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quinta-feira, 2 de junho de 2011

Rokenbok, e outras notícias.

Já sabem que sou fâ da Rokenbok, eis uma caixa para futuros Inventores:
Isto não está bem, a Volvo esquecer-se de atríbuir os créditos devidos, a quem de direito:

Volvo touts mechanical KERS for future road cars (but fails to mention partners Flybrid & Torotrak)

By Mike Hanlon
Volvo indulged in some odd behaviour overnight when it made a curious omission from a publicity release promoting the Kinetic Energy Recovery System development for which it has just received a US$1,000,000 grant from the Swedish Energy Agency.

Volvo named its partners in the KERS project being Volvo Powertrain and SKF, but somehow managed to leave out the fact that the core technologies described in the press release and portrayed in the diagrams it released alongside the press release were Torotrak's variable drive technology and Flybrid Systems (UK) flywheel KERS technology originally developed for Honda F1 and set to debut in the Le Mans 24 Hour Race next week.

Algo de extremamente positivo e animador, a história de um Pai que fez um Triciclo especial para ajudar à recuperação do filho...

Dad's home-built trike helps son recover from brain injury

By Ben Coxworth

In June of 2008, San Jose, California's Rob Thompson was in a car accident that left him with a traumatic brain injury. Now 22, he still uses a wheelchair, as he is unable to fully control his left arm and leg. He also has difficulties with short term memory and speech. He goes for physical therapy twice a day, and is slowly recovering. Fortunately for Rob, however, his father Dave decided to speed his recovery by creating a therapeutic device that looks like a ton of fun to use - a tandem recumbent/upright tricycle.

Dave Thompson works as a mechanical engineer for a startup medical device company, and is also an avid cyclist.

"Because Rob's physical challenges are brain-related, I thought biking would help make new pathways in the brain so that Rob could walk again," he told Gizmag. "As a cyclist and engineer, I started to research commercially available adaptive tandem bikes to see if I could find one that would fit Rob's needs. I couldn't find anything on the market that seemed suitable. Ones that might have been modified were very expensive and didn't seem like they would work for Rob. I knew Rob wouldn't be able to pedal or steer with his left side, so I thought I could help send the new messages to his brain by pedaling and steering with him."

...E algo que parece tirado do Batman, uma Armadura de Braço-Tazer!

BodyGuard stun-device to help mere mortal crime fighters

By Darren Quick
Crime fighters may soon be adding another tool to their arsenal - one that is literally designed to strike fear into the hearts of evildoers. With an integrated taser, video camera and protective forearm armor, the BodyGuard is a stun device that wouldn't be out of place on the forearm of a certain caped crusader in Gotham City. BodyGuard has already been used in Mock Prison Riots in West Virginia and is headed to real world city streets with testing and evaluation of the device due to commence in Los Angeles later this year.
Prompted by a number of cougar attacks on one of his favorite hiking trails in Orange County, Dave Brown set about developing a device to protect himself from animal attacks that could be worn while riding a bike. He hit upon the idea of a hands-free stun device and quickly recognized the potential for such a non-lethal device in the area of law enforcement.

The result is the BodyGuard, which houses its various components under a high-impact plastic shell attached to a forearm sleeve and glove. The current BodyGuard 9X1-HD01 prototype features two taser spikes mounted near the wrist that are designed primarily to act as a deterrent by sparking loudly and sending an arc of electricity between them to intimidate suspects. The spikes are activated by pulling a safety pin and pressing a button embedded into the palm of the BodyGuard glove.

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