Saturday, August 13, 2016

Unanswered questions = Hard Work!

Foiling field test

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Just one of a number of MoaB (TM) repositioner videos at YouTube
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Update: Welcome to new visitors. I am "temporarily" using a blog as the company's website.
Obviously, we will have a more traditional website going as we bring products to market.
I have been extremely busy expanding the companies IP (Intellectual Property) portfolio (patents, etc.) and conducting field experiments to answer questions (research and experimentation) about various inventions.
There are 3 main areas of focus that some of the public is aware of:
MoaB (TM) repositioner   Patent # 8,870,615 (USA)
EasyFoil (TM)

We have decided upon windsurfing as the sport to test and introduce these innovations, although other sports may be impacted as well.
On August 9, 2016 . I tested a proof of concept EasyFoil (TM) board that proved our latest shallow water foiling innovation  works in low wind / flat water conditions quite nicely. So smooth and quiet, I went halfway across the river without even bothering to look where I was going! This is because I was busy videoing the board, water surface, interaction with the foil, etc.. I am not going to give specifics prior to patent publication, but I will tell you that we have the ONLY foil out there that protrudes no more than 15 inches (40 cm) below the bottom of the host board. We have the ONLY foil out there that is DESIGNED to operate just below the water's surface that WILL NOT suffer catastrophic loss of lift should it surface briefly by passing through the trough of a wavelet. I documented this last Tuesday as I traveled hundreds of meters dead flat just below the water surface.
I am so excited by this accomplishment that I will be "disappearing" for a couple of weeks to revise our business plan once again and to design future prototypes. I think it is likely that we will finally incorporate and/or partner/merge with another company. I think it is likely we will increase the size of our team and that another round of financing will be sought. It is possible that we will license to others some of our inventions. I know a lot of hard work is ahead and am very excited to get to it!

P.S. We have yet to create a Bernie-boarding, MoaB, or EasyFoil video  from the dozens of hours acquired during recent field sessions. We intend to record more video (and from different view angles, still looking for a wind capable drone!)  with an aim toward  high value promotional videos. The "problem" is each session provides so much more "better/cooler" material as new concepts and prototypes are tested. Unfortunately, video editing/creation may have to wait until after the local windy season ends. My apologies!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

I have the best job!

Wow, we have been blessed with more field session opportunities than we can handle. EVERY time a Bernie board hits the water, we learn something new. Most recently, we discovered "Stallion" mode, as rearing up is a very effective way to deal with an unwanted gust!
Also, we have more inventions in the works as the ideas keep coming.
Boredom is the least of my worries!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Bernie-boarding has taken over my life!

From Facebook today:

Bernie-boarding update/summary: It works.
We are actively debating the path forward*.

 We are learning a lot with every test session, each which has a set of defined goals.
 16 MPH of wind has proven to be the best for "gliding" mode for the latest Dream Dare prototype. Multi-modal use with the same watercraft without needing to change or adjust ANYTHING is the true strength of this innovation, in my opinion.
 The team strongly believes that, although this can be taken completely into a new sport altogether, we should focus on tying it to an existing sport to ease entry for early adopters.

*There are drawbacks and challenges that can be ignored and a product introduced to the market this summer (Shark Tank argument, make money!) .
 Or, we could explore more, invent more, and wait for a "perfected" product, since we have effectively no competitors.
 Hopefully, another round of prototypes and testing will give us the data we need to clarify our path!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Where am I? Or should it be when...?

Greetings from the future! I think. Therefore, I am.

Wow, a crazy place to be at. I am compelled to post an update after yesterday's incredible events.
Let's start from the start and just maybe this will make some sense.

I am an inventor. Also a product developer. Possibly an entrepreneur. Certainly a water-sports enthusiast.
I had a crazy idea that arose through lucid dreaming that morphed into a sizable group of inventions, which I am working on combining into one extreme watercraft.
This new watercraft is not a typical "evolutionary" type improvement over what already exists.It's more of a leap into a new realm of possibilities. Common sense, "rules of thumb", even conventional  physics, all indicate this thing should not work. I like to use a starship / warp drive euphemism when discussing this thing. Rather than just saying "this thing" all the time.

I have built some "test platforms" because to say prototype is too generous and would be deceiving. What I have built is nowhere near what an actual product would even look like. Or so I thought.

