Dr. Bill Belew
Issue I - June 11, 2006
Introduction by Mr. Stolyarov:
Dr. Belew describes a wonderful new invention by Japanese designers
Yamanaka Shunji and Furuta Takayuki: a car that can make a full circle
and climb stairs. Another technological achievement has been reached by
creative, industrious entrepreneurs and inventors. This is also yet a
further example of the global economy at work in bringing us ideas from
other countries that might dramatically improve our lives in the future.
I admit, I wasn't overly impressed with
Yamanaka Shunji's various designs until I read the specs on this one.
It is an eight-wheeled vehicle that he and
Chiba Institute of Technology's Furuta Takayuki designed.
Nissan also pitched in to see how robotics and
automobile technology can get along.
The vehicle can make a 360-degree circle, move
diagonally, and - get this - even climb stairs.
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Dr. Bill Belew is a former Intelligence
Officer for a Destroyer Squadron. He lived 20 years in Japan, where he
started a language school for Japanese
Dr. Belew teaches classes for a vocational school and online for a
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