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AIR JELLY

May 06, 2008
by: jovial_cynic
I love this thing.



AirJelly houses two lithium-ion polymer accumulator batteries rated at 8 V and 400 mA, which can be completely charged in half an hour and are AirJelly's sole source of power. A connected central electric drive unit transmits the force to a bevel gear wheel and then to eight spur gears in sequence. These gears power eight shafts, each of which activates a crank; these in turn move the jellyfish's eight tentacles. Each tentacle is designed as a structure with Fin Ray Effect(R)- a construction derived from the functional anatomy of a fish's fin. The actual structure consists of two alternating tension and pressure flanks movably connected by ribs. If a flank is subjected to pressure, the geometrical structure automatically bendsin the direction of the applied force. Together, the tentacles produce a peristaltic forward motion similar to that of their biological model.

I'd much rather fly in one of those than in a hot air balloon.
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COMMENTS for AIR JELLY


Max Hyland said:
As long as there isn't any wind. lol
May 07, 2008


jovial_cynic said:
shhhhhh. You're ruining the fun.
May 07, 2008


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