Category Archives: Innovations

The German Electric-Bicycle on Steroids, goes 50 MPH with TREMENDOUS Acceleration – Comes to the US & Looks fun to Drive!

“Gulas has spent the last six years building something called the eROCKIT that defies a vehicle category. Unlike a motorcycle, it’s active– you have to pedal to make it go. But unlike a motorized bicycle it goes incredibly fast. So fast it can out accelerate a car. And it’s completely electric, borrowing some technology and looks from your home exercise bike.

The German Electric-Bicycle on Steroids, goes 50 MPH with TREMENDOUS Acceleration – Comes to the US – Looks fun to Drive!

Amazingly, Gulas bootstrapped it, without any real vehicle engineering know-how. He’s sold 40 of them for about 12,000 Euros each. The biggest bottleneck is production, so Gulas was in town looking for investors. Sadly for TechCrunchTV, he didn’t actually have an eROCKIT with him, but watching videos of people riding it and interacting with it and one thing was clear– there is something about this device that captivates makes people smile.

It reminds me of the Segway. You get on it and lean and suddenly you’re shooting across a room. We have one in the office and everyone who gets on it, can’t help but laugh. Similarly, you get on the  eROCKIT and pedal, expecting the ingrained sense memory of a bike’s normal acceleration, when the thing just takes off, with a top speed of 50 miles per hour and a distance of 45 miles between charges. And the eROCKIT looks cooler than a Segway. (Not hard.) Gulas has a 3 inch thick binder of press clippings– which all started when a TV reporter was captivated watching him drive the thing around Berlin.”

Read More @ TechCrunch here!

Love all the driving on the video above.  eROCKIT in action in Southern France

Perspectives on IBM Watson: Healthcare

Medical records, texts, journals and research documents are all written in natural language — a language that computers traditionally struggle to understand. The ability to deliver a single, precise answer from these documents could go a long way in transforming the healthcare industry. Watson, the IBM computing system designed to play Jeopardy!, could deliver such a solution.

IBM Watson: Countdown to Jeopardy!

On February 14, 2011, Watson, the IBM computing system designed to play Jeopardy!, faces its toughest challenge yet. Jeopardy! The IBM Challenge pits the two greatest champions in the show’s history against a machine that rivals their ability to deliver a single, precise answer to a Jeopardy! clue.

IBM Watson: Watson After Jeopardy!

Watson was optimized to tackle a specific challenge: competing against the world’s best Jeopardy! contestants. Beyond Jeopardy!, the IBM team is working to deploy this technology across industries such as healthcare, finance and customer service.

Visit ibmwatson.com for more information

Artificial “Plastic & Wood” Could Reduce Landfill Waste

Stanford researchers develop an artificial “wood” that could turn a landfill into a cradle-to-cradle resource recovery center. The work was funded by Environmental Venture Projects, a research program for interdisciplinary faculty research established by the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford.

Stanford University:
http://www.stanford.edu/

Woods Institute for the Environment: http://woods.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/index.php

Bio-based Composites: http://www.popsci.com/bown/2009/product/biobased-composites

Stanford University Channel on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/stanford

TED: Chris Anderson – How web video powers global innovation

http://www.ted.com TED’s Chris Anderson says the rise of web video is driving a worldwide phenomenon he calls Crowd Accelerated Innovation — a self-fueling cycle of learning that could be as significant as the invention of print. But to tap into its power, organizations will need to embrace radical openness. And for TED, it means the dawn of a whole new chapter …

How come TED’s head guy Chris Anderson is giving his own TEDTalk? Well, it all started with an idea that wouldn’t go away — an insight into the true significance of web video, and what it might mean for the world’s future. Bruno Giussani, who runs our TEDGlobal conference, got excited enough about the idea that he insisted Chris speak at Oxford this summer. The talk ushers in a whole new chapter in TED’s history … one which you’re invited to help write. Please watch, and then help shape the future of TED with your comments.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the “Sixth Sense” wearable tech, and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at http://www.ted.com/translate. Watch a highlight reel of the Top 10 TEDTalks at http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/top10