Remember Magic Carpet from Alladin Cartoons? May be the below image would refresh your memory
Researchers from Princeton University created a miniature magic carpet made of plastic that has taken flight. It means Magic Carpet has come to life!
The 10cm (4in) sheet of smart transparency is driven by “ripple power”; waves of electrical current driving thin pockets of air from front to rear underneath.
The prototype, described in Applied Physics Letters, moves at speeds of around a centimetre per second.
Noah Jafferis, the creator of this device, says he was inspired by a mathematical paper he read shortly after starting his PhD studies at Princeton.
The mechanism was done by attaching sensors to every part of the material so as to fine-tune its performance through a series of complex feedbacks.
“Without the ability to predict the exact way it would flex, we couldn’t feed in the right electrical currents to get the propulsion to work properly.”