The bullet train is moving all the time. If there are 30 stations between Beijing and Guangzhou , just stopping and accelerating again at each station will waste both energy and time.
A mere 5 min stop per station will result in a total loss of 5 min x 30 stations or 2.5 hours of train journey time!
Russian Roman Abramovich is a billionaire. That means he gets to buy ridiculously luxuries, from fast cars to posh estates and $52,000 lunches. He owns a Boeing 767 called “The Bandit,” and now he owns a 557-foot mega-yacht, the “Eclipse,” which cost him anywhere between $400 million and $1.2 billion.
According to the Times:
Infrared lasers detect the electronic light sensors in nearby cameras, known as charge-coupled devices. When the system detects such a device, it fires a focused beam of light at the camera, disrupting its ability to record a digital image.
The beams can also be activated manually by security guards if they spot a photographer loitering.
Russian designer Tanya Minina signs the undersea universe of a Moscow apartment. Fiber optics is used as room divider as well as ornament, like strings of chandeliers which hang down like anemones or jellyfishes.
The Aptera 2e is an ultra-efficient entirely green three-wheel car that will be on sale at some point this year. Aptera Motors has been working on this battery powered electric car for many years, with a curved aerodynamic design as one of the main efficiency feature.
A neural engineer from Case Western Reserve University is reviving paralysed limbs with an electricity hack. Schiefer, a neural engineer at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. is describing an experiment in which pulses of electricity are used to control the muscles of an unconscious patient, as if they were a marionette. It represents the beginnings of a new generation of devices that he hopes will allow people with paralysed legs to regain control of their muscles and so be able to stand, or even walk again.
The cuff was temporarily implanted on the femoral nerves of seven patients undergoing routine thigh surgery. Pulses of current 250 microseconds long were used to selectively and independently activate the muscles that extend the knee and flex the hip joint when a person stands up. The pulses were not enough to bend the joints as much as they would when standing, but the results suggest that longer pulses should stimulate the muscles to provide enough force to support the body’s weight.
Via [New Scientist]
Yang Yongchang has come up with a cool concept of introducing a folding laptop.The laptop has a screen, which folds down like any standard notebook. It has larger QWERTY keyboard and hence, it is easier to type.
A noticed solar-powered mega-yacht has just come on the market, the luxurious WHY 37×24. Created by Monaco-based yacht maker Wally in collaboration with Paris-based fashion house Hermes, it’s 37 meters long and 24 meters wide.
It has a swimming pool and is powered by a diesel-electric engine and 390 square meters of rooftop solar panels. Its hull design makes it requires less power at cruising speed than another boat of equal size. The engine and solar panels bring down the energy consumption by up to 30 percent for propulsion and 50 percent for generation.
Original innovation with hybrid gasoline/hydraulic drive system, the IngoCar just had its design sketches released from its manufacturer Valentin Technologies based in Winsconsin. The project of a five-seater mid-size vehicle which is claimed to achieve 170 mpg fuel efficiency.
Acceleration from 0-60 in 4 seconds, a range of 1,000 miles for a full 6 gallon tank of fuel, recuperation of the energy while braking, and roomy areas for passengers and trunks. The future seems to be so near.
See the aerial collection of transparent furnitures the Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka will launch at the Kartell showroom in Milan next month.
Jump into the future with the “O” Kitchen designed by a Brazilian team. A shiny giant sphere (7 feet) unfolds to reveal a complete working kitchen created to be easily portable and fit smaller places.
The “O” Kitchen is practical: it includes a dishwasher, microwave, sink, refrigerator and even a smell and steam exhaust.
Star Wars fans with a cable clutter problem will love this original Cable Management System from Geekcook. The All Terrain Armored Transport (AT-AT) model looks almost like the real one. In addition to organizing cables and hiding power strips,it offers storage and gadget drawers.
A perfect illustration of French innovation is the Zep’lin designed by Damien Grossemy for Renault. Scheduled for 2015, the project is today an new symbol of eco-design for the car manufacturer.
If you don’t want to waste any space of you swimming pool, this inginious ‘Hydrofloors’ are vertically movable floors that can be raised to different levels or completely to turn the surface of the pool into a usable floor.
Mixing hydroponic techniques with the latest solar technology, the Light Tree is the best street lamp with nature’s touch! Its unique system is entirely powered by renewable energy and allows to grow plants.
Made with hemp fiber and linseed oil based resins., The Hermes 66 Eco Yacht by Ben Mazur is a very eco-friendly yacht. Its engine uses sustainable hydrofoil and aerofoil technologies to provide performance comparable to a motor-yacht. Eat your heart out Larry Ellison.
Osusowake which means sharing in Japanese booms the possibilities of conventional potting. This planting system, designed by Kenma, re-thinks the notion of plants, allowing to grow and distribute them to your friends and family.
Luke Jerram demonstrates that wind can create beauty with his last installation called “Aeolus.”
Inspired by traditional Aeolus harps, the “Aeolus” installation captures winds melody through its acoustic pavilion. It consists of a dome of tubes which, when the wind blows over them, create melodies similar to the way wind instruments do.
Lovingly constructed by Sydney-based designer Michael, the Misa guitar has 24 frets and a large multifunctional touchscreen, which you can use to interface with the appropriate software on your pc. It is an advanced type of MIDI controller that is powered by a 500MHz AMD Geode CPU and runs Linux under the hood, but don’t worry; you don’t need Linux to use the guitar . The Linux firmware code is open source, which allows programmers to modify it to their liking. While MIDI controllers and guitar-emulating synthesizers are nothing new to the music world, the Misa guitar is not your average key/knob/fader MIDI controller.
I am obsessed with digital guitar. But I also love electric guitar, and I have learned what it’s good at and what it’s capable of. Some of its most important qualities and characteristics stem from the very fact that the electric guitar is made out of wood and strings. A guitar string is “beautiful” – because the sound generated comes from the very vibration of the string, interfering with a magnetic flux and inducing an electric voltage, which is then amplified. Why would you want to emulate that? It is perfection. It is pure nature. It is in the analog domain. I did not intend the Misa digital guitar to replicate a traditional guitar.