A big fan of the Jetsons, engineer Eddie Edwards has designed a personal electric hovercraft. Propelled by a lift fan driven by a lithium-ion battery source that runs one hour between charges, he claims his device can achieve a maximum vertical lift of 5 cm, so long as the rider weighs no more than 95 kg. His newest prototype features ducted thrust to propel and steer the board.
Allied Part #
AC Impeller CFM 710
Other supplies: 1 top board and baseboard and 4 spacer boards (aluminum/honeycomb composite); 1 48-V power system (lithium ion); 1 motor controller; 1 segmented hovercraft skirt (rubberized nylon); assorted nuts, bolts, cables, and connectors.
According to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the factors in the collapse of the original World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was the reduction in the yield strength of the steel reinforcement as a result of the high temperatures of the fire and the loss of thermal insulation.
Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation
call this deep learning.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
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