Hyperfins

Tijn Kooijmans
May 28th 2009

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The next step in biomimetic body extentions for propelling yourself through water. Man moves on from copying ducks to become a dolphin-like cyborg. With these fins you can be faster and more acrobatic as they promise to launch you out of the water.

The fin principle is used by aquatic engineer Ted Ciamillo not only in the Lunocet...

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... but also in their Sub Human Project to build a human powered submarine to pedal 2300 miles across the atlantic in 50 days:

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The use of super-lightweight materials and clever animal-copycatting promises to make a new step in man's centuries-old fascination for crossing the Atlantic. I wonder what happens though if this underwater soapbox would attract a genuine whale.

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2 comments

cmorey
Posted 22/07/2009 – 20:50

thats me in the photo - be good to credit the photographer - Jason Lome.
We reviewed the lunocet here.
Hyperfin is a generic term used to describe non-axial monofins - first developed in the FSU. It is also the name of a Russian Monofin manufacturer.
http://www.deeperblue.com/article.php/859/2

Arnoud van den Heuvel
Posted 28/05/2009 – 17:26

Nice one, Tijn. Also check the Split-Fin: http://www.split-fins.com

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