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A mountain top in Tennessee
Born to fly
Interests: Flying, surfing
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​Hi Rick, Your name is very familiar but I'm not that good at putting faces and names from long ago​ together. I will be sure to check out ushawks. The Notebook has been on extended hiatus for a while now. It never caught the interest of anyone with the capital to push it forward. I remain convinced that all of the technology to do what I proposed is already here. It only remains to put it together. And that takes money. I knew Alan Fisher when I was in Huntsville but not well. And I also had an article in the Oct/93 SSA mag. Called Thermal Sounds on using Infrasound to detect thermals. Tom Williamson was my best friend and I still miss him. Glad to see the Notebook still catches some interest now and then. Thanks for the comments and invite. Tom Phillips
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2015 on What its all about at Daedelus' Notebook
Hi Glenn. No, I haven't personally found anything as of yet. However, I do believe it is or will be possible soon. Recently I've seen some stories on "3D Printed shark skin"* that would indicate that the capability is already there. Just a matter of someone with the resources to pick it up and run with it. * Google it.
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2014 on 3D Printed Feathers at Daedelus' Notebook
Wish I could help you nully, but it's been a long time since I did that video and I haven't kept up my Blender skills. At the time this seemed like something that would work for my project but other interests pushed it out of my queue. Blender is an awesome tool but I have found that if you don't use it a lot, it's hard to retain all the key and mouse controls. I seem to remember having some of the same problems as you are and never really got a satisfactory result.
So it's been a while since I had anything new to write about. There is still new and interesting technology developing all over, but I haven't really seen anything that is as exciting as Elevator World so I've been busy with other projects. Tried looking for a job, somewhat halfheartedly.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2013 at Daedelus' Notebook
My friend Clark set up a GoPro on the bluff today and shot a bunch of video of the valley and some gliders thermaling out in front. Got some good stuff and I'm sending it to the guys at MIT who are working on the visualization project. They are going to see what they can do with it. Any luck and we'll have some video of actual thermals to look at.
Toggle Commented Mar 15, 2013 on We can now see thermals! at Daedelus' Notebook
Imagine a world with elevators that rose independently for thousands of feet into the air. These elevators are solar powered and free to use for anyone. Instead of floor stops the elevators have off ramps that lead away from the elevators in all directions. Some lead to other elevators and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2013 at Daedelus' Notebook
So, I've been pretty inactive here lately. Haven't had much to write about that was all that new and exciting. Ran short of money to do my own thing and my health hasn't been that good leaving me with little energy to write. But lots of time for scouring the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2013 at Daedelus' Notebook
Yes Bruce, That would/will be awesome. But it is a technology that does not exist as of yet. Maybe in a few years. However, the main point of this blog effort is to show that an ornithopter of the kind I describe is possible today with already existing technology.
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2013 on Membrane vs. Feathered Wings at Daedelus' Notebook
Hello Gabrielle. That is the plan. In my opinion membrane wings would require technology we don't have yet i.e. some kind of memory fabric.
Toggle Commented Dec 20, 2012 on Membrane vs. Feathered Wings at Daedelus' Notebook
A team of Yamaha motorcycle designers have put their experience to the test in a new field by developing an ultralight airplane that’s powered by a simple set of pedals – just like your bike! Constructed from superlight polystyrene and carbon fiber, the plane weighs only 81 pounds despite a... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 17, 2012 at Daedelus' Notebook
This is truly extraordinary: Jan Scheuermann, a 52-year-old quadriplegic woman, has gained full control of a robotic arm. Not just simple commands, but truly complete control with "skill and speed almost similar to that of an able-bodied person." via "It seems that a future in which we can replace... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 17, 2012 at Daedelus' Notebook
It's been down for a few days now and it's been missed. We've been noticing a lot of SPAM postings lately and I suspected it was under attack. I just got a relpy from Nathan Chronister that explained: Nathan Chronister <> 2:22 PM (3 minutes ago) to me I apologize... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2012 at Daedelus' Notebook
Most human-like robots don't even attempt biological accuracy, because replicating every muscle in the body isn't necessary for a functional humanoid. Even biomimetic robots based on animals don't attempt to replicate every anatomical detail of the animals they imitate, because that would needlessly complicate things. That said, there is much... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 13, 2012 at Daedelus' Notebook
Hi Anth, Yes, I does seem to be out of action. I can't even find a link on the main site either. They were getting more and more spam and I suspect someone was targeting the forum and forced it down. Why? Who knows. Maybe DARPA thought we were getting too close to one of their secret projects. If so, they should recruit some of us to... OH CRAP, BLACK HELICOPTERS!
