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TechFarms is a business incubator focusing on the technology sector. We provide entrepreneurs a place to make their ideas real, with office and makerspace, equipment, prototyping facilities, business and technical mentoring, and more.
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May 2018

Follow TechFarms through each month of new growth and stay up to date on the latest tech news in our area and around the world. 

Featured at TechFarms
TechFarms Tenant Reimagines Flyboarding Controller - Succeeds in Worldwide Distribution
Pictured: Ben Merrell, Flytronics, using the F4 Controller

The hydrosport known as Flyboarding was introduced to the world in 2012. At that time the rider needed a second person to drive the personal watercraft, or Jet Ski, and operate the throttle to propel the rider up and down. Several years ago, Flyboard enthusiast and TechFarms tenant, Jeff Elkins, along with his business partner Ben Merrell, founded Flytronics and began developing a handheld wireless remote control device that would control the Jet Ski’s throttle and eliminate the need for a driver. Ultimately, their handheld remote system, known as the F4 Flight Controller, was a huge success among the global Flyboard community since it not only eliminated the need for a driver, but also allowed the riders to control the thrust themselves. Flytronics’ invention has had a major impact to the sport and is considered by many to be the industry’s best wireless flight controller.
Pictured: F4 Controller (left) and Ben Merrell with F4 (right)

However, the path to success is often paved with failures. Flytronics' first 3D printed prototype of the F4 sank in the water, forcing Jeff and his team to redesign the device so that it would float. Other features were added such as Safe Fall, which safely controls the rider’s decent in the event of wireless interference. The F4’s servo unit is attached to the Jet Ski’s handle and pulls a wire attached to the throttle. The current model has three speeds: beginner, intermediate, and professional. It is currently manufactured in China and is sold to Flyboard enthusiasts around the world. 

Upcoming Events
SWUG Meeting 
May 22nd, 2018, 5:00pm-7:30pm
TechFarms, Panama City Beach, FL 
Join SOLIDWORKS users as they gather to learn about the latest software news. Become a part of the SOLIDWORKS community by signing up for the official PCB User Group. Live Streaming will be available. Register here.
TechFarms Open House 2018
May 24th, 2018, 5:30pm-8:00pm
TechFarms, Panama City Beach, FL 
This event is FREE and will be RSVP only. There will be Inventions, Tech Giveaways & Goodies, Food & Refreshments, and an opportunity to mingle with Entrepreneurs, Innovators, and Mentors. Register here.
May 30th, 2018, 6:30pm-8:30pm
TechFarms, Panama City Beach, FL 
TechFarms is hosting its first SOLIDWORKS Class, geared toward beginners and touching on the basics of the program. Only 10 spots are available for this class. Register here.

The First Fully Electric Airplane in Mass Production
Pipistrel has developed the first mass produced electric aircraft that boasts a smaller price tag than the Tesla Model S and is 10x cheaper to run than its gasoline equivalent. 
Meet Pepper, The Humanoid Robot Taking Over Restaurants
Pepper is the first humanoid robot capable of recognizing human emotion; and he will soon be at an airport restaurant near you. To read more about Pepper, click here.
How 3D Printing is Revolutionizing Healthcare
From printing organs to printing pills, find out how 3D printing has the potential to change the lives of millions of people. To read more, click here.
No Refrigeration Necessary: New Tech For Everlasting Shelf-Life
New high tech preservation methods fend off bacteria and spoilage to keep our foods fresher longer, including foods with a short shelf life. To read more, click here.

Monthly Project
Adafruit Color Sensor 
Measure light and color with this simple project designed by Adafruit. TechFarms tried and tested this project with our own instructions and posted results here

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Featured Tech Product
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