You can expect every geek you know to be talking about one thing for the next little while: Elon Musk’s Hyperloop. It’s not, as it may sound, a new prog rock band or the latest unlikely science fictional blockbuster; in fact, it’s the next ambitious project of the man behind PayPal, itself a technology that could fairly claim to have changed the world.
The hyperloop, as you can read in this BBC News article, is a proposed new form of transportation: a long tube, in the first instance perhaps connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco, through which capsules are fired on a cushion of air towards their destination. In the capsules, of course, are people – who would now be able, if the hyperloop concept is sound, to traverse the hundreds of miles between those two Californian cities in about half an hour.
The hyperloop is exciting for a few reasons, paramount among them the simple thrill of a new technology. At Image+, we’re as exciting about new gadgets and gizmos as anyone else involved in digital tech, and the 21st-century seems to throw them at us almost more quickly than we can keep up. But keep up we do – and needless to say, in the realm of online marketing and design, we do so to your benefit! (Less so, maybe, in the realm of MMORPG gaming or the latest music tech, but bear with us.)
In fact, that’s the second – and stronger – reason why the hyperloop has got so much attention amidst all the other ideas which are almost constantly floated at one conference or another. Musk has form – he knows his stuff. As well as PayPal, he built the Falcon jet engine for NASA and developed the Tesla electric car, the most commercially-viable of all the electric car brands. Like all the best innovators, he keeps up with what everyone else is doing, and feeds that into his work, meaning his ideas have real substance.
Whether hyperloop will take off, we don’t know – Musk says he’s too busy to build it himself. But what we do know is that the key to credibility is keeping your eye on the curve. Our excitement about hyperloop is simply part of our excitement for all new technologies – and that’s what powers the quality of our service. Our designers and coders alike keep an eye on emergent technologies, learn which are the best, and employ them for you on your next website. as Elon Musk knows, it’s a mixture of expertise, experience and openness to innovation which makes for success in all the tech-base industries.
Rest assured, though, that we won’t be leaving Image+ to build a tube between London and Edinburgh any time soon. Unless any of our clients have a bright idea … ?