Burning Man 2009 - The Mondo Spider
The Mondo Spider (http://mondospider.com) is a diesel-powered hydraulic
walking machine. It weights about 1,600 lb.
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De-Inventing The Wheel - This ridable mechanical walking machine was
designed by a team of artists and engineers as an industrial metal beast
destined to rock Burning Man and the world of kinetic sculpture. Inspired
by Vancouver Junkyard Wars, this giant hydraulic monster was hewn from
steel with passion and precision. Call it robot... call it biomimicry...
call it what you will... We call it... The MONDO SPIDER.
It was originally shown at Burning Man 2006: Hope and Fear.
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The Mondo Spider was designed by Leigh Christie, Jonathan Tippett, Charlie
Brinson, Ryan Johnston and a bunch of other peeps from the eatART
Foundation http://eatART.org/ (although the Mondo Spider predates eatART).
Video shot at the Burning Man 2009 festival (Black Rock Desert, Nevada).
The 2010 version of the Mondo Spider is zero-emission electrical,
battery-powered, with batteries recharged using solar panels.
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Airless tire test Humvee vs Hummer
Non-pneumatic tires (NPT), or Airless tires, are tires that are not
supported by air pressure. They are used on some small vehicles such as
riding lawn mowers and motorized golf carts. They are also used on heavy
equipment such as backhoes, which are required to operate on sites such as
building demolition, where tire puncture is likely. Tires composed of
closed-cell polyurethane foam are also made for bicycles and wheelchairs.
The main advantage of airless tires is that they cannot go flat, but they
are far less common than air filled tires.
Airless tires generally have higher rolling resistance and provide much
less suspension than similarly shaped and sized pneumatic tires. Other
problems for airless tires include dissipating the heat buildup that occurs
when they are driven. Airless tires are often filled with compressed
polymers (plastic), rather than air.
Michelin is currently developing an integrated tire and wheel combination,
the "Tweel" (derived from "tire" and "wheel," which, as the name "Tweel"
suggests, are combined into one new, fused part), that operates entirely
without air. Michelin claims its "Tweel" has load carrying, shock
absorbing, and handling characteristics that compare favorably to
conventional pneumatic tires. Automotive engineering group of mechanical
engineering department at Clemson University is developing a low energy
loss airless tire with Michelin through the NIST ATP project.
Resilient Technologies and the University of Wisconsin--Madison's Polymer
Engineering Center are creating a "non-pneumatic tire", which is basically
a round polymeric honeycomb wrapped with a thick, black tread. The initial
version of the tire is for the Humvee and is expected to be available in
Naked surfing girls
Фура утащила эвакуатор в пропасть
Во время спасательной операции в
Норвегии помощь понадобилась и самим
спасателям. Об этом сообщает телеканал
По данным норвежской прессы, в минувшее
воскресенье на одной из обледенелых
дорог в коммуне Лейрфьорд (фюльке
Нурланн) застрял грузовик из Латвии.
Водитель вызвал помощь, его взяли на
буксир фирмы Falck. Но во время буксировки
тяжелую машину занесло, и она рухнула со
скалы, увлекая за собой и спасательный
тягач. Водитель машины спасателей успел
выпрыгнуть из кабины буквально за
секунду до падения. Второй водитель
несколько раз перевернулся вместе с
грузовиком. Его обнаружили зажатым в
искореженной кабине. Мужчина получил
перелом руки и ребер.