Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Tesla's Transporter

Nicholi Tesla was the generating force behind sever inventions such as: The alternating current (AC) motor, cathode ray tube, polyphase power system, Radio, (though Marconi beat him to the patent office), radio-controlled boat, wireless transmission of electrical power, RADAR, X-rays, Electric lamps (though Edison beat him to the patent office), vacuum tubes, water treatment, automobile ignition system, the "Tesla" unit,, the Tesla disk turbine and the list goes on…

One of his ideas that never seems to get any notable mentions was a very cool means of transportation. He proposed that we build a boardwalk that went totally around the world. Once it was built people would simultaneously chop down all the poles that supported this boardwalk platform. He supposed this platform would stay in the air like a ring around a planet.

No longer tethered to the earth it would stop rotating with the earth. Someone could get on the boardwalk and stand there as the earth rotated below, and they could jump off when they got to Europe.

The thing I found odd about this invention/idea is that Tesla must have known that the earth rotates at around a thousand miles per hour. You just don’t jump off onto something that is spinning that quickly and survive.


Blogger Auntie said...

Dude looks like a cocky bastard, eh?

7:51 AM  
Anonymous gearhead said...

>>Auntie said...
Dude looks like a cocky bastard, eh?<<

The problem with cockyness is that it is usually put forth as a front or a misplaced act.

Nicholi Tesla's cockyness is of the 1st rate genuine article!

9:06 AM  
Blogger Auntie said...

I will defer to Gearhead and his assertation as he is a genius, like Nichola also....

9:51 AM  
Blogger Mike S said...

Just shows that even true genius can have it's bad days:)

11:52 AM  
Blogger Syd said...

Hell, you can't lean out of a car going...say 5-10 mph to puke, fall out..drunk...and be unscathed. Or..so I hear.

2:29 PM  
Blogger Hahn at Home said...

..yeah, yeah Syd...wouldn't know what you're talking about...heard told that the most unlikely people have had something like that happen to them though

2:47 PM  
Anonymous walter richards said...

"You just don’t jump off onto something that is spinning that quickly and survive."

Not to mention, even if you could survive, timing the whole thing. If you miss your "stop", you'd have to literally go around the entire world for a second chance.

The idea is almost like that idea of building an elevator/tether to a space station from Earth.

3:10 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Damn it, Syd. You made me spit coffee!

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you people just like to hear your voices?

or live on chit chat

this man has more intelegence and inovation,the realization that the universe is larger that the average human being can fathom

read a book
now a days
re-entry into Earth's atmosphere can be accomplished in a suit
let alone in a vesle

and a suit that can be controled to land

this man was 100 before his time

read a book

6:12 PM  
Blogger Guy said...

Anon, lighten up. No need to be a douche.

10:55 AM  

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