J. D. Adams' Bio
J. D. Adams: Electronics
Professional, Visionary, Futurist and Writer.
D. Adams was born in Salem, Oregon, a descendant of Oregon
Trail pioneer William Lysander Adams and
the son of a gifted artist and a mathematician. Early years were spent as an
artist, later to learn woodcraft and mountaineering while hiking and
photographing the wilderness. He resides in Oregonís high-tech Willamette Valley as a multidisciplined electronics professional with a
background in engineering technology.
Adams maintains a Web presence as a visionary writer on diverse topics
including history, travel, and technology. In 30 years in the electronics
industry heís worked with consumer electronics and computers, avionics,
biomedical, R&D, RF and data communications, power conditioning/monitoring,
and renewable energy. Mr. Adams has acquired advanced knowledge of RF design,
PCB and integrated circuit layout, optical-electronics, manufacturing,
prototyping, failure analysis, and technical writing. In off hours he may be
found enjoying hiking, fly fishing, photography, writing, researching and
One of Mr. Adamsí long-term
interests is achieving freedom from fossil fuel. Experimental prototypes
have already proven the concept of a human-powered machine that allows a person
of average athletic ability to cruise at 55 MPH; the world
record for a human-powered bicycle is now over 89 MPH. When a
number of these vehicles are on the road, they will have political clout and
lobbying weight like bicyclists do now in the Portland area. The problem as
many can attest is sharing the road with todayís crazed, distracted drivers.
Someday an electronic interlock will prevent texting while driving but until
then human-powered transportation will be an exercise in survival.
A serious effort to achieve
energy independence should include funding for an alternate transportation corridor
or retrofit for human-powered machines that provides reasonable safety in sharp
contrast to the present situation that was literally added as an afterthought.
Imagine if you will a perfect marriage of electronics, ergonomics and
streamlining far beyond the bloated vinyl of lumbering smog machines. Embedded
GPS, communications, and security will make these sleek craft impossible to
steal, and vehicle detection and crash-avoidance technology now being perfected
improves safety. With a low enough coefficient
of drag, solar assisted drive is an option, utilized in the
solar/electric/human-powered ELF vehicle.
Of course millions of dollars are spent each year to keep this technology from
the mainstream, at least while there are still trillions of dollars to be made
The next steps to energy
independence are being made with our expanding electric car charging network that
should be seen as an opportunity for entrepreneurs to create new paradigms of
sales and service accommodating the fast-charge technology. Hydrogen fuel cell
technology is also ramping up as a more familiar customer experience.