Archive for Manufacturing

SpaceX

Private space exploration technology corporations are rising fast and are getting closer to commercializing space flight. SpaceX, currently the most successful company in the field, is an American manufacturer with the highest ambitions. They have plans for helping the human race in colonizing the solar system. There first crazy objective is to safely transport humans to mars in hopes of colonization.

SpaceX was founded in June of 2002 by the same entrepreneur who founded Tesla and PayPal, Elon Musk.

On April 8th 2016 the falcon 9 successfully launched and landed. This was a huge step in the right direction, successfully landing with propulsion methods will prove useful for landing on any and all sorts of surfaces within the solar system. A new age of space exploration is almost in reach.

See Musk’s plans in more detail here

The Supercapacitor

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In 2013, Eesha Khare showcased her energy supercapacitor at an intertnational science fair.  Her invention, a “super battery” in nature, has the ability to fully charge and hold a large amount of energy within 20 to 30 seconds.  This supercapacitor can pack a ton of energy into a tiny amount of space and hold the charge for a very long time.

Eesha has been and is currently working on its future applications.  She believes her supercapacitor can revolutionize phones and other electronic devices in the near future.  Eesha has also stated that her supercapacitor is 10 times more efficient and long lasting the current rechargeable battery.

Eesha is currently working through the second part of her product innovation.  Her prototype and technology were a success and she is currently working on how to ready her invention/product for the mass market.

While it’s been 3 years, her and the supercapacitors future is very promising.  The supercapacitor has the capability to revolutionize the technological industry.  The concept of “waiting for your device to charge” would be completely erased.  Eesha’s idea for faster and longer lasting energy will “literally” be in our hands sooner than we know it.

Reinventing the Wheel – Literally!

Bicycles are great solutions to get you where you need to go, with the benefits of being environmentally friendly and faster than walking.  However, there’s one major drawback – pedaling a bicycle can be hard work, especially for long distances or routes with lots of hills (basically anywhere in western Pennsylvania!).  So that’s where the Copenhagen Wheel comes in.

The Copenhagen Wheel was developed by a team of robotics engineers and designers from MIT specifically for Copenhagen, Denmark – a city known for its bicycle culture.  This innovative team wanted to take some of the work out of bicycling by turning a regular bike into a smart electric hybrid.  Many of the team members have had previous experience with popular startup tech companies.  Add this experience to a visionary marketing team and some venture capital investors, and you get the startup Superpedestrian.

The Copenhagen Wheel

The Copenhagen Wheel works by replacing the back wheel of your bike with the Copenhagen Wheel, which is then connected to an app on your smartphone.  A small servo motor and control system is hidden in the wheel’s sleek red casing.  This system captures your energy as you brake or go down the hill and then lets you use this energy pedal with 3-10 times the normal power of a bike!  This allows you to go up hills easier and go further, faster.  Even cooler is the fact that the Copenhagen Wheel learns how you pedal and can keep track of your fitness, while riding just like a normal bike.  If you don’t believe me, check out this video to learn more about the Copenhagen Wheel.

Clearly the old wheel has met its match!  Superpedestrian is busy getting the Copenhagen Wheel ready for market and it should be widely available within the next year.

Ziver Berg and ZIVELO Kiosks

Ziver Birg - Founder and CEO of ZIVELO

Eight years ago, Ziver Berg founded ZIVELO, which manufactures high quality touchscreen computer kiosks that are used by some of the most prominent businesses in the country, from Boeing to Whole Foods. Even the White House relies on them to produce information kiosks for tourists. Coca-Cola IT Manager Ray Ramcharitar has called them “the Apple of the Kiosk Industry”. So, how has Berg done all this and made Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 list?

One key to his success has to be the quality of the product he turns out. ZIVELO kiosks are made of aluminum, instead of plastic and steel, and they feature clean designs which project an image of refined taste, both for ZIVELO and the user. At a Las Vegas trade show, instead of filling the booth with products, they featured one kiosk… and a $225,000 Bentley Continental GT automobile. Instead of focusing on sale pitches, they allowed prospective customers to look up information about Bentley automobiles, demonstrating their product while associating it with an emblem of quality and status. But beyond the product, Berg has built his business by focus and being able to pivot from one product to another. He got his start as a teen, working with his brother making pay-per-use internet access stations, which he describes as “pay phones for the internet”. As his business evolved, he became a reseller of other kiosks, before finally entering the market in his own right with ZIVELO, building his products at a plant in Marion, Indiana. Today they are billed as the world’s largest kiosk manufacturer and offer over 100,000 configurations.

Berg states his goal is to get 25 hours of productivity out of a 12 hour day, six days a week. He averages responding to 100 emails, 20 phone calls and attending three or four meetings every day. One suggestion he threw out for other entrepreneurs in an IdeaMensch interview is to aim for 90% completion, instead of seeking perfection. Obviously this doesn’t apply to major issues, but for the little day-to-day things, focusing on ‘good enough’ can reduce the danger of being bogged down. Two more tips: Be up before the sun rises and “Follow trends, merge ideas, add value and create a niche”.

Follow trends, merge ideas, add value and create a niche.- Ziver Berg

One more thing? Here is a business idea he was willing to make public: a service for restaurants and stores that would give customers free internet access, if the customer liked the business on Facebook. Elevator Pitch anybody?