When someone mentions fluid power, pneumatic or hydraulic systems, most envision heavy duty machinery. We thought we’d give you a glimpse into the some of the wildly creative works of art and ground-breaking useful inventions created with fluid power technology.
Artists like Rembrandt and Van Gogh created with paint and a piece of canvas. Mark Fuller needs pipes and hydraulics, electronics and water cannons, and has vowed never to create the same thing twice. Check out his water sculpture creations designed for resorts from Las Vegas to Dubai.
Watch and listen as music comes from a wild-looking man-made "tree." With a tune from his creation in the background, the inventor, Rin Clippard of Clippard pneumatics, describes the workings of this neat machine, which includes 24 guitar strings and a number of percussion instruments that are played using a variety of software-directed pneumatic devices.
Got more cars than parking spaces? Double your slots with the Cardok Underground Parking System, which adds a second underground level to your regular strip of space.
A dress by a Dutch designer brings together fashion and technology in an unusual way. The dress includes valves that are controlled to pump ink slowly when the piece is worn, creating interesting patterns and a one-of-a-kind outfit for every wearer.
Developed for the U.S. Army, Vecna's BEAR robot uses hydraulics for maximizing power density. The BEAR will be deployed for logistics to accompany soldiers and for search and rescue on the battlefield. Check out BEAR in this video.