Oct
20
Apple CarPlay makes its first appearance on infotainment system from Pioneer

Apple unveiled their CarPlay in March earlier this year and Apple fans who own their own vehicle would definitely have taken an interest in the coming tech. They did say that the system would be integrated in only selected cars at first and one of the brands invited to adopt the tech was Pioneer. They have now come up with three multimedia systems that can be fitted into any car and will allow drivers to control their Apple devices. [Image Courtesy of Pioneer] The Pioneer devices mean that owners don’t have to rely on Bluetooth connections and instead link the iPhone to […]


Oct
20
Spira charges a mobile phone in style

Author : Allison Blackburn, 20 October 2014

Spira charges a mobile phone in style

All phones need charging at some point in time, with some needing a charge more often than others. Now thanks to Spira, the time your phone is spent charging has just become more exciting as the phone becomes an interactive work of art. [Image Courtesy of ECAL] Spira was the brainchild of Alice Robbiani, a design student studying at École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL) in Switzerland. Without the phone attached to it, Spira is just a plain frame with a design of wood in it. However, it comes alive the moment a smartphone is attached to it by way […]


Oct
20
Watch: Enormous Horse-Dragon Robot Takes On Gigantic Spider

In something like a scene out of a Transformers film, an enormous horse-dragon robot and a gigantic mechanical spider have been battling it out in downtown Beijing. The show is stirring awe in the Chinese capital and is celebrating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between France and China. “Long Ma”, which means a fine horse in the shape of a dragon, takes on the spider called “The Princess” in a robotic puppet show loosely based on the Chinese creation myth of the goddess Nuwa, who made people out of yellow mud and saved humanity from apocalypse after one of the pillars […]

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The New Biggest Ship In The World

The position of greatest ship in the world now belongs to a new vessel; the Pieter Schelte built by DSME and Allsease, an absurdly big ship that is able to lift and carry an entire oil platform by itself. It is in the catamaran ship category along with two other ships that can achieve good speed even with insane sizes, as is the case here. The above photograph, taken in South Korea during a test, is very rare: the Pieter Schelte is almost never seen at sea, despite already being well in advanced stages of construction. The ship has impressive measurements: 382m x 117m, […]

Posted by Allison Blackburn

Living in the S-House is like living inside a goldfish bowl

Tokyo is well-known for its many quirky, unique and unusual designs for homes, however, there is one from the Japanese architect Yuusuke Karasawa that stands out above the rest, the S-House. This is thanks to the fact that the whole façade of the home has been made from glass. It would almost be like living inside a square goldfish bowl where anyone and everyone walking past can peer inside. [Image Courtesy of Yuusuke Karasawa Architects] The home was completed this year and is situated close to the Omiya train station in Tokyo. The house rises up in a plot of […]

Posted by Allison Blackburn

Football pitch lights powered by footballers thanks to Pavegen

UK company Pavegen installed their first order three years ago and their tiles make use of the kinetic energy generated by pedestrians. Since that first installation they have gone on to install their tiles in schools and at the Paris Marathon. Now. the company have teamed up with Shell on one of their biggest projects to date. They have helped rejuvenate a run-down community football field in Rio de Janerio by setting up its own off grid power supply which will benefit the entire