Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Super solar storm - pre warning on news


Super solar storm - pre warning on news... question is, are engineers and governments going to do anything to protect against this. While squatters try to occupy and protest, contributing nothing (slightly unrelated I know).

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

UK architecture competition - go Treetops!

My brother Gavin is in the finals for a UK architecture competition and would be very grateful to get a supporting vote for his "Treetops" design !

Thursday, October 06, 2011

I got my Patented Propeller Prototype made

I got my Patented Propeller Prototype made, yay!
Now I'm looking for some help in product testing with fluid dynamics.

Before building a full scale product, I would like to optimise the design to produce a more efficient development of the design for further 3D modifications to blade shape.

I was thinking to try and optimise it for max speed around 6000 rpm (typical outboard motor rpm). Really I'd like to break the world water speed record and have other ideas around craft design but this is a first step.

I think this is a world first Augmented Reality (AR) Text To Speech (TTS) mobile interface.

video

I think this is a world first Augmented Reality (AR) Text To Speech (TTS) mobile interface. I'm been managing projects for layar in the past but have now switched to wikitude. I'm still working on this as I'd like to help blind people know what's around them. I'll keep spending my nights and overdraft on this till I have something really useful. Note the sound volume is very low but there is speech that happens when the user is viewing the object. Oh, and yes, I've also been in contact with computer vision glasses makers, waiting for video input to be added to mobiles also.

Friday, September 23, 2011

100% design this weekend

100% design this weekend

Designs I like:
Name
Rainbow maker
Exhibitor
Artport s.r.o.- BOTAS (Stand C35)


Exhibitor
Jonathan Field (Stand D19)
Description
American black walnut printer unit, both the top and front open out for access to the printer with paper storage below




Name
Mother in Law
Exhibitor
Qubus Design Studio (Stand C35)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

InnoCentive

I'm trying to act as a Connector by referring Challenges to a capable audience (you guys who like to solve problems).

I'll apparently earn up to $1500 for each new Solver I refer who wins any Challenge within a year.

Here's a problem that I'd be suprised if there's a better solution for:
"Protecting Silage: Replacing Tarps and Tires on Cattle Farms"Solve this InnoCentive Challenge and win. Award: $15,000 USD

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Harvey Fineberg talks about neo-evolution


I don't necessarily agreed with all he's saying but he does open up some interesting debate.

MIT students build water filters in Ghana

MIT students help a researcher build a factory that could provide water filters for 1 million people in northern Ghana


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

firefox - 32-bit mode mac issue

Note to self about error:
firefox 4 this page requires a plugin that can only run in 32-bit mode
http://support.mozilla.com/oc/questions/797108
Open finder and check "run in 32-bit mode" see screen shot

Sunday, April 03, 2011

'Granito': A Small Film Seeks Justice for People of Guatemala

'Granito': A Small Film Seeks Justice for Guatemalan Genocide

Granito trailer from Skylight Pictures on Vimeo.



Thanks also to frontlineclub in London for hosting the viewing.

Friday, March 25, 2011

My fav datavizualisation sites

http://flare.prefuse.org/
http://mashable.com/2008/11/24/data-visualizations/
http://www.rhizomenavigation.net/
http://www.fidgt.com/visualize
http://createdigitalmotion.com/
http://www.visualcomplexity.com/vc/
http://www.digitalurban.org/
http://www.creativereview.co.uk/cr-blog/2010/august/data-visualisation-aiding-understanding
http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/
http://blog.eyemagazine.com/?p=656#more-656
http://www.creativeapplications.net/iphone/scott-snibbe-profile-iphone-ipad-of/
http://infosthetics.com/archives/2010/11/visualizing_careers_in_an_organic_tree_structure.html
http://jess3.com/
http://processingjs.org/
http://flowingdata.com/

sorry i didn't hyperlink them...

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Middle East and other interesting notes

Economist Middle East table of likely places demanding change to democratic government:







Freedom song for Egypt





When Japan Airlines hit hard times in 2009 and began to lay off its staff, JAL CEO Haruka Nishimatsu cut his own pay to less than that of his pilots

Friday, February 18, 2011

Solar Flares are getting bigger

Solar Flares are getting bigger.

I've mentioned them before. Now they're getting press in reuters, wired etc.

If they're really big, which is very possible, there will be massive magnetic storms. In the past knocked out radio transmitters, electric cables etc but a very large one (expected in next few years) could also wipe out magnetic stored data.

To protect against this I've invented magnetic shield to store things like data archives so we don't go back to a period in history when we didn't have mobiles / computers e.g. 1859... but it's a little expensive... prototype about £20k needed, full room size storage would be min £250k + (Any enterprise / govs please get in contact.)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

WalkyTalky

WalkyTalky is an Android application that speaks the address of nearby locations as you pass them. It also provides more direct access to the walking directions component of Google Maps.

http://eyes-free.blogspot.com/2010/10/walking-about-with-talking-android.html

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Automotive car show snaps

Recently took my nephew to the Automotive car show at the NEC in Birmingham n thought I'd share some snaps. If you're into cars, there's a site I sometimes contribute to at finishline.
(752 miles an hour, not bad, not bad at all. Nice to meet you Richard)

(above... yes, I will)

(electric concept above)


(old school fav)


Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Solar Flares

I'm kinda into Solar Flares and really want this app for android with alerts for high volume activity:



http://3dsun.org
http://spaceweather.com