Solar Roadways is a modular paving system built from hexagonal solar panels that are tough enough to withstand almost anything traffic can throw at them. They can be used for roads, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks and bike paths—basically, any surface where bitumen, concrete or paving stones would be applied. Because they are modular, damaged units can be replaced easily. Other innovative features include LEDs for signage and road markings, heating elements to melt snow, and channels for both data cables and storm water run off. The system is designed to pay for itself over its lifetime through the generation of electricity. Individual houses and businesses could be connected directly to the power generated around them, and according to its creators, “a nationwide system could produce more clean renewable energy than a country uses as a whole.”
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NASA is pretty cool, they have 3 next generation spacesuit designs concepts and are letting the public vote on which one they will move forward with… NASA’s Z-2 Suit is the newest prototype in its next-generation spacesuit platform, the Z-series. As a follow-up to the previous Z-1 suit, which was named one of Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2012, the Z-2 takes the next step in fidelity approaching a final flight-capable design. Most exciting, the Z-2 marks several milestones for NASA:
- First surface-specific planetary mobility suit to be tested in full vacuum
- First use of 3D human laser scans and 3D-printed hardware for suit development and sizing
- Most advanced use of impact resistant composite structures on a suit upper and lower torso system
- First integration of the suit-port concept with a hard upper torso suit structure
- Most conformal and re-sizeable hard upper torso suit built to date
Check out the 3 newest space spacesuit designs and letting the public vote on which one they will move forward on…
A green, tree-lined valley in Yeongyang-gun, South Korea could soon be turned from a picturesque slice of nature into a scene out of a sci-fi film, complete with giant glass domes encapsulating the landscape. Despite disrupting nature in the short term, the plan is actually a national research and conservation effort, and architect and engineering firm Samoo recently unveiled its winning designs for the project, the National Research Center for Endangered Species, to be built there.
Most eye catching are the giant glass biodomes that will be build along the hillside. According to FastCo Exist, these closed-off ecosystems will be used to breed and raise endangered birds before releasing them back into the wild. The domes’ looming height is apparently a necessity to allow the birds to adapt. Another group of buildings will reportedly focus on breeding and studying other endangered species, including certain fish, frogs, tortoises, foxes, and deer.
The Andrea Air Purifier is a brilliant partnership between man and plant that accelerates nature’s natural ability to clean air in order to detoxify the atmosphere inside your home. amplifying the air cleaning ability of a plant with the help of a mechanical fan that moves air past the plant’s leaves, through the soil and roots and out through a water tray that collects toxins. Check out the interview with designer Tom Hadfield from Andrea to talk about how this amazing gadget is able to clean the air in your home 1000% better than a normal houseplant. Check out the video interview above!
Believe it or not you could be looking at the future of solar energy. Say hi to Rawlemon, a solar ball lens that is quickly making its way to market…The future of energy looks pretty cool.
This perfectly spherical glass ball is the work of a German architect named André Broessel, who began working on it three years ago with the aim of making solar power more efficient and less expensive, a technology available to everyone, everywhere. “Our product is democratic,” he told me recently over email. “Imagine, we are conceiving autonomous products able to concentrate the light even during a cloudy day, which are generating sun powered energy wherever you are in the world. Energy for free.”
Technology companies have been trying to make computers speak “naturally” since before the PC was first introduced. Now, with more advanced software and an elaborately crafted process, companies are getting closer to making computer-human interaction seamless. In this feature, take a look at how Nuance Communications, the company behind Siri, makes machines that can talk to us. [Read more...]
Looks like a lot of fun!
Innerspace Productions, develops customized high performance submersible watercrafts called Seabreachers. Founded in 1997 by Rob Innes (a New Zealand boat builder) and Dan Piazza (a machinist), the vessels can go up to 40mph on the surface and 20mph under water. Because they are positively buoyant, the vessel cannot sink. When diving too deep, the engine will immediately lose power and the craft will float back up to the surface. The watercraft can jump, dive and roll much like the sharks and dolphins they were designed to mirror.
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The SpaceX founder’s “Hyperloop” concept, which he promises will transport people between Los Angeles and San Francisco in just 35 minutes, was revealed today via a 57-page online proposal. Musk notes in his blog post that he “was quite disappointed” when California’s high-speed rail system was approved. Most disenchanted by the slow speed of the rail, Musk hardly sat around and complained about the Golden State’s lackluster transport options. He envisioned his own futuristic option, one that he feels is “the right solution for the specific case of high traffic city pairs that are less than about 1500 km or 900 miles apart.”
Musk, 36, writes in his “open source transportation concept” proposal, “Short of figuring out real teleportation, which would of course be awesome (someone please do this), the only option for super-fast travel is to build a tube over or under the ground that contains a special environment.” He then elaborates on some of the technical hurdles associated with various design possibilities. “At one extreme of the potential solutions is some enlarged version of the old pneumatic tubes used to send mail and packages within and between buildings.” But Musk notes that “the friction of a 350 mile long column of air moving at anywhere near sonic velocity against the inside of the tube is so stupendously high that this is impossible for all practical purposes.”
“Another extreme is the approach, advocated by Rand and ET3, of drawing a hard or near hard vacuum in the tube and then using an electromagnetic suspension,” writes Musk. “The problem with this approach is that it is incredibly hard to maintain a near vacuum in a room, let alone 700 miles (round trip) of large tube with dozens of station gateways and thousands of pods entering and exiting every day.” [Read more...]
With the progression of technology comes the ability to complete many tasks without being physically present. Recently, the landscape of mobile and micro payment has been evolving to further simplify the process of transferring funds. [Read more...]
Lets just say….cray! Peep video [Read more...]
Unlike its biggest competitor, the Sony Playstation 4 ($400) isn’t a one-room-entertainment system. Sure, it has all the things we expect from a next-generation console: a blazing-fast processor, lots of memory, and killer graphics (thanks to an 8-core x86 chip and 8 GB of GDDR5 RAM). And it has all the video services you’d expect, though it won’t connect to your cable, or respond to gestures and voice commands. But it does have something, in addition to the cheaper price point, that Playstation fans and maybe some converts will love. Sony places none of the restrictions on used games that its competitor enforces, and it doesn’t require you to be online to play. We like that a lot.
Whoa, pretty cool!
The frequencies used are just above the audible range at about 22 kilohertz and when the two speakers are aligned they create two sets of sound waves, perfectly interfering with each other creating a phenomenon known as a standing wave. This allows the objects to levitate in areas within the waves known as nodes as the acoustic pressure is enough to cancel the force of gravity.
In the war for tech geek mindshare, Microsoft has never been shy about going after the competition. Check out the spot here [Read more...]
Over the years flash drives have become smaller and more portable, but this set of four 1GB drives packaged in a business card-sized configuration is among the most inventive designs we’ve seen yet. Developed by Kurt Rampton and the BOLTgroup, the gadget goes by the name GIGS.2.GO and is constructed with 100% post-consumer molded paper pulp with zero plastic. Best of all, each individual drive can be torn off 1 gigabyte at a time for easy tear and share use. And since it’s made of paper, labeling is as easy as grabbing a pen and writing directly onto the surface of each tab. Check out more [Read more...]
Things are about to get crazy, to watch video [Read more...]
For those who don’t already know, Glass is basically a computer that is built into the frame of a pair of glasses. Essentially, it’s the device that will make augmented reality part of our daily lives. To see video and learn more [Read more...]