Vitamins & Foods That Have Them Infographic

Vitamins are important for your body. You need to make sure your body gets them if you want to stay happy and healthy. If your diet does not contain the vitamins and nutrients your body needs, you are going to end up in trouble. This infographic by the talented Gabby Nguyen shows why specific vitamins […]

The Possibilities of 3D Printing

Started in the 1980′s, 3D printing provides endless possibilities for manufacturing and can drastically alter the production and accessibility of today’s necessities. And 3D printing isn’t just making waves in the products realm. Other industries such as medicine, food production … Continue reading

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Three Steps for a Successful Vibration Test

Vibration testing is commonly used to test products before going to market. It is important to ensure a product will work well in it’s intended environment to avoid warranty or recall issues. According to Cascadetek, there are three important steps … Continue reading

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Elon Musk Innovates Again: The Hyperloop

The internet was all abuzz over the latest innovative new product development from SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk. The Hyperloop first came to public awareness in June when Musk mentioned that he was designing a new mode of transportation that would shorten the transit time between Los Angeles and San Francisco to 30 minutes.

After more than a month of anticipation, the alpha design for Musk’s Hyperloop was revealed in the middle of August. The basic idea is that of a low pressure tube containing capsules that move at low and high speeds throughout the tube. The pods would be supported by an air cushion and would be accelerated by a magnetic linear accelerator found throughout the tube.

The Hyperloop, according to Musk, would allow travelers to hurtle underneath the I-5 corridor at speeds up to 800 miles per hour, though passengers would enjoy a completely smooth ride, with a maximum G force of half a G– comparable more to what individuals experience in airplanes than on rollercoasters.

As Musk has his hands busy with Tesla and SpaceX, the Hyperloop system will likely be open-sourced. Current big design points include solar panels on top of the Hyperloop tubes for power, as well as electric motors that speed and slow the pods, converting the kinetic energy from the passing Hyperloops to battery packs.

According to Musk, a people-only version of the Hyperloop would cost $6 billion, while a people-and-cars version would cost closer to $10 billion. Musk believes that the full system could be built within seven to 10 years.

It’s a fascinating project, not only because it brings new innovation to transit, but also because it has captured imagination and generated a lot of buzz– which will be useful moving forward with the project. Musk has been known for innovating bold, buzz worthy projects in the past. We can only hope that the Hyperloop has a shining future and that it can not only reinvent public transit, but the way the public interacts with new innovation.