Month: April 2012

Technology: Can Technology Relieve Gas Prices?

This probably caught my eye mostly because I just filled up my truck.  Gas prices are climbing higher and higher, and any hope of relief looks good.

This article describes a project that might help.  Erik Koepf is designing a process that does not require fossil fuels to create the hydrogen.  Maybe it might start us on a path toward oil independence?

You can read about it in the following articles:

Maybe I don’t understand all of the articles, but I don’t see anything that makes hope for soon relief.  At least, someone seems to be making progress.  Until this technology reaches consumers, we may need to turn to things like WVO.

Or, if you want a cooler alternative, here’s a floating wind turbine:

Engadget: Helium-filled floating wind turbine, renewable energy with style

Fun Fact: Gamers Can Be Eccentric

I just ran across these two different articles from Engadget, and it struck me funny.

First, you can play a more realistic Frogger using technology that can bring the real traffic into the game.  “Real Cars. Real Time. Fake Frog.”  Check it out:

Engadget: Fifth Avenue Frogger brings everyone’s favorite roadkill to New York City (video)

Or, you can play Tetris on the side of a building.  The only thing they didn’t do is take the controls out on a public sidewalk and let passers by play.  Check it out:

Engadget: Tetris takes over MIT building in case of hack as high art (video)

Technology: Flying Cars

We’re getting closer to the Jetsons every day!  Flying cars are something I only thought of as science fiction, but it looks like Terrafugia might be working toward making them a reality.

I saw this article with some nice pictures of the Terrafugia Transition.  They do a good job of pointing out that it is really a plane that is street legal.  Check out the blind spots on that thing!  Driving a $250,000 piece of machinery is a scary thought in some places, too.

Engadget: Terrafugia Transition aircraft first hands-on

If you want to see more or sign up for one, you can check out Terrafugia’s own website:

Terrafugia Website

To me, this is the perfect plane for something like the Sun N Fun event in our neck of the woods.  Attendees could fly into the event and not have to rent a car while staying in Lakeland.  Sure, you wouldn’t want to drive around much in the airplane, but most of the activity is at the airport anyway.  Apparently, Terrafugia thought the New York car show was more import as you can read — AOPA Online: Terrafugia skips Sun ’n Fun for auto show.  It’ll be interesting to see in the next coming years if we start seeing these planes around the area during the Fly-In.