Dr. Julio Dialosinnocentes, of the Chilean National University, has announced a breakthrough in tower technology that will likely shake up the vertical real estate market.
Replacing our traditional reliance on steel, his team has developed a prototype of a new tower using inflatable rubberized struts which use air compression to achieve altitude. A complex network of sensors and micro-pumps pulls in ambient air, using temperature differentials in local air currents to run heat engines which fill the tubular struts to attain their upright position. The low cost of these modern sensors and nano-engines will allow these new structures to expand and contract on demand, via a smart phone app that can administer their functions.
The new product line will be called the FlecksoMaster, according to angel investor Ron Aldcrump. “ I heard about this idea, and I immediately realized that the biggest problem with the towers of the past is that they are so rigid and unbending, always just standing straight up. To get anything done in this world, you’ve got to be nimble, you’ve got to be agile. You have to bend things sometimes. We’ll be able to put these towers anywhere we need them, no muss, no fuss. It’ll take years before regulators even know they are there.”
The tower will use feed stocks that are at least 15% post consumer recycled rubber. Used tires, basketballs, sneakers, raincoats and other single-use post consumer rubber products will be combined in giant vats with genetically engineered bacteria that consume them, creating an output of long rubbery strands that can be extruded into the tower struts. The resultant rubber will be hypoallergenic and gluten free. The bacteria is a modification of microfauna recently discovered in walnut shells.
“This will be absolutely disruptive of business-as-usual in the tower industry,” said Hank Ginpole, a consultant on the project. “Tower climbers, cranes, harnesses, ropes…all that will be obsolete when all you need to do is tap on your smartphone app and it will bring down your antenna to ground level. Then, once you are done making your adjustments, just a few more taps on the iFlecksoMaster app and your rubberized tower structure re-inflates, climbing hundreds of feet back up in the air on demand.”
This will also aid in situations where there is local opposition to tower siting. If they install the consumer version of IFlecksomaster app on their IOS or Android device, the tower will simply deflate whenever they happen to be looking in that direction, so they will never be disturbed by its unsightly appearance.
The FlecksoMaster tower line also has advantages when contending with the problem of birdkills and migratory nesting sites. The rubberized material is much safer for birds to run into, leaving them generally only slightly dazed after an unwitting encounter between beak and tower strut. An algorithm is also under development to gently shake off any attempts by endangered birds to establish nests, leaving them to quickly realize after a few tries at depositing twigs that establishing a home on your rubberized tower is a fruitless endeavor.
Dr. Dialosinnocentes was most motivated not by the fortune this innovation will bring him, but mainly by a childhood trauma when he saw a flock of birds sliced in half by a guy wire on a radio tower. “After flock hit the wire, half the birds went one way, and the other half went the other way. I think some of the fledgelings lost their parents in that bifurcation. I told myself when i grew up, i would invent something that made sure that this never, ever happen again. “
by pete tridish, Director of Engineering at International Media Action.
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