Materials used are all free;
* 3D App and Rendering Tool: Sketchup. with Visualizer for Sketchup.
* 3D Object: Simple cylinder, very tall.
* Texture file: Any repeating water image, and a few stock whale photos.
* Post Editing: Photoshop, to wobble the water and add splashes. Healing brush to cover seams in Sketchups horrible texturing. Eraser brush to overlap water onto the whales.
Air goes in one side, and out the other side. It goes to the port you tell it to.
This is a air valve concept I've been working on. I hope this makes sense. A bunch of plates spin, in different configurations, to direct air to different ports. Air can start on any port of side A, and end up on any port of side B. This directs three kinds of air: Suction, Blower, and Shut.
I just designed this tonight, so I don't know if it's even possible.
The plate spinning will eventually be air powered, but for now may be by extremely responsive electric motors. The spinning is programmed by a simple computer.
The front and back plate, with the hose ports, are stationary. They don't spin.
This technology may be leased, or you may also fund my pneumatic concepts lab.
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