Saturday, 1 November 2014

Hendo Hoverboards - World's first REAL hoverboard

Hendo Hoverboards - World's first REAL hoverboard

Hendo is introducing the world's first REAL hoverboard and hover developer kit. We are putting hover technology in YOUR hands.
So where does the HENDO hoverboard stand today? Well, about 1 inch off the ground. As you can see from the video above, the prototype is real and it works! But to see it hover in person, and better yet, to defy gravity by riding it, is something you need to experience as well.
With the support of the Kickstarter community, we all can. We need your help to put the finishing touches on the Hendo Hoverboard, to help us produce them, and to create places to ride them. 

Ok, so you can't shred a halfpipe with one of these, but you can still show your support for Hendo with one of our Betaboards instead. The Betaboard is a smaller version of our hoverboard that floats on a magnetic base. It uses a a different type of levitation than our technology, based on electromagnetic stabilization.  It cannot be moved around too quickly and needs to stay plugged in, but it's perfect for any desk and makes a great gift!
(In theory, the Betaboard should float forever, as long as it's plugged in and not disturbed too much. It holds about 8 ounces/200g.)
Our engineering team has been amazing, rapidly iterating on design after design. In fact, this our 18th prototype, and we continue to make advances week after week.
The magic behind the hoverboard lies in its four disc-shaped hover engines. These create a special magnetic field which literally pushes against itself, generating the lift which levitates our board off the ground.
While our hoverboard is primarily intended to be self-propelled, the actions which stabilize it can also be used to drive it forward by altering the projected force on the surface below.
Currently, this surface needs to be a non-ferromagnetic conductor.  Right now we use commonly available metals in simple sheets, but we are working on new compounds and new configurations to maximize our technology and minimize costs. 
The hoverboard is simultaneously fascinating and exhilarating. The enabling technologies existed, but no one had yet been able to align them to bring a hoverboard forth. Hendo has done so, and our hoverboards are working in almost every way we could have imagined. But perfecting it will take a little more time and resources. 
Until the hoverboard is within everyone's reach, we are offering the same technology in a small, accessible form factor - the Whitebox™ Developer Kit.
SPECS: (Approximate)
  • Dimensions: 10" x 10" x 5" (25cm x 25cm x 12cm)
  • Hover Height: 1/4" - 1/2" (1cm - 1.5cm)
  • Battery Life: 10-15 min
  • Charge Time: 1-2 hrs
  • Weight: 10-12 lbs (4.5 kg)
  • Payload: ~ 5 lbs (3 kg)
We kept the Whitebox as simple and affordable as we could to get our technology out into as many hands as possible.
It is designed to be explored, taken apart, and analyzed, encouraging you to dare to wonder.
The Whitebox+™ puts hover control and propulsion capabilities in your hands. It's operated through your mobile device (iPhone/Android). This control functionality contains advanced technology and hardware, so it's not designed so much with tinkering in mind. Powered by a set of rechargeable LiPo batteries, we integrate the charging system directly into the box. Right now we can give you 12-15 minutes of hover with a charge time of about 2 hours.
The Whitebox+™ has the ability to move forward and backward, left and right, and rotate around its axis. The app can even pre-program autonomous movements and "hover flight plans". And what's really cool - it can do a static start (that is, pop-up from a standstill when first turned on).
Feel like adding some extra visual oomph to the Whitebox? Check out these three new skins! More to follow, and if you have an idea for one let us know. 
While one day we expect to have hoverboards that can effortlessly float over any medium (even water!), our current technology requires special types of surfaces. 
Therefore, we need a hoverpark to go with our boards, and we have been busy designing a park befitting the awesomeness of our technology.
Hendo is driven by our supporters, backers, and collaborators that want to see a hoverpark come to life. So we're giving everyone an opportunity to be a part of the hoverpark by claiming a brick-sized piece of its surface. 
When you reserve a brick we'll engrave your name on it and place it on our hoverpark surface.  And on opening day you will see your name permanently etched into history, in the world's first hoverpark.
 "What we back today, echoes in eternity" - Maximus Kickstartus Magnetus
Levitation using magnets seems simple - just put one magnet over another, same poles facing, and the top one will float. Voila, right?  Sadly, as we all find out (usually as heartbroken little kids) this never works. Due to something called Earnshaw's Theorem, a stable static equilibrium between two magnets is impossible. There have been a number of ways around this, but none have proven feasible enough for everyday applications. Until now.
Lenz’s law explains how eddy currents are created when magnets are moved relative to a conductive material.  These eddy currents in turn create an opposing magnetic field in the conductor.  Our core technology, which we call Magnetic Field Architecture (MFA™), focuses this field more efficiently. 
You can go ahead and google both of these scientific principles, but to sum it up in regards to levitation: Lenz = Easy, Earnshaw = Hard.
The Hendo Hoverboard is a first-step product, a precursor to the broader implementation of the world-changing technology of MFA.  It enables a new generation of lift and motion technology that will change the way we view transportation. Additional applications for MFA technology are virtually limitless - from business, to industry, to healthcare, and beyond.
Unlike magnetic levitation systems employed today, our hover systems are comparably inexpensive and completely sustainable. Hovering modes of transportation are now possible and practical. Lifting a wide range of loads - whether it's a person riding a hoverboard (what we were all expecting) or a building riding out an earthquake (what we never imagined could be possible) - is all within reach.


Saturday, 18 October 2014

Watch Microsoft's RoomAlive Is A New Gaming Platform That Takes Gaming To The Next Level

Watch Microsoft's RoomAlive Is A New Gaming Platform That Takes Gaming To The Next Level

Microsoft has shifted its focus from IllumiRoom (which basically added visuals to the periphery of the TVs), to RoomAlive – an idea that is far more expensive and somewhat less practical when compared with IllumiRoom, however, it is still a look into the potential future of gaming.RoomAlive4
What is so different about RoomAlive? It imparts a new dimension to gaming by using projection mapping so that video games can be brought to life right in your living room. The idea is simple; instead of playing the game on the screen the user is placed in the game, all thanks to RoomAlive that employs projections of visual elements on walls and surfaces of the living room. Kinect sensors are incorporated to make these projections interactive; you can shoot the person sitting on top of the cupboard.RoomAlive5
The critical component of RoomAlive is the procam, also known as multiple projector depth-camera units, that are in turn made up of a Kinect sensor, projector and a computer. The projector projects the images onto the surface and walls within the room while the movements through the gaming environment are tracked by the Kinect sensor. RoomAlive makes use of 6 procams. It goes without saying that RoomAlive is capable of working in any kind of room with any kind of furniture present.RoomAlive
The team behind RoomAlive has designed 4 different experiences attempting to take advantage of the system in unique ways. They include, Setting The Stage – enabling users to transform the room into different environments, What-A-Mole – enables user to stamp/shoot moles that pop up randomly in your room, Robot Attack – allows you to control a virtual battling robot and Traps – user shall be avoiding traps that spring up on floor and walls.RoomAlive3
Although the equipment is quite expensive at the moment, we would still commend Microsoft on taking a peak into the future. Hopefully, days of sitting idle and playing on screen shall be over soon.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

The salt water-powered New NanoFlowcell QUANT e-Sportlimousine is the Albatross of EVs

The salt water-powered  New NanoFlowcell QUANT e-Sportlimousine is the Albatross of EVs

The stunning salt-water-powered QUANT e-Sportlimousine and you need to see this stunning innovative design. The car was introduced at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show and most doubted that it would ever make it passed concept stage after hearing bold claims on the specifications and with a previous Quant car failing to get passed concept stage years before, they had reason to doubt.
quant[Image Courtesy of nanoFLOWCEL AG]
Now however, just a few months after Geneva, they have announced that the e-Sportlimousine has received approval from Germany’s TÜV Süd, meaning that it can now be driven on European roads.
We are delighted as pioneers to be able to present an automobile driven by flow cell technology on public roads, and one which achieves not only fantastic performance values but also zero emissions,” said the company’s founder, Nunzio La Vecchia.
La Vecchia is the guy behind the NanoFLOWCELL technology, combining the aspects of accumulator batteries and fuel cells. Two electric electrolytes, one positive and one negative, are stored in tanks and are circulated through the cell by being passed into a third tank. The electrolyte solutions are separated by a membrane which allows electrons to pass through, thereby producing power for the electric drivetrain. See the video below for a more in-depth explanation:
The technology is said to feature high charge density, high performance density, and low weight compared to conventional energy storage systems such as lithium-ion batteries. La Vecchia makes a bold claim that his technology offers five-times greater performance-to-weight ratio than current lithium-ion batteries, meaning that a flow cell of the same weight would offer five-times the range. Four electric motors are designated to each wheel, giving a combined total power output of 680 kW (912 hp). This can apparently accelerate the car from 0-60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and offer a top speed of 236+ mph. With two full tanks of fuel the range is said to be 249-373 miles (400 and 600km).

The heart of the QUANT e-Sportlimousine prototype is the nanoFLOWCELL® battery. It gives the car a driving range of 600 kilometres. The newest product moving the world towards attractive electrical mobility was conceived at the nanoFLOWCELL DigiLab simulation lab at nanoFLOWCELL AG in Zurich, Switzerland. It is still under active development and the results so far are extremely promising.
All-wheel drive via 4 three-phase induction motors, torque vectoring for optimal drive torque distribution
Peak power: 680 KW (925 PS); 170 KW (231.2 PS) x 4
Operating power: 480 KW (653 PS); 120 KW (163.2 PS) x 4

nominal voltage: 600 V
nominal current: 50 A
tank capacity: 2 x 200 L

0 - 100 KM/H: 2.8 S
top speed: 380 + KM/H
range: projected 400 to 600 KM
energy consumption: 20 KWH/100 KM

Dimensions and weight:
kerb weight with full tanks: 2,300 KG
wheelbase: 3,198 MM
The storage capacity of the e-Sportlimousine is 120 kWh, compare that to the more expensive option of the Tesla Model S which has 85 kWh. Charging requires a change of the electrolyte solution but no details have been released on this yet but you can check out the pictures below until more info is released:
quant4[Images Courtesy of nanoFLOWCEL AG]