Update on June 28:
There’s now another video with some other perspectives of this plane. So, I don’t think it’s fake:
The name of the author is "Bin Xu", aka "徐斌" in Chinese. Due to his flight been judged "improper" in China by some department, I cannot find any of his material now. But I will try to update this post. Thanks for understanding and I have to say, if the previous video offend you guys, this video may regarded as an ‘apologize’.
Another near look of this cute stuff:
A screen shot here:
The video here: (Thanks to Youku.com and Youtube.com)
I’ve been very busy with some private stuff recently. Sorry for no news for a while. Of course, I am also working on the code behind ifgogo project. And there will be a very fair "rewarding system" for every author.
Today, I’m gonna share you something popular on the internet in China. Here is an awesome and popular-spread video about a farmer’s DIY airplane. And it has a very cool name among Chinese people: "Shanzhai huaxiangji".
It’s a funny story and let me tell you here:
Shanzhai, aka 山寨 in Chinese, means "little mountain village"; "Huaxiangji", aka 滑翔机 in Chinese, means "glider". I use airplane here just to let you know that’s something flying on the air ;)
So why people say that the stuff is coming from some villages? Sounds weird? Well, it turns to another story in China. Date back to 2007, due to an open(maybe leak?) source of MTK platfrom (a wireless communication development platform), there are millions of cell phone factories burst out in south China. These factories made lots of famous-brand cell-phone-copies in a short period of time. They just copied the outline and software design from Nokia, Apple iPhone etc. The manufacturing cost is very low so many people are involved. However, these cell phones are not all completely copied. They are even totally redesigned and added a lot of features. A brand called "NCIKA" even went very popular in China. People’re even joking that the farmers in big mountains can develop and design a cell phone too. So many people call it "Shanzhai Ji" (Ji, aka 机, means machine in Chinese, here means cell phone) and then the name is widespread in China.
Since then, many funny/weird stuff from ordinary people are called "shanzhai" something, and that’s why this plane is named "Shanzhai Huaxiangji" in Chinese :)