone who want to talk about your stuff in more detail and, then send your email address vis PM on this site. To get to PM just click on any-ones name on the left side of the page.

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i find it curious :

with all these skills, material , and facilities ...

that " you guys " haven't come up with a project.

so many areas of our world need help.

potable water, finding ways to reduce green house gas emissions, removing chemical insecticides from the food chain, finding something to do w/ the nuclear waste from all these power-plants that everyone wants to build. somethings gotta excite your passion?!!

surely there's some aspect of these or other fine suggestions that your group has the skills, passion and concern about. ???

in my time in aviation: American AL tried to start their own a & p school.

it failed. besides wages being below poverty, working on airplanes just doesn't appeal to many people , as it once did.

many threads have addressed the lack of skilled quality trades men ~ women>

here in the US , the President has called for help.

seems that your group could go a long way in helping.

ojt programs, one to one mentoring , if the schools wont help , go over their head.

i might think that providing an ojt programme might appeal to the local unemployment office.

all boats rise on high tide.

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hello all

and yes with all this kjnowledge and skills why can't we combine the skills of differant techs to bring this renewable energy power plant to bear fruit.

I have't been up and running computer crash, new systems now.

Please if any of you really want to help with your skills and materails, yes we can as a group together can get this system up and running small structure.

This is a challenge to all engineers ofnthe trades needed for this are.

1.best of solar thermal.

2. best of wind.

3. hydraulic systems

4 freezer systems.

5. structure materails engineer

6.solar glass magnicatifaction.

Any person that beleives we can make a differance for the enverioment should get this basic understanding information disc.

kennynabb6@win.net

This system is phase 2 step 1 research technologies are allready know it's the how to and where of placement of componets , NOT IT'S WORKIBILITY.

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Re: Looking for a Problem

08/02/2009 6:07 AM

Jimmymac28,

Thank you for the reply. Now it is my turn to suggest projects as per your criteria.The overall team strength seems to be versatile having sound experience.Combined with co operation, empathy, commitment and good will and with good deal of your mutual understanding, your destiny is certain.

I hail from Textile background, having spent 2 decades in industry up to a level of Production Manager in INDIA and overseas. When you cross 40's chances of career entries become gloomy. I had given up my service life, now make my livelihood as a Teaching faculty, and rest of my office hours are dedicated for environmental research at my self built laboratory. This being a tough journey, my direction of activities are aimed at self laid goals of solving pollution issues, water and energy and CDM based inventions for carbon abatement and few chemical specialities. The applied research includes 3 patents and I manage it by low cost simulation techniques. Independent research poses total freedom of thought, activity as well total responsibility to accomplish end results, for which I am quite seasoned.

Well, coming to your project part, based on your background, your team skills fit into Transport sector, which itself is a potential area calling for lot of good scopes. My suggested topics based on my planned research are the following topics. They may sound funny, but it makes meaning to me, since research is aimed at making the impossible possible.

*Reduction of wheel friction

*Improved aero dynamics

*Collapsible body vehicles to save parking space

*Fuel efficiency / fuel replacement research

*New concept engines

Collision impact safety, rolling impact body safety

*Instant braking facilities with minimum momentum influence

*Low cost light weight fabricated vehicles

*New concept design built body vehicles

*New concept parking to avoid congestion in busy streets

*Fuel less travel

and so on. The thread had more response postings too, which is evident from the number of e mails about this thread.

Decide, plan, brain storm, Lay unique focus, think out of boundaries and relish success. Don't do what others do.

My best wishes and the journey goes on.Regards

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Re: Looking for a Problem

07/29/2009 2:29 AM

There are many ideas in this book:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Design-Real-World-Ecology-Social/dp/0500273588

They are all socially relevant. Many are in the area of health. Almost all are challenging.

http://www.solutioneers.net/solutioneering/papanek.html

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2005/01/victor_papanek.php

http://unjobs.org/authors/victor-papanek

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Re: Looking for a Problem

07/29/2009 3:19 AM

How about designing a 'fully functioning' house that does not use any electricity?

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07/29/2009 3:33 AM

Maybe with an electric powered car on the side. Watch this space, Ky.

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07/29/2009 9:28 PM

Hello WendyWoo,

There is a number of houses, which you can search for on the web and view, which, while not using 'zero' power, are designed to heat water and the air in the place by, orienting the building to catch the most sun on the broadest side, usually to the south.. This heats concrete and tile floor and walls, and this in turn circulates round the house as its 'heating'. A kind of 'stored solar heating' I guess you could say? Any concrete stays warm and continues to heat the place through the night, gradually losing less heat as the night goes on, until the following day when the process starts again.

This is where a lot of 'modern' ideas of carpeting are not good as they cover potential heating areas and so they cannot absorb any heat to warm the place.

Some of these houses are really weird shapes to enable air-flow, with no solid walls between the up and downstairs. Often open balconies where you can look down into the lounge. These balconies and sometimes the floor is glass which allows the sun to enter almost everywhere, with no shadows to cool the place. And the whole thing looks more like an open barn than a house.

With proper insulation and large windows in the south, small windows in the north, kinda thing, any heat gained is utilised pretty well. Often these building have solar power on the roof and anywhere else to allow the building to 'run' with minimal power even in the winter.

Some have the north side built into a hill which means you can sometimes 'walk' on part of the roof. That side of the house will stay a pretty constant temperature, or so I imagine.

I do not like some of the wonderful shapes but if you have hardly no bills for power, it is something you can live with, right?

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