Dream Dare 1, 2 and 3 is what I call them. I have built them and done some initial real world testing under the best secrecy that can be managed these days.
Dream Dare 1 was a success after traveling the first 20 feet under impulse power. It floats, it moves, I am able to pilot it! I was very surprised and amazed. There were a huge number of configuration decisions to be made so I expected to have to try a number of different set ups before finding one that worked. So lucky. I will humbly take credit for some skill as well.
So Dream Dare 1 worked fine under impulse power. There are a lot of operational modes. More than I anticipated. I immediately went from impulse power to glide mode. Glide mode is all the rage these days, in a related field of endeavor that is seeing renewed interest. I expected glide mode to be the main operational mode of this starship, which I would then refine until my "hoped for" goals were met. Glide mode is smooth, easy, relatively safe. My starship is hoping to have the best glide mode in the universe. My glide mode is going to love chop and waves and be easy on the joints.
Then there is warp drive. Who doesn't want to go fast at some point? Well, after a short time in glide mode, I kicked into warp drive. This was not the plan. I was supposed to get comfortable navigating around and yet here I am heading all the way across the mighty Columbia River and kicking it into warp drive. It was just so easy. Well, it just worked. Exciting. Easy transitions between modes.
I exhausted myself quickly. Went home and readied Dream Dare 2 (DD2).

DD2 was focused on going extreme with glide mode. My initial guess at a configuration was way off, I believe. Might have been the conditions but, in any event, it did not work well. The shock wave I was hoping to ride (ride your own wave!) intersected incorrectly and threw the whole balance off. Reality is beginning to set in, along with some doubts. But it is very early and I am still quite excited and motivated so I came up with a plan for DD3.

I got DD3 out for a test day before yesterday. Conditions were good initially but soon worsened. There was also a group of ships out showing off how fun their glide mode was working. I know one of the captains so I was leery about secrecy. So I stayed mostly under impulse power with a little bit of glide mode and a blast of warp drive when I thought no one was looking. That warp drive sure is addictive and fun! I was very happy to be so proficient on a "first time" test platform in just minutes. I became a master at impulse power just cruising around all over the place and finally called it a day.

Now for yesterday! Conditions were great. No one around anywhere. How could this be? Fools!
But great for me. Kicked it into warp drive immediately and spent a lot of time there over the course of the day. Tried out some other modes. Some worked, some need work on test platform configuration or piloting skills. The evasive mode I was very excited about during initial conception eludes me so far. This does not surprise me, I expect the most work, and largest payoff, to be in pursuing this mode. Expect this to be a surprise later if it works. There are a lot of secret modes not discernible by simply looking at the physical structure. That's one of the things that has me so excited. It does more than you can even imagine, myself included.

So yesterday I am having a great time exploring warp drive and various new modes of operation, including reverse edging mode (utilizes a hidden control surface). There is a super secret mode I will call trans-dimensional warp (TD warp). Very dangerous and certainly very extreme. I had envisioned this possibility early on but planned on having a refined prototype and support crew before daring it. I don't even have a good plan for transitioning out of it.  WELL, everyone can chew me out big time for doing this, but conditions were just right, with no one around. I just could not help myself.

Kicked it into TD warp and WOW! Just a little bit, not really full on, I was blown away by how exciting and fun this mode was, So I just went for it - maximum TD warp!
Well, my poor little DD3 could not take the strain as I reached unthinkable speed and there was a warp core breach / crash. The destruction was staggering (over a thousand dollars in damage), the pain was intense. Yet, both I and DD3 functioned well enough that I used regular warp drive all the way home! DD3 will have to be rebuilt and future captains will have to be warned. TD warp will remain a super secret mode for quite some time to come.

In conclusion, there is no doubt in my mind I have created a new watercraft/sport. It may not ultimately meet all my design criteria but certainly meets enough of them to justify continued pursuit (and IP protection).  This is an extreme design and will not be for everyone. I'm OK with that, I never thought it would be.
But I bet a lot of folks will be wanting to try it. I'll try to make that happen as soon as I can. - Peter

Monday, April 11, 2016

Warp drive

Just posted on Disruptive Wind Facebook page:

"As many of you already know, I am obsessively working night and day on a top secret project involving water based transportation. I feel like I am in some sort of alternate universe where I am starring in a B movie trying to create a warp drive in my backyard shed. Nobody with any smarts would be trying to do what I am going after. It's too difficult, dangerous, expensive, impractical, After all, one normally does rocket science to go to places like Mars, but I just want to get to New York....! "

As usual, my idea was easy to expand on and get excited about. But in practice, I have run head on into the realities of the real world. Needing to heed the laws of chemistry and physics. Utilizing only limited resources, while maintaining utmost secrecy, this has been perhaps my greatest challenge yet. Way behind on my timetable. Yet I continue because I owe it to myself, and the universe that has supported me so nicely, to see where this goes. Bear with me, thanks! And vote for Bernie Sanders!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A funny thing happened...

