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HEV Rover Phase 1 Nearly Complete

HEV Rover Phase 1 Nearly Complete

We’re almost done with the HEV Rover Phase 1. The goal of this first phase was to tear down the body into panel level-parts for painting, and to isolate the original Series III frame, engine, transmission, axles, and wheels, which we will sell to a…

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Further HEV Rover Progress

Further HEV Rover Progress

Last month, we began tearing down SPD’s Land Rover Defender (actually a Series-III to be specific) in the first phase of an 18 month project to rebuild the vehicle to a hybrid-electric drive train. While you can actually separate the body from the chassis on…

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Hybrid Electric Rover: Phase 1 Progress

Seamless usually has one or two internal development projects going at any given time. We do these learn about new areas of tech, to build our community of collaborators and to refine our processes. Occasionally, as was the case with ATOMS, we will even spin…

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System Integration: Expert Jacks-of-all-Trades

System Integration: Expert Jacks-of-all-Trades

  “So you’re a electrical engineer?” the interviewer asks quizzically, squinting at my resume. Not exactly. I’ve been getting this kind of question for all of my adult life. It started at college career fairs – the unlucky recruiters at booths for companies like Lockheed…

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How 5 Different Creatures Flap Their Wings via Co.Design

How 5 Different Creatures Flap Their Wings via Co.Design

  Really neat graphical analysis of how different animals flap their wings. I appreciate this b/c it’s exactly how SPD would go about such an analysis if we were trying to build a bio-inspired flapping-wing drone. Click through to see the animated videos produced by,…

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Bluetooth on a Bike Helmet?

Bluetooth on a Bike Helmet?

With the advent of mounting my iPhone on my bicycle handlebars, I quickly wanted more audio integration – especially knowing that it was only a matter of time before a pothole sent my handlebars into my teeth as I leaned in to command Siri. I’ve…

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Beginning the HEV Land Rover: Phase 1, Teardown

Beginning the HEV Land Rover: Phase 1, Teardown

´┐╝Those who know me well (and are probably tired of hearing about it), know that for years I’ve been collecting parts to do complete rebuild of my 1973 Land Rover Defender, building it back up into an electric vehicle. Well through luck of timing, my…

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