Fractal Winglet Wingtips

Many moons ago, I was watching a YouTube video about the new Gulfstream winglets that a subcontractor was making for the company. The same firm is also making winglets for Airbus, Boeing, and about 60 aircraft types. I was totally amazed by the progress of this company since 1991 when it was founded. These latest winglets that they offer are completely molded, and you can’t tell where the wings stops and where the winglets starts, as it looks like it is all one piece – therefore it is.

Obviously that makes sense because the airflow coming off the winning creating wingtip vortices does not start or stop either, as it too is a continuous flow. Perhaps this is why I immediately thought that there ought to be fractal winglet wingtips. That is to say that there should be winglets on the tip of the winglet, and another one on the tip of that, and so on, and why not? Interestingly enough, as I read the comments down underneath the YouTube video, I noticed that someone else had made the same statement.

Indeed, I know aerospace engineers have to be thinking here, but I ask why haven’t such designs been created yet, or have they, is the military already using them, might work great on rotor blades for high speed helicopters, or how about hypersonic transitional craft? Some might say the reason is because there is the law of diminishing returns, and that may be true but that law diminishing returns is still a return in efficiency, therefore it is worth discussing.

Further, how hard is it to put a winglet on the tip of the winglet, with a winglet on its tip? As long as it’s only molded plastic or carbon composite, it’s really no problem at all to continue the mold. It’s not as if the manufacturing process of such materials is that difficult.

Meanwhile there are a lot of things that stick off an airplane. There are antennas, vertical stabilizers, horizontal stabilizers, and all sorts of other things, shouldn’t they all have many winglets to increase efficiency and reduce the coefficient of drag. All that parasite drag could be taken down a notch.

Maybe we should be thinking here, especially since at the Paris Air Show in 2011, it was all about fuel costs, and saving money. Gulfstream and Boeing both flew aircraft on BioFuel to the Paris air show, and companies similar to the one that makes this winglet were also there selling their wares, to an excited crowd of aircraft buyers who are big time into green aviation and efficiency to save fuel costs.

Yes, it’s good to build more new efficient aircraft, but let’s make some of the older aircraft we have efficient as well. And it’s not as if we can’t also improved even on the new efficient aircraft with molded fractal winglets, and lower weight materials. Why not make all the aircraft as green as possible. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

Go Climb a Rock – With the Next Age of Climbing Technology

Perhaps you've seen that famous quote; "go climb a rock." In some regards it's used in a derogatory fashion as in; "go fly a kite." But, if you are a rock climber, you probably have a T-shirt which says this, and you wear it proudly. Other people might not understand the significance, because they have never climbed a rock, or realized the rush one gets along the way, and after reaching the top. Specifically, right now I would like to discuss this, and introduce you to some potential new materials and technologies to help in your rock climbing.

Indeed, I'm not sure if you have seen some of the new technologies being introduced by University grad students, enabling people to use gecko-like gloves and shoes to help in climbing, but that technology is moving right along, along with high- tech materials to make all the climbing gear super light-weight. You'll be able to carry more rope, and hardware along with you. This means you can climb more safely as you can carry more gear without expending any more energy to maintain your performance and agility.

Right now, the gecko gloves and shoes aren't quite there yet, but the technology is coming along, and climbing to the next level. Soon all of this will be miniaturized, and it will add safety, as well as help a climber hang in there. How might this work you wonder? Well, as you reach with your gecko glove you will place the glove flat on to the rock and squeeze the inside of the glove which will become your handle. When you are ready to go forward again, you will peel the glove back on the handle, allowing it to unhook itself, for the next move.

The soles of your climbing shoes will be similar, and much wider than what you are used to. Meanwhile, your shoes will be pointed so you can wedge them in the cracks, and this will enable you to peel away from the sticky soled shoes, and the pointed end back which you have waged in the rocks.

The new ropes will probably be made at of carbon fiber, but ultra-flexible, and no worries, because it will be stronger than steel, and extremely light and easy to use. The flexibility will offer rubber band like features similar to a pole vault allowing to do new maneuvers. The future of rock climbing and all these great technologies will be here within the next 10 to 20 years. So even if you are growing older and worried about your future body strength, these new materials and technologies might make up the difference.

You may be able to climb vertical rocks until well into your 80s and 90s. Wouldn't that be cool? Think of all the experience you will have by then. Please consider all this and think on it.

Dentistry In China – A Cutting Future Industry

Are you looking to sell something in China? What is it that all Chinese people need, and as they enter the middle class they will need more of? You might say smart phones, automobiles, food, and personal tech items. Yes, they will need all of those, but those industries are already well suited for delivering the goods. One sector in China which is ready to explode, and needs developing would be dentistry. Let’s go ahead and talk about this for a moment if we might, and consider some futuristic materials which will soon hit the scene.

I would like to bring to your attention two potential exploits in this regard, namely;

1. Carbon Nanotube Tooth Replacement

2. Graphene Coatings and Veneers

Interestingly enough, the Chinese people who have historically lived off of fish and rice are now eating a large number of different food items. In fact in many regards we have exported diabetes to China, and there are now over a 150 million Chinese who are diabetic, or have onset diabetes to the point where it is inevitable. This is due to the change in food, and eating habits. All of that process food with sugars, and new types of flavors take their toll on the human body, and human teeth.

