This type of competition we can afford

What in the world is APTWEH?

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When I made mention of the Aptera aptera_400x180.jpg in Everyone has a Prediction and suggested that

“the American muscle cars of New Millineum, the high-mpg, high-performance (Got to get on that highway!), high-capacity automobiles.”  

was going to be America’s new export over the next 10 years,  I didn’t know about Jacob Gordon.  I’d been following the same trail he navigated but didn’t know it.

Since the beginning of January, when I started “A Mind’s Diet”, I have started to read some of his submissions to MSN.com and Jacob has come up with some very good ones.  My favorites include those I’ve listed below.  His latest ,

Loremo: The ‘Low Resistance Mobile’ 

At 150-miles-per-gallon, the Loremo wants to show how far a diesel can go.

introduces a car that I believe Americans will covet.  If not the car, the principles of Affordable,  Personal Transportation With Extreme High-mileage OR (APTWEH pronounced “apt’ way”)    The story represents the introduction to me and my readers, of another APTWEH. 

The stories by Jacob Gordon have been chosen here to illustrate a pattern here that will see the United States into change that is happening throughout our  society. 

It isn’t that society has changed so much but that capitalism has finally caught up to the transportation designers.  Especially visible in the car industry, this change is slowly rearing it’s head in other industries like aviation and railroads.  As we progress further into this change will this type of vehicle become the norm rather than an oddity?  Read Jacob’s stories below and then you tell me.

Project ‘X’ Cars

Aptera: The ‘Wingless Bird’

Loremo: The ‘Low Resistance Mobile’

Patrick

 Ref: Jacob Gordon is a freelance writer, a blogger for TreeHugger.com, and producer of TreeHugger Radio. He can be reached at jacob@treehugger.com.

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US Becomes energy exporter: No longer an Oil Importer?

Headline: Venture Capitalist sees Green in Fusion Tech  

  Patrick Lalande on WordPress

If you want to see the future just read the headlines.

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Put this in your files as Future Tech Fuel.  This isn’t a short-term headline but it’s getting close.  I’ve seen more and more veiled news releases that imply that Nuclear fusion is coming. 

I’ve also noted that there are fewer and fewer dissenters amongst the scientific crowd when these headlines appear.  That tells me something. * Continue reading

There are others, We must find them

 Another nibble – Don’t let American Creativity go to waste

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On Januarary, 21st I wrote “Idea Nibbles – Idea Collaboration“.  It was a clarion call for creative thinkers and forward-looking individuals of all walks of life to join me in a quest to develop the creativity of the American mind. 

That sounds pretty intense as I write this, but in practice, it’s just friends helping friends with whatever they can do.   Continue reading

Smart Fortwo Car awarded international accolades

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From a press release by Daimler AG  

 The well-known Italian automobile publication ’Quattroruote’ has awarded the smart fortwo cdi a special accolade on account of the car’s exemplary consumption and environmental friendliness.

Stuttgart, Jan 24, 2008
smart fortwo cdi, exterior 
Smart Fortwo Cdi, Exterior picture compliments of Daimler AG

“…the specialists at the Italian publication ‘Quattroruote’ singled out the smart fortwo cdi for a special award – the only one presented directly by the magazine. The award is a tribute to the extraordinary environmental friendliness of the trendy two-seater, which proved its status as a 3-litre car during an extensive test drive by the Italian car magazine.” Continue reading

inventRight co-founder Surprises!

inventRight Founder offers a surprising value to Inventors

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inventRight co-founder Andrew Krauss  inventRight Co-founder Andrew Krauss

At one time or another, most of us has said  things like “Someone should invent that.” or “I wonder why (___fill in the blank product___) never made it to market.”  And one of my favorites; “I’m stuck. I have this idea but where do I go from here?”

Recently, these questions were rattling through my head when I was introduced to Andrew Krauss, co-founder, along with Stephen Keyes, of inventRight.com.  I was very impressed.  Consider the re-print of the e-mail below as a testimonial of my experience.  I just sent it to Andrew and I can’t think of anyone who I have dealt with in my business career that deserves it more. 

