I am still unclear on exactly what I want to do, but I have a few ideas. I am still looking for a great aesthetic to fit my project so any advice would be greatly appreciated. I have good ideas for modes of function, but I still need to determine the actual function for the project.
Here are some of my ideas for the project:
- At first I wanted to do something with hydraulics. Since large actuated hydraulics were likely to be expensive and out of scope for this project I looked at syringe hydraulics. I have already gotten some suggestions to implement the syringe hydraulics as a toy for children, but I don’t know what it would do. Online there are plenty of examples of hydraulic arms or cranes, but I wanted to do something unique.
- My second idea was to use ion propulsion. You may know this from the simple iono-crafts that only float a few feet above where its tied down. To understand what I am talking about follow this link, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ionocraft. The iono-craft is an interesting artifact, but I am not sure if it serves any purpose, and finding an aesthetic to fit it would be difficult. After some searching I found someone who has used the technology to propel their model of the star ship enterprise. In dark light a purple gas can be seen coming out of the model. If I choose this project I plan to take advantage of this effect. A video showing what I am talking about can be seen below.