Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Breaking 100 year old Tesla Mystery

Over 100 years ago Nikola Tesla patented a method for distributing power WITHOUT WIRES.... but no one was ever able to use his patent to make it work...

Until Now.

A central coast inventor and a team of founders think they have cracked the problem by focusing the electricity and minimizing electro magnetic radiation.

The site talking about their plans and showing how to do your own tests is at http://www.gammachallenge.com . The site is sponsored by me to help them get their project evaluated by Australia's academic community and to get some real world feedback before we head out finding capital to do a large scale test.

I helped them get their patent and now want to see it independently evaluated before taking it to the next level.

Tesla claimed that any amount of energy could be sent any distance underground at as little as 2% loss of energy. I want to be there when Keith Howard and his team make this work.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Candidate for a zkimmer book

I have been thinking about using zkimmer for some time to publish really good photo books as iPhone apps maybe this is the first book to try this with.

How about 1200 dpi with zoom and beautiful pictures? What do you think?

Friday, January 6, 2012

Flat Tire Detection

A simple system that alerts drivers to a flat tire without the need for RFID or any electronic sensors.

I designed this system during an evening with a former neighbor and good friend Herb Elliott who had just had a flat tire experience and suggested there must be a better way.


Reputation Driven Social Network

This concept is based on the simple premise that your membership in the network is based upon having at least two people who are willing to vouch for you and who can be held accountable by network rules if you run amok.

The idea behind this invention is to make people accountable. After considerable research a basic rule for membership is that you must personally know and vouch for the person you allow to join the network and be able to prove their age, sex and identity or risk being expelled.

Someone who breaks the network rules not only jeopardizes their own membership but also the membership of the person that helped them join. In extreme cases such as pedophilia everyone associated with allowing that person onto the network would be questioned as to their suitability for membership.


Personal Data Blackbox

After reading about the recovery of the Air France 330 that crashed into the Atlantic last year losing all aboard, I somehow made the jump to the need for a Personal Black Box for all our personal and important data... images, documents, videos etc.

So what would a personal black-box achieve? It would be fire proof, waterproof... recoverable after an earthquake, flood or fire. It would be easy to access. It would have a wired and wireless connection capability with its own security. Namely data could be sent one way with one password and require another password to be accessed.

It would have a heartbeat system that raised the alarm if it lost power or was damaged in any way (for example if the hard drive detected damage to itself). A service would try to connect with the black-box at regular intervals and if unsuccessful send a series of alerts on an escalating schedule... It would try to contact you for a couple of days, then a second designee or a third or a fourth until it found someone to confirm that they will follow up to retrieve the device. For example the heartbeat service could initially try to contact you via email, then via SMS, then your spouse, then your Dad or your brother or sister gradually raising the alarm as it takes longer to find someone to contact.

The system could also include a secondary or tertiary drive or even an optical disk backup and writing system. It would have a battery to survive blackouts and possibly even a 3G pinging service capability to make contact itself in an emergency.

What about the Software?
Ideally, via a government certification process owners should be able to be given permanent access license keys to all the software and media they own. You should be able to have backups of all the media you own and have access to that media and software no matter where you decide to live in the world.

Photos/ scans of every important document, all your passwords and usernames and all your cherished movies, videos and photos should be safely stored inside.

Updates on the Inventor Roadshow

The Inventor Roadshow is an idea by Ric Richardson to combine the sense of discovery of the Antiques Roadshow TV program and the positive value of helping inventors get real world feedback about their inventions.

Latest Update

  • Jan 6th 2012: It's been a long time but finally a meeting is set with a TV programmer to see what the future holds for the show.

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List of Music written or recorded by Ric Richardson

As you may have seen at the end of the Australian Story about him, Ric is a guitarist and also writes his own music. Most of the recording below are original compositions by Ric and are mostly in rough demo form as he has never attempted to become a recording artist. Most of the tracks feature either the actual drumming or the drum programming of Ric's life long friend Steve Cox. A couple of the tracks below actually ended up used on films. The track "Move It" was the soundtrack for a short film that accompanied the Australian Feature Film "Man from Snowy River" during its worldwide release. Another short film he provided music for ran with the "Muppet Movie". The music is the track entitled "Drive like hell". Ric still gets a royalty check for these films from time to time.

Last updated 9/9/2011


Australian Story - Episode about Ric

In 2009, the renowned biographical and social commentating television show known as Australian Story aired an episode covering Ric and his battle to that time with Microsoft. In the first week of viewing it is estimated that 1.8 million Australians saw the show.

Below are links relating to that story:


List of patents

The following are patents that have been published in either the USPTO online search engine or other public databases around the world. This list of patents only includes those that have been publicly published. As the dozens of patents covering inventions by Ric are published they will be included in the list below

Last updated 9/9/2011

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