Category Archives: System Documentation

Microship Hydraulics

These tattered drawings recently turned up in the lab… and it occurs to me that I have never done a proper article about the rather too-elaborate engineering of the hydraulic systems on the Microship for rudder and landing-gear control. Here … Continue reading

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Microship Network Architecture drawing

This huge drawing (done in ConceptDraw) was my snapshot of the system during the heyday of its development, and it even lived on the server with image-mapped links in some of the boxes, intended to become a graphic front-end to … Continue reading

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Ship of Dreams: New Adventures of a Technomad – CQ VHF

There was a point in the 10-year Microship project that I think of as the peak of system design, and only two articles really capture it… the one below, and another in the venerable Dr. Dobbs Journal. I wrote both … Continue reading

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BEHEMOTH Project Sponsors

The bicycle adventures never could have happened without wonderful help from sponsors, volunteers, and media… something I came to think of as a symbiosis and wrote about in the Reaching Escape Velocity book. BEHEMOTH in particular, being so technology-intensive, was … Continue reading

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The Brain Interface Unit

One of the most visually distinctive components of the BEHEMOTH bicycle system was the BIU, or Brain Interface Unit. This was based on a Bell Tourlite helmet, and included a head-mounted display, three ultrasonic sensors for cursor control, stereo and … Continue reading

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The BEHEMOTH Folding Console

Over the years of taking BEHEMOTH onto stage for speaking gigs, one of the biggest crowd-pleasers (especially among engineers) was the folding console. This is where it started… a mechanical design by David Berkstresser, lots of sheet-metal parts, then an … Continue reading

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Winnebiko II Console Operation

An ancient green binder has followed me around from lab to lab through the decades, and it contains all the hand-drawn schematics, software, design sketches, and operating procedures for the Winnebiko II system. This machine rolled out of the lab … Continue reading

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Anatomy of the Winnebiko II

This article was long-buried in an obscure corner of my ancient website, and is a good tech overview of the second bike version. The Winnebiko II flickered to life in 1986, was exhibited (incomplete) at Expo 86 in Vancouver, spent … Continue reading

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Winnebiko II Console Fabrication

I’ve always been something of a control-panel geek, and once I had committed to building the Winnebiko II and heading out again, the project became focused on console design. If I had learned anything from that first 10,000 miles, it … Continue reading

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Winnebiko Electrical System Schematic

The stories at this point in the timeline mention late-night wiring marathons. I found this drawing by Walt Spicker in the archives, the only known surviving documentation of the first version of the bike. This includes battery management, the little … Continue reading

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