Hello Backers and Friends,
Only one week left and we need all your help! Please continue to share and like the page and updates. We still have a long way to go and it's all or nothing.
Backers: please check out the previous post for additional backer exclusive rewards for increased pledges!
Also any new pledges or anyone who increases their pledge today (Wednesday February 6th) will receive this AWE Mothra1 print (originally signed by Japanese Kite Master Mikio Toki! http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~ea8a-tkkw/toki.html)
We've just put together a new video showcasing Kite Lab's prototype flip-wing and Kite Motor. The Kite Motor was built using mostly recycled bicycle parts, It's pretty spectacular!
How Does the Flip-Wing Work?
A Flip-Wing is used to extract energy from the wind, much like a
turbine. But while a turbine spins continuously in one direction, the
Flip-Wing sweeps back and forth.
The Flip-Wing is designed to passively self oscillate in the wind.
Early testing indicates that as they scale up, they fly better and
more powerfully! The back and forth motion jerks on a line. The kite
motor is actually a kind of transmission that turns the linear jerking
into the rotary motion needed to turn a generator.
The advantage over a turbine is that the flip wing (which is light
weight) can be flown high in the air while the heavy generator is left
on the ground. The power is transmitted to the ground via the rope.
Thanks for all your help! Let's get flying!