While working in my sketchbook on designs for the character of VeePees, I began shaping my designs around my idea for using some kind of cannon or gun as hands, limited the characters expressions to his eyes and posture alone.
In my research for this part of the design I found many designs in popular media that I loved, and the visuals for these combined with the crazy, electrified character I saw in VeePees let me to research possibilities for using electricity as a possible power source for him.
When thinking about the potential for electricity as a weapon, the first person that came to my mind was Nikola Tesla, who pop culture has painted as an authentic mad scientist who could have revolutionized the way we used electricity, had he not been overshadowed by Thomas Edison. I began more detailed research on Tesla to help me get a grasp of the basic science behind this technology
“When wireless is fully applied the earth will be converted into a huge brain, capable of response in every one of its parts.”
Nikola Tesla (1856 – 1943) was a mechanical and electrical engineer, and is considered the most important scientist and inventor of the modern age.
Tesla is best known for many revolutionary contributions and inventions in the field of electricity and magnetism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His patents and theoretical work helped usher in the Second Industrial Revolution.
Despite major projects and patents on many revolutionary technologies including Alternating Current, the Induction Motor, Rotating Magnetic Fields, the Tesla Coil and radio remote control vehicles, due to his eccentric personality and seemingly bizarre claims about possible scientific and technological developments, Tesla was ultimately rejected by the scientific community and regarded as a mad scientist.
He died in poverty age the age of 86.
I found some really inspiring stuff about Tesla’s inventions during this research, Tesla Coils in particular are fascinating – a very strong and recognizable practical design and potential for generating huge amount of electrical power. This form of electrical power could fit well in the development of VeePees, one possibility being the inclusion of an advanced Tesla Coil in VeePees ‘hand cannons’
They also look amazing!
Cool facts about Nikola Tesla
In 1899, he sent waves of energy through the Earth, thus providing the theory for earthquake seismic stations. By adding electricity to the returning energy he created the largest man-made lightning bolt ever recorded (130 feet)
He invented fluorescent bulbs and neon signs
Tesla made the earth into an electric tuning fork by getting a steam-driven oscillator to vibrate at the same frequency as the ground. The result was an earthquake in the surrounding city. He had accurately determined the resonant frequencies of the Earth almost 60 years before science could confirm his results
As a boy, Tesla saw a likeness of Niagra Falls, and dreamed of harnessing the power of the water to create electricity. In 1893, he succeeded in doing just that
In his latter years, Tesla asserted that he had indeed discovered a limitless power supply from a source that no one else had even suspected, but he never revealed the source
He claimed to have designed a death ray – or “peace ray,” as he preferred – that could electrocute an approaching army completely at a distance of 200 miles.
In 1898, the United States military showed no interest when Tesla demonstrated a remote-controlled boat. Even though Tesla’s wireless device was the beginning of the technology that enabled robotics that were initially conceived by Leonardo da Vinci
Tesla discovered X-ray radiation 3 years before Wilhelm Roentgen was credited for the same discovery
I’m definitely going to look into this subject further try to get a grip of the physics behind this kind of technology, I would love to include it in my design for VeePee, even as a theme, and I want to understand the basic science to inform my designs
– Nikola Tesla – Did You Know?. 2013. Nikola Tesla – Did You Know?. [ONLINE] Available at: http://home.earthlink.net/~drestinblack/didyouknow.htm. [Accessed 28 October 2013].
– Nikola Tesla: Contributions and Inventions in Electricity and Magnetism. 2013. Nikola Tesla: Contributions and Inventions in Electricity and Magnetism. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.juliantrubin.com/bigten/tesla.html. [Accessed 28 October 2013].
– Nikola Tesla – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 2013. Nikola Tesla – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. [ONLINE] Available at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla. [Accessed 28 October 2013].
– How Tesla Coils Work. 2013. How Tesla Coils Work. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.hvtesla.com/. [Accessed 28 October 2013].