Smartwheels

Special "wheels" that are actually sets of spokes that telescope to be as long as they need to be for a smooth ride. (Read the full article)

"Check out the Ped Wheel. An idea from around 1910 as a precursor and or competitor to tracks. Many were built, some with complex geometry. Unfortunatly you loose contact area on the ground hence contact pressures go up which is bad news on most surfaces. The idea of variable geometry wheels is something I've been playing with for years. New materials and control capabilities mean something is possible."
(Stephen Thomas 6/9/2004 4:13:00 PM )
"Now you can. http://www.sportbilen.se/e_index.php?page=e_news.php?id=89 http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000130025753/ "
(Per 1/11/2005 9:24:16 AM )
"For applications of this technology in NASA-form see about the Mars Science Laboratory: (picture) http://www.space.com/php/multimedia/imagedisplay/img_display.php?pic=h_rover-comp_wheels_02.jpg&cap=High+rollers%3A+Relative+sizes+of+wheels+used+on+Mars+rovers+%96+from+left+to+right%3A+Mars+Pathfinder%92s+Sojourner%3B+the+Spirit+and+Opportunity+robots%3B+to+Mars+Science+Laboratory.+Image+Credit%3A+NASA%2FJPL (engineering principle) http://www.news.cornell.edu/releases/rover/Mars.wheels.bpf.html"
(Masa Thavia 3/19/2006 8:00:36 PM )
"Check out www.SmartWheel.com.au a full sized vehicle, commercial version of the USU CSOIS 'Smart Wheels'"
(Glen Rayward 7/24/2007 5:17:34 PM )
"i am working on a prototype of smartwheels [the neal stephenson type] right now. its not as difficult as one might think. soulutions needed ole at falanx dot de"
(ole 8/24/2011 2:26:41 PM )

More info on Smartwheels

Leave a comment:

Tediously, spammers have returned. So, send me your comments to bill at the site name (be sure to mention the page) and I'll post them. Thanks!

 

 

 

Current News Articles

Sleeep PRO Earplug For Maximum Rest
'Merton... placed the electrodes of the sleep-inducer on his forehead.'

Inspired By Japan, Nap Pods For Hajj
It's always a good time for a nap.

Amphibio 3D Printed Gill Shirt
'... we can descend and live down there at one of those year-round aquatic resorts.'

How Do You Put An Asteroid Into Earth Orbit? Carefully!
'...she would have to be coaxed by another series of pats into a circular orbit.'

PD Aerospace Space Plane By 2023
'The sleek, tapered space shuttle lay immobile upon the private landing field...'

Foldimate Folds Your Clothes Perfectly
Look ma, my room is clean! I can hear you now.

Robots Help People Get Dressed, As Predicted In 1931
Yes, people of the future, robots will dress you.

International Space Station Leak Plugged - With Finger
'These tag-alongs search out stray leaks.'

Robot Snake Flies, Fights Fires
Just a prototype, but still amazing.

IPAL Chinese Robot Babysitter
'But Nanny is different...'

ZKZM-500 LASER Assault Rifle
'The Iranian reached back into the locker and got a pair of laserifles.'

LA Subway Scanner, As Seen In 'Total Recall'
'I'm afraid to tell you this Mr. Quaid, but you have suffered a schizoed embolism...'

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.