A little bit about Joe (Alan) Rush:

Joe studied art for 3 years in Lincoln High School, Des Moines, IA from 1969-1972. He has an Electronics Engineering degree from the National Education Center (1989). He has studied at the Krusteu studio from 1980-1995. His favorite study is the human figure and kinetic art forms (helped by his engineering degree).

Joe has a patent on a memory wire robotic and (see the kinetic art gallery).

Other interests led him to take flying lessons in 1974 and he obtained a solo certificate.

From 1974 to 1983 Joe worked on the railroad.

He developed the hovercraft motorcycle in 1995 and obtained a patent (#5,377,775) Jan. 3 of that year.

Art is his favorite study and his engineering study has led him to create several inventions.

Joe is now retired at the age of 60

Jan. 2009 update:

A charged battery does not freeze, even if the driver does!

Joe's electric golf kart  in winter time.



Bio posted October 2007

This is a hybrid car it using a 5kva generator at 48volts. The top speed of it is 30mph and it got 75mpg. It is not very fast. But you could not stall it on a hills. It would take some grades. You could not get it out of first gear.


This is air powered go kart it would take a small kid for a ride. I tried to ride it, I was to heavy.

One of Joe's first projects.

At the age of 8, Joe began to work with lasers and developed a mirror box with two way mirrors. This picture is of the original project.


Magnetic Levitation Vehicle
This was built some years ago while I was in college back in late 80's. 
The train used 350 volt capacitors and two electro magnets
one on each trail of the track.

In the late 80's when I lived in Norwalk there were two projects going on at once. The train with the prop on it. I had the whole track. It was oblong and the train had contact on it and the train ran on a toy train transformer.
It was on the center rail where the brush's made contact for the power. I do not have any pictures of it at. After all the years they have been lost. The same as the linear motor toy train.

Wind Car

Back in the early 80's I developed an electric car had a 4 speed tramisson, a trans axle hooked to the 400 amp (48 volt) electric motor from a jet starter. The car uses lead acid batteries which provided the most cost effective wattage. The vehicle also has a wind generator and solar panel on it. The wind generator is mounted in ventura. It took me 20 years to deveop a hand brake for the vehicle. The railroad locomotive has a two speed transmission as I learned from my experience working for the railroad.

I named this vehicle 'the Edison' after the inventor.

Robotic Hand

This is a picture on the orginal hand that was made in 1989, while in College It was made before CD,s were out, the real tape on VCR has been lost. All I have left of the original is this picture of it.

The device has been patented and the patent number is 5,647,723.

Joe has been painting for years. His gallery of portraits and still lifes can be seen on the front page of this website. Here is the portrait Joe's did in 2015 of his mother who passed away in 2012:

Special thanks to Jen Wilson for donating the oil paints and canvas for this picture. 

Another recent painting by Joe:


Here is a robotics project Joe worked on in the late 1980s with the OMNI Bot 2000 robot:

The OMNI Bot is controlled with this 45 channel interface. It operates with a DOS machine using GW-Basic programming language. The computer is connected to a Covox machine capable of voice output and it can respond to voice commands. It can carry on a voice conversation.

Joe's description:

"The voice recognition is was it had verbal commands like forward it would move forward or stop it would stop. As far a cascaded decodes each decoder is a 4 to 16  they a hook up so they can have 16 to the remaining  per chip it has the ability to have as much as 256 outputs. 

The parallel port or printer port as 16 output the first four pin control the other four where the each have 16 outputs

The things is one chip chose which  chip is on it has 16 choices and each chip has 16 out puts it controls the ground on the chips to so you can pick the chip you prefer they have and address for each of the 16 chips and each chip has 16 outputs. which can control 256 outputs."

This robot was able to talk using either a recorded resource human voice from an IBM computer or a synthesized voice from a Commodore computer using a "hear say" module.

Joe Rush - June 2019


Robotics Project

This picture of the robot is to show the improvements I have made. The wiring is coming along, and the control or relays are now ten times smaller than before. You can see that the arm can reach the floor, holding something. The wrist can bend with rotation of the forearm.


Toy Magnetic Levitation Train

Mag Lev Trains typically use a wheel when they take off. This is a permanent magnet train which does not use wheels. The only problem is in take off, it sticks. To over come the problem with sticking at takeoff, I'm trying a capacitor. It uses a rail gun type coil. At low voltage it was meant to shot a steel BB. It is not very powerful so I have added more capacitors to it. It also uses aluminum to hold down the magnets. It still has the ducted fan on it. It only has one coil on it. This pictures show you no more magnets flying off they are held down with aluminum angle iron.


The capacitors are very dangerous. This can kill you.

These capacitors power the vehicle. The vehicle has aluminum rods that power it. They are electric magnets.

This is an air powered vehicle for adults


Stirling Engine Project

This is a Stirling engine inside a mirror box, it has a top also. I'm trying to get it to runinside the house using a light bulb.


This is my new cart project


Contact Joe Alan Rush using joe@joealanrush.com