May 4, 2009

My hovercraft is full of eels…

Posted in Technology tagged , , , , at 4:03 pm by waynezwhirled

Nifty work by Entecho on a personal hovercraft that may be available soon.  From their site:

“The Hoverpod is Entecho’s personal flight CAV and employs our patented radial drum fan lifting system. With its small footprint and vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) ability, it is easily transported, can be launched from anywhere and fly over any surface; be it snow, water, sand or wetland.

The Hoverpod is the ultimate recreational vehicle, combining the freedom of the hovercraft and All-Terrain-Vehicles (ATV) with the performance of Personal-Watercraft (PWC) and Snowmobiles. The Hoverpod flies at a greater altitude than a conventional hovercraft, allowing it to pass over any terrain. The Hoverpod also enjoys the freedom to tilt and develop translational g-forces in any direction. This omni-directional ability makes the Hoverpod further unique compared to conventional recreational vehicles.

Just imagine the possibilities with the Hoverpod!”

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March 31, 2009

UF…not just for football…

Posted in Technology tagged , , at 9:33 am by waynezwhirled

University of Florida mechanical and aerospace engineering associate professor Subrata Roy submitted a patent application for a “wingless electromagnetic air vehicle,” or WEAV.

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