Friday, February 19, 2010

Bone Kite - Stainless wire, carbon fiber, cuben cloth

These images show one of the first flights of my new kite. I call it the bone kite because of the way the fittings work. I didn't realize it at first, but as I started assembling these fittings I saw that they work a lot like our joints. It's actually technology that I first developed for the articulated lamps that I've been making. This kite flies really nicely right now, but I'm more excited about the wide range of adjustment built into the design. Also the sail unclips while leaving the frame self-supported. This means that I can easily clip in different sail profiles and materials for varied conditions. My next designs will be a new quadline, and also another single line that does away with the spine.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Double hinges

A spine and two articulated arms that will be leading edges for two wings.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Articulated carbon

These are fittings that I developed as hinges for my counterweighted lamps. Here I have miniaturized them for use in a kite I'm working on. Images of that to follow.