Team Atlas’ Kicktstarter campaign was one of my first posts on this site, and they successfully funded their project. But that was just the beginning – they had to actually build a human-powered helicopter. Just over a year later, they’ve won the Sikorsky Prize! Congratulations to Team Atlas on this amazing feat, now get to work on my jetpack!
Check out the video below:
B9Creator’s projected completed with over 10 times the goal! I reached out to B9Creator’s erm… creator… Michael Joyce, and asked him about his project and how he was so successful:
Neil Stephenson’s an author. He writes obsessively-detailed fiction, sometimes speculative, sometimes historical, most of the time a combination of the two. To complement his current efforts, he’s turned his eye to videogames though. What Neil wants to do is make swordfighting games more realistic, more accurate, and most of all, more fun. His team for CLANG has put together one of the most entertaining Kickstarter videos I’ve seen, which really conveys his humor and the spirit of the game:
Modkit Micro is a software project with the aim of making programming microcontrollers super easy to learn for kids and adults. Microcontrollers are tiny inexpensive computers that you can use to build all sorts of things. Think of not just programming a computer, you’re programming the objects around you to do your will. That sort of thing.
The Atlas team has a pretty ambitious goal.
A human-powered helicopter (HPH) on the surface doesn’t sound like it should be such a hard thing, just pedal and spin some blades, right? Of course it’s really a very hard problem, between weight concerns, momentum, and how much energy a human can put out for any extended duration.
The requirements for the Sikorsky Prize, illustrated.
That’s why, in 1980, the American Helicopter Society created the Sikorsky Prize, an award to motivate engineers to create an HPH capable of hovering for just one minute, at a height of 3 meters from the ground. In over 30 years, no team has yet accomplished that.
Recently two 3D printers went up on Kickstarter with two very different approaches to 3D printing, Rapcraft, and B9Creator.