Thursday, December 29, 2005

"Sweet(Bleep) Ride"

Someone on the web expressing devotion to their two wheeled transport. They also have a solem music video in her honor as well.

Ride On my friend. And Keep the music flowing.

Google's Environment Theme

On December 25, 2005, Google culminated one of their most recent serials with the graphic above. Google has a history of decorating their homepage during holidays or other notorious events.

And like a Berma Shave commercial, Google's serial of messages tell a story or perhaps express a message.

The picture above is the final picture in a serial they ran of a cat and mouse struggling for a way to light up the Google sign. At first they struggled to plug it into an extension cord. Then they finally opted for an alternative energy source, they plugged the lights into mouse driven treadmill that generated the electricity that lit up the lights.

BTW, I recently learned that Google's interest in sustainability and the environment have deep roots. That includes environmentally friendly lighting at their corporate headquarters.

Friday, December 23, 2005

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And Happy Holiday!

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Amphibious Land bicycle

...inventor, Mohammad Saidullah, came up with a design for a bicycle retrofit for an ordinary upright bicycle that allows the cyclist to ride it in water like a boat and on land like an ordinary upright bicycle. It takes about 30 seconds to convert the bicycle from one mode to the other. No tools required to make the change. You can see in the video clip of it being pedaled in water, being converted back to road bike, and pedaled on a dirt road. You can also watch it pedaled in reverse to make the boat go backwards.

Here is what the National innovation Foundation of India had to say about this invention(which they gave an award):

...Amphibious bicycle which is a conventional bicycle to which four rectangular air floats are attached, which support the bicycle when moving in water, and fan blades are attached in a radial manner on the spokes of the rear wheel which enable it to run on both water and land. The blades are arranged in such a fashion that it can be driven in reverse direction also. The advantages are obvious as people in rural areas need no longer solely depend on the few boats which tend to be overcrowded for crossing the river and it can be done at one’s own convenience. As it operates on both land and water, the time and money required for hiring a boat to cross the river and for further transportation on land is saved. A further application could be in amusement parks or children’s parks. Saidullah was awarded the first prize for his presentation of a showcase of his innovations during the Republic Day Parade in Patna in 1995.

Mohammed Saidullah hails from Jatva-Jeneva of Motihari district, Bihar and is currently engaged in selling honey in the market. A philosopher, his mind is always occupied in problem-solving, which would benefit the family and society and he has made various environment-friendly and yet affordable functional innovations such as Mini tractor, key operated Table Fan, Fodder cutter operated Mini water pump, Conserved Energy operated bicycle and Mini turbine for electric generation.

This Technology is available for licensing.

Also Check out the SRISTI, Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institution.

Happy SolChrisKwanaka

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Sunday, December 18, 2005

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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Bicycle Pedestrian Hybrid

Saw this picture, which seems like a bicycle Pedestrian hybrid. What might be fun, is to add an electric hub to this, and then you will have a bicycle, pedestrian, AND electric hybrind vehicle.

Monday, November 28, 2005

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