• 24th May 2007 - By adventuresofgreg

    There are a few recent developments that are very exciting!

    I just finished a full day of shooting a 7 minute Discovery Channel segment with producer Neil Thomas from Full Throttle Films and Cinematographer Allan Leader. I was VERY impressed with this crew! Great guys and very professional. We shot a bunch of technical stuff in the shop with WiTHiN and then an interview. Tomorrow we head out to Glenmore reservoir for additional footage of WiTHiN on the lake. The show will air sometime in September due to a summer hiatus that the Daily Planet show takes.

    The other exciting development is that we have been accepted to display Critical Power and WiTHiN at WIRED magazines NextFest.2007 exhibition.

    About a month ago I received a package from WIRED magazine inviting me along with 500 other “technologies that WIRED magazine deems important to our future” to apply for an exhibit at NextFest.2007 :

    SEPTEMBER 13 – 16, 2007
    South Hall (J and K)

    This fall, WIRED Magazine is bringing its vision of a new world’s fair to Los Angeles. Experience more than 160 exciting exhibits from scientists, researchers, and inventors around the globe. WIRED NextFest features innovations in communication, design, entertainment, exploration, health, play, robots, transportation, security, and green living.

    We submitted the following display proposal: “Two world records on the energy of a 100 watt light bulb”

    It’s a great deal because WIRED magazine pays for the space. We need to pay for travel, accommodation, shipping and our display. I am hoping to pick up a sponsor to help offset those costs. This could be huge for a sponsor, as NextFest is covered by most major US and international media like CNN, Wall Street Journal, WIRED magazine, Discovery Channel, Science Channel, ABC, NBC, CBS, the Today Show, the New York Times, and hundreds of other broadcast, print and on-line outlets. We would, of course, splash the sponsors name all over the booth, Critical Power and WiTHiN.

    We have two potential sponsors who are interested and all of this will end up going to the one who acts first. I was preparing a presentation the other day and just for fun I thought I would look up the cost of a two page spread in Popular Science magazine. It would cost $200,000. If I had a corporate sponsor for the 24 hour record attempt in Eureka, their branding would have been all over my 2-page Popular Science article and it would have cost them a fraction of what a 2-page spread is worth. I was also on the cover and I don’t think they even offer that as an advertising option.

    Critical Power and my 24 hour HPV record are also in an upcoming issue of National Geographic Kids.


    The weather around here has been pretty bad:

    So my training has unfortunately taken a back seat. I plan on doing a longer ride on the lake tomorrow after we finish shooting with the Discovery Channel guys. I added a few degrees more twist to the prop, and exactly as Rick Willoughby said, it resulted in fixing my low cadence problem.

    My brother-in law Tom Short was on hand to help with the new prop test.

    I also made a smaller rudder to see if that made any difference in the speed and it didn’t seem to make much of a difference at all. In fact, even the handling felt about the same – turn radius is still very tight and it feels almost as responsive as it did when I was using the huge ocean rudder.

    We are changing the course around the reservoir for the 24 hour human powered boat distance record attempt on June 2. We are moving our home base from the sailing club docks to the canoe club docks. The reason is to allow an easier move to our contingency route plan. If the forecast looks very windy for Saturday, we will shorten the course to a 3 km out and back along the canoe club docks on the wind sheltered side of the lake. Also using the canoe club docks as our staging area will move me past my crew about once every 10 to 15 minutes or so. I will still be doing a U-turn every 20 minutes as before, but this new course is sort of a figure 8 and the canoe club docks are in the middle.

    The new map and details of the event:

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