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Offline Fungus

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Re: The uBeam FAQ
« Reply #525 on: October 08, 2016, 04:13:52 PM »
To quote the CEO in her own words:
Quote from: MEREDITH PERRY'S BRAIN
If it smells like a fish, looks like a fish, and tastes like a fish, it’s probably a fish.

Wasn't the expression about Anatidae?

Perhaps that should become their new corporate motto?

Seems like a good choice for a company owned by somebody who'd take a common expression and replace a well defined family of Anseriformes with an entire Phylum in an attempt to show how she thinks "out of the box".
 

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Re: The uBeam FAQ
« Reply #526 on: October 08, 2016, 04:27:20 PM »
It's also amusing that the "team" page above shows only the "leadership" team and the investors, but not anybody who's actually making anything.

I don't think there is anyone left actually making anything  :-//
Also, uBeam can't be the next Theranos, because Theranos actually shipped something that people used.

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Those people aren't part of "the team"? On second thought, seeing as how the real corporate mission seems to be fleecing investors based on a physically-impossible and rigorously mapped vision, then maybe all those pesky people with engineering degrees and Aspergers are just dead weight after all.

Of course all you need is vision, engineers just get in the way  ::)

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Perhaps that should become their new corporate motto?

Doesn't matter, they'll fold soon enough. The charade can't keep going much longer.
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Re: The uBeam FAQ
« Reply #527 on: October 14, 2016, 02:01:22 AM »
Whilst it seems obvious you're not going to be able to provide anywhere near enough power to charge the beasts we carry around in our pockets without going full Samsung on the user, it may be they have just targeted the completely wrong problem area? It's always the way with blue-sky thinking, the dreamers get fixated on the wrong application for their technology. Just look at organic solar cells as an example, and tell me when was the last time you saw a commercial one?  :-DD Turns out organic semi's are much more useful in sensors!

If ultrasonic power transmission is feasible but only with lower power applications, what about bioimplants and niche applications where rogue magnetic fields (inductive charging) are unwanted? Are there any interesting inflection points where ultrasonic beats inductive?
 

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Re: The uBeam FAQ
« Reply #528 on: October 26, 2016, 11:08:36 AM »
You know it's going to be bad when the article starts with a homeless guy peeing on a mural of Meredith Perry.  It even goes into the story about Meredith's brother who goes by the name "Penis Bailey" who sees himself as the savior of Hollywood and wears a large penis shaped necklace.

http://epicmagazine.com/silicon-is-just-sand/

Paul Reynolds also talks about the Energous scam where the CTO and his parents have sold off all their stock.
http://liesandstartuppr.blogspot.com/
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Re: The uBeam FAQ
« Reply #529 on: November 08, 2016, 05:25:06 PM »
Looks like the last remaining tech stallwart Sean Taffler left in October.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/seantaffler

Looks like poor new sucker Larry Pendergrass hasn't got any engineering department left to manage?
Must be lonely shuffling the empty deck chairs on this Titanic.
 

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Re: The uBeam FAQ
« Reply #530 on: November 08, 2016, 07:33:12 PM »
Sean is probably scanning Indiegogo for more "Blue Sky opportunities".
 

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Re: The uBeam FAQ
« Reply #531 on: November 08, 2016, 07:57:31 PM »
Looks like the last remaining tech stallwart Sean Taffler left in October.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/seantaffler

Looks like poor new sucker Larry Pendergrass hasn't got any engineering department left to manage?
Must be lonely shuffling the empty deck chairs on this Titanic.

It can't have long to go now before it implodes with nothing more than a few patents. Those investors conned by the VC BS, and all their VCs' thorough due diligence (not) must surely be asking how to get out.

It's going to be difficult for the VCs to make anything on this one I'm sure, there's almost nothing to sell on, but they only have themselves to blame for loss of reputation. I live in hope they've actually learned something, that pissing away other people's money has reputational consequences. Regrettably I doubt it, they are thick skinned, they'll put it down to the numbers game rather than actually change their ways.
 

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Re: The uBeam FAQ
« Reply #532 on: November 08, 2016, 08:22:33 PM »
I live in hope they've actually learned something, that pissing away other people's money has reputational consequences. Regrettably I doubt it, they are thick skinned, they'll put it down to the numbers game rather than actually change their ways.

