Transforming Kayak

Fishing kayak This kayak is a model of Principle 15 – Dynamics, serving as both a streamlined kayak and a stable fishing platform. It’s got stabilization pods that swing out from the hull, a handlebar that rises to help the occupant stand, and a little battery operated motor underneath. Why it caught my eye We…

Smoke Detector Upgrade

Smoke alarms save lives “An estimated 890 lives could be saved each year if all homes had working smoke alarms.” National Fire Protection Association Working. And that means with a working battery. Wi-fi battery for smoke and CO alarms Roost, a household electronics company, sells a “smart battery” that occupies the 9V battery compartment  that…

Amazon and Amazon Web Services

In 2016, Amazon.com made more money from AWS, Amazon Web Services than from retail sales. Jeff Bezos approved the idea of experimenting with Amazon infrastructure in 2004, but AWS only became commercially available in 2006. In many ways, AWS is a refinement of the infrastructure that Amazon built for its own operations. Principle 6 –…

SpaceX, Starman, and Fuel Gauges

There’s a starman waiting in the sky SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon Heavy with the now-famous payload of Starman (a mannequin in a SpaceX-designed spacesuit) in Elon Musk’s personal Tesla Roadster. Test flights usually are sent up with payloads of negligible value like concrete or steel blocks, since there is the high likelihood of the…