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Zip Train

When I worked in the city I really enjoyed the train. Most people say they like driving home from work because it relaxes them. Being on a train is the best way to relax where you can tune out even take a nap not to mention all the other things you could be doing like sketching ZIP  Trains. Not something you can do in a car, well till we get our Google Cars!

Here’s the ZIP Train. This train is meant to fit on the current highway systems. If you live in the Western Suburbs of Chicago you know the train system is designed to get people into the city not around it.

With Flexible car sizes that can be linked together by extra mini electric engines to push more cars.

(Above:)  Notice how the rails are vertically spaced.   With wheel that hug the track just like a roller coaster.  Passenger Cars would also have a wheeled system built in.  With limited mobile power but they could still move on their own in case of an emergency.

The concept behind ZIP Train is you don’t need extra land and it can be built right in the existing median. No more land to buy and it only should take up one car width. ZIP Train is a cross between a roller coaster and a train.

(Below: )The seating is single file with seats that can swivel out to great the passengers.  This is to take advantage of the small footprint of the train.

As you can see you can have a bi-directional train on the same track.  It would also have a solar panel cover.  Something maybe Solar Roadways could design?

 

Inside the cabin it would function much the same way all METRA trains works.  But maybe with more added features like outlets both power and USB and hideaway tables.

 

I love the idea of the Hyperloop and it will be perfect for long distance travel.   The ZIPTrain concept is designed to take better advantage of less available property and existing roadways.

Drive with a view

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I can’t be the only on who hates being behind an 18 wheeler in a town you don’t know and I can’t read the street signs because of the wheeled wall in front of you.

So here’s the idea.

Mount low cost flexible video screens on the back doors of trailer trucks. Someday soon these screens will be able to go on to surfaces like this just like a giant sticker or wallpaper.

The front of the truck has a camera lens with a similar view a car might have traveling behind the truck. (In a perfect world the lens would change based on the rear car distance.)

From the Drivers POV you can see and read what’s in front of the truck almost like wasn’t even there. The trailer door latches and mechanical parts are still visible so it doesn’t totally disconnect drivers from reality.

Now the question is, do you cover the whole trailer to improve the view from all directions?

Quackers

Here’s my concept restaurant I doodled up called “Quackers”. Think Potbelly and Zoup smashing into each other. I love Potbelly and I like Zoup.  But I think if you serve soup you should offer more than oyster crackers and saltines.

So having an uninspiring cracker choice got me thinking and this is what I came up with.  I think soup should be just as much fun to load up on as Frozen Yogurt, like you would if you went to Orange Leaf.

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Restaurant Features:

  1. Dozens of Soup Features Daily.
  2. Chili and Chicken Noodle Soup will be there every day!
  3. Locals get to decide Regulars get to pick the 3rd.
  4. Quack Tops.  ( The seemingly endless toppings bar. )
  5. The Quacker Cracker.  Hey it’s fun for everyone.  Put your chunchables in the top and perfectly crushed bits drop into your bowl.
  6. Artsy fun atmosphere.
  7. Eclectic furnishings.
  8. WiFi yes it would have to be a very friendly WiFi place power outlets everywhere.

Quack Tops:

  1. Crackers, Saltine, Unsalted
  2. Ritz Crackers
  3. Club
  4. Sesame Crackers
  5. Flavored Crackers
  6. Cheez ITs
  7. Gold Fish
  8. Wheat Thins
  9. Croutons ( This might need it’s own bar! )
  10. Cheese. Sliced American
  11. Cheese, grated Cheddar, Mozzarella
  12. Swiss Cheese
  13. Popcorn
  14. Bacon
  15. Green onions
  16. Regular onions
  17. Tortilla Chips/Strips
  18. Crispy Egg Noodles
  19. Sour Cream
  20. Corn Bread for the Chili and bean soups.

That’s a pretty good list so far.  What’s your favorite thing to put in soup?

The WriteLight

The Pitch:

The WriteLight is the size of a ballpoint pen so it fits easily into your pocket and is ready to go just like your phone’s camera. It gives you a an easy to use secondary light source when taking photos with your camera phone.

The Idea:

I work with a few people that love photography, including myself.  We’ll take pictures with anything.  Now thanks to great cell phone cameras I never feel like I’m without something that will capture a pretty decent image.  But I always feel the flash is lacking on these phone.  Look I get it I’m expecting way too much from a phone camera flash.

One day we were playing around with our camera phones and trying out alternative lighting.  Like pen lights and small LED lights.  Then I realized what I wanted was a light that had a bunch of lights like the ones in cell phones, mainly because they are bright.  Since I’m an artist I’m always carrying around pens.  So I came up with the WriteLight.

You can vote on it at Quirky and if we’re lucky maybe they’ll make it!

I didn’t want a light that attached to the camera or supplements the camera light.  I wanted a light that could be positioned any where around your subject work like a video light, add more visual drama and best of all fit in my pocket right next to all my favorite pens.

Key Features:

  • Size of a regular pen.
  • 8 Super Bright LEDS
  • SWIPE your Light. Swipe across the length of the pen to turn on the lights one at a time.
  • The more lights the brighter it will be.
  • Color Knob so you can change the color of the light to add even more lighting effects.
  • Rechargeable by a USB cord or use the USB adapter power supply to recharge the light pen.
  • Has a clip to hang off a short. But could come with an accessory that acts like a tripod.
  • Different finishes to match peoples phones. Chrome, White, Black

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Funny faces

Trying something new with Paper on my iPad.  If you’re an artist, have an iPad and don’t have Paper, get it!  You won’t regret it.

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My problem is I so many other apps I always forget I do have it.  But it’s a great app to use and I thought I’d used to practice making stylized faces.  I don’t do faces to well but practice make perfect or kind of goofy in my case.

Now I need to go sit in a mall somewhere to get some better reference.

I’ll add more to the gallery as I make more.

My Super Train

I’m inspired by Elon Musk and he’s rethinking our transportation future. So here’s the start of the train system I’m designing. I’ll call it the Zip Train for now.

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I’ll post a full breakdown of the project soon.

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