2017 Jan 27 By Blake 1 comment

Help shape the #Colorado #Hyperloop Development with Art! Use #cohyperloophere to share your ideas! pic.twitter.com/HXduvkKQdn — Colorado Hyperloop (@COHyperloop) January 27, 2017 Are you a citizen of Colorado that wants to see the development of the Hyperloop and make Colorado better? Are you interested in the opportunity to participate in one of the most dynamic technical and societal impact-focused events of the year, where you’ll get to meet and collaborate with other hyperloop visionaries, entrepreneurs, and other changemakers? Colorado Hyperloop, as a Hyperloop One Global Challenge Semi-Finalist, is seeking to show leadership-level participants and judges YOUR input. Here’s how it works:…

Hyperloop Stations will Benefit from Google Investments
2015 Jun 12 By Blake 0 comment

Newly created, and Google funded, Sidewalk Labs has an interesting mission. The New York Times has a great article about them: Sidewalk Labs, Mr. Doctoroff said, planned to work in “the huge space between civic hackers and traditional big technology companies.” While big technology companies take a “top-down approach and seek to embed themselves in a city’s infrastructure,” he said Sidewalk Labs would instead seek to develop “technology platforms that people can plug into” for things like managing energy use or altering commuting habits. He pointed to New York’s bike-sharing program as an early example of a technology-assisted innovation in…

2014 Oct 28 By Blake 0 comment

MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics Department’s 2014 Centennial Celebration The MIT AeroAstro Centennial Symposium was where Elon Musk answered a question on the Hyperloop. The question was prompted by Elliot Owen, who built a working model of the hyperloop tube and pods (that can be seen below). The question can be seen in the link below, at the 01:02:00 mark: http://webcast.amps.ms.mit.edu/fall2014/AeroAstro/index-Fri-PM.html Here are some key points answered by Elon; He was asked by on whether temperature of the Hyperloop tube would be too high. Elon responded that the diameter of the hyperloop tube would be twice the diameter of the hyperloop…

2014 Sep 30 By Blake 0 comment

The future is modular? Perhaps it is, but the key takeaway from Project Ara, a modular function mobile device, is that they are trying out the idea rapidly. It is based out of something called Phonebloks: Phonebloks began as a college project. It was an idea more than it ever was a business. It was an idea Phonebloks hoped would spread across the internet and someone would grab it and run with it. In the last year or so, the idea has spread, and now multiple companies are using this idea to drive their business. One of those companies is Google. Project…

Commuting via Hyperloop
2014 Sep 19 By Blake 0 comment

The morning commute to work or school is an experience that most of us would rather not have to do. In a car company sponsored post on the website Good.is, we learn that countries spend money (shock! Perhaps earned from taxes?!) on commuters for the infrastructure that they use! Whether they get to work by lanes, trains or ferries, commuters around the world are increasing in number, and cities are taking notice. The investment in public transportation, in the infrastructure and convenience of daily travel, is not cheap, currently ranging from a cost of $2,492 in Istanbul to $9,229 in…

Colorado Walkable Cities Better for Humans and Hyperloops
2014 Aug 12 By Blake 0 comment

The Denver Business Journal does not normally post things that might touch on Human-Centered Design but today they relayed the findings from a University of Colorado Denver  paper that walkable cities make for healthier citizens.  The study goes more into how the physical streets (not really sidewalks) have been designed, networked and planned over time and how that determines whether they have “good public health”. From the Denver Business Journal: If Colorado communities were looking for one more reason to shift towards transit-oriented development, they may have found it. Cities that have denser, more compact living conditions are likely to have lower disease rates and obesity rates,…

2014 Aug 07 By Blake 0 comment

  Artist and activist Alfred Twu’s image.   High-speed rail has been in the news in that its not working. The New York Times states: High-speed rail was supposed to be President Obama’s signature transportation project, but despite the administration spending nearly $11 billion since 2009 to develop faster passenger trains, the projects have gone mostly nowhere and the United States still lags far behind Europe and China. Fairly obvious, but we all know why high speed transport will eventually happen:  Andy Kunz, executive director of the U.S. High-Speed Rail Association, thinks the United States will eventually…

2014 Aug 05 By Blake 0 comment

  Connecting Copenhagen, Gotenborg, and Oslo via high-speed rail will happen. So can the Colorado Hyperloop in connecting every city along the front range. There may be only 4.5 million people a long the front range urban corridor but we don’t have to worry about rising sea levels… Or do we?

Controlling the Colorado Hyperloop Environment
2014 May 20 By Blake 1 comment

Front Range Hyperloop The title of this post is Controlling the Colorado Hyperloop Environment. Yes, controlling is a strong word. Does it mean physically or politically? Also, environment means many different things. Is that social, or weather related?For a large transportation project that stretches miles over the horizon, the role of the environment (weather and politically) is critical to system stability. Lets focus on Mother Nature. The hyperloop will be covered in a weather/waterproof cement like tube. These will be the main controlling factor to the environment inside the tubes. Other innovative systems are also trying to control the…

2014 Feb 22 By Blake 0 comment

  If I-25 is so busy, why isn’t there other transportation systems in place to relieve the volume? The Colorado politician that now seek Federal funding for upgrades for I-25 once said that the Federal Department of Transportation isn’t needed.  Should we have confidence in our politicians to think a Colorado Hyperloop a priority? The latest news on the situation, by Erin Udell of the Coloradoan, notes that communities along Northern I-25 section don’t even want the “upgrades.” “Those communities worked tirelessly to make I-25 a priority and successfully got additional lane capacity, which they planned for, raised money for, worked hard…