Archive for the ‘vehicles’ Category

Patent: Airline Seat Configurations go Vertical

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

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Emil Jacob of Cambridge, MA patented this idea for airline seating in 2006.

“step seat principle” It involves elevating alternate rows of seats, from one to five steps above the cabin floor, to give passengers more room to lean back in economy class and enough space in business class to lie down, either by sliding their legs under the seat in front of them or stretching out in pods stacked on top of each other – no sweater on the floor required.

The simplest version raises every other row of economy seats by 7 inches, a standard step height, allowing passengers to recline seats at up to a 45-degree angle (a few inches more than the 3 to 5 inches that’s standard in economy, Daimler said) and elevate their legs on a foldable footrest that takes advantage of the space underneath the seat in front of them. It’s a more “sleepable position,” Jacob said.

The staggered vertical seating allows for more individual passenger comfort and room, but also increasing carrier capacity, all while using the same amount of space that currently exists in airplanes. Jacob is currently discussing with a few airlines… I wonder if it will come to fruition.

via Boston.com

[Update: check out some computer render concepts on Core77 here, here and here]

jumbo-jet to Jumbo Hostel

Monday, January 5th, 2009

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Jumbo Hostel is a Boeing 747-200 converted into a hostel at the entrance of the Stockholm-Arlanda Airport in Sweden. It sounds like a great, affordable way to layover for the night to ensure that you won’t miss your flight (unless you get confused-since you’re already on a plane)!

25 rooms with most three beds in each. All together, the hostel offers 72 beds; one more luxurious are to be found at the uper deck.  The aircraft’s cockpit has been converted into a de luxe suite with parts of the original interior saved as curiosities.

Book your bed beginning January 15. One night is about US$45 (350SEK).

via Core77

another weekend as a tourist in Boston

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

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Cabot’s is a family owned and operated old-fashioned ice cream parlor and restaurant. We are especially known for our generous portions of unique premium ice cream and frozen yogurt creations. We serve breakfast (all day), lunch, dinner and late night treats featuring deli style sandwiches, wraps, flame-broiled burgers, salads, and traditional home-style dinners.

What more could one ask for? Especially in an environment that brings you back to the ’70s. I remember going to Cabot’s as a kid and loving it! (not that I was alive in the 70’s, but you get the point.) That nostalgic feeling and environment is certainly working to their benefit. A definite classic spot for locals and tourists alike.

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  • Activity #2: The Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA.
    This weekend there was a European bike show which I attended with a couple of friends. A great opportunity to take the camera out for some interesting photos. (Wish I could have stayed longer.) Not to mention the bikes on display were so interesting to look at from a pure product perspective. I may not know too much about them, but I could certainly appreciate the attention to design details that were addressed in the variety of bikes shown. 🙂
    Photos after the jump.

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transportation goes “Green”

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

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  • Boston Taxi’s will join San Francisco and NYC in going green by 2015. Read the report from the Boston Globe
  • Eating beef is good for the car industry?

As long as people are eating beef, there will be hides to recycle that would otherwise go into landfills. So one of the environmental benefits is seen right from the beginning, just in the fact that the leather you are sitting on is recycled product.

According to this article, the more beef we consume then the more environmentally friendly we are in regards to the car industry.

via Inhabitat and MichiganBusinessReview

drive-thru convenience store

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Nothing short of awesome.

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Dutchland Drive-thru in West Bridgewater, MA
For snacks, goodies, and all your convenience store necessities.

Motorcycles go Green

Monday, May 12th, 2008

I found this article from Wired.com quite a coincidence as I’ll be taking a motorcycle class/lesson at the end of the month. Motorcycles as it is are better on fuel consumption than your typical car, but to make them electric is an even larger improvement, though I’m sure it would be more difficult to get that ‘thrill’ of riding fast on a bike when it’s electric. Anyways, some interesting concepts here.

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Vroom vroom…

uno bike

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Designed by an 18-year-old! Works on the same idea as the Segway.

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via Core77 and Treehugger