Please Help me on a Design Project, Just answer one question....

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  1. jason jupiter

    jason jupiter weird/ rare g1 KO hunter

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    Hi all,

    I'm working on a table fan re-design that would use coiled springs to store energy. You don't have to plug it into an outlet but the downside is you have to wind the fan for 30 seconds for an hour of power.

    I think it's reasonable for off the grid power? Cost about $20-$25.

    Let me know what you guys think...just click "yes" or "no" and submit...takes like 2 seconds.

    FAN POLL
     
  2. FreshDebesh

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    Voted. Would this fan cost more than a plug in fan?
     
  3. jason jupiter

    jason jupiter weird/ rare g1 KO hunter

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    hey thanks everyone!

    im trying to keep the design around $20-$25

    and here is a past cd player i did and some concept sketches for a blender:

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    This is ingenious. I'm voting 'for'.
     
  5. RHansen

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    does the penguin come with the blender?
     
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    you must be a genus!
     
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    Voted yes. :)  I use a fan almost all the time, but am also one of those annoying people that tell everyone off for leaving lights on when there's no-one in the room, so this would be perfect for me.

    But with all these products coming out that require some winding before use, maybe you could design some kind of battery-operated winding device? :p 
     
  8. Chaos Muffin

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    Y vote!

    Cool idea, would come in handy in all kinds of places. You going to get one of those looneys that do those paid advertisement commercials to sell it for ya?

    But wait, there's more! Call in the next 10 minutes and you'll throw a second one in for free! That's a 50$ value, just pay $39.99 for shipping.
     
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    Voted 'Yes.' Neat idea.
     
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    Hey, I'm one of those annoying people that flips out about leaving lights on, but that's because I'm responsible for paying my light bill, and I hate wasting money. I can't begin to tell you just how much money I have saved just by keeping power usage to a minimum. Money saved, then promptly wasted on the newest wave of hasbro plasticrack. *looks at universe wave 2 and 3*.
     
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    Assuming it works properly (ie. The spring doesn't wear out quickly / break from a bit of overwinding, generates a good breeze, etc.) this is pretty good, because you could take it anywhere: on the porch, camping, etc. Could you really get an hour of fan movement from a spring though? Or is it multiple springs? How big is it?

    I mean, there's a lot of factors here, and the question isn't just about it being an attractive concept if its technically possible, its about whether or not its feasible, given solar or battery powered alternatives.

    Still, sounds kind of cool to me.
     
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    I wonder who voted no.
     
  13. jason jupiter

    jason jupiter weird/ rare g1 KO hunter

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    hi,

    the table fan will be normal size and use super efficient propellers modeled after humpback whale fins. theres a new field called biomimetics and thats where the mechanical design was done..heres some other biomimicry stuff, pretty cool:
    Biomimetics - Photo Gallery - National Geographic Magazine


    yeah thanks, i am gauging responses to this before i decide on power source...would prefer to keep away from solar + battery (increase cost, maintenance, and implies a strong light source) and 120v power (plug in wall, not good for rural international areas)

    the coiled spring motor uses multiple springs....just imagine like a child's wind-up toy on steroids, lol.

     
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    jason jupiter weird/ rare g1 KO hunter

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    thanks everyone! this is pretty good, i thought i would have like 5 responses, lol. im trying to update blogger to say "please post critiques, complaints, and questions in comments" but its not working.....

    this is still in the early phases so ill post updates on the design process in that blog thing later.
     
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    Sounds a little like a perpetual machine to me. What is the fan's rpm?
     
  16. OmegaVPrime

    OmegaVPrime Uhm, yea? So what?

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    Ha, great Idea. I'm an eco nut, and I made my transformers bookbag out of milk jugs, old stereo wiring and seat belt straps from an old nissan maxima in a junk ward. Yea I would buy this fan for sure. BTW I agree witht he rechargeable battery idea, so at least you would have a little extra juice to the unit so winding wouldn't be such a nuisance.

    I'm always trying to find ways to make my life more eco friendly...

    And yes I'm also one of those annoing jerks who yell at people for lights...ESPECIALLY when it come to ac bills in new mexico!! Open all of the windows :lol 
     
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    I love the idea, but I find it hard to believe 30 seconds of winding leads to an hour of a fan going at an acceptable speed. Love your blender, you're a fine artist. I voted yes, on the principle that it'd work as said...
     
  18. Chaos Muffin

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    Safe to say that the majority of us are fans of your idea

    arar
     
  19. ShadowStitch

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    Personally, I think the idea blows.

    yok yok.:dunce 

    If it can work -- I'm not sure how, but... if it can work, it would be a great little invention. Then, of course, you add a tiny motor to wind it up and...oh wait.
     
  20. Chaos Muffin

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    Well just see how it turns out

    wakka wakka
     

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