Nov
26
Astronauts on the ISS print first 3D part in space

Author : Lara Lopes, 26 November 2014

Astronauts on the ISS print first 3D part in space

The International Space Station crew has successfully manufactured the first 3D object in space, a landmark that could pave the way for long-term space exploration. The 3D printer was designed by Made in Space and was carried to the ISS by SpaceX following tests in a ‘vomit comet’. [Image Courtesy of NASA] The technology is revolutionary and those working in space exploration hope that it will usher in a new age of out of this world manufacturing. It allows those in space to print as needed, rather than having to estimate which parts are likely to break and having to take excess […]


Nov
26
Do you know why Heineken bottles used to be square?

Author : Alyn Wallace, 26 November 2014

Do you know why Heineken bottles used to be square?

As the Earth’s resources are continually being depleted, building from recycled materials is becoming more and more common. But, would you ever consider an empty beer bottle to be the fundamental bricks of your new home? There are actually a plethora of buildings that boast glass bottle walls from houses, chapels and even a Buddhist temple. But the technology is nothing that new. Back in 1960, executives at the Heineken brewery drew up a plan for a “brick that holds beer,” a rectangular beer bottle that could also be used to build homes. In 1864, a man named Gerard Adriaan Heineken […]


Nov
26
The 3rd Qatar 2022 World Cup stadium will have temperature controlled pitch

The 2022 World Cup is going to be held in Qatar (well, maybe) and we have already seen the designs for two of the stadiums, the Al Wakrah and the Al Bayt. Now a third has been revealed and this is the existing Khalifa International Stadium, which will receive a makeover to bring it bang up to date and feature technology that will keep the pitch temperature controlled. [Image Courtesy of Qatar Supreme Committee For Delivery & Legacy] The Khalifa International Stadium was built in 1976 and underwent restorations in 2006 when the Asian Games were held. The first of the […]

Posted by Allison Blackburn

Flow extends control over your devices increasing productivity

People are familiar with using a mouse or a touchscreen to control their devices, however, Scenic are looking to extend your control over your devices with their new physical and gesture control device, Flow. Combining physical controls with gestures they are hoping to create a new experience to let you command your devices. [Image Courtesy of Scenic] The Flow device works in three different ways. The owner can tap on the top of the device, use the metal ring in a rotation fashion and also float their hand over the device where Flow picks up movements and translates these into actions. Haptic feedback comes into […]

Posted by Alyn Wallace

The unpowered Fortis exoskeleton lets you lift heavy tools indefinitely

Lockheed Martin have developed a next-generation, unpowered, lightweight exoskeleton called the Fortis that will provide the user strength, endurance and flexibility. Unlike other exoskeletons, it is lightweight and low profile and doesn’t require a power source. [Image Courtesy of Lockheed Martin] The Fortis exoskeleton transfers loads through the exoskeleton to the ground in standing or kneeling positions and allows operators to use heavy tools as if they were weightless. The ergonomic design utilises biomechanics to move naturally with the body and adapt to different body types and heights. It has joints in the parts of the body that would regularly have joints […]

Posted by Lara Lopes

Watch: F1 transporter jumps speeding Lotus F1 car in epic world-record stunt!

A giant semi-truck sets a new Guinness world record after catapulting over a speeding Lotus F1 car. The jump was made as an advert for EMC technology, who are technology partners for Lotus F1 team. Check it out in the video below: In fact the drivers, Mike Ryan and Martin Ivanov, are experience stunt drivers in various Bond, Bourne, and Fast and Furious films, so perhaps the cinematic quality of the leap shouldn’t be so surprising. The Lotus team are now in possession of an impressive new world record as the F1 transporter managed to clear the longest ever truck jump […]

Posted by Allison Blackburn

Get gourmet coffee brewed easily at home thanks to Coffee Gourmet

If the Coffee Gourmet Kickstarter project goes to plan then you could enjoy gourmet coffee in the comfort of your own home and it’s simple and easy to make the perfect cup. [Image Courtesy of Coffee Gourmet] Often, you don’t need to make more than one cup of coffee and for those people who like a lone cup of joe, the Coffee Gourmet could be the perfect solution for you. What’s more, it is said to make a coffee that has superior flavour. This is down to the fact that the brews strength can be changed simply by exposing more […]