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Technology: Petrol Powered Laptop

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I’m excited about putting forth my latest idea 🙂 It’s all about maximum mobility in the most insane places. It struck me when talking to Ashutosh and Pritam today afternoon.

The title itself reveals the complete idea… that is to have a military strength laptop and a petrol (gasoline) powered electricity generator in one package!

Those could be used anywhere on earth! Imagine being on the Everest and sending an email to all your friends right from the top! (assuming that you have a satellite Internet connection) The warmth of the engine (again, assuming it starts up) can be used in right proportion to keep the computer warm enough to run smoothly, and the electricity generated can be used to power the laptop for long hours!

Since a petrol engine is lighter than a few battery packs (though might need a bit more space) and you can ‘recharge’ the engine instantly with a little petrol almost anywhere, it makes a great companion for long trips… especially if they are in insane places 🙂

Practically speaking, it is a good idea to develop a petrol based generator that can be used with current laptops. Even is it is possible to generate 12 volts with enough Amperes, it should be fairly easy to develop adapters to suit each different breed of laptops/ handhelds.

I’m sure many people use large generators at camps, but I’m thinking of something small and light enough be carried in the baggage. Yeah, permanent magnets are painfully heavy, but then again, what do we have scientists and engineers for? They are the brilliant mass who can find an answer to the little questions that this idea raises and make it possible 🙂


Written by hiway

June 11, 2005 at 9:06 am

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  1. Why not just solar power?


    June 12, 2005 at 9:26 am

  2. Youre a smart one! But then again, how about deep jungles where hardly any light reaches…?

    **shakes head

    You’re right anyway 😀 Solar power is better in almost all situations.


    July 6, 2005 at 4:13 pm

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