The Omniscience Futureneering Club
"Everything is dangerous if you're stupid."
O.F. was a high-school-based science/engineering/inventing club. It was
founded on the premise that the best way to learn about anything was to
design it, make it (or modify it) and then to work with it. Follow natural
curiosity wherever it led us. We quickly gained momentum, and there came a
point where we wanted to "know everything". Thus the word "omniscience"
was incorporated in the name. Some national magazines published some of the
articles we submitted. The sponsor's machine shop was used exclusively, with
members doing circuit design, electronic work, computer programming, model
building, word processing, creative writing, photography, university library
research, online research, drafting, etc.
Each year was devoted to a major project or concept trial that intrigued
us and seemed like it might be the "the future". So the term "futureneering".
The projects were selected from original ideas, improvements on an idea,
attempts to duplicate existing ideas or to try new combinations of existing
In every case, the project was only begun after each component appeared
completely doable, with no "gray" areas that we hoped we would be able to
figure out later. Some projects languished on a back burner until a key
component appeared on the market. For the mowers, it was the powerful and
affordable steering servo. For the R/C rocket, it was new composite motors.
For TV-eye car and rocket, it was the affordable tiny TV cameras and TV
transmitter kits. For the flight simulator, it was surplus 12-volt DC
high-torque "gate closer" gearmotors.
Most projects are not presented here because they have been published
adequately in print media, are relatively common now or need no explanation.
The ones seen here either have not been published yet because they made the
print media very nervous and were rejected. Or they have elicited enough
interest to warrant being presented here again. Everything shown here has
been proven to work adequately. All unforeseen shortcomings are given here.
It was our intent to share our work with the public and promote an exchange
of information. No project was considered off limits for any reason. We
neither refused to develop a project due to fear of abuse nor chose one
project over another to promote any agenda. The ideas represented a challenge
we had placed on ourselves and that we thought we could accomplish within the
means we had available. No projects were marketed, which stifles the creative
process. But some have been sold and some have been patented.