Sunday, September 20, 2009

Capture the force of nature!

Hi guys, i came across an interesting video talking about miniaturized wind turbines that could be placed in front of your house! Whats better than having free electricity for your lights and your laptops (that's all we really need...Haha)???

But most importantly, this is what i got from this video...

One thing that i thought was interesting was how they developed the actual form of the wind turbine. The design was actually derived from a 3000 year old wind mill that the Egyptians used!!!! 3000 years!!!! and we still come back to this design. This brings up a very important technique, in which we should not forget we have the opportunity to search the past when coming up with products.

Here is the link to the video!

1 comment:

  1. That's an interesting concept they derived, but when I saw it, I was curious to see why this 3000 year old design was not more prevalent. Usually, good designs and technology migrate through the world having it's principles adopted by other cultures (eg. agriculture, gunpowder, etc).

    I was reading this article and I saw there were significant disadvantages to Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWT); whether or not those disadvantages apply to the one you showed, I don't know.

    But it's interesting to think about why certain designs form the past don't make it into the future.