Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Singapore Flyer - The World's Tallest Ferris Wheel

The Singapore Flyer is a giant observation wheel in Singapore. The observation wheel started rotating on February 11, 2008. Reaching 42 stories high, it comprises a 150-metre (in diameter) high wheel built over a three-story terminal building, giving it a total height of 165 metres. This exceeds The Star of Nanchang by 5 metres and The London Eye by 30 metres. It will feature 28 air-conditioned capsules capable of holding 28 passengers each. A complete rotation of the wheel will take an estimated 30 minutes. On 2 October 2007 the final capsule of the Singapore Flyer was installed. Located on the southeast tip of the Marina Centre reclaimed land, it offers excellent views of the city centre and beyond to about 45 kilometres, including the Indonesian islands of Batam and Bintan, as well as Johor, Malaysia.

Take a look at the promo:

The Singapore Flyer will open to public on 1st of March 2008, the 30 minutes rides will cost an individual S$29.50 (US$20). It's much more, of course. Not only can you see parts of Malaysia and Indonesia (it depends on the weather), if you want you can do this in a "love nest" capsule with cocktails or champagne and roses thrown in, birthday party, gathering with your friends and so on. Corporate groups will be able to book an entire capsule for S$1000.

When the Singapore Flyer makes its debut this month, it is the world’s tallest, at 541 ft.—at least until late 2008, when the 607-ft.-high Great Dubai Wheel opens. In 2009, the 682-ft.-high Beijing Great Wheel will surpass both.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Dubai to Build World's Largest Arch Bridge

If any real city on our planet can claim an active stake in creating the urban landscape of the future, it's probably Dubai. Artificial islands arranged in the shape of the world? Yes. The world's only seven-star hotel? Yes. Theme park that has animatronic dinasours running around. Yes. And in 2012, it will also become home to the largest, tallest arch bridge ever.

Here's some info on the bridge as envisioned by New York architecture firm Fxfowle:
- It's one mile long and 670 feet tall.
- It will have 12 lanes for traffic.
- It will cost 817 million dollars.
- The design has Sheikh Mohammed's official stamp of approval.
- The bridge will carry more than 2,000 vehicles per hour in each direction.
- A metro line will run across the middle.
- Construction begins in March, with a slated completion date of 2012.

What else they cannot build in Dubai ? It looks like they are not going to stop building record-breaking things at this moment. I guess no country in this world can spend money like them and I am really looking forward to see the future Dubai.

Why they want to spend so much money just to build a one mile long's bridge? Just for fame? To make entry into the record book? Or they cannot think of any other ways to spend their money? Can you tell?

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Hypersonic Plane - A2

A British firm claims to have designed a hypersonic passenger plane that could one day fly between Europe and Australia in less than five hours.

The A2 aeroplane, designed by Reaction Engines in Oxfordshire, would carry 300 passengers at a top speed of 4,000mph. The company said the aircraft, which is still at the concept stage, could be operating within 25 years. It said the A2 would be able keep a sustained speed of 3,800mph, more than twice the speed of Concorde. At 143m (156yds) long, the A2 it is roughly twice the size of the biggest current jumbo jets.

It would run on a liquid hydrogen engine being developed by Reaction Engines, based at Culham near Abingdon. The first man-made object to reach hypersonic speeds was the two-stage US "Bumper" rocket, assembled from a captured German V-2 rocket in 1949.

Astronauts and cosmonauts have all reached hypersonic speeds while passing through the atmosphere on their way to and from orbit. Current research, however, focuses on sustained hypersonic manned flight within the Earth s atmosphere, which has not yet been achieved.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Strengthen Your Wi-Fi's Signal With Wi-Fire

What are the things that you hate the most when you using Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet? Have you ever plagued by low signal and lousy connections? I am sure you had.

hField Technologies can solve your problem with their excellent product called Wi-Fire. It is a compact high-performance USB Wi-Fi Adapter for Mac and PC that that enables you to access a wireless Internet connection from up to 1,000 feet away - three times the range of your internal wireless adapter.

Using the Wi-Fire is easy. The Wi-Fire draws very little power from your laptop battery. It comes complete with everything you need to connect wirelessly to the Internet. Just install the driver software, plug in the Wi-Fire to a USB port and you're ready to start. It can rest flat on any surface or clip securely to a laptop display or flat screen monitor.

The Wi-Fire Connection Manager reveals all available networks in the area - more than you've ever seen without the Wi-Fire. Simply select the strongest publicly accessible network (or private network for which you have authorization), rotate the Wi-Fire's 360-degree directional antenna to focus the signal and connect.

If you’re looking to improve your Internet connectivity and thereby improve your efficiency in any setting whether it’s the airport, park, shopping complex or even your bedroom, look no further than this valuable gizmo from hField Technologies. The device retails for $79 in the U.S.

The device is 3 x 4 x 3/8 inches in size. Although it looks a bit bulky, but I think that hField Technologies is going to improve on the size of this device soon.