Nope, the likes of Suster will never learn:
https://bothsidesofthetable.com/what-is-it-like-to-wake-up-and-have-the-press-ready-to-torpedo-your-business-351f27ca6d67#.pzee23vgz

They will never admit an idea was brain dead from the start and they just didn't see it.
They will always think that all you need is the vision, tenacity and resiliency and you can do anything.

And ironically, their two big hitting PhD's names in that article are now gone.
 

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Re: The uBeam FAQ
« Reply #533 on: November 08, 2016, 10:18:19 PM »
There has to be an entertaining book to be written about this whole saga. (Apart from the one Meredith will probably write when the VC wages run out)
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Re: The uBeam FAQ
« Reply #534 on: November 09, 2016, 01:51:39 AM »
Sean Taffler's time there was very successful. :) :bullshit:  :horse:

Thought leader on technology and strategy for system and ultrasonic transducer assembly

Whilst reporting directly to the CEO, grew the team of engineers and scientists and ran the development of the power delivery and reception system from white board to prototype and EVT.

Translated business requirements into achievable product visions and timelines that were actionable
Designed the overall system architecture and responsible for the realization of that vision.

Managed departmental resources, staffing and mentoring to enhance and maintain a world-class engineering team whilst motivating them to realize the product.

http://www.taffler.com/Taffler/Resume.html

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« Reply #535 on: November 09, 2016, 02:02:08 AM »
Managed departmental resources, staffing and mentoring to enhance and maintain a world-class engineering team whilst motivating them to realize the product.
http://www.taffler.com/Taffler/Resume.html
Did he miss the end off that sentance?  ;)
 

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Re: The uBeam FAQ
« Reply #536 on: November 09, 2016, 11:33:41 AM »
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Did he miss the end off that sentance?  ;)

Yes! here is the rest...

"...is never going to work despite the fervent belief of the founder that if you dream it then it is possible."
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Re: The uBeam FAQ
« Reply #537 on: November 09, 2016, 11:40:22 AM »
Managed departmental resources, staffing and mentoring to enhance and maintain a world-class engineering team whilst motivating them to realize the product.[/i]
http://www.taffler.com/Taffler/Resume.html

Damn, that's funny!  :-DD
You'd think that changing the world would be motivation enough. But not when you are an engineer who knows the product you are working on will never work as claimed, that requires some serious motivational BS
 

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Re: The uBeam FAQ
« Reply #538 on: December 03, 2016, 06:14:12 PM »
Looks like the last remaining tech stallwart Sean Taffler left in October.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/seantaffler

Looks like poor new sucker Larry Pendergrass hasn't got any engineering department left to manage?
But as of November, they're hiring a new manager! https://ubeam-inc.workable.com/jobs/370494

Notice the wording on one of the responsibilities:
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Hire, develops and coaches engineering staff

See how the verb "hire" is lacking the "s" for consistent conjugation, but the other verbs are conjugated with the "s", i.e. "develops" and "coaches"? Could it be that the original requirement simply read "Develops and coaches engineering staff", and then, upon realisation that no engineering staff exists anymore, the word "hire" was tacked on as a last-minute, inconsistently-conjugated afterthought?  ;D

I thought we were supposed to see the uBeam technology in action within this year. Only a few more weeks to go!

On the other hand, perhaps Meredith's recent tweet Goodnight uBeam can be interpreted as an admission that the whole thing is nearing critical implosion?
 

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Re: The uBeam FAQ
« Reply #539 on: December 03, 2016, 06:47:50 PM »
See how the verb "hire" is lacking the "s" for consistent conjugation, but the other verbs are conjugated with the "s", i.e. "develops" and "coaches"? Could it be that the original requirement simply read "Develops and coaches engineering staff", and then, upon realisation that no engineering staff exists anymore, the word "hire" was tacked on as a last-minute, inconsistently-conjugated afterthought?  ;D

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On the other hand, perhaps Meredith's recent tweet Goodnight uBeam can be interpreted as an admission that the whole thing is nearing critical implosion?

