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This Self-Stabilizing Boat’s Deck Is Always Flat, Even in Rough Waters

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WIRED has a story on a new self-stabilizing boat deck that can handle considerably rough waters. Does this mean I can get rid of my dramamine supply?

The mechanics of the active suspension aren’t too complicated. Like a pontoon boat, the Martini sits on two long hulls shaped like skis. Those are connected to a platform at the front and back by metal arms. Each corner, where the arm meets the hull, has a linear accelerometer, a pneumatic airbag, and a DC servo motor. To match the movement of the ocean, detected by the accelerometer, the motor turns a ball screw that pushes or pulls the control arm, lowering and raising that end of the hull as necessary.

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