Ross Oliver


Sunnyvale, CA

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  • "Labels for the buttons, embossed even. Bravo!"
    on: G-Shock Goes Metal with GM2100 Series
  • "Movie stunt people: these robots are coming for your jobs. Next up: robots go at each other in a John Wick style fight."
    on: Holy-Crap Footage of the Atlas Robot Doing Parkour-esque Tricks
  • "The fanning back of the 1938 version is evocative of a seashell."
    on: What the Adirondack Chair Used to Look Like
  • "For marking drawer contents, a U shaped metal piece sized to fit over the top edge of the drawer, having a laser cut pictograph of the drawer contents. The metal could be in a variety of colors and finishes to complement the woods. Personally, I think designers' consistent choice to ignore the functional use of their products is a design failure."
    on: Sixay Furniture's Beautiful, Dense Multi-Drawer Storage Units
  • "Really? A map, two vaperware cars, and a bunch of bicycles, that's the best you could come up with? How about Flytrex skycrane delivery drone which you covered https://www.core77.com/posts/101786/A-New-Approach-to-Drone-Delivery-Lower-Packages-From-a-Wire How about Garmin Autoland, the first fully-certified autonomous aircraft landing system https://www.garmin.com/en-US/blog/aviation/garmin-autoland-achieves-faa-certification-for-general-aviation-aircraft/"
    on: The 2021 Core77 Design Awards Transportation Honorees
  • "A perfect application for those recycled billboard tarps. "Designed to withstand UV and harsh weather conditions." Maybe even purpose-built paths with advertising that pay for themselves.Perhaps a better solution would be to use that $13K to buy all-terrain wheelchairs: https://www.gogrit.us/ Then people are not limited to just the path."
    on: How to Make a Sandy Beach Wheelchair-Accessible
  • ""The rotating plastic cups are too large in diameter for even the biggest of human hands to grasp making climbing virtually impossible." I can't be the only one to think of throwing a length of rope, a belt, or even a jacket around the roller to make a nice handhold for pulling up, rolling over the wall and lowering myself down the other side. The rollers would also make great pulleys for hoisting people up the wall. So I guess the Roller Barrier is intended for protection only against unprepared or unimaginative wall climbers."
    on: A Non-Aggressive Design for an Anti-Climbing Barrier
  • "In my opinion, this is solving the wrong problem. The reason we have unattended packages is a mismatch between the schedules of the deliverer and recipient. With reliable robotic delivery, this will never be the case. The robot deliverer will always be available to bring your thingy directly to you at your convenience, no lonely package required. Hopefully this will also eliminate or at least vastly reduce the need for enclosing cardboard boxes."
    on: Suggestions Needed: Home Design Changes for Anti-Package-Theft Drone Delivery
  • "The web site quotes a maximum 15-minute flight duration. At the Part 103 mandated speed limit of 55 knots, that's a maximum range of 14 nautical or 16 statute miles. That's a pretty severe limitation. And the $60K buys you only a kit, not a completed aircraft. Also no mention of the generated noise level. It may look beautiful, but I certainly wouldn't want to listen to it."
    on: Jetson's Beautiful Form-Follows-Function Personal Flying Vehicle
  • "I think this part explains why this is a severely non-representative experiment:https://www.emissionsanalytics.com/news/2020/1/28/tyres-not-tailpipe"As we were originally concerned that the mass loss levels would be too small to measure, we stacked the decks by choosing the cheapest tyres, ballasted the car heavily, chose a track with average surface quality and designed a test cycle with high speeds and much cornering.""Driving a 2011 VW Golf 320kms at high road speeds on the track resulted in a mass loss of 1,844g which equates 5.8g per km."So yeah, drive a heavily loaded car very fast on a race track, and you will scrub a lot of material off the tires, perhaps close to the entire life of the tire in more normal driving. Spread that 1.8 kg loss over a normal 50,000 km tire life, and the rate comes out to 0.037 grams per kilometer. But that number is nowhere near shocking enough to get bloggers and the press to write about your study and give your organization lots of free publicity."
    on: New Study Shows "Pollution from Tire Wear 1,000 Times Worse than Exhaust Emissions"
  • "I hate bag zippers enough to consider magnets, but magnets plus a top claps that requires both hands to operate, that's a fail. Also to carry a Switch, I don't see why the bag needs to open on three sides. It could have only a top slot with a fold-over flap secured by a magnet or twist-lock for one-handed operation."
    on: Yea or Nay? A Bag with 92 Magnets Instead of a Zipper
  • "I can't believe anyone would use a $10,000 CNC machine to make any object with nothing but straight lines."
    on: So, Like, CNC-Milled Metal Soap Dishes are Getting Crowdfunded
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