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#1 bgnome Oct 06, 2012 04:19 PM

(kinda OT) Tesla's NJ lab has been saved.
 
A deal has been struck to purchase Nikola Teslas Shoreham NJ lab.

this was the site where Mr. Tesla had built the big tower thingy. The fans ran a kick starter and several other fundraising projects to make enough money to purchase the facility.

why "kinda" OT?

Tesla, with his radio work built the worlds first Radio controlled vehicle, and it was a boat ;)

Tesla's "teleautmoton torpedo"
http://www.tfcbooks.com/images/teslafaq/boat1.jpg
This propeller-driven radio controlled boat, built by Nikola Tesla in 1898, is the original prototype of all modern-day uninhabited aerial vehicles and precision guided weapons—in fact, all remotely operated vehicles—air, land or sea. Powered by lead-acid batteries and an electric drive motor, the vessel was designed to be maneuvered alongside a target using instructions received from a wireless remote-control transmitter. Once in position, a command would be sent to detonate an explosive charge contained within the boat's forward compartment. The weapon's guidance system incorporated a secure communications link between the pilot's controller and the surface-running torpedo in an effort to assure that control could be maintained even in the presence of electronic countermeasures. To learn more about Tesla's system for secure wireless communications and his pioneering implementation of the electronic logic-gate circuit read Nikola Tesla — Guided Weapons & Computer Technology, Tesla Presents Series Part 3, with commentary by Leland Anderson.

website for image

#2 Prins Willem Oct 06, 2012 08:04 PM

There is a fine line between genius and insanity. Mr. Tesla had a foot on each side of the line and routinely shifted his weight. Some of his ideas were out there even by today's standards. He did some great things and maybe future generations will appreciate him more. At least somebody named a cool car after him. Thanks for posting the pic. Never seen that before.

#3 RICH404 Oct 06, 2012 09:46 PM

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Originally Posted by bgnome (Post 22930663)
Tesla, with his radio work built the worlds first Radio controlled vehicle, and it was a boat ;)

Yep, I consider him the father of RC and am glad to say it all started with a boat! :)

-Rich.

#4 MILLERTIME Oct 06, 2012 10:20 PM

That's great.

#5 JayJay76 Oct 07, 2012 01:23 AM

This isn't OT at all, thanks for posting I had no idea that he invented radio control!

#6 AndyKunz Oct 07, 2012 08:17 AM

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Originally Posted by Prins Willem (Post 22932129)
There is a fine line between genius and insanity. Mr. Tesla had a foot on each side of the line and routinely shifted his weight. Some of his ideas were out there even by today's standards. He did some great things and maybe future generations will appreciate him more. At least somebody named a cool car after him. Thanks for posting the pic. Never seen that before.

A lot of his work is still classified, still pertinent to the future.

Andy

#7 tghsmith Oct 07, 2012 08:41 AM

http://www.teslasociety.com/tesla_against_marconi.htm links and info.. he was so far ahead of everyone else they all thought he was crazy..

#8 Steve Bad Oct 07, 2012 05:48 PM

That's some shocking news!:eek:

#9 Homeport Oct 08, 2012 07:34 PM

Please do not forget he was also the father of A-C current .
The man was leaps and bounds ahead of the times.
It is a shame he died alone in a hotel room.
Today a lot of his work is still classified by the government .

#10 bgnome Oct 08, 2012 09:57 PM

yep, the whole AC/DC thing was the thing that started all his troubles.

Tesla was working for Edison as an engineer, Edison was all about DC, which just doesn't work that way when we are talking transmitting electricity, Edisons plan was a power plant on every street corner.
Tesla said he could improve the design, and Edison told him to do it and he would get a big fat bonus,

so Tesla did. and in the process through out all the DC stuff. then went to go collect his bonus and Edison laughed him off.

so Tesla took his toys and went to Westinghouse.

Edison then went on a giant smear campaign against the competing AC standard... routinely having spectacles of executing animals and people to demonstrate how dangerous AC current was.

this is all a very condenced recap of the stuff mind you...

Marconi was engineer working under Tesla, who stole a bunch of his notes, and beat Tesla to the patant office with his own work. and even though all that mess was resolved back in the 40's and Tesla was given his patants and recognition, Marconi is the guy still most often cited in the history and school books as the guy who "invented" radio.

all in all, the man was constantly battling for his patents, ripped off right and left by his investors that it got to the point he barely wrote anything down,


the lab in question was the site of the Wardenclyffe tower experiment...

think of it as a edwardian era cell phone tower.

#11 SD RC Boater Oct 08, 2012 11:32 PM

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Originally Posted by tghsmith (Post 22935246)
http://www.teslasociety.com/tesla_against_marconi.htm links and info.. he was so far ahead of everyone else they all thought he was crazy..

People always fear that which they don't understand. Sad when you think about it.

#12 Jerome Morris Oct 09, 2012 07:25 AM

Sad indeed. Interesting though that he is the "father" of rc boating.
Did the "sub" ever run?

#13 AndyKunz Oct 09, 2012 09:13 AM

Yes, at the Worlds Fair.

#14 bgnome Oct 09, 2012 03:22 PM

I would be surprised if no one ever modeled it

and Jerome, it was more of a surface vessel, though I think it sat pretty low in the water. it's interesting to note that Tesla built into counter measures for electro magnetic and radio interferance. so that the bad guys couldn't jam it.

early 2.4? :D

here is a illustration I found of the device in the water.

http://cyberneticzoo.com/wp-content/...-PSJul1956.jpg

and some pictures.

http://cyberneticzoo.com/wp-content/...nside-x640.jpg

http://cyberneticzoo.com/wp-content/...A0001-x640.jpg

website for images which is very interesting, and has more pictures of Tesla's torpedo.

the thing wasn't very big, maybe three feet long by a foot and half tall, by perhaps a foot wide. just guessing looking at the illustrations and pictures.

#15 Firehawk989 Oct 11, 2012 01:39 PM

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Originally Posted by bgnome (Post 22950268)
yep, the whole AC/DC thing was the thing that started all his troubles.

Tesla was working for Edison as an engineer, Edison was all about DC, which just doesn't work that way when we are talking transmitting electricity, Edisons plan was a power plant on every street corner.
Tesla said he could improve the design, and Edison told him to do it and he would get a big fat bonus,

so Tesla did. and in the process through out all the DC stuff. then went to go collect his bonus and Edison laughed him off.

so Tesla took his toys and went to Westinghouse.

Edison then went on a giant smear campaign against the competing AC standard... routinely having spectacles of executing animals and people to demonstrate how dangerous AC current was.

this is all a very condenced recap of the stuff mind you...

Marconi was engineer working under Tesla, who stole a bunch of his notes, and beat Tesla to the patant office with his own work. and even though all that mess was resolved back in the 40's and Tesla was given his patants and recognition, Marconi is the guy still most often cited in the history and school books as the guy who "invented" radio.

all in all, the man was constantly battling for his patents, ripped off right and left by his investors that it got to the point he barely wrote anything down,


the lab in question was the site of the Wardenclyffe tower experiment...

think of it as a edwardian era cell phone tower.

And for a humorous take on the whole story from the guy that helped kickstart the campaign to buy the property:

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/tesla


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