As people live longer, and they may not live longer due to all the pollution in China, but let’s say China does get that taken care of in the next 20 years – in that case there is no way their teeth will last their full lifetime. With over 1.3 billion Chinese and multiply that times the average number of teeth that humans have, you can understand that there is a large fortune in these small bone-like structures in the mouths of all the Chinese.

In the future replacement teeth will not be made out of the same types of material they’re made out of today. They will be a lot harder and stronger, and they will be made out of carbon nanotubes. These teeth may generate energy to clean and kill any bacteria formation on their surface. In fact they will last for many lifetimes, and well past the life of the individual. Graphene coatings and veneers will also be a thing of the future, perhaps protecting the teeth which are already in place. Somewhat like a super an enamel coating that can never wear off.

If you are doing any sort of research and development in the area of dentistry, you should look into this, because you have an incredible population and potential market ahead of you. Please consider all this and think on it.

5 Predictions for the Future of Animated Marketing Videos

It’s no surprise that animated marketing videos offer one of the best ways to immediately engage website visitors. As a popular tool in digital marketing, video conserves a website visitor’s time and effort and allows startups to explain their supreme benefits quickly.

Are you still under the notion that affordable, top-quality computer-assisted animation is the thing of the future? Well, the future is now, and the following 5 tips are for anyone making their first animated marketing video.

Whiteboard animation is losing out its popularity… fast and how!

Whiteboard animation is becoming a thing of the past now. At some point in ancient history (somewhere in 2007), a man with a vision discovered the wonders of whiteboard videos. “It’s just drawing in front of a camera!” were the magic words. And not only is the technique easy, but the effect is often hypnotic. A well-done video captivates viewers as you take your idea from a blank whiteboard through growth, evolution, and finally a fully formed product ready to invest in.

But then that’s when the dip came.

There’s a problem with innovations… once a trend catches on, everybody starts doing it. In no time, there was a glut of derivative, lazy, knock-off explainer videos crowding out legitimate content. How long can the viewers see the same thing, especially when they are bad?

Tell us, do you remember the last time you saw a whiteboard animation go viral on a social media platform? Maybe, someday whiteboard animations will rise again. But definitely not today!

What’s on the rise? 3D Animation.

In place of whiteboards, let’s look into the future of animation. Animated videos made in 3D is both better-looking and more affordable than it’s ever been. It doesn’t require a Pixar product to tell a riveting story anymore. So 3D might be right for your video! Good news isn’t it!

Some business concepts work better for 3D video than others. Keeping up with the cartoony familiarity of the traditional animation and also with the stark detail of 3D makes the most sense for businesses with a physical product. Using 3D animation, you can create a lifelike prototype of your vision. Throughout the video it interacts with other objects just like it would in real life.

How about creating different versions of the same video for different platforms?

Avoid making and paying for one single video, and then using that one video across all platforms. The scope of presenting the video to potential customers are endless, so don’t make the mistake of limiting it. To maximize your video’s effectiveness you need to tailor it to the platform it’s presented on.

Usually the norm is that an animated explainer video posted on a website should be 60-120 seconds long. The video features details of a product in an interesting manner, and leave the customer with a complete understanding of how your business helps them.

But a long-form video is never going to get played on a social media platform like Facebook.

Facebook viewers are scrolling through a massive feed, catching up with their friends and family, seeing various other sponsored content, instead of focusing on your one video. So, maybe they just catch some valuable insight from you. So, today’s leading content producers on Facebook are creating short and sweet videos (30 seconds or less). They are perfect for conveying the core principles of their message.

To combat the barrier that Facebook auto-plays videos with the sound muted, these videos are create short, punchy lines to hook the viewers. The goal is to catch the attention of those distracted face bookers as they scroll down through the feed. Once they’re lured into the short video, they should want to click through to the longer presentation on your website for more info. The best part is, once you’ve made the first version of the video it takes minimal effort to edit versions specifically crafted to the various outlets they will stream on. With the help of a good videographer you can edit down and rearrange the material he or she has already created until it’s ready to maximize its potential.

Design for Mobile Viewing

Now that we know folks at Facebook are distracted, you should also know most of them are watching on mobile devices (65% of Facebook video views are mobile). Your animated business video might be clear, catchy, and informative on a big screen, but how will a 6″ diagonal smartphone handle it?

For a marketing video to work on mobile, the text needs to be big, bold and to the point. Avoid the use of complete sentences, each screen of text should have 3 to 5 words arranged in a clear way for common, average viewers with less-than-genius understanding level to get the point before you switch to the next idea.

Keep the imagery simple. No small movements. No action off in the corners of the screen. People want to understand your message intuitively.

Integrate elements from your video into other campaigns, there’s a lot of work involved in creating a powerful, dynamic animated character. So once you have a lively company mascot everybody loves, it only makes sense that you should get as much value as possible out of it.

Always keep an eye on the next big thing

The first part of the animated video production is always the most expensive. Once you created your character, decided on your voice, and solidified your message everything becomes a piece of cake! Keep rolling, keep inventing, and build on what you already have. Soon, your video marketing campaigns will be running successfully, all with a little more effort!