Monday, September 1, 2014

This is Not From Star Wars

Though this photo sure looks like it could be.  It captures the intersection of two cool technologies -- robotics and hovercraft transport. 

From a really intersting article at Popular Science:
A white plastic robot zooms a hoverbike over the English countryside, grains blowing beneath the bike's four fans. The robot's 3-D printed body is lightweight, and where its face would be there’s a GoPro camera instead, filming the flight. This isn't a scene from a dystopian science fiction movie; The bike is less than four feet long, and combined robot and bike weighs a maximum of 15.4 pounds. Created by Malloy Aeronautics, the Drone 3 hoverbike is a 1/3rd scale model of the version ultimately intended for human pilots and passengers.
There's also a short video at the link highlighting the technology involved with the hovercraft.