Toggle Commented Dec 10, 2012 on Membrane vs. Feathered Wings at Daedelus' Notebook
Thanks for the comment Andrew. And keep us posted on what you create.
Hi Rick, no, I don't know the date. I'm not even certain of the year. Had to be '74. Your name is familiar to me, but like dates I was never good with them. I don't know if Tom froze, it happened so quickly. As an instructor at Crystal, I saw many beginners seem to freeze up. Once Tom was in the down flow behind the ridge, he was in free fall with no control but I lost sight of him so I can't say what he was doing exactly. I only have a blurry mental picture of him going down behind the houses. The years and age have dimmed the memory. He was a great friend.
Hi Jim, and thanks for commenting here. Your observations are interesting and quite detailed so to give the impression that you have spent some significant study of the big guys. Nothing I've read about them has gone into their flight characteristics so deeply.
Toggle Commented Oct 24, 2012 on Membrane vs. Feathered Wings at Daedelus' Notebook
This week Cyberdyne unveiled a robotic exoskeleton called HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) that allows its wearer to carry superhuman loads while shielding them from radiation. With the Fukushima nuclear disaster still fresh in Japan’s national memory, the research team designed HAL to aid workers in dismantling the damaged power plant.... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 21, 2012 at Daedelus' Notebook
While searching for another video called Winged Planet, I came across this one called Winged Migration. This film is nicely done with some incredible inflight view points on flying birds. Click it to see what I mean. You have camera angles that look like they could only have been shot... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2012 at Daedelus' Notebook
Area promoters saw White's experiments as a way to draw tourists to St. Augustine and win space in newspapers throughout the country. Almost every story in The Record mentioned the number of people reading about White and St. Augustine in newspapers around the country. Several movie and newsreel companies took... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 6, 2012 at Daedelus' Notebook
Great to hear from you Jimmy. If you are interested, the Tree Toppers are hosting the 2012 Team Challenge at Henson's Gap this week. It's a bit surreal for me because there are so few faces I recognize any more. Still the same old hang waiting game though.
Toggle Commented Oct 4, 2012 on Aero Towing at Crystal at Daedelus' Notebook
What can one do with a robot suit? Well, it's certainly not limited to just lifting sacks of rice, but that was exactly what we got to do at CEATEC courtesy of Koba Lab from Tokyo University of Science. First seen in 2009, the magic behind this 9kg kit are... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 3, 2012 at Daedelus' Notebook
But there have been a few items found that are interesting. Recently I saw a TV thing, Stephen Hawking's PBS series that featured ideas from Science Fiction authors, in this case, Robert Heinlein. The segment was about exoskeletons which he predicted in one of his novels. The show had clips... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2012 at Daedelus' Notebook
bi·on·ic - adjective 1: of or relating to bionics 2: having normal biological capability or performance enhanced by or as if by electronic or electromechanical devices Though it may be described by its creators, Argo Medical Technologies, as a "wearable, motorized exoskeleton suit," it's no exaggeration to describe ReWalk as... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 20, 2012 at Daedelus' Notebook
Been under the weather lately and not so much up to blogging, but I do notice the stats are up anyway. That's great, welcome and please feel free to comment. Daedelus. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2012 at Daedelus' Notebook