Simple answer, I haven’t won the lottery yet. But I’ve had this idea for a long time and I have thought, that’s what I’d do with all that money. An idea, a simple idea can change the world.
We’ve seen that, I’ve seen it in my own lifetime several times over. PC’s is one, the idea that computers could be made democratic and available to everyone. The Internet, of course is the even more obvious one. And the list goes back. One guy thought he could reach China by going the other way. Two guys thought they could fly by putting an engine on a box kite. An idea and the person or people who work to develop it go on to make things very different.
The idea isn’t enough by itself. America isn’t named Columbia because even though Chris did the hard part, Vespucci did the marketing. Marketing is its own skill and talent. I’m not a sales man so my thought was to win the lottery, develop my idea independently and present it to the world as a fait accompli. Alas, it hasn’t happened that way and not for lack of buying Power Ball tickets.
So plan ‘B’. ‘B’ is for blog. The thing is, I want the idea to happen and writing about it in an interactive blog seems the way to expose the most people to the idea so that it could possible take off on its own. Of course I would like to be centrally involved, but just seeing it happen would be enough. I’ve actually had this experience before, which I will explain at a later time.
By now, if you’ve stayed with me this far, you might want to know what the idea is. Those who have known me for a long time might remember me talking about the idea. They will mostly be some of my hang gliding pilot friends because the idea comes from there.
The idea is to design and build what would be an extension of the hang glider into a fully articulated and controllable flying machine based on the mechanical physiology of a bird. The control would be by the use of a natural movement system where the pilot is connected to the machine by sensors and a computer interface such that the wings would respond in concert with the pilots actions.
That is a long winded way of saying I want to build a man carrying robotic bird. The advantages over hang gliders, indeed any current flying machines, would be in the degree of control. An attempt to emulate the flight of a bird is the goal.
If this all sounds very pie in the sky, well that is the point of this blog, to explore and discuss the possibilities and technologies as they exist now that could be brought together to accomplish the goal.