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New Year’s Innovationals – Hooray 2010

December 31, 2009

2009 – Good Riddance To You!

I don’t know about you, but 2009 was a bear of a year for me and the Sanda crew.


Thank stars it’s over! Now let’s move on to a new year and better times.

We’re not The Jetsons yet

It’s almost a new decade, and as we head into 2010, a new Zogby/Scoop Daily interactive survey finds nearly a third of Americans thought we would be living in a world with greater technological advances. While we might not have flying cars or electric robot housemaids, we DO have robot vacuum cleaners. We also have high-speed Internet, tiny cell phones, giant TVs on our walls, and the beginnings of space tourism.

Even though some are let down that 2010 doesn’t have most of us living like the Jetsons, 21% believe we are more technologically advanced than they thought we would be by the start of this new decade. Another 37% say the current level of technological advancement is just about where they thought it would be by 2010.

Full article…

Over the last few months I’ve written about electric vehicles and wireless transmission of energy to power future cars. In California, a start-up called Solaren plans on delivering solar power from spaced based satellites to PG&E in 2016. This clean energy source could help power future EVs. Tesla would be pleased.

Solar energy beamed to earth from outer space

INTERVIEW WITH SOLAREN CEO GARY SPIRNAK Full interview…

Posted by: Jonathan Marshall

Excerts…

Solaren is a California C Corporation that formed in 2001 and is based in Manhattan Beach, CA.  Solaren was formed by a team of satellite engineers and space scientists to build a space energy company to generate and distribute electricity at competitive prices from Space Solar Power (SSP) stations in geosynchronous orbit.

Solaren’s SSP satellites use solar cells in space to convert the sun’s energy to electricity. This electricity powers high efficiency generator devices, known as solid state power amplifiers (SSPA). The SSPA devices on-board the satellite convert electricity into RF energy. Next the SSP satellite, using the RF energy and the satellite’s antenna, directs and transmits the RF power to the California ground receive station.  The ground receiver directly converts the RF energy to electricity, and uses the local power grid for transmission to the PG&E delivery point.

To read full article go to The NEXT 100…

ABC News did a recent article on what they think were the most significant technological innovations. See if you agree.

The Top 10 Innovations of the Decade

Smart Phones, Social Networking, Text Messaging and More

By KI MAE HEUSSNER
Dec. 1, 2009

  • May 2000 — GPS Goes Mainstream
  • July 2000 — Toyota Introduces the U.S. to the Prius, Grows Market for Hybrid Car
  • October 2000 — AT&T Introduces Text Messaging to the U.S.
  • January 15, 2001 — The launch of Wikipedia sparks the rise of user-generated content.
  • July 2001 — Napster’s Demise Leads to Dawning of File-Sharing
  • March 2003 — Friendster Kicks Off the Social Networking Revolution.
  • April 2003 — Human Genome Project Completed
  • August 2004 — Google Goes Public, Makes Search a Way of Life
  • November 2006 — Nintendo Wii Launches, Revolutionizes Video Game Play
  • June 29, 2007 — Launch of Apple’s iPhone Introduces Smart Phone Frenzy. It was the most anticipated tech events of the year.

To read the full article and make comments, go to ABC News site…

More on Edison, Jefferson, Frankenstein and Grampy…

Some quick riffs for the year end…

Edison, Jefferson, Frankenstein and Grampy

First Public Demonstration of Edison’s Light Bulb

December 31, 1879

130 years ago today, Thomas Edison and crew put on the first public demonstration of the electric bulb. The light bulb has become has become the icon of innovation. And Edison with his drive for inventions, pioneering enterprise building and PR savvy has become the icon for the modern entrepreneur.  He was later called “Modern Prometheus”  for stealing fire (light) from the gods to give to man. Edison was pleased.

Thomas Edison in 1878, about the time he was working on the incandescent electric lighting system.


Edison's unique pointed-top design

Grampy is an eccentric inventor, whose labor-saving devices are of the Rube Goldberg variety.

Prometheus is the best known sculpture in Rockefeller Center. Created by famed American sculptor Paul Manship, it has stood against the Fountain West Wall on the Lower Plaza since being installed in January, 1934.

Carved in the red granite wall is a quote from Greek dramatist Aeschylus, “Prometheus, Teacher in Every Art, Brought the Fire That Hath Proved to Mortals a Means to Mighty Ends.”  Full description…

There must be an ironic half smile from the history gods that the first film of Frankenstein was a  1910 film made by Edison Studios.

Frankenstein (1910) - Directed and written by, J. Searle Dawley

Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, generally known as Frankenstein, is a novel written by Mary Shelley. Shelley started writing when she was 18 and the novel was published when she was 21. The first edition was published anonymously in London in 1818.

It was considered a warning against the expansion of modern man in the Industrial Revolution, alluded to in the novel’s subtitleThe Modern Prometheus.

Asimov called the fear of science and technology the “Frankenstein Complex” see  The Frankenstein Complex and Asimov’s Three Laws

Thomas Jefferson said. “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” In the year ahead Innovational Musings will continue to explore our dreams of the future tempered by lessons from the past. Please join us exploring innovations in time, space and technology.

Cheers to a new year!

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