Here's a skateboard that doesn't need a hill (or a push-off from your foot)
for propulsion. James Howland and his project buddies, Pat Rimel and Nate
Davis, created a motorized mountainboard as a project for their mechanical
engineering class at Colorado
The gadget has a handheld speed control, and the team was able to get the board
up to speed of 13 miles per hour. The speed decreases while traveling up hills
but still has enough torque to conquer hills with ease. The mountainboard also
has buzzer on the nose that acts as a horn.
More often than not, with the purchase of a sports car comes the sacrifice of any sort of utility. In other words, you can forget about a large trunk, extra seats for the kids, and more importantly driving in snowy (or inclement) weather. But what if there was a vehicle that offered the best of both worlds; great handling and practicality?
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
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