Friday, January 7, 2011

Future invention

Credit: Honda
Millions of Americans already drive a Honda. Now a lucky few might soon get to fly in one too.
After successfully completing an hour-long test flight in late December, Honda’s first jet airplane prototype is a step closer to shuttling around passengers. To attain certification from the FAA, the aircraft will have to pass an additional structural test and flight test to get the go ahead.
While this is the automaker’s first foray into commercial air travel, the HondaJet does introduce some nifty new ideas. By combining cutting-edge materials science with an innovative structural design, the jet can fly about 50 miles per hour faster than comparable jets and still use a fifth less fuel.
The jet is composed of a composite material made up of carbon fiber and resins, which is lighter than what’s used in other airplanes and has properties that allow it to be molded into a more aerodynamic shape.
Credit: Honda
Credit: Honda
In an interview with Technology Review Magazine, Mark Drela, a professor at MIT explains:
“Composites are key for achieving laminar flow, says Mark Drela, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT, because they allow for a smoother, more even surface than is possible with riveted sheets of aluminum. And Fujino points out that they’re important for creating the precise shapes needed for the design.”
The HondaJet’s design includes bulges around the nose and wings that allow the air to flow over it more smoothly as the plane cuts through the sky. Honda’s engineers also mounted the plane engine on top of the wings to further reduce drag.
In addition to these improvements, the HondaJet is powered by a more fuel efficient engine, the result of a partnership with General Electric.
[To learn more about the HondaJet's technical details click here.]
Credit: Honda
Credit: Honda
Surprisingly, the composite materials are rarely ever used by jet manufacturers, although more companies are starting to explore the idea, according to a report in Technology Review magazine.
Honda plans to start production of the HondaJet sometime next year.

Top 10 Inventions Needed - Future Technology

Top 10 Inventions Needed - Future Technology

This was a wish list that was originally intended to provide inspiration for inventors. First written in April of 1997, I thought it might be fun to follow-up each year and find out if anyone has been working on these ideas for future technology. I have included websites for you to "check out" inventions that are, are close to, or kinda close to what I am hoping will soon exist in the technology available to us presently.

1. Future Technology - Free Energy


I want my energy bill to come only once, not every month. So be it solar or electro-magnetic, please make it personal and portable with batteries that keep going and going.

2. Future Technology – Transporter


What kind of technology is required to scramble a person's atoms and send them for regrouping in foreign lands all in the blink of an eye? Imagine, I could work in Tokyo and sleep in Paris. Beam me up.


3. Future Technology - Replicator Technology (Stuff for Free)


Every time I saw Captain Picard (Star Trek Next Generation) ordering his Earl Grey Tea or Councilor Troy getting a triple alien fudge dessert from one of those replicators on the Enterprise, it made me jealous. I imagine you could send the dirty dishes back to the void where they came from. BTW, a replicator is a device that uses transporter technology to dematerialize quantities of matter and then rematerialize that matter in another form.

4. Future Technology - Universal Communicator


Forget long distant bills and roaming charges (especially with me working in Tokyo and sleeping in Paris). I want a very small device that lets me talk and see anyone, anywhere and anytime. All for the price of the device and please throw in the ability for universal translation for a modest surcharge.

5. Future Technology - The Cure


6. Future Technology - Fountain of Youth

As a woman I consider this as a no-brainer desire for future technology. The "Fountain of Youth" was a legendary spring that renders anyone who drinks of its waters permanently young. What is the real future technology that will extend our lives and keep us looking youthful without surgery?

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

History of technology

History of Television Timeline

Television was not invented by a single inventor, instead many people working together and alone, contributed to television

The History of the Incandescent Lightbulb

Timeline outlining the development of the lightbulb.

Dash Dot Dash

Timeline on the life of Samuel Morse, the inventor of Morse code and the improved telegraph.

Timeline of Microscopes

A detailed timeline that covers the history of microscopes.

Significant Dates in Post Office History

History of the United States Post Office service


Timeline of photovoltaics

Timeline of Batteries

In 1748, Benjamin Franklin first coined the term "battery" to describe an array of charged glass plates.

Soft Drink History

A timeline of soft drink history including coca cola and pepsi cola - the inventors and history behind pop.

Atomic Clock History

A timeline of the history of atomic clocks.

Electricity Milestones

Timeline - important events in the history of electricity.

The History of Plastic

The history of plastic - different types - timeline of plastics.

