Where you’re going there are no roads. So what? Let your imagination fly.
From Hagrid’s flying bike to Return of the Jedi, hover bikes are no more a fantasy. Come 2017, you may begin seeing bikes riding flying alongside you on the roads.
Unlike the more complex controls of an aircraft, hover bikes will be much easier to control, claim inventors. Running on kinesthetic control that is based on the rider’s own balancing ability, hover bikes will work much like a regular bicycle or bike, only that it will be way cooler to ride.
Light as a bird, strong as steel
The body of a hover bike is being designed to be light in weight using a carbon fiber component. It will comprise of two duct fans that generate enough thrust to enable vertical take-off and landing without the need for runways. According to patented inventions US 8651432 titled ‘Air-vehicle integrated kinesthetic control system’ and US 8056866 titled ‘Air-vehicle augmented kinesthetic control system’, the control mechanism of the hover-bike responds to the natural movement of the rider. The air flow augmentation system can be controlled to vary the flow of air through the ducts based on the position of the control handle with respect to the neutral gear.
Patent US 8413932 titled ‘Peripheral control ejector’ illustrates the path of air flow through the duct fans and the manner in which they are controlled by actuators. Such a system can augment primary air flow, thus generating a thrust for upward or downward movement.
Cars that fly
Every time cars like the Weasely family’s Ford flew, we often wondered it was something that could come true to help us beat traffic snarls. And now, we are inching closer to its possibility. Patent US 7938358 titled ‘Roadable aircraft with folding wings and integrated bumpers and lighting’ and patent US 8210473 titled ‘Folding wing root mechanism’ describes technology that allows an automotive vehicle driving on the road to spread its wings and take flight.
The flying car comes with deformable aerodynamic bumpers, a protected propeller, vertical stabilizers, and an integrated RFID airport access system. It is a convertible, but a smart one at that! For instance, if a flying car feels that it has insufficient fuel to reach a landing zone, then it will not allow the rider to take off. This may also be the case in bad weather conditions. After all, the first law of robotics is to never allow a human being to come to harm, either by action or by inaction.
Rise of the Hoverboard
Someone had been watching too much science fiction. Well thanks to that, we are soon to get flying hover-boards.
Greg Henderson developed the revolutionary Magnetic Field Architecture to create a hover-board: a self-powered, levitating platform with enough power to lift a fully grown adult. In his patent application US 20140265690 titled ‘Magnetic levitation of a stationary or moving object’, Greg describes how neodymium magnets, oriented in Halbach arrays, can be spun above a threshold velocity to levitate the hover-board above a conductive substrate.
While Hendo’s hoverboard has already begun making its presence felt in the market, the hover bike is set to enter the stage in 2017 at an estimated cost of $85,000 and upwards, ushering in a revolutionized biking experience across the world. Until then, it’s time to keep hovering around this blog site for more updates.
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