Love. Probably skipped a lot though. via google search for “portable turntable”
In response to of our fair city’s own Columbus Circle being named “Roundabout of the Year”, the public radio show Marketplace‘s morning report last week included a great segment on roundabouts that actually had me laughing at several points. Yes I’m prone to fits of childlike delight in the face of great achievements in design and engineering and yes, my recent obsession with transitional gestures and structures makes me vulnerable to new roundabout propoganda, but you need to listen to this. Just hear the name of this gentleman’s organization before you judge me…
National Geographic has a fantastic blog called Found. “FOUND is a curated collection of photography from the National Geographic archives.” The above image from 1957 of a replica of the Mayflower sailing into New York Harbour is wonderful. The mash up of historical air and sea technologies in a single frame is awesome. (via KR)
The Germans are incredible at this shit.
This is a promotional reel for a concept snow vehicle from 1929. It’s kind of mesmerizing and fascinating to watch the lateral rotation of the pontoons translate to forward propulsion via such a simple surface treatment. The reel is long, and the music is an odd choice, but it demonstrates a pretty interesting and capable means for snow and ice transport. It’s also a great hack of existing technology.
This prototype from Portland based Ryno Motors really is super cool and pushes the blah blah blah boundaries of personal transportation and blah blah innovation and engineering but what really interests me is the developers quote in the film: “This is a personal transportation product that’s in between the cracks of urban transportation so I can ride it on the sidewalk. I can go through a lobby. I can go into an elevator. I can go on the train. I can go anywhere a pedestrian wants to go.” I disagree. The measured footprint and agility of a machine should not be the sole criteria that we use to judge whether it is fit to occupy the same outdoor spaces as pedestrians. This is a growing issue with the increased presence of electric bicycles. And as the market grows I think we will see increased regulation and licensing of these innovative modes of personal transportation that counter the utopian free wheeling visions of their innovators.