The Maglev train has a top speed of 361 mph. It is a high speed train that is moved by electro magnets. The first place to majorly adopt it was Shang Hi China. In Shang hi it brings people 18.6 miles to the airport in just 7 minutes for a measly $8 ticket. I think it would be nice to build a complete maglev train system in America linking every major city. This could make high speed transit more affordable and green. Their are several Maglev proposals currently in the works in America. Imagine if you could just hop on a train in Miami and be in Orlando an hour later. Security checkpoints would be much faster. This could also reduce our dependency on foreign oil and greatly reduce air pollution. Just using the same cities for example why would you drive to Miami from Orlando if you could pay $20 bucks and get their much faster. I think the stimulus funds could of addressed this more. The funds could of been paid back with ticket sales from maglev trains therefore the tax payers would get a return on their investment. It could also help to stop sending American oil dollars overseas and provide as a double investment in that sense. Hopefully the private sector will pick this up and turn it into reality. American companies could reap the rewards if it was done right. America shouldn’t be running on slow amtrak technology and should invest in future high speed rail.
iPhone os 4.0 beta 3 is now out. The 4.0 update for the iPhone is a much anticipated update for the iPhone. It is in beta 3 wich means it will be released in as soon as a month. It will bring features like multitasking and folders. Finally real backrounds will be behind you apps. This will make the iPhone much more productive. You won’t have to exit out of apps anymore unless you want to. Apple did not wanna introduce multitasking untill it perfected It. Apple says they have implemented mulititasking without hurting system performance and battery life. I am sure it won’t be long before iPhone os 4.0 is jailbroken it is probably already in the works.
Honda asimo is a humanoid robot that has been around the block for awhile. This is a twelfth generation asimo in a line that began in 1986. Over the years he has become intelligent and can walk up stairs and even run. He can set up algorithms and remember what a certain item is like a hair brush. He will come up to you and make you feel like he is completely aware of you. The movements he makes are quiet and graceful. He is constantly improving with the further development of his software. Maybe open source software development could in the future give him a complete thought process. The development of an sdk could enable developers to create add-ons to his personality like it does with the iphone. High speed wireless networks are also always improving so he could use algorithms made by google to be aware of where he is and find out what something is if he doesn’t know. He could get indoors because he know it’s gonna rain. The ability to mass produce them in a cost effective manor may be in the not so distant future. The purposes they could serve could be vast. For example one day Walmart could have him watch secure parking lot at night. If something happens he could understand it and wirelessly notify police and record it or maybe intervene. It might not end up being a good thing and could be an invasion of privacy. If history repeats itself your kids will probably live to see the day.
Just look at the size of that tug boat next to Poseidon, a massive floating power plant off the coast of Denmark. He weighs about 350 tons. The alternative energy power plant generates electricity from three methods. First underwater turbines that harness underwater movement and currents. Second it has three wind turbines that tower over a beautiful white base that looks bigger in person. Finally it uses the movement from waves to produce as it floats at sea. It was built to withstand major storms and can produce electric in a cost effective manor at 10 cents per kilowatt hour. It is able to produce energy at such a low cost because it utilizes three methods of alternative energy technology. It is looked at from boats as a modern marvel and a milestone of the clean energy movement. Hopefully it has some lights on it because I wouldn’t like to see a tanker full of toxic oil run into it. The question is will it take hold and be adopted globally as a widespread method of alternative energy. I wonder how many of these babies it would take to power a portion of Americas energy needs.. Hopefully in conjunction with wind power on land this can make a significant impact on dependency of coal and oil.
The android OS is being developed very rapidly. Since it’s intro into the mobile OS market it has rapidly expanded and is now on many phones. Android is also showing up on many low cost tablets. Tablets are being developed that can be mounted in the walls of you home. Tablets can also be wired in to your T.V and can serve media from the Internet sometimes in H.D. This would give you the ability to have apps and widgets on T.V screens all around you home. In the future the code will become even more advanced. You may be able to talk to an adroid device in your kitchen and tell it to play a song or look up something on wikipedia for you. It may also be able to shut off lights for you and tell you how the weather is. One day you will be able to wake up and say ” Android … What will the weather be like today?” After a long day of work you could say “good night android” and watch as the lights fade out and you T.V shuts off. This technology may be available sooner than we think. The Archos 7 and 8 home tablets are some of the first Android based home computers. Archos has announced it will be making apps specifically for android home automation. When these low cost android home computers hit the market, you can be sure developers will be working on many more home automation apps. The archos 7 has just become available for preorder for $199 here.