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http://news.cnet.com/8301-13639_3-10098240...g=2547-1_3-0-20

The patent-pending design mimics the precise, six-sided cell pattern found in a honeycomb and best duplicates the "ride feel" of pneumatic tires, according to the developers.

how can you patent something in nature??!!

anyway, hope this works well, surely will be valuable in emergencies.

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I have to wonder if the honeycomb aspect was in truth decided upon merely to obtain patent rights, as the heavy equipment field has had numerous airless tires for many years now. I've driven on them (at HE speeds), and those too, offered pneumatic "ride feel"...

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This is hardly "new." I remember reading an article years ago about this same exact application...wish I could dig it up now.

Well what do you know...

I found it...

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/tweel-airless-tire.htm

Not exactly the same design, but same principle...

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This is hardly "new." I remember reading an article years ago about this same exact application...wish I could dig it up now.

Well what do you know...

I found it...

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/tweel-airless-tire.htm

Not exactly the same design, but same principle...

yes, the honeycomb one is just for much heavier loads...and prolly rides more evenly.

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