Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Michelin Design Challenge 2015

The tire is essentially what is giving you your driving experience; with out the optimum tire the senses that are relayed back to the driver would be lost. The senses that you experience while driving the vehicle to its limits are unique to the type of driving you are doing, whether it may be cruising along the ocean, racing down a mountain on brutal hair pin turns, or forging your own path off-roading in the middle of no where.
All of these very different styles of driving require a very different type of tire, the cruiser would prefer a tire that is very comfortable and quiet, the racer wants something that is responsive and has a lot of grip, and the off roader would need something that has a lot of traction and act as some of the vehicles suspension. Having a versatile vehicle that has as wheel and tire design that is versatile enough and can adapt to the changes in the roads surface.
Obviously there are issues with the electric cars of today. The batteries take up a very large portion of the car, they have a short life, and they do not have a very large capacity for energy. The next step in electric propelled vehicles is a germanium based lithium battery and is reinforced by nanotubes, also referred to as the Nanowire battery. 
These nanotubes are made out of silicon and can expand and contract with the germanium. Nanowire batteries are able to provide about 20% higher energy capacity than todays lithium ion battery and they also extend the life of the battery to over 1,000 cycles longer. To take advantage of the sunny environment solar panels will be utilized. Solar panels typically require a large surface area to soak up as much light as possible but with a process called singlet fission the need for larger solar panels is not as great. Singlet fission is the process that involves a layer of crystal over the panel that will generate two electrons from a single photon. This process will give us up to 30% more energy from the same size paneling. In addition recent technology allow solar paneling to basically take any shape because it cannot be printed onto flexible sheets.

These technological improvements will provide enough freedom to create a unique, versatile, and relevant wheel and tire combination as well as the entire vehicle system that will convey how this wheel will be utilized to its fullest extent.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Gallery Exhibition Review (DIA)

I visited the Detroit Institute of Art (The Modern Section). There was a huge exhibition of objects there. The design of the exhibition was such that there were several objects available there. These were mostly French frescos and cameos. These had been framed. The exhibition included only Modern art from France. There were several exhibits. I was enamored by particularly a few of those. Those chosen murals and cameos have been analyzed here (DIA).

The first exhibit was two vases of glass circa 1925. The first one was titled Grasshoppers. The second one was titled Vase. The Grasshopper had several grasshoppers molded onto the vase. The vase was huge. The Vase had several green leaves. This vase was also huge.

The second exhibit was a painting by Henri Matisse circa 1916. It was oil on canvas. The painting depicts a room. The room has an armchair, a center table with a vase of flowers on it, a dustbin, a chair, a carpet, and a hanger in the background with shirts hung on the hanger. The color theme is all teal. On the contrary, the furniture has been painted wooden brown. The theme depicts a Danish household which is currently empty as the residents have gone outside of the home.

The third exhibit depicted the Bronze Age of art. The first statue is that of a Crouching Female. This is circa 1900. She is scratching her left arm with her big nails. The second mural is a Seated Nude. This mural is circa 1930. This mural depicts a naked whore who is chastising her customers. The third mural is that of another Seated Female Nude. This is circa 1929. This one is a slightly older woman sitting buck naked on the floor waiting to be summoned by a potential client.

The forth exhibit is a wooden cameo. This has been titled Cat. This depicts a real crouching cat with its tail swung upwards. The wooden cameo has been polished and varnished. The theme is to depict the life of a model femme.

The fifth exhibit is basically a poster that depicts the phenomenon of the School of Paris and a painting by Henri Matisse. Before the Second World War, artists from around the world started to converge in Paris to work for the art. This led to the development of a common city of artists who shared their visions for the art as well as their forms and styles of art. Hence, the phenomenon came to be called as the School of Paris which taught the artists from around the world in its brasseries. One famous artist from the time is the painter Henri Matisse who painted natural beauty. He, thus, became a rival of Picasso working in Italy. However, they both had different turfs as Picasso only painted abstract work.
The exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Art was a sheer success. It depicted several works of art from the French modern culture. It was sheer beauty and success as the objects selected for exhibition were all marvelous and real works of art and beauty. These were also disparate and represented the modern age of art in France. All the works had been gifted to the museum by their previous owners. All the pieces were actually masterpieces of art that were all flawless.