HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Page 1/3  >  >>
far911
User Rank
Silver
Go Green
far911   4/24/2013 9:25:18 AM
NO RATINGS
This was quite amusing. I hope they weren't mocking environmental friendly cars with this because that would be so wrong. It might as well have been something to raise awareness, though I don't get the point of using a Beetle for this.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Huggable car
Rob Spiegel   4/24/2013 9:39:21 AM
NO RATINGS
Nice slideshow Rich. Love the huggable car from Phoenix Contact. I also like the energy-grabbing dancefloor. How many times have you heard people say "I wish we could bottle that energy" when they're watching active young people. With this dancefloor, now it's possible.

NadineJ
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Huggable car
NadineJ   4/24/2013 11:20:09 AM
NO RATINGS
I haven't experienced the energy saving dance floor-yet.  I also love the people powered sidewalks.  Toulouse, France tested them out a few years ago to power the streest lights but I haven't seen any news or results since.

Follow up on real-world applications for these amazing new technologies would be great!

apresher
User Rank
Blogger
Hanover Fair
apresher   4/24/2013 5:24:02 PM
NO RATINGS
Rich,  Definitely missed a few of these during the Fair.  But definitely remember the VW bug.  Thanks.

Mydesign
User Rank
Platinum
Green Energy
Mydesign   4/25/2013 1:57:16 AM
NO RATINGS
1 saves
Rich, the idea of green car is diluted by green color. Whether it can save energy and minimizes the environmental pollutions? The piezo electric effect (converting mechanical energy to electric) is so common and now a day's such appliances are deployed in public places.



far911
User Rank
Silver
Re: Green Energy
far911   4/25/2013 2:29:19 AM
NO RATINGS
I believe the idea was to reduce environmental pollution. Isn't that what "green" usually refers to? 

Conversion from mechanical-to-electric is an old practice and we see this examplified in car batteries. 

Jim_E
User Rank
Platinum
A different green car from Phoenix Contact
Jim_E   4/25/2013 9:18:38 AM
NO RATINGS
I prefer the Green 1970 El Camino that Phoenix Contact did:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5LIAV6R-t4

http://www.deskeng.com/articles/aaasgb.htm

It was at an engineering open house that I went to last year.  It has a nice setup for tailgate partying.  :)

 

jhankwitz
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Huggable car
jhankwitz   4/25/2013 9:59:02 AM
NO RATINGS
Dancers would avoid an energy dance floor because it would drain too much of their energy.  Basic Physics states that you can't get something for nothing.  Dancing on this floor would be like jogging on a sandy beach instead of hard pavement. 

kf2qd
User Rank
Platinum
Or maybe they are trying to make a point...
kf2qd   4/25/2013 10:45:14 AM
Maybe Pheonix Contact is trying to make a point. The use of "Green" for many things that obviously aren't. And some of the hated non-green things have a much smaller footprint over their lifespan than do the "green" things. Green has become a sales buzzword and really means nothing. It is used to push many impractical "technologies" rather than to make a real difference.

 

How many of our supposed "Green" projects are really just an excuse to collect a subsidy, and really have very little "green" benefit?
 Is it really "green" or is it just a way on getting the public to give mw money so I can play with the latest fad???

J. Williams
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Or maybe they are trying to make a point...
J. Williams   4/25/2013 11:37:03 AM
NO RATINGS
Instead of using a Beetle they should have used one of those old two seater V-dubs, then you could call it a Chia Ghia.  ;-)

Page 1/3  >  >>


Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Airbus Defence and Space has 3D printed titanium brackets for communications satellites. The redesigned, one-piece 3D-printed brackets have better thermal resistance than conventionally manufactured parts, can be produced faster, cost 20% less, and save about 1 kg of weight per satellite.
A group of researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a way to take material from cigarette butts and turn it into a carbon-based material that’s ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
Hacking has a long history in the movies, beginning with Tron and War Games and continuing through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
9/10/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/23/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/17/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
6/25/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Sep 22 - 26, MCU Software Development – A Step-by-Step Guide (Using a Real Eval Board)
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: September 30 - October 2
Sponsored by Altera
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service