Purdy cool, and I wonder what, if anything this mimics from nature. Sea creature maybe, pollen or seed pods?
The design is based on the inverted cube shape discovered by inventor and mathematician Paul Schatz. By dissecting a cube into three parts, two
star-shaped units can be produced at either end with an invertible belt in the middle section which is the same shape as the flying band. The system
reproduces the entire structure: it opens to release the band while the ends remain on the ground as a docking station.
Ahhh, the ole inverted cube design.
I swear a few of the thousands of ufo vids looked similar and surely a spectator may cry ufo!
Put some LED's on it and woohoo, blow some folks minds!
The flying object itself is made up of six identical prisms filled with helium, held together by a carbon-fibre framework. Three motors drive the
motion coordinated by a tiny onboard computer, pre-programmed to replicate the inversion sequence. Using a smartphone, a person on the ground can
guide the object around a room, which will be demonstrated on Monday at a trade show in Hanover, Germany.
So it does have some helium in it. They propose some potential industrial use maybe. Any guesses for what?
How about personal 'drifting' device, similar to hang gliding or hot air balloon. The size would probably be too big, but with a little helium
Hang a candle and...."American Lanterns" anyone?
It's helium filled. It floats. It does not produce aerodynamic lift.
None at all huh?
edit on 30-4-2012 by speculativeoptimist because: (no reason given)