Congratulations to Bernie Sanders! Hopefully, he can lead us on a new path here in the USA.

Speaking of new paths, a funny thing happened on the way to bringing the Instigator (TM) to the world.
 I literally dreamed up a better idea.

Inventing is usually goal driven. After all, why would invent unless there was a problem to solve, a need to address, an end result envisioned, etc..  The Instigator (TM) fell into that category. The idea was to combine some "new"concepts and achieve a new end result that would be "better" than products already on the market. The "I can do that better" type thing.

Ideas are easy. Product development: DIFFICULT. A lot of criteria to meet ; buildable, practical, affordable, marketable, durable, on and on... As questions and hurdles arise, things become more complicated and usually compromises are made, The goal ends up changing, Reality steps in and tells you what can end up with. At some point you may end up saying
"but that's not what I envisioned"!
You consider whether to just kill it and move on.

This was starting to happen with the Instigator (TM). The math and physics was driving me crazy. When entering new territory, sometimes there is just not enough "known science" to do successful modeling. Then you have to do extensive experimentation to advance your scientific knowledge. I love doing this; often discoveries are made that spawn new ideas and inventions, or sometimes you circle back to someone else's idea or worse, reach a total dead end. Well, this is a business, not a hobby, and it was becoming apparent that the risk/reward ratio was not encouraging. I could put a lot of effort into this and not get there. Always a risk, but I hope I am learning from the past and making better decisions based on prior experience.

So I had a hard look at what the end result criteria were i.e. what did I want to accomplish?
I wanted to use "discoveries" from the sports of surfing, stand up paddle boarding, kite boarding, windsurfing, skiing, snowboarding, and <not disclosing> to create a new exciting watercraft that will accomplish my performance goals and be visually stunning to watch. I want everyone that sees it in action to be astonished and envious. I want it to be an obvious winner!

Coincidentally, I have been experimenting (as a hobby) with lucid dreaming and meta-programming of the human mind. Mind blowing stuff! Kinda sorta the stuff one does not really talk about, lest  thought of as going off the deep end! As in losing it, wacko, crazy. Yes, I am preparing you for something extraordinary.

First however, I look at this "problem" as a giant "equation" of ideas as "variables". The end result (equals) is obviously going to be variable as well. The solution is writing an equation that interrelates all these and has a end result that works for me. Tackling this "head on" , with my conscious mind, I can not get there. So I "put in an order" and put my brain to work while sleeping. I should point out that dreams are often ignorant of common sense and the laws of nature. We often wake up and although we were totally accepting what was happening as real during the dream, "obviously not possible", not reality, sometimes "thank goodness that was a dream"!

On January 30th I posted on Facebook:

"Eureka! The breakthrough we have all been waiting for fully gelled at 7:15 PM PST on January 30, 2016. This was actually staring me in the face for months now, yet I failed to see it. I credit a successful experiment with lucid dreaming last night."

On Feb 2nd: "Another HUGE breakthrough! Once again, a whole new world has opened up and new ideas are flooding in as fast I can write them down. Field testing of these new concepts is going to be so much fun!"

On Feb 3rd :"Good things come in threes? Well, it's day #3 of breakthroughs and epiphanies. Physics research is paying off big time. What almost everyone ,who thinks they know anything about what I am working on, would consider an insurmountable obstacle (as I did yesterday) , I now believe to be an advantage that I intend to exploit!"

"Dream Dare 1" is the name I have given the prototype that will be built and tested this spring in absolute secrecy. I have to say that even now it seems to be an improbable and impossible idea. The breakthrough idea that my brain came up with assumes a "leap of faith" unproven hypothesis that I can not even envision a way to evolve there or even test; it truly is a revolutionary idea.
 The prototype will test this hypothesis.
 It will either work or it won't!
 We will no doubt learn something in the process.

Before wrapping this up, I need to explain WHY I am so excited. Dream Dare 1 does not just meet the criteria for a successful solution. It EXCEEDS by a YUGE margin , providing capabilities I had not even thought of. An incredible invention, let's just hope it works!

Please vote for Bernie Sanders for President