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RoadPrintz makes roadwork safer and less expensive @ CES 2021

RoadPrintz robotic road painterThere are some aspects of daily life that very few people actually know how they work. One area that we know very little about is roadways. People are often shocked to see just how big traffic lights and road signs actually are. They would also be amazed to learn just how the painting of symbols on the road actually happens. These giant symbols, such as “right turn only” or “school zone,” are hand-painted, or painted using giant stencils. This realization was so surprising for Sam Bell that he founded RoadPrintz.

RoadPrintz is a company that is dedicated to automating the process of printing on the road. Bell was involved in a multi-million dollar project and was shocked to discover that certain road printing projects would not be undertaken because of the cost. The cost was not just in the initial implementation but in upkeep. It turns out that these have to be repainted annually, making it an eternal cost.

Once he began to investigate, he discovered that a large portion of the price was because at least five people are involved in the painting process, including those who control traffic, drop stencils, and paint. The process takes time, leaving these people in the middle of the street. This could be dangerous for them as well as motorists. Since lines are painted autonomously, why not symbols, as well?

That was the question that was answered by RoadPrintz – it absolutely can be. Using and training a robotic arm, the company was able to completely print road symbols quicker, cheaper, and safer than normal. This new process is a win for everyone involved. The intention is for cities to be able to purchase these robotic arms and use them to create and maintain their roads.

The product is currently in a testing phase, with hopes to bring it to market for cities and municipalities in the near future. For more information on the company, check out their website.

Interview by Christopher Jordan of The Talking Sound.

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Acton M-Scooter Gives Portable Mobility to City Dwellers on the Go at CES

Acton_mscooterChris Montera, the Geekymedic, checks out the new M-Scooter from ActonGlobal.com while roaming the halls at the International CES show earlier this month. The M-Scooter is designed to easily convert from sitting or standing positions so the driver can ride however they want. The motorized scooter is called “super-foldable” so that urban travelers can use and store it easily wherever they go. The scooter’s motor has a 15 mile range and is perfect for that “last mile” commuting from parking garage to work. It can also be used for transportation around a large workplace complex like a warehouse.

The M-Scooter weighs in at under 70 pounds and can accommodate riders of up to 300 pounds. It can be recharged in as little as 2 hours on fast charge mode or for a complete top off in 4 hours in standard charge mode. The scooter has three wheels for a solid base that doesn’t require superior balancing skills on the part of the rider. It will be available for purchase now on the ActonGlobal.com website for $1799. The M-Scooter is in a class by itself and may be the perfect mobility tool for an urban traveler you know.


Find more segments from the Digital Health Pavilion at CES 2014 both here and at the Health Tech Weekly podcast site with host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic.