Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Reading patents

I never had realized how many patents there are about PRT's, with that particular keyword or the names of some specific authors.

http://www.espacenet.com/access/index.en.htm

Grab a bottle of wine, some snacks, day or two and do a patent picnic.

Have fun!

12 comments:

Dan said...

Looks like I missed the party as far as Heathrow was concerned. Great job.
As far as patents go, I hold one,filed and defended it myself.. So if you find one you wonder about, send it my way and I'll have a look. Most aren't worth the paper they're written on...

akauppi said...

Yeah, I've for example found some trying obviously to patent the whole PRT concept. That would never hold, and I am kind of sad for them; wouldn't such an approach render also potentially unique details in the patent irrelevant. Don't know.

The ones I'm going to file myself will be clearly separated, one solution per patent.

Mr_Grant said...

Asko, did you attend the CityMobil event in Vantaa?

akauppi said...

Yes, I did. It was pretty similar to third day of PRT@LHR. A broad range of different future transport alternatives were presented. Nothing very extraordinary to me I would say, but most likely good for adding awareness within Finland. There were like 100+ participants, from all around Finnish technology field.

Anything particular you'd be interested in?

Mr_Grant said...

Actually, I was curious if there is any progress on the "EcoTaxi APGM" concept that was studied at TechVilla. Design? Funding? Test facility?

akauppi said...

As far as I know, APGM was grounded in 2006. The trails on the Internet fall short.

There were plans to utilize the concept at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport surroundings, between airport and 'Aviapolis' (why on Earth do all names need to be wanna-be-latin/greek... beats me!) That case is still being surveyed but I doubt there's anything remotely like APGM that any Finnish company would be offering.

The person giving the APGM presentation (a lady from Tampere Technical University) did a good job, though. And she pointed out that the study is probably even more relevant now than when it was done in 2005-06. I agree. But don't think of APGM as anything else than a study. We do deserve better is my opinion.

What is failed in APGM technically?
- travel in a tube; causes travel sickness, maybe claustrophobia, the tubes won't remain clear. Bad air all around the year. Really - who came up with THAT? :)
- elevated stations
- heavy guideway (like ULTra) = not that beautiful

Avidor said...

The stale air in the tube is just another flavor of PRT.

Mr_Grant said...

Better than the taste of crow, Mr. Ken "there is no PRT project at London's Heathrow airport" Avidor.

Kaspar said...

Hello. This is not exactly on topic but i would like to hear your opinion about the following

I am investigating optimal strategies for conflict-free routing and scheduling of automated guided vehicles in my PhD. As PRT is a possible application of my research, I am following its development with big interest.

I am wondering how pod routing is currently done, what has been written about it if there are open interesting questions.

Thanks in advance for your help!

akauppi said...

Kaspar, I've seen quite a lot of material on that subject but I'm afraid I won't do the googling for you. :)

Kaspar said...

sure...

well, its more that i would like to look at the potentially open questions that are not yet googleable. giving my research an applied direction and possibly support the PRT progresses by doing so

unfortunately i am new to the community and am looking for the right people to talk to/collaborate

akauppi said...

Kaspar, please open up your profile (with email address) or mail me at akauppi-at-gmail.com. I'll give you some pointers which may be useful.