Dear Andrew,
Thank you so much for your suggestions on my project. 
It was not unusual to receive an invitation to a tele-seminar after signing up for an e-mail list.  What did surprise me is that I felt there was no sales pitch at any time during the hour I listened.  What came through was a very sincere desire to help those that attended. 
Even more unusual was that you offered attendees the chance to call and speak directly one-on-one with you, if they had any questions that were not answered during the tele-seminar.
I called the next day and was flabbergasted to hear you pick up your own phone.  No answering service, no run-around; nothing but a concerned, understanding voice who spoke to me as if he knew what I needed.
The suggestions you gave me, even before you found out that I wasn’t a paying customer, was the best advertisement you could have offered, but you enhanced that feeling when you continued to answer my questions. 
Thank you for being such a fresh, honest, trumpeter of the common man.  I will emphatically recommend you, your products, and services to anyone who has the need.  inventRight.com and Andrew Krauss, where honesty meets integrity. 
Sincerely,
Patrick Lalande

I will post here to inform you, my readers, my project’s progress.  So if you are interested in following along, please feel free to make use the RSS feed and the invention tag.    

Patrick

Nibble – LaserShield Security Systems

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I am moving and, while the house I’ll be renting has a lot of good qualities, one thing that is missing is a security system.  I looked into having a system wired into the house but the restrictions for doing so made the installation very expensive and full of liabilities.  I have found the solution.

While I was at Circuit City this past weekend I was introduced, by a very interesting gentleman, to a new wireless, consumer security system. 

LaserShield Starter Kit 

He was a salesman for LaserShield Instant Security

I have lived with various security systems but no other has offered the convenience and ease of use that this system has to offer.  I bought one. 

This product would be great for dorm rooms, retirement communities, rental housing, and residential homes in general. 

Which brings me to Monday.  I was browsing after working to help a family member move and what did I run into?  On MSN’s tech and gadgets section was a picture blog called “Useful tech at CES” which has as its first picture, the Cyclone LaserShield. 

Perhaps I’ll write more about this product later.  For now, it is sufficient to say that I was impressed.

Just a note.  The only negative thing I noted is that working over the phone lines seemed to be a weak link to total security.  Monitoring really makes the security so if your phone lines are a concern, the cellular option, Cyclone, may just be the trick.  And according to their website, the Sparrow, a broadband link, will soon, also optionally, be available for monitoring the system over the Internet.

I will continue my investigation of this very “useful” and user-friendly tech device.

Idea Nibbles – Idea Collaboration

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Your ideas should count 

photo_1824_20060728-chance-agrella_320x240.jpg  Everyone has ideas.  Ideas by themselves are worthless.  Ideas coupled with action is enough to change the world.  No matter how small that change may be, the ability to change the world is power. 

I desire a pairing of ideas in the minds of the common man with the hands and minds of the people that can get things done.  Distributed power for the betterment of all participants. 

There are many reasons ideas do not get acted upon.  the most prevalent is the person hasn’t the skills or the knowledge of the processes needed to move past the idea stage.  This leads to an opportunity for anyone to contribute whatever skills and knowledge they have towards advancing promising ideas. 

How should that be done?  Who decides what ideas are promising? What roles need to be filled?  Who should control the collaboration process?  When and how will the “work” get done?  How will trust be generated?  How would values be assigned? Who accepts what responsibilities and how should each step in the process be verified?

Offered for Thought – The First Nibble

I could ask a lot more questions but instead I’m going to throw this out to my readers.  I have an idea for a video game.  By itself, the idea has no value.  The value of this game could extend from social networking sites, to widgets and, all the way to video consoles.  I believe it could change the way the common man plays, works and learns.  I believe it would be a very big marketing tool with a very broad application range.  It is simple in concept and would be relatively easy to implement. 

Who would interested in the making and marketing, and distribution of this game or in the collaboration of other such projects?  How many people are willing to spend the time to actually contribute skills, knowledge, and/or effort on the chance that it may be big.  Who would be willing to spend speculative money (ie: venture capital), even small amounts as an alternative of their time or efforts?  I want to know.  If interested, please tell my of your interests in a reply to this post.  I’ll keep you posted by updating the progress of this project, and any others, in future “Idea Nibbles”.  Thank you, ahead of time, for your considerations. 

Patrick