Sunday, January 09, 2005

the tarbato in 3D

Some people have asked me what it is exactly that I'm doing here in Nepal. I reply with the thing about wire bridges and a wire road. I understand this is not exactly clear to someone who hasn't seen them.

Last week, I made two short videos for my bosses to show some prospective clients, there's one of the entire tarbato (8.9 megs) and one of just the passenger chair (3.7 megs). A method of propulsion was omited from the videos, as there's an electric locomotion in the works. Existing photos of the human-powered tandem-pedaling car are in the gallery.

Did you know the Russians landed multiple probes on Venus in the 70's and 80's? They even returned color photos.


At 8:24 AM, Anonymous said...

William: I just went to the graphic you posted of the Entire Tarbato (which took a good five minutes, at least!). But I'm glad I stuck with it, cause now I understand what you mean by a wire road. It was the "road" part I didn't get before. So, do you design "stations" along this road with multiple destinations, where people can get on and off as they please? Or is it a "two-destination", with a beginning and an end, going solely from point A to point B? Just wondering, dad

At 8:44 AM, williambeecher said...

Good question. The wire road is like a railroad in that the concept includes 'stations' as well as 'switches'. So the idea comes with all the trade-offs one normally makes going with a rail system over a road system.

The idea of 'switches' has already been implemented in overhead cableways by various banana-plantation companies, and we have identical equipment, while the idea of having 'stations' is just a stone's throw away.



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