Critical implosion is guaranteed.
No need to waste energy lighting that huge empty engineering space. Turn the lights out until you can hire more with your last remaining VC funding who will then be left to shuffle the deck chairs on the RMS uBeam. Iceberg ahead captain!
 

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Re: The uBeam FAQ
« Reply #540 on: December 04, 2016, 11:49:21 AM »
Her last (I don't mean latest  :) ) appearance didn't seem to get much publicity.

http://sites.ieee.org/ttm/speakers/#perry

https://www.facebook.com/IEEETTM/posts/1199645150108784:0

I think it's  G a m e  O v e r.

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Re: The uBeam FAQ
« Reply #541 on: December 04, 2016, 12:03:23 PM »
I think it's  G a m e  O v e r.

Who is she going to blame I wonder?
It won't be the practicality of the idea. If only those annoying non outside-the-box engineers had stayed and seen it through with as much vision as her ::)
 

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Re: The uBeam FAQ
« Reply #542 on: December 04, 2016, 12:43:24 PM »
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Re: The uBeam FAQ
« Reply #543 on: December 04, 2016, 12:57:28 PM »
"Phased array of 26,000 transducers"
I shit you not..... :-DD
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Re: The uBeam FAQ
« Reply #544 on: December 04, 2016, 01:09:59 PM »
What a performance, I can't decide whether it's funny or painful.
Only 4 views!

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Re: The uBeam FAQ
« Reply #546 on: December 04, 2016, 01:41:25 PM »
In answer to the question relating to, how are you going to get your power receiver into all of these devices that need to receive wireless power.

The answer from Meredith was basically make a module, then an example for phones was given

1. initially make a case for phones to receive power
2. Have the receiver inbuilt into phone

However, In step 2 won't having a case on the phone stop it receiving power?
So both step 1 and step 2 require custom cases of some sort, either with uBeam receiver in the case, or in step 2 somehow the case being transparent to the ultrasonic signal.

Seems like a wonderful technology, so cost effective and practical to implement.   :-DD

In talking about other devices she infers that they would provide a number of receivers for powering things like IoT, TV, stick on lightbulbs etc.  (she talks about powering various item types during the presentation, then gives the example of providing modules when asked how this could be done).
So wireless power to 110V/240V as a plug in module (not a custom module for the device, but a generic IEC or barrel jack/USB)?  Seems way practical to take wireless power -> 110v/240v AC -> device like a TV sitting in the middle of the room with no wires attached.  Really?
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Re: The uBeam FAQ
« Reply #547 on: December 04, 2016, 04:00:51 PM »
Her last (I don't mean latest  :) ) appearance didn't seem to get much publicity.

http://sites.ieee.org/ttm/speakers/#perry

https://www.facebook.com/IEEETTM/posts/1199645150108784:0

I think it's  G a m e  O v e r.

And this is yet another reason why IEEE continues to shed credibility as an organization.   :--  It was bad enough when IEEE hosted SolarRoadways. 
 

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Re: The uBeam FAQ
« Reply #548 on: December 04, 2016, 05:15:23 PM »
https://origin.ieeetv.ieee.org/conference-highlights/women-making-the-future-panelist-meredith-perry-2016-technology-time-machine?

I can't do it, I just can't. The TED talk was about the same length and by half way I was seriously contemplating shoving a hot soldering iron in my ear.
 

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Re: The uBeam FAQ
« Reply #549 on: December 04, 2016, 05:41:37 PM »
Who is she going to blame I wonder?
I recognise the rhetorical nature of your question, but nevertheless shall hazard a guess: It will be easy to blame the tech press. The logic will go something like:
  • We have not yet released any product.
  • Therefore, any criticism by the tech press is unfounded speculation, because they have not seen the final product.
  • The unfounded speculation is wrong, but it scares investors and prevents further investment.
  • Therefore, the tech press torpedoed the business, killed our investment, and prevented our product release, without giving us a chance to prove ourselves.
  • Therefore, the tech press is to blame. QED.

This may be augmented with cop-outs such as "we should have handled the press better" or "we'll still find a way to prove ourselves." And a few years down the road, there might even be a lame attempt to point to some other successful wireless charging product and say "their success validates our failure -- they're just copying us and we would have been successful if only the tech press hadn't torpedoed our business."
 


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