Robert Leaton Cook, who lives in Pickens, South Carolina, is working on electric engines that aim to replace the fossil fuel systems used today with quieter, cleaner alternatives. He says he is ready to begin patent applications and start developing production models, but needs greater resources than he and his partners (all family and friends) can provide. After seeing the successes several other projects have enjoyed through internet crowdfunding, he set up http://cforce.cc to spread word about his project and attract supporters.
"Internet crowdfunding is the 21st century method of doing business," Cook said. "Offering our branded products to the world online raises public awareness of this important technology. Supporters get quality goods through our store and know their support goes directly to a great cause. This allows us to focus on our research without dealing with stockholder demands or business entanglements.”
Patents must be applied for before CID Engines can be offered to the public, a process that takes about two to three years to complete. Cook says he plans to use that time to develop production-ready CID Engine models for boats and cars. If the full $10 million or more is raised, he also intends to work on flying prototypes to test the possibility for aerospace applications.
“I've seen these machines move on wheels, in boats, even floating on air cushions,” Cook said. “Witnessing the CID Engine lift itself off the ground is the ultimate test.”
Fundraising through websites such as Kickstarter and IndieGoGo is gaining momentum, with some groups raising millions of dollars to develop gadgets, games, music, and movies. Gifts, shirts, posters, and even the products themselves are offered in exchange for contributions from the public. This allows unconventional ideas that would rarely find mainstream investor support to otherwise gain a chance at success.
Current offerings at the CID Engine Project website include The Death of Rocketry (a book that chronicles the history of this research), apparel with the company logo, and even music tracks for instant download. A single from an album Cook composed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Pioneer 10 space mission will be released through the website this February.
About the CID Engine Project
The CID Engine Project is a research group founded in 2009 by cForce, Inc. of Sarasota, Florida. The Project is developing clean, efficient solutions to fulfill the transportation and energy needs of the 21st Century. Continuing the pioneering work of the late Bob Cook, Sr., inventor of two successful, patented exotic propulsion systems, they are evaluating several new concepts in this field. The goal is to introduce vehicle-ready, zero-emission engines into the market by 2015. Visit http://cforce.cc for more information.