Trials and tribulations of the early tech adapter

Early Adapters/Early Pioneers – The laws vs human nature

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In today’s capitalist society, some early adapters of today’s cutting edge technologies could be compared with early pioneers.  Rather than trudging across some unexplored far-distant tundra, they are navigating the unknown economics of solar power, wind power, and fuel cells.   Instead of facing the dangers of ferocious meat-eating animals and braving the harshness of an unknown climate these people face economic uncertainties and big government.  Back then, it was human nature that pressed them on just as today’s early tech adapters?  What forces will win?  Human nature or our laws?

Fuel cells make power for homes in Japan  makes the case for the difficulties and doubt that early adapters have but also states a case for integration of these types of technologies into our daily lives. 

The benefits expand past the economics as far-reaching and different as global warming and ego with bragging rights.  Those benefits also include better educating of future generations.  

When we of the current generation engage our fellow citizens in the enabling of emerging technologies we should not forget to analyze the roadblocks that past generations have put in place.  Continue reading

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

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.

The World is Changing – The New American Muscle Car

High Mileage SUV  

The world is changing.  That’s not a suprise, but the fact that visionaries have been working on projects that will transport us half way across the country on the same amount of gas it takes for a 1 week’s commute is refreshing.  In my new year article “Everyone has a Prediction” I referenced an Aptera.  This remarkable 230+ mpg two-seater should be making its debut in late 2008. 

Today, I wake up to find to a press release from ASF Trinity Power Corp. about, “a medium-size family SUV designed to support a serious supermarket run or a family’s weekend recreational activities,” the XH-150 that sports a 150+ mpg. 

XH-150 from ASF Trinity Power Corp

The New American Muscle Car 

Today, Americans have turned the ingenuity that produced the American muscle cars of the 1960’s towards the American muscle cars of New Millineum, the high-mpg, high-performance (Got to get on that highway!), high-capacity automobiles.  This is the technology that we will be exporting over the next 10 years. 

Cool.  I salivate at the prospect of driving with such range and economy.  If any of these companies would like me to test their vehicles for a year I’d seriously consider it. I could guarantee it would go further than the 20,000 miles the average American drives. 

I have always thought that the idea vehicle should be able to go about 1000 miles on a single tank of gas.  Soon I might realize that dream. 

The world is changing and if these vehicles are any indication, the future looks very bright indeed.

Patrick