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'B' the Flying Car

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It's a Bird, It's a Plane! No! It's a Flying Carcopter!

Hey guys, I was forwarded a link to a really cool exercise in design and hopefully soon a great new product. On Kickstarter.com, there is a really cool new upstart called 'B' The Flying Car. The designer is educated in product design and robotics and has applied this schooling to his newest design. It is pretty cool!

From the Kickstarter page:

B is a revolutionary new remote controlled hybrid car-helicopter with a patent pending design. It is capable of driving across difficult terrain using its large rear drive wheels and when the obstacles become too big, simply take-off and fly over them.

B is a toy that provides an extraordinary experience. B is virtually unstoppable, capable of transitioning between ground and air allowing the development of tricks otherwise impossible to achieve.

Due to its large wheel diameter of 210 mm, it achieves outstanding performance in difficult terrain. On flat surfaces, B reaches high speeds.

Key Features

  • Vertical take-off and landing.
  • Able to transition on the move between driving, flying and back again.
  • Up to 15 minutes of action on a single charge.
  • HD (1280 x 720 px) camera on-board with recording capability.
  • An experience which has not been possible within one package before.
  • Durable construction that is designed with punishing terrain in mind.

The Design

The combination of the design and material selection creates a solid construction that is capable of surviving the worst of landings. When the vehicle crashes from high altitudes, the driving rings detach from the housing and can be easily reassembled. The main chassis is made out of polycarbonate, which is the same material used in protective goggles and bullet-proof windows.

The body shell not only serves as a protective and decorative feature, it is also a structural element. The chassis when combined with the body shell not only forms a rigid and light construction that maintains its shape when flying or driving, but is also flexible enough to absorb excessive force generated during crash landings.

Therefore, you can push B to the limits even when your skills are not at the highest level. This makes B an excellent platform for all users ranging from newcomers to experts.

The wheels naturally guard the blades around them. If an impact occurs on the side of the vehicle, the prop-saver will protect the blades.

Quality electrical components including brushless motors, lithium batteries and sophisticated a flight controller w/ill provide you with performance and safety when operating.

HD camera (1280x720 px) on board will capture video footage from your exploration missions, performing acrobatic tricks or shooting yourself from extreme perspectives. The camera supports Micro SD Cards up to 32 GB.

B is currently protected by patent pending. The patentable aspect of the design is called PDU (Propelling Driving Unit). The patentable mechanism can be briefly described as any part of the propeller going through the vertical plane of the driving ring (such as a wheel or a caterpillar track). B utilizes 4 wheel based PDUs but this can vary in design such as 3, 4, 6, etc., therefore a family of similar models could be designed in the future.

Future Projects

Exploration Vehicle: the body of B could be covered in solar panels, which would enable charging from the sun or the use of freely rotating propellers against the wind to generate extra power when stationary. Even if the charging time would take a few days, B could autonomously conduct exploration missions, land in a safe place, charge and then travel depending on environment either by flying or driving. Providing interesting video footage and still images, B may be able to discover new species which we may not have discovered yet (we have only discovered less than 15% of the world's species).

Full-scale vehicle: a future sport could be born here as B can provide amazing performance in the air as well as on the ground. Sports such as motor-cross but with more interesting tracks can create a new generation of extreme sporting events which were not possible before.

Full-scale rescue vehicle: that could get to the site of an accident before a helicopter or ambulance. Given that B can drive as well as fly, there is no need for extra infrastructure such as a helicopter landing site.

Check out a video of 'B'.

B flying car, new technology 2013 (1 min 13 sec)

Also to learn more about 'B' check out the Kickstarter article!

Last edited by Sleepyc; Jun 24, 2013 at 01:12 PM..

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Old Jun 24, 2013, 02:25 PM
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OK now,

That is just cool...
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Old Jun 24, 2013, 02:48 PM
fun 'n fly
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I like that concept.

Works as good as it looks

Best regards
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Old Jun 24, 2013, 03:11 PM
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Now if they only come in a Delorean body...
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Old Jun 24, 2013, 03:25 PM
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one word. awesome....
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Old Jun 24, 2013, 03:40 PM
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http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1917366

was 2 days ahead but you did a nicer job copying all the text!
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Old Jun 24, 2013, 03:48 PM
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Now, if they come at a price we can afford.......
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Old Jun 24, 2013, 04:14 PM
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that is rad!
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Old Jun 24, 2013, 04:42 PM
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Now, if they come at a price we can afford.......
$11 conversion kit

reprogrammed multiwii (car and x-quad mixes both active)
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Old Jun 24, 2013, 05:54 PM
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Great. A fragile car built out of a fragile quad so you can smash it and cost a fortune to fix while using it on the ground AND in the air. That thing is made to do one thing: sell parts.


Jeebus.


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Old Jun 24, 2013, 05:59 PM
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Great. A fragile car built out of a fragile quad so you can smash it and cost a fortune to fix while using it on the ground AND in the air. That thing is made to do one thing: sell parts.


Jeebus.


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That reality check just bounced.
Actually if you watch the video on the KS page, most of the parts are unbreakable. Completely bendable, wheel and props included.
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Old Jun 24, 2013, 06:26 PM
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*FOFL*

Yeah. Right. As soon as you say that word, I know better. I watched the video, and how they were drive-flying it. As an Engineer, I can see about a dozen weak points in the design, and that's without even having it in my hands.

Now you've brought the wrath of Murphy down upon the product; good luck widdat.


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Old Jun 24, 2013, 08:04 PM
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Wow..That's a cool concept..
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Old Jun 24, 2013, 09:29 PM
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Dam thats cool I want
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Old Jun 25, 2013, 05:05 AM
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You know what would look sick? Launch it in car mode off a ramp then keep it from landing the jump by switching to flight mode mid air!!!
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