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    Uncle Clive's latest wizard wheeze...

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7481940.stm


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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivor_Catt

    I met him while in Fathes 4 Justice - he made various claims about Clive Sinclair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeitghost View Post
    Uncle Clive's latest wizard wheeze...

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7481940.stm


    Anyone who invents an umberella strong enough to stop the user being crushed to death by a falling flying machine plus their "pilot" and/or passenger should make millions......
    It's Deja-vu all over again!

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    Strangley enough he's provided no details on how this might work. He might want to think smaller and start with a fuel powered craft first. "Petrol not reliable enough...would have to manoeuvre itself" This is a big step up from powering a tricycle with a washing machine motor.

    I just did a quick calculation and if a 200Kg (mass of man + machine) were powered by a 1m fan, rather than wings, the batteries would need to put out 22KW (22 electric fire bars) to hover.

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    Poor old Clive, I think he's running out of steam in his old age and trying to create some PR buzz with wacky idea's.

    The Spectrum was his company's best invention, shame they sold the brand/technology to Alan Michael Sugar Trading (Amstrad).

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimberWolf View Post
    Strangley enough he's provided no details on how this might work. He might want to think smaller and start with a fuel powered craft first. "Petrol not reliable enough...would have to manoeuvre itself" This is a big step up from powering a tricycle with a washing machine motor.

    I just did a quick calculation and if a 200Kg (mass of man + machine) were powered by a 1m fan, rather than wings, the batteries would need to put out 22KW (22 electric fire bars) to hover.
    At least if you use petrol the aircraft gets lighter whilst using the fuel... With batteries you'd be carrying the dead weight...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Churchill View Post
    At least if you use petrol the aircraft gets lighter whilst using the fuel... With batteries you'd be carrying the dead weight...
    Plus petrol has at least 10 times the energy density of batteries, i.e. much lighter.

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    He's an Inventor, stop being constricted by what's already been invented. Anyone with any common sense would know he's invented an anti gravity propulsion system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Foster Kane View Post
    He's an Inventor, stop being constricted by what's already been invented. Anyone with any common sense would know he's invented an anti gravity propulsion system.
    **** off,

    Seriously

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Foster Kane View Post
    The Spectrum was his company's best invention
    What did he invent to create the Spectrum?

    As I recall, it used standard components although he did put them together very cheaply to make a functional machine, but it's not like it was the first microcomputer.

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