The Evolution of Submarine Design

The evolution of submarine design.

Textile Industry and Textile Machinery

Timeline of the textile machinery developed during the Industrial revolution.

Understanding a Robot

What is a robot and the history and timeline of robotics.

The History of Chewing Gum and Bubble Gum

A little chewing gum history from Thomas Adams tire chicle to the Diemer bubble gum.

Timeline of Chocolate

The culture of the cocoa bean.


Beginning with ancient times when scientists observed that when amber was rubbed with fur it attracted bits of dust and hairs.

World History : Hyper History

Hyper History presents 3000 years of world history with a combination of colorful graphics, lifelines, and maps.

History of Technology : 1752 - 1990

From Benjamin Franklin's lightning rod to the Hubble Space Telescope, this timeline covers some of America's greatest technological innovations.

Technology History

Ken Polsson of Victoria, BC is famous for his timeline on the personal computer, but he has also written chronologies on the Chevrolet Corvettes and A & W Root Beer, among others.

Telecomunications History

The following chronology is provided by Webb & Associates and covers the history of telecommunications between the late 1800s until today.

History of Western Technology

Timeline of technology covering 700 B.C. to 1950.

American Industry

How did technological innovation impact the United States after the Civil War?

Carbons to Computers Historical Timeline

A timeline of the technology that created the modern American office.

Emergence of Advertising in America - 1850 to 1920

This timeline includes selected events in business technology, media, marketing, and advertising for the decades covered by this project.

Technology Timeline

Brief reports on the highlights of technology from 1600 onwards.

new invention

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Textminator Rise Of The Arcade MachinesTEXTMINATOR RISE OF THE ARCADE MACHINES (21 COMMENTS)Posted as a New Invention on November 24, 2009
Video arcade games are fast becoming a thing of the past, with only a handful of games making their way into full-scale arcade machines, such as Dance Dance Revolution. The latest game to try and revive the popularity of arcade machines is Textminator. The game focuses on texting, and unfortunately not the Terminator. Since kids these days seem to be so keen on texting, and the ability to text fast, this game sets up a challenge between two contestants to have a "text-off", using...
Mini Soccer Shaped FanMINI SOCCER SHAPED FAN (29 COMMENTS)Posted as a New Invention on October 28, 2009
For soccer fans everywhere, looking forward to the World Cup next year in South Africa, there have been a series of soccer shaped fans manufactured. These solar powered fans are soccer-shaped and provide a touch of relief from the warm Summer weather. This clever, solar-powered Soccer-shaped fan circulates the air to help reduce the temperature without the need for standard electricity. It is handy and easy to use. The blades will spin as long as the round fan is opened and the sunlight...
Vuzix Wrap 310 Video EyewearVUZIX WRAP 310 VIDEO EYEWEAR (78 COMMENTS)Posted as a New Invention on October 25, 2009
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Honda Bicycle SimulatorHONDA BICYCLE SIMULATOR (30 COMMENTS)Posted as a New Invention on October 19, 2009
This bicycle simulator was initially built for traffic safety education but due to the buzz around the product Honda have decided to bring them onto the Japanese market early next year. The simulator allows the user to cycle through a host of different conditions, without the risk of being knocked down by another vehicle. You won't have to experience the wet weather, or the cold conditons either, but can safely and warmly use the simulator from the comfort of your own home. The...
Touch Sensitive FaucetTOUCH SENSITIVE FAUCET (71 COMMENTS)Posted as a New Invention on October 18, 2009
This gadget may not be particularly ground-breaking but it certainly does offer a very valuable benefit to those in the kitchen. We've all been in the scenario of having our hands full, and needing to contort ourselves just to turn on the tap, to wash our hands. Well, let me introduce to you the touch sensitive faucet. Both the spout and handle are touch sensitive, so one small touch on either part will cause the water to fall. The faucet comes in two different styles, the chrome...
Mini Golf Arcade GameMINI GOLF ARCADE GAME (16 COMMENTS)Posted as a New Invention on October 11, 2009
Hammacher Schlemmer have produced a realistic golf video arcade game. The machine offers the user the best experience in miniature golf, and is similar to the machines found in popular arcade venues. The machine utilises real golf balls and real golf putters, whilst the courses are disaplyed virtually on screen, via the 32-inch LCD display. The game allows up to four players to participate at any one time, with two courses to choose from, the casino based Las Vegas course as well as the.