Designed by Niels van Hoof, the Feno notebook is very compact, but it still has enough room for a pop-out mouse and even a CD drive. It explores the future technology of flexible OLED displays to change the shape of our current communication products, which would make them easier to carry without compromise. It features a pop-out mouse that can be taken out from the side of the notebook, and that replaces the traditional space-saving touch pad.
Developed by Neurowear, the ears can be controlled with your thoughts, just concentrate to make them stand up. The wearer concentrates or sees something interesting and the ears stand up. And when you relax, your decreasing brain activity makes the ears fall down. Advertising it as a new communication tool that “increase the human body and ability”, the website introduces the product as a fashion item and gadget that uses brainwaves and other biosensors.
The German automation company Festo has deciphered the flight of birds with the development of the world’s first robotic bird that could pave the way to a new generation of process automation components. Controlled by a radio handset, it can also simply glide through the skies if left to its own devices.
Melody Shiue, an industrial designer of the University of New South Wales has designed a product called, PreVue. It is an e-textile based device that employs latest stretchable display technology over the abdominal region, letting other family members to connect with the fetus in its context. Read More…
Japanese roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro has unveiled his latest creation, and it’s a far cry from the ultra-lifelike robot clones he has produced in the past. Meet Telenoid R1, designed to be a “minimalistic human.” Or a nightmare baby. Shiguro and his collaborators say the idea was to create a teleoperated robot that could appear male or female, old or young, and that could be easily transported. The new design pushes the envelope of human-robot interaction, and Ishiguro is certainly not afraid of exploring the depths of the uncanny valley.
Telenoid is a child-sized telepresence robot through which users can interact with others from a distance. Created in collaboration with Osaka University and Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR), Telenoid is a tool for investigating “the essential elements for representing and transferring humanlike presence,” according to Ishiguro and his team.
Developed by Pukas and Tecnalia, this surfboard isn’t just beautifully designed. It’s also jam-packed with gadgetry. By stowing a gyroscope, accelerometer, GPS, compass, and more on board, it lets surfers measure everything from how fast they took the last wave to how vertical they got. Or in my case, just how hard that last wipe-out hit. Read More…
The energy-generating public art installation Lunar Cubit has won the First Prize at the 2010 Land Art Generator Design Competition. Lunar Cubit is a site specific proposal to be constructed in Abu Dhabi just outside Masdar City, the world’s first zero carbon metropolis once completed. Combining artistic vision with sustainable design and engineering, Lunar Cubit examines the nature of time through nightly contemplation of lunar phases and daily transformation of sunlight into electricity, powering up to 250 homes. Inspired by astronomy, quantum physics and the photoelectric effect, for which Einstein received the Nobel Prize in 1921, this work is open to the public, inviting a personal experience where one can literally reach out and touch a 1.74MW utility scale power plant, in the form of nine monolithic pyramids rising from the sands of Abu Dhabi.
As part of the promotion, transit passengers from 20 specified neighborhoods will get the chance to compete against each other in different video games — and the community that wins the two-month contest will host a block party featuring the rock band OK Go.
To compete, passengers need only to tap the screen and choose one of four games, which range from visual puzzles to sports trivia competitions. Once a rider has selected which neighborhood they want to represent, they can challenge any other waiting passenger to a live competition. Also, for anyone curious about duping the system, Yahoo has set up barriers to prevent any sort of automated competition.
It’s called the Menas Zoom and promises to not have the distortion that plagues most regular magnifying glasses. It zooms in 2.2-3.4x without distorting the text. It’s like zooming in with a DSLR lens.
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Taiwanese researchers have come up with the elegant idea of replacing streetlights with trees, by implanting their leaves with gold nanoparticles. Dr Yen-Hsun Su from Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University discovered that when you add gold nanoparticles to the leaves of Bacopa caroliniana, it induces a red emission in the chlorophyll. Bacopa caroliniana is a plant widely found in the Southern US, but the same reaction might be possible in other plants and trees. Dr Ye-Hsun points out that this is potentially a win-win-win situation, with the glowing plants reducing power usage, and lowering light pollution, while absorbing CO2.
This ingenious triple threat of an idea could simultaneously reduce carbon emissions, cut electricity costs and reduce light pollution, without sacrificing the safety that streetlights bring.
Creative studio Dentsu London worked with photographer Linden Gledhill to create an amazing series of colorful sounds sculptures made using paint droplets as part of a promo for Canon Pixma printers.
“Bringing Color to Life” was funded by Canon to promote their Pixma printer line. It’s beautiful, haunting effect—made all the more fascinating by this look behind the curtain.
These extremely mobile energy generators named MARS, will float high in the air at altitudes ranging from 600 to 1,000 feet (183 to 305 meters). The MARS acronym — not to be confused with the red planet — stands for Magenn Air Rotor System, and its concept is actually pretty down to Earth. Magenn originally designed the turbine for locations where setting up a traditional wind farm isn’t realistic: places with a harsh climate like an Antarctic research station or disaster areas that need quick access to power for emergency and medical equipment.
Akinori Ito, from the Japanese company Blest has developed a machine capable to transform Plastic back into oil to be later used to create gasoline, Diesel and Kerosene. While the process is not so difficult to understand the result is pretty impressive, for every 1kg of plastic, 1 liter of oil can be harvested. Aside from the obvious advantage of this process in targeting issues of plastic recycling, the machine also does not generate any carbon dioxide when put into application.
Plastic to oil fantastic – Akinori Ito
The duo Federica Castagno and Sara Petrucci of Acquacalda have presented their new collection called “Applied Physics,” a range of kitchen gadgets based on the laws of physics.
The collection also includes a self-hydrating plant pot, a glass with a measuring reservoir, a bowl for weighing dry food in water and a vase that indicates the water level inside through its handle.
“One For All, All For One,” fill four glasses simultaneously.
Dutch designers of the Edhv team show a series of pictures achieved by tracking the path of tiny insects.
An experimental technology tracking software allows the mapping of the movement patterns of different species of insect. A new medium of artwork coming from life.
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!
Cube Magic Charger by Zheng Weixi’s is just a concept for now but I hope this becomes a reality soon and we show our love for the Mother Earth.
Simply touch it until it gets its satisfaction and watch your phone or other electronic devices start recharging.
Via [Yanko Design]