At the moment, building an aircraft is not that difficult. AAviation enthusiasts can buy do-it-yourself kits and build an airplane that will take to the skies easily and safely. But a flying vehicle that can take off vertically without jet engines and propellers? This aspiration a company called Volerian, which the thinks wing flapping is the best solution. To help show the world how effective an approach can be, it now wants to sell you a fluttering fan…
Reimagining our approach to aviation will be essential if flying machines ever become something that won’t last forever. in about two years… We don’t even know what a flying car will be like, but assuming it shares roads with cars, cyclists and pedestrians, giant spinning propellers or jet engines emitting exhaust hundreds of feet are not the solution. But do wings flap? Engineers have borrowed design from nature since humans could invent things, and it’s hard to argue that flapping wings isn’t an effective way to get up in the air. It’s efficient and quiet – when was the last time you heard a bird fly from afar?
Volerian website lists multiple designs for the proposed KVP (short takeoff and landing) and VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing), but they all have a unique wing design. There are no motors or propellers visible here, but inside each wing is a large number of tiny flapping wings located inside the aerodynamic channels that create enough thrust to take off. The flapping motion is more like flapping the tail fin of a fish back and forth to propel it through the water than the complex motion of a bird’s wings, but the basic idea is the same.
This is a new approach Volerian’s claims offer many advantages over conventional airplane flight methods, but one is relative untested, and the company has yet to deliver a working prototype of an aircraft using a flapping wing approach. The air travel revolution is not cheap either, so in order to kill two birds with one stone, the company wants to show the world that its ideas are true –and collect a few dollars in the process –bringing flapping wing technology to the masses with a unique tower fan.
Instead of rotating blades (even Dyson bladeless fans have a rotating impeller at the base), TThe Volerian Fan features a pair of vertically flapping wings in the back, combined with a set of static but adjustable fenders in the front to direct airflow around the room. The design is supposed to be more energy efficient, using about the same power as a conventional tower fan while moving twice as much air, and at the same time being quieter and safer as there is no risk of losing a digit if you touch the flapping wings.
Volerian follows the path of crowdfunding for his fan with Indiegogo Campaign is going to raise just under $ 10,000 to put it into production. The cheapest tier includes a fan, priced around $ 300, shipping next June, but the full retail price is expected to be closer to $ 430 or more.if it ever becomes a reality. More than ever it is important to take extra care with crowdfunded products, especially electronics, given shortage problems in the supply chain and shipping problems around the world as a result of the ongoing pandemic. It’s also an untested design even for fans, and unlike companies like Dyson, which can invest the millions of dollars in research and development needed to perfect a new design, Volerian doesn’t have the advantage of infinite cash flow from various successful products already on the market.