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.
The vacuum-tube sound is more than just soft clipping. There have been several attempts to imitate its sound using DSP's to implement soft clipping etc., but only tubes sound like tubes.
The warm (or sweet) sound is partly due to the even-order-only harmonic distortion (e.g., from a single-ended triode amp), which results in distortion products at musically-pleasing octave and perfect fifth intervals) and to the absence of evil transient distortion because tube amps can be built with little or no negative feedback.
Even though I'm a DSP researcher, as an audiophile I appreciate the sound of my SET amp in spite of its higher THD. It sounds "sweeter" than my more more expensive solid-state amp. Much of how engineers quantify amplifiers is irrelevant for audio: music is dynamic, not simply continuous sinusoids.
Oh, it's not a plug at all - you just put your company down BIGTIME in front of a huge engineering audience.
Newark, apparently, can't deliver by Xmas, which is what the article is about.
What a horrible article. NONE of this is what an engineer would want - woe be to the wife or GF who reads this and buys any of it as a recommendation.
Nowhere is a 3D printer listed, nor is there a surface mount reflow oven. Stuff we actually WANT.
This is all STUPID techie stuff - stuff that's boring to ENGINEERS. Mind you, TBBT DVDs are the exception, but with Youtube, even that's lame.
And, if you're going to write about things you don't know about, go find yourself someone OLD engineer to set you straight (they can be found at the unemployment office or greeting people at Walmart). This is laughable, particularly in having "gone to print" in EE Times:
"it mediates the flow of electronics from cathode to anode via a piece of metal mesh in the middle called a grid. "
The only thing that "mediates the flow of electronics" is a patent litigator.
In the words of Leslie Winkle, of TBBT, "Dumbass..."
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