London: A graduate student at Princeton University, who got inspired from the work of an Indian-origin scientist, has created a flying carpet.
The miniature magic carpet made of plastic has taken flight in a laboratory at the University, the BBC reported.
The 10cm 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, but it is believed that further improvements to the design could raise that to as much as a metre per second.
Noah Jafferis, the device’s creator, revealed that he was inspired by a mathematical paper authored by Harvard University’s Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan.
Mahadevan, who wrote the 2007 paper in Physical Review Letters that inspired the whole project, expressed a mixture of surprise and delight at the Princeton team``s success.
“Noah has gone beyond our simple theory and actually built a device that works. And what’s more, it behaves, at least qualitatively, as we had predicted,” he told the BBC.
First Published: Saturday, October 01, 2011, 17:28