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.
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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.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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