Saturday, May 29, 2010


The higher up you go the better and stabler the winds, but it costs money to get up...

Introducing the KiteRicity:
Make a "rotor" kite that rotates using a bearing so the thread doesn't twirl.
Make a contra turning rotor kite - another rotor kite that turns in the opposite direction.

Add a lightweight generator (is there a BLDC generator with no perma-magnets?)
and your all set to produce megawatts.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

List of old ideas

Status: Not published, or never to be published

Baked ideas: Ideas baked already by others:
A list of ideas I contemplated on, worked hard to think them over, and then found them on, entered 4 years ago, or found them to actually have been patented and implemented 50 years ago or more!

  • ATP (Adenosine Tri Phosphate) battery, 
  • Steam balloon, 
  • Multi-image to quality image converter,
Future ideas: Quick list of ideas to be listed with greater detail:
  • SpamShow - I think I posted it already...
  • SMS-digital reciept/guarantee repository, 
  • AntiAV/Spam external to mail server (client initiated)
  • Updown music keyboard.
  • Mouse-SafetyCatch,
  • ModularCarMotor-electric (onesize)
  • Text2UI UX,
  • Toolbar for searching open source code,
  • Universal-packet-parser(decider,type:len/loc/script,len/script,colname,[coldesc],[[error/num];[errormsg]],[[devider];[linebreak]).
  • StringFan (or hand run Gyro-Fan) like the wheels they sell as toys, where you pull hard to get speed.
  • PedalCak.halfCategory.hb - related ideas.  ??? huh? I don't remember what I wanted with this idea 
  • Powerscrub I think I posted this: Vibrating ball that helps scrub dishes, when covered with a sponge.
  • DigiWhiteboard,  not sure what I meant here: Could be 1) low resolution input output whiteboard, or 2) Some inexpensive simple improvement to the Israeli idea of Smartboard.  
  • Better-Mouse (multi finger, or maybe I meant back panel - that I posted, and surprisingly halfbakers don't 'get') 
  • ArcheoRobot (TinyTunnelDigger).  I think I posted that one too.

Tension to vibration electric generator

Status: Not yet posted to
The goal is to get the power from a large sail on land, that moves slightly but with much power (torque) then typically releases the power (slacks) and then catches the wind again.

The way I do it is by investing a bit of energy in getting a horizontal string with a weight attached to its middle, to turn vertically. When pulled tight a strong vibration and rapid turning of the weight results. The vibration is the addition of power from the original turning, plus the extra power from the pull.

(To explain this in other words: Hold a rope that has a bead in the middle of it, loosely between your hands and start moving one hand back and forth till the bead is rotating in a large circle, first coming up, then going back down the other side.
Now pull it tight, and the winding turns into a strong vibration which turns the middle very quickly).

Generating power: There are two types of this motor:
a. Power from the vibrations can easily be retrieved by a magnet connected to the wire and a coil. This contraption would be near the tips of the rope. (Google for Windbelt)
b. Another possibility is to get the rotational energy transferred into the middle weight, if the weight is a "bead" magnet free to rotate inside a coil moving with it.

Steps to make: (for 'a' type motor)
1. String: Hold string loosely at two ends.

2 'Weight'. Put a bead through the middle of the string.

3. Generators (Magnets and Coils): Tie two magnets about 1/6th of the way from each end, each magnet in the middle of a large coil. (You can start with one "generator" on only one end of the rope for testing).

4. Structure: You need two poles.
"Head pole": On one you tie the end of the rope. It must be able to sustain the full pull of the sail, so you may need an extra rope tying this pole to the ground (or use a tree).
"Secondary pole": This pole holds the string in its lax position but allows the string to be pulled tight by the sail.

5. Pulley to sail: Connect the most tensive part of the sail to the rope with an extension rope and pulleys. The rope should be free to allow the weight in the middle to be a bit low when the rope is lax, but fully tense, when the sail is tugging.

6. Initiating Propulsion: Add a windshield wiper to the bottom of the motor to move the rope back and forth, so as to give the motor its initial propulsion. Or just add another magnet and coil (electromagnet) somewhere on the rope so its is "pulsed" strong enough for rotation.

7. Controller: Add digital control (or try it manually) so that the rope gets its "starting energy" only when the big power is on its way. (At typical 6 m/sec winds you have quite the digital time to check this and do something about it), and is removed once the big power is coming in.

Note: The whole contraption could be held vertically, but then you would need to hold the weight in the middle, and somehow to cause circular movement and not a pendulum. This could easily be achieved by two controlled electromagnets close to the end of the string.

For a 'b' type motor:
Add four strings connected to the main string and stabilizing the generator-coil in place when the string is tightened, but allowing the bead-magnet (also serving as weight) to turn freely. Two of these stabilizer strings would be the current wires.
Another way to do this, is to connect a magnetic bearing to the rope without allowing it to turn, and connect a weight on one side of the bearing. The outer part would then be the rotor, while the inner part would be the stator, and the string itself could be the two ends leading the generated power.

QuarterBakery - half baked halfbakery resort

Here I can quickly jot down my ideas, put up images, and enter some links.
It would be nice if I could put up a public "google wave" in this blog.