2011
Safety and Security

OverGuard-1 is an electronic laser detection fence for National Security.

In the past, over 13 million illigal entries have occurred acrossed our nations borders, and the United States Government is spending billions of dollars to install metal fencing that spans hundreds of miles to secure our boarders, but with no avail because as soon as it is installed illigals have already cut holes in them, tunneled under them or just climbed over them.

The OverGuard-1 system is an electronic surveillance fence that utilizes precise laser and underground siemic transducers that can detect intruders in the areas. This information can be sent to a monitoring station where border patrol personnel are notified of the breech and can be dispatched to ...

In this Space Age, satellites have become an important resource for every country. The designing, building, and launching of satellites have become a challenging process that involves high costs. Rocket failures are a great loss for a country that spends billions of dollars in building the satellites which get destroyed because of a technical failure in the rocket carrying it.

For this, we can have a mechanism that can recover the satellite from the rocket in case of a technical snag. In my model, the last stage of the rocket which houses the satellite can be recovered. The model has the last stage of a rocket that can be separated from the other stages of the rocket ...

Police support robots are critical life saving tools for officers in the field. Unfortunately, the high cost of such devices prevents many security forces from obtaining them. In addition, police officers typically don’t have the expertise to repair broken robots, and the turn-around time for repairs at the manufacturer can take months. We are developing a low cost but highly capable security robot that not only includes a local support system, but also encourages high school students to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) while helping their local community.

Like more expensive robots, the Police Department robot (PD Bot) is a remote controlled machine that can cross rough terrain, climb inclines of 50 degrees, deploy police “throw ...

Original Concept by Dr. Kuang Y. Wu
Art and Design by Kimberly Tsai

After the wake of the tsunami and hurricane natural disasters, my uncle Kuang Wu presented to me an idea to help save lives in such situations. His idea was using a perfect sphere to protect people from danger and help save lives. After several designs and concepts, I thought of using seeds as an additional inspiration for the design. Seeds have a hard shell and have been known to survive all kinds of environments, and can still germinate and therefore survive even after thousands of years of dormancy. This idea carried over into the Pod of Life’s concept and name.

The design of the Pod of ...

The Trekr Dodeca Shelter© is a design for a dome structure that is strong, poses less wind resistance to a comparable flat-sided structure, and can be easily transported and erected. It is similar in design to a geodesic dome or a low-order tessellated sphere, but it is a much superior structure as it is more practical to build.

The design is based on a geometric solid known as a dodecahedron. This is a solid composed of 12 pentagon faces. To obtain more of dome shape I used each side of a pentagon as the base of a triangle. By doing this I obtain a dome shape that is composed entirely of equilateral triangles—all with the same dimensions and bilateral ...

In the last five years we have seen new technology come on the scene touted as a revolution in security. This new technology can peer through our clothing for contraband (Guns, Knives, and Explosives etc). It has migrated to mobile units capable of scanning us while we walk down the street, drive in our cars or relax at home. Utilizing the electromagnetic spectrum; Millimeter Waves and Backscatter XRAY are the core of this technology. Analyzing the waves coming from us naturally or bouncing them off us the data can reconstruct a virtual image of the person as if they were completely in the nude. A simple search online for body scanner images will produce many examples.

The companies that ...

Earthquakes kill. Existing methods of forecasting or predicting earthquakes are very long-term (years) and very inaccurate or very short term (seconds). If we had warning that a major quake was likely within days or weeks we could take action to prepare and reduce their risk of injury or death.

Rocks under extreme pressure produce electromagnetic effects that can be measured. Deploying a network of sensors along major fault lines will allow detection and analysis of these signals as input to an earthquake alert system. The value of such a system would be extremely high to emergency preparedness and response agencies, as well as governments, businesses, and individuals – in exactly the same way that forecasting of hurricanes, tornadoes, and ...

Greetings, my name is David Carr and this entry concerns a possible improvement on the rail-gun projectile. One of the main problems with rail-guns is rail erosion caused by the friction generated by the extreme speeds of the projectile. Using a Graphite sabot should greatly reduce, if not completely eliminate, rail erosion. I thought of using Graphite because of its long history as a dry lubricant and its electrical transparency. Thank You Kindly for your ...

An upside-down approach to railway safety.

The modern technology allows development of systems of great complexity and power to manage the railway traffic on wide areas. Despite that, human error is still of great impact in the occurrence of accidents.

Modern railways have benefit of very expensive systems. There are thousands of small railways for which the modernization of the lines is not cost effective. My starting point was: “Give them visibility of what is outside their cabin” a very simple idea not yet implemented. This shoud remove the root cause: the human error of a single man.

Solution implementation description.
Solution can be satisfied with COTS components. See fig 1 for a block diagram.

A graphic display ...

The number of deaths and serious injuries to military personnel from IEDs accentuates the need to develop remote methods of clearance. This invention uses remote clearance over a 100 metre range using surface seismic Rayleigh waves, which can be produced repetitively by a seismic pulse generator capable of being mounted on a light vehicle.

Rayleigh waves are large amplitude, low frequency waves which travel just below the ground surface and have compressional and dilatational components. These are the waves which cause ground breakup and building damage in earthquakes. Maximum ground stresses occur within a surface layer less than one wavelength thick, which is where IEDs are currently set. The frequencies of the Rayleigh wave modes lie in the range ...

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