Self-shutting car doors: anybody working on that?

•February 17, 2013 • Leave a Comment

This mechanism, powered by a servo and equipped with a sensor, has existed in the trunks of most cars for years: why aren’t the doors rigged the same way? Might even see less hems flapping in the wind.

Stop Lights 2.0? They’re coming…

•January 28, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Recently ‚ÄčI’ve been devoting a lot of energy to further developing my ideas on traffic into something that administrators and bureaucrats can not only wrap their minds around, but can get excited about endorsing – needless to say, an extremely daunting task to get anyone to listen. Even after drafting a petition to the City of Raleigh to do something about bringing traffic into the 20th century, the response has been tepid on that end. So I decided that if Raleigh – recently the much-touted City of the Future – isn’t interested in embracing a truly futuristic concept, I’d try my luck on a broader audience to see if ANY cities would benefit. Below the petition are various articles of the impending changes – anyone who likes to stay tech savvy already knows the automakers are on a mad scramble to implement drive-by-wire technologies. What shocks me is I’m not seeing any municipalities trying to do the same, although Google did pull up a few older articles of things in the works.

Here’s a concept I recently hit upon that’s raised a few pairs of eyebrows. It’s an extension of the Stoplight Alert concept that could potentially save lives (maybe even someone you care about).

Please forgive the scenarios’ strain on believability, but I wrote this to make a point and wasn’t terribly concerned about artistic merit…

Scenario 1: Your child has injured himself in such a way that makes it imperative to get him to the ER asap, and you could get him to a hospital in half the time it takes an ambulance to make the round trip. So you rush him to the hospital, unaware of the police car that just clocked your speed at 30 miles over the speed limit. The officer (fresh from the academy) pulls you to the curb, takes his time getting out of the cruiser and – uncaring of your son’s condition – after spending a few minutes lecturing you about the law, strolls back and spends 10 minutes writing your ticket. The need for urgency has passed as your child died while you were waiting for the officer to finish writing the ticket.

Scenario 2: Your child has injured himself in such a way that makes it imperative to get him to the ER asap, and you could get him to a hospital in half the time it takes an ambulance to make the round trip. You pull out your cell phone, activate the 911 Express app, which dials 911 and immediately sends your gps coordinates to the dispatcher. The dispatch gets enough information to determine the nearest hospital best equipped to handle the situation (if applicable) and transmits a priority code to all stop lights and alert any police cars approaching the area. You arrive at the hospital unimpeded in just enough time for the team waiting to take over, having been alerted to your impending arrival. Your child makes a full recovery and lives to see his next birthday.

Thanks for reading and your comments/tweets/shares!

Stoplight Alert App

•April 29, 2011 • Leave a Comment

This baffles me a little as to why it has yet to be created:

A simple and inexpensive (free during first week of release) program which chimes to alert drivers to changes in traffic lights, allowing use of a mobile device without having to constantly look up to see if the light has turned green and avoid being a nuisance to cars behind them.

Application could be configured to alert visually impaired pedestrians at intersections. Could also be utilized by law enforcement, emt, etc. to modify traffic lights in advance to alert drivers of direction of approach, minimizing potential traffic incidents.

Program would conceivably utilize sensor found in most modern mobile devices to receive specific radio(?) transmission signal frequency from traffic boxes via wifi, and could likely be incorporated into gps navigation units. User would be able to configure chime with either pre-packaged or imported .wav or .mpeg sound files,

Personal Copyright Site

•April 26, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I thought this would be the perfect kickoff concept for this blog about ideas…

The thorniest problem with launching intellectual property on the internet is that someone unscrupulous can come along and snatch them up, claiming the idea as their own. And while the servers hosting the forums in which such ideas might be launched keep a record of when the information was posted, there’s always the possibility that a sly enough hacker can manipulate the date and time to make it appear as if they had the idea first.

In my various meanderings through the internet’s knowledgebase, I’ve done some research on the subject of quantum computing. If my understanding is correct, this kind of technology could theoretically make it impossible for those predisposed to profiting through fraudulence to steal the ideas conceived by others. And since it’s only a matter of time before tech corporations have refined quantum computing to the point that it will be available to the public, it seems to me that the inventive among us would like to be able to publish their concepts (potentially worth substantial amounts of money) with full legal copyright protection, backed up by court-admissible evidence of the veracity of their claim – made possible by quantum security.

The beginnings of a possible mechanism of action:

The next computer: your genes

( — “Human beings are more or less like a computer,” Jian-Jun Shu tells “We do computing work, and our DNA can be used in computing operations.” Shu is a professor at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Nanyang Technical University in Singapore. “For some problems, DNA-based computing could replace silicon-based computing, offering many advantages.”