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[ BRIEFS ]
breakthroughs
Innovations in advanced textiles
Hybrid Air Vehicles plans passenger transportation
B
ritish manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd. (HAV) has announced that it plans to
have its Airlander 10 ready for passenger transportation in 2025. Billed as the " world's
largest aircraft, " the exterior looks like a very large airship, but the inside more closely
resembles a first-class ferry, with spacious
and comfortable seating for 100 passengers,
all with panoramic views through its floor-toceiling
windows. The hull of the airship is a
skin made of a three-layered combination of
composite materials. The skin keeps in the
gas and provides rigidity, allowing the airship
to keep its shape when inflated. Vectran™,
Kevlar®
, Tedlar®
, polyurethane and Mylar®
are
among the materials used. Although planes are
faster, the Airlander operates with 10 percent
of the emissions typical of a conventional
aircraft. By 2030, HAV expects to have a fully
electric Airlander, with the vision of zero-carbon
aviation. Photo: Hybrid Air Vehicles.
Smart glove translates sign language
A
Chinese startup has found a way to commercialize and mass produce
a smart glove that can translate sign language into text or audible
speech. Wulala Technology Co. has launched a glove paired via Bluetooth®
to a subscription-based app on a smartphone. It incorporates two-way
bending sensors in each finger, and an inertial measurement unit (IMU) in
the palm. The sensors track the pose of the fingers, while the IMU tracks
the movement and position of the glove in three-dimensional space. When
deaf users sign a message, it's relayed through the app in both onscreen
text and synthetic speech. A hearing person receiving the message speaks
a response, which will be displayed both as text and in sign language
performed by an animated avatar. The glove is washable, as its main
electronics module is removable. One 90-minute charge of its battery
lasts for eight hours of use. Future plans call for the system to be capable
of interpreting for people who speak or sign in different languages.
Photo: Wulala Technology Co.
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