03 Oct '11, 3pm

Manta ray inspires Princeton researcher to create 'magic carpet'

This is what Jafferis and his co-authors had to say in the paper's abstract: "We use integrated piezoelectric actuators and sensors to demonstrate the propulsive force produced by controllable transverse traveling waves in a thin plastic sheet suspended in air above a flat surface, thus confirming the physical basis for a 'flying' carpet near a horizontal surface. Experiments are conducted to determine the dependence of the force on the height above the ground and the amplitude of the traveling wave, which qualitatively confirm previous theoretical predictions."

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/storie...


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straitstimes.com 03 Oct '11, 3am

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