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Bill Durkin
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Unprofessional
Bill Durkin   7/13/2012 9:30:35 AM
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I agree with the people who are upset about Design News posting something like this, whether it's in a blog or not.  Design News is a technical magazine, read by professionals.  It's not some college student's web site where he wants to impress his friends and have fun.  As an engineer, I expect Design News to keep me up to date with new equipment, new technologgy, things that might be useful in my applications at work. 

This blog article has really detracted from the credibility and reliability of Design News.  As a result, I will not be paying much attention to the stuff that comes across my computer screen from this source.  I'll stick to the magazine, where childish foolishness likely will not occur.

Thinking_J
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magnetics? believable demonstrations of concepts?
Thinking_J   6/27/2012 6:18:35 PM
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Obviously , this "concept" is not being demonstrated in real life.. and the author didn't think it was going to be believed by readers of Design News as such.

Some of you should be feel sheepish .. not mis-lead or intentionally fooled.

As to "Magnetic levitation" comments. It was never indicated "what" was being demonstrated to create levitation.

May I offer a alternative answer.... Quantum locking? maybe?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Ws6AAhTw7RA#

Quantum locking... THIS SHOULD NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH SUPER CONDUCTIVITY and MAGNETISM.

Not that this technology is demonstrable, but it could answer some of the questions and limitations leveled at magnetic levitation for this application.

 

 

 

 

Fix-it-or-not
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Maglev systems are not ECO friendly or viable
Fix-it-or-not   6/27/2012 11:36:27 AM
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As for ZERO EMMISSIONS, what about all of the ADDED magnetic fields that will be produced?  What are the side efects of being constantly surrounded by high power magnetic fields.  It doesn't mater what we do, there will always be some form of emmission to deal with.

To call a new technology ECO friendly or ZERO emmission is misleading.  EV cars aren't as ECO friendly as people think because of all of the environmental issues that are forgotten about in their production.  It's just that these problems are created somewhere else, so people conveniently forget that they even exist.

I agree that Maglev is a neat idea, but not practical.  It would take forever to get the planet restructured so that it could be used everywhere.  Too bad it wasn't thought of and implemented 150 years ago.  It might have had a chance then.

OLD_CURMUDGEON
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Re: Now we've truly reached the Jetsons stage
OLD_CURMUDGEON   6/27/2012 10:28:33 AM
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While I haven't taken the time to read all 39 blog entries as of this writing, for me this is a ridiculous undertaking!  It's fine to have a maglev @ DISNEY or some other theme parks, but in reality for many of us, it is an exercise in frustration dealing with the local gov't agency responsible for filling potholes.  It seems to me based on previous efforts around the globe that to develop this alternative form of transportation, it would take massive REVOLUTION in our road infrastructure, not evolution. 

And, one more thing editorials & bloggers have posed the dilemma regarding EV's.  While operating one may be considered environmentally friendly, etc. and reduce our dependency of fossil fuel resources, WHERE does the original energy come from to charge these vehicles?  By the same token, WHERE does the massive amount of electrical energy come from to power these magnets, etc.?  HUH???

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: HOVER CAR
Ann R. Thryft   6/20/2012 12:58:42 PM
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As a diehard sci-fi fan since age 11, I watch almost every science fiction movie that comes out. My husband and I used to make a game of pointing out what's created with CGI in a given film, not based on whether the thing itself was improbable (ocean waves, wolves, or aliens), but because the CGI wasn't good enough. But sometime back, it started getting a lot harder (first ocean waves, then animal fur) and recently, in Disney's John Carter, we could not tell at all, except by the unreality of the event or object being portrayed, like this one.

Tool_maker
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Re: Actual Concept Car or Computer Generated / Animation ?
Tool_maker   6/19/2012 1:07:22 PM
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Stuff like this really make me feel dumb. Since it occured in this publication, I believed this was just a highly edited. actual experience. Now I feel like the poor shlub who has been duped by a carnival barker. I agree with an earlier poster who felt Design News should not publish things such as this without a disclaimer.

wankap
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Hover Car phooey!
wankap   6/18/2012 3:20:57 PM
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It's only magnetics, the cost to implement is enourmous as the street must be laden with a matrix of cables and sensors. I'm sure everyone has heard of Maglev!

dmorgan
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animation
dmorgan   6/12/2012 7:47:10 AM
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Ok so it's not real, yet. But look at how much discussion that this video has generated! That in itself was worth watching.

robatnorcross
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Re: HOVER CAR
robatnorcross   6/11/2012 7:20:42 PM
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Am I the only one to recognize the REAL reason for this development. The Communist Chinese obviously know how bad American drivers are and figure this is a better way to conquer. First they buy everything in the U.S. and then kill the population with these things.

What they don't realize is that had they first come out with the HoverCar they could just wait and let our bad drivers wipe out the population and then just walk in and take over when were all dead from auto/hover accidents. Obviously at a much cheaper price than having to build up their Navy/Army/and what-ever-else-they-have militaries.

On the other hand, just think of the road infra-structure costs we could save by just killing half of our drivers on the road now.

Charles Murray
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Re: HOVER CAR
Charles Murray   6/11/2012 6:44:14 PM
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I agree, bonjengr, the animation is fantastic.

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