It's a car... It's an airplane... It's Terrafugia's "Transition." According to the company's site, "The Transition combines the unique convenience of being able to fold its wings with the ability to drive on any road service in a modern personal airplane platform." Sounds like a Pontiac Aztec with airfoils.
Hey, you gotta give Terrafugia props -- a pusher prop, in fact -- for trying. One of its advertising taglines is: "Driven to Fly." The other is: "It's time to make the Transition." That conversion will set you back $279,000. Not to worry. As the FAQ notes, "the Transition provides a flexibility that cannot be matched with a separate car and airplane."
I think I speak for backseat drivers everywhere when I say, thanks, but I can walk to the curb from here.
I totally agree - it almost brought tears to my eyes when I saw that picture. I remember as a teen, waiting for the new Allied catalog to come out. So much cool stuff, especially the vacuum tubes (I particularly was enamored of the horizontal sweep power tubes).
Not to be too dismissive, but really, now! The only thing exciting here is the incredible engineering missteps. While others have focused on how none of these things (really, none of them) would make an engineer's pulse quicken (unless, perhaps, a savvy spouse had acquired a Pi a few months ago and had it _now_ to give, when you can't buy it _now_), I focus on the real, serious, painful error that no engineer should be caught making.
Drivers' ed instructors _sit_ in the passenger seat. The Drivers' ed instructor who is thrilled about sitting in the seat that 1) endangers his life even more than sitting in a regular seat with all those driving learners and 2) leaves his charge without adequate supervision... doesn't belong teaching drivers' ed.
Did you guys actually ask any engineers what they _want_ for Christmas? Here's a short list that would make some sense:
1) A steady job, doing interesting things that need an engineer to get done right.
2) Tools which can be reconfigured on-the-spot to do an uncomfortable or impossible job more easily without breaking _anything_.
3) A healthy economy which can afford to support engineering-done-right, rather than "just enough to sell, and the consumer take the hindmost".
4) Just enough time available to do the job (and do it right): No sitting around waiting on administration or getting ulcers trying to get five things done before the next six pile on.
In a world full of conflict - and I'm thinking engineering business disputes, contractual bickering, Apple-Samsung patent disputes, etc. It's nice to see pure engineering enthusiasm to the fore. That's why we all came into this business. Can't wait to get my hands on the Raspberry Pi, that I hope someone has bought me as a Christmas gift.
Great article. Thanks.
Apparently it's joke although a lame one.
All engineers read like little children waiting for a nice surprise only to get a disappointment.
Really geeky presents:
- hey hon, look at that cool domain name - "electric-melon.org"
- easy with that laser pointer, darling, it was upgraded.
- a van graaf generator (hey , a spare !)
- a sterling engine (Shiny!)
Of course these things are mostly useless just like Xmas present should be. If they would be really useful an engineer would already had them.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.