The orange lines show the new main tube postion, leaving room under the tube for the one remaining joint. But this is bad because it raises up the rear part of the seat by 2". Not what we want to do. Unless we can put the hinge THROUGH the new main tube. Nah. that won't work.
Another approach. Let the new design morph down even more. Then adjust the head tube angle up to compensate. Need to check the result in the up mode. Don't want much negative trail there.
Here are side view animations showing a 3D human to scale. This study shows where we WANT the morphing wheelchair to move to. HOW it does this is another question!
Click on the movie file to advance (in its original form as a Quicktime movie, which you can download. Not sure what will happen after conversion to Flash.
Here is the original Keynote file. It wouldn't export to Powerpoint because we used "instant alpha" that Keynote offers.
Here is a PDF of the same file. Lets see which viewer is best. The Quicktime file is nice and small... 1.5MB. This PDF is similar to the Keynote file at about 12 MB.
I started to take a tally of the various websites and blogs that I'm doing, and I figured it would be good to put them all into one place.
Here's John Buck, with some of his notes from the day. http://www.velocite.net/ John is a highly accomplished editor who worked on some of the commercials shown at the Olympics. John is sitting in a restaurant that was on our Avid history tour. More on that later.
Jeff Bedell and Bill at Avid's main entrance.
Avid is so big now that I brought my handcycle to move around easily. Greg Staten is a Product Designer for the Media Composer. What used to be an $85,000 machine delivered by truck can now fit in a box and plug into a Mac or PC
August, 2008: Jeffrey Bedell, Avid's employee #2 (still at Avid more than 20 years later, and doing very well) shows off the early prototype of Avid's JPEG compression board.
For Avid's 10th anniversary, they made a nice poster. Alas, the world was a little tougher on the 20th anniversary, so Jeff just updated his poster.
That's me, packing up my desk for the move from 175 Bedford Street in Burlington, to the Burlington Woods Office Park a couple miles away, also in Burlington.
1990 photo from Avid's first real home that many called the "Loading Dock". It was about 3,000 sq ft. One big room and a single bathroom.. Used to be a machine shop. At the center you see Joe Rice, who was the main user interface designer for the Media Composer. He's talking to Eric Peters, who was Avid's CTO. In the distance is Curt Rawley, who at that time was VP Operations. He went on to be President and CEO, and grew the company from $7 million to over $400 million.
That's our new digs at 3 Burlington Woods
Jeff Bedell in 1990.
That's Bill Kaiser looking at a demo. Bill was our lead investor from Greylock, and played a crucial role in our growth.
More scenes of the move. I think that's Rob Gonsalves.
I still have that wheelchair! At that time it was ten years old. Now its 28!
Curt Rawley standing outside the main entrance to Avid World Headquarters in 1990.
Eric Peters, Jeff Bedell, Bill Warner and Joe Rice in a photo of the Media Composer from the 1997 10th anniversary poster.
Jeff Bedell stands by the wall of patents, and points to our first patent, which says "Bedell, et al"
Okay, that is pretty cool. The company's name is Avid Technology, so a few patents might be in order from time to time.
This place used be called the Lakeside. (The photo of John Buck was taken inside) In October of 1988, with just six months to go before launching our product, we had a crucial decision to make. In August of 1988 we had shown a demo of motion video on an Apollo computer. Two evangelists from Apple saw the demo - Michael Tchao and Tyler Peppel. They worked very hard to get us to switch to the Mac. Now, by this day in October, with our team of about 7 engineers inside the restaurant, we had to decide. We knew the Apollo inside and out. Eric Peters, at that time our Chief Engineer, was one of the earliest engineers at Apollo and had designed key subsystems. On the other hand, we knew almost nothing about the Mac. But on crucial tests the Mac had shown surprisingly fast performance. While we were getting 9 frames per second on the Apollo, we got 45 on the Mac! And while we got about 200K bytes/sec disk throughput on the Apollo through the file system, the Mac tested at an astounding 1200K. It was time to put our fears aside and dive into the unknown. At lunch, I asked the team if they were ready. They said yes. I told them that once we agreed, there was no turning back, and when they walked out that door, they were on the Mac.
It was a great decision for the company. The Mac turned out to be an amazingly good platform, and it helped Avid become what it is today.
I took John to a place that I find very inspiring and energizing, and at the same time very peaceful. This is the Old North Bridge in Concord. From "The Shot Heard Round the World." I used to come here when I was working on the Avid and need some energy and sometimes some courage. Concord always delivered.
Isn't this place just beautiful?
Just looking at this picture makes me feel good. I love this place. Doesn't this look like some sort of set-up? It wasn't.
See, John took a picture here too!
And just for good measure, when we were coming back across the bridge, some more idyllic scenes were awaiting.
It's January, 2009. Avid has won three Emmys, a Grammy, and two Oscars. Wow. I started the company in 1987, and by 1991 I had started my second company, Wildfire Communications, Inc. I ran Avid through all of 1990, a year in which we did $7 million in revenue, and then for about half of 1991. I remember back then how big the company felt, because it was flying past 50 employees, headed to 100. As a starter, I yearned for the early days, and was drawn to start again.
The picture above is an incredible testimony to the creativity and hard work of thousands of employees of Avid Technology, and those of Digidesign, which Avid acquired in 1995. John's visit to Boston, and our subsequent Avid history tour has made me nostalgic as well as excited. So many of the people who made the picture above are still hard at work at Avid today. Including Jeff Bedell!
Morph III in upright mode. Wheelbase is about 3" longer than Morph II. Height is about an inch higher. Inches count here, especially in tight places, so we'll have to see how it feels. We may be able to shorten the red main tube and pull a couple inches back in length and wheelbase.
Morph III in the shop, upright mode. Not that the seat is still in the position used in low rider.
We added a wooden block to bring the seat back to a more level position.
Morph III in low rider position. Wheelbase is about 2.5" longer. Seat height is dropped by a little over three inches. However, we have been riding Morph II only with the front seat tilted back, which adds at least an inch to seat height. So Morph III will be significantly lower.
Morph III in the shop, in low rider position, January 13, 2009
Morph II in low rider mode. Note the 5.1 inches of trail shown. That turned out to be a problem and we modified the forks to bring this trail to near zero in low rider mode.
Morph III in low rider, with some additional dimensions.
George on Morph II. Note that seat is still tilted up, even in low rider postion. This is because the two red struts that were supposed to adjust the angle were very difficult to secure, so we left them in one position.
Morph III in high rider. Note overall lenght of 61.42 is about 2.5" longer than Morph II in high rider.
Note head tube angle of about 50 degrees.
Front view of Morph II in low rider.
Front view of Morph II in high rider mode.
George Reynolds, of Reynolds Weld Lab, Derry, NH is our in-the-shop genius for the Morph III prototype. George has made major design refinements over the Morph II steel frame. For example, he has figured out how to do all he joints fully in aluminum using a clever bushing design. No bearings, and none of the weight, cost and support structures that bearings need. Nice job!
Here is a look at the new all-aluminum frame of the Morph III prototype. Morph II was an all-steel frame, and it weighs about 60 pounds. This video seeks to analyze what weight we think we can come in with the new aluminum frame.
Here's the analysis:
Frame as shown: 15 pounds (not including wheels)
All bike components: 23 pounds (estimate)
Gas shocks 4 pounds
TOTAL ....................... 42 pounds *
* That's the weight estimate before finishing the seat and adding the footrests. We're hoping we may be able to come in close to 45 pounds. That would be a full 15 pounds less than Morph III.
Rory McCarthy with the new Morph III Frame as of January 13, 2009