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Cup holders (and cheese....)

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Norbert, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. Norbert

    Norbert TSLA will win

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    Is there such a thing as g-force neutral cup holders?

    Which don't start to swing around like crazy, so not just a 2-axis pendulum?
     
  2. malcolm

    malcolm Active Member

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    What? As in: "Switch all cup-holders to Neutral"?

    Could be another button alongside "deploy whoopee cushion".

    But I understand the thinking: A spilt cup is really annoying, but I don't know of anything cheap and simple apart from the usual compass gimble/ two-axis pendulum idea..
     
  3. doug

    doug Administrator / Head Moderator

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    I believe the problem you're trying to solve was managed by the spill proof lid.
     
  4. Norbert

    Norbert TSLA will win

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    I'm sure someone from SpaceX could solve the problem.

    EDIT: Using 2 electric motors, of course.
     
  5. VolkerP

    VolkerP EU Model S P-37

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    Dragon capsule comes with cup holders?
     
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    #6 [email protected], Oct 12, 2011
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    Something like this?

    8450845664150464.jpg

     
  7. malcolm

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    #7 malcolm, Oct 12, 2011
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    Thanks. Hadn't seen that before.

    I must have missed the answer to this next question:

    Why are there three foot pedals in the Model S Betas? Is the clutch back in?
     
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    #9 vfx, Oct 12, 2011
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    I'd like to see that with Roadster acceleration or Model S Sport!
     
  11. Doug_G

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    Uhm, yeah, this isn't Star Trek; we don't have inertial dampers. The whole point is to keep the "gravity" vector vertical with respect to the cup.
     
  12. Norbert

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    Maybe a bit of friction to dampen the pendulum effect. These devices use the weight of the fluid, which means the COG needs to swing, which means it will then swing back and forth afterwards. If this were done with electric motors and a gravity/inertia detector, then the cup could just be turned around the COG, and it wouldn't need to swing. Or?
     
  13. kvietor

    kvietor Model S S280 VIN 168

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    Better yet, anyone trying to get into MY ModelS with a cup of anything will get a swift kick in the ass and will be walking!:biggrin:
     
  14. Norbert

    Norbert TSLA will win

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    Seems difficult to find something online and be able to tell whether you can quickly open the lid with one hand.
     
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    You'd probably have to look behind you.
     
  16. vfx

    vfx Well-Known Member

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    So we are talking a mini Segway cupholder
     
  17. Norbert

    Norbert TSLA will win

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    Hey, yes! :) Imagine a Segway would swing you around like a pendulum. It has to do better.

    So the tech already exists. ;)
     
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    #18 MarkR, Apr 30, 2012
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    The cup holder placement in the center armrest seems really klutzy, but I'm NOT going to put this thing on the dashboard.
     
  19. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    On the Beta it sucks. Too far back for the driver and front passenger, uunreachable for the rear passengers.
     
  20. Doug_G

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    It's going to take some yoga moves. Maybe hold the wheel at the top with your right hand while you reach under with your left arm and grab the cup...
     

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