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MIT Media Lab – The stackable CityCar

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In 2003, Prof. William J. Mitchell organized a research team to explore new ideas for vehicles in the future. The goal was to re-think the car as a design object and redefine the relationship between people, cars and cities.

Prof. Mitchell gathered a multidisciplinary team of people to participate in a workshop, with backgrounds as diverse as urbanism, architecture, industrial design, mechanical and electronic engineers, as well as software programmers. The workshop offered a blue sky to study any kind of ideas related to the future of transportation, far from the constraints of the automotive industry. Over several semesters, the group produced a large number of concepts -not all displayed here- which ranged from performance vehicles to communication devices and mechanical components.

The workshop is hosted by the Smart Cities group at the MIT Media Lab, where General Motors is a sponsor. Representatives of GM participate actively in the workshop as guest critics.

Read more and see…

http://web.mit.edu/francov/www/citycar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFwXpL8Luj4

http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/11/13/transportation-tuesday-mits-stackable-city-car/

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November 10, 2009 at 1:28 am

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The Millennial Generation – kids with ideas building companies

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There are four generations alive right now – Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gen-X’ers and the Millennial Generation.

What is one of the things that characterizes Traditionalists and Boomers?  The expectation of lifetime employment at a sigle company in a single job followed by retirement and death.  At the other end, the Millennials have multiple careers and parallel careers. Some predict they will change jobs 7-10 times and even change careers 2 or 3 times in their lifetime.

What are these kids up to – check out this generation of Entrepreneurs at DreamIt

“Helping great people with great ideas build great companies”

DreamIT
http://www.dreamitventures.com/node/16

Porfolio Companies
http://dreamitventures.com/node/6

A couple of college kids with a very simple idea – as featured on ABC’s SharkTank
http://www.notehall.com/

http://www.sdnn.com/sandiego/2009-10-02/things-to-do/torrey-pines-grad-takes-business-to-the-sharks

http://nycdemoday.com/

Check out – When Generations Collidehttps://frrl.wordpress.com/when-generations-collide/

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October 6, 2009 at 1:40 am

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Accidental Entrepreneurs: YouTube pays David $14K for a months fun at the Redneck Resort

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Revenue sharing

So you thought that all the content that people put up on YouTube was a waste of time?  Not so.  Google now has a Partner program and revenue sharing model with content providers.

If you have good content, lots of subscribers, and lots of hits, you can apply to be part of the Google / YouTube Partner Program.

I must have been asleep on this event – I just found out about it.

And, I was amazed at just how much money people are making on this.

The top channels on YouTube are making six figures a year in revenue sharing with Google based on click throughs to ads that appear on channel video pages.

Accidental…

Well, all I can say, is that all the work that early adopter YouTube content providers made to develop popular creative content for YouTube (at no compensation to them) finally has paid off – unexpectedly.

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September 26, 2009 at 4:48 am

The Great Electric Car Quandary

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How to Build a Charging Infrastructure Before Demand Grows

The Great Electric Car Quandary: How to Build a Charging Infrastructure Before Demand Grows
Dozens of new electric-vehicle models from General Motors, Ford, Toyota and others are expected to hit the streets within the next couple of years. Will there be enough juice to keep them moving?
By Larry Greenemeier

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=electric-car-quandary

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August 15, 2009 at 1:56 am

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What’s new at Dayton 2009

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Did you miss any of the new ham radio equipment introduced at Dayton 2009?
If so, Joel R. Hallas, W1ZR, put a PDF together for you

What’s new at Dayton 2009

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July 3, 2009 at 3:52 am

Single carbon nanotube Radio

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We have constructed a fully functional, fully integrated radio receiver, orders-of-magnitude smaller than any previous radio, from a single carbon nanotube. The single nanotube serves, at once, as all major components of a radio: antenna, tuner, amplifier, and demodulator. Moreover, the antenna and tuner are implemented in a radically different manner than traditionalradios, receiving signals via high frequency mechanicalvibrations of the nanotube rather than through traditional electrical means. We have already used the nanotube radio to receive and play music from FM radio transmissions such as Laylaby Eric Clapton (Derek and the Dominos) and the Beach Boy’s Good Vibrations. The nanotuberadio’s extremely small size could enable radical new applications such as radio controlled devices small enough to exist in the human bloodstream, or simply smaller, cheaper, and more efficient wireless devices such as cellular phones.

http://www.physics.berkeley.edu/research/zettl/projects/nanoradio/radio.html

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March 19, 2009 at 4:27 am

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Linux Plug Computing

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Read about Linux Plug Computing – Linux in a box the size of a wall-wart power supply
Lots of technical doc and schematic on the website.  Order a prototype and dev kit for $99

The SheevaPlug is a development platform, targeted for use as a plug computer, and designed to run network-based software services. It features a Kirkwood Series SoCwithan embedded Marvell Sheeva™ CPU core running at 1.2 GHz. This device connects to the network using GbE, offers desktop class performance, and can be used to replace a PC-based home server for many applications. Peripherals connect using the included USB 2.0 port.

The development kit is enclosed in a plastic case that also contains a universal power supply. For developers a USB-based debug connection is included to enable simple debuggingand reprogramming.

http://www.marvell.com/products/embedded_processors/developer/kirkwood/sheevaplug.jsp
http://www.globalscaletechnologies.com/p-22-sheevaplug-dev-kit.aspx

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March 8, 2009 at 4:34 am

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A FM Radio for one-dollar – How is this possible?

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On the way out of the Walmart store – right where you check out – the place where smart merchandising people place items for those people who are impulse buyers and those who are unable to delay gratification – I saw a FM Radio for the price of one dollar.  For the exchange of one dollar in United States fiat currency I could have in my possession a FM radio.  Wow.

The radio runs on 2xAAA batteries, came with a earbuds, tunes the whole FM broadcast band, and has a light.  Wow.

The radio runs on 2xAAA batteries, came with a headset, tunes the whole FM broadcast band, and has a light.  Wow.

In a few moments, the prize was mine.

Can’t break old habits.

I have heard people tell stories of when they were a kid they liked to take things apart to see what was inside.  If you are a kid, maybe 5-10 years old, then its fun taking things apart but unfortunately sometimes they did not go back together.  Maybe your parents told you to stop doing this – taking things apart to see how they worked.  But for many kids, myself included, one could not resist taking things apart to see what is inside and what makes it work.

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February 28, 2009 at 8:06 am

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