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September 30, 2011 AT 6:51 am

‘Flying carpet’ of conductive plastic takes flight

BBC News – ‘Flying carpet’ of conductive plastic takes flight.

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 about a centimetre per second.
Improvements to the design could raise that to as much as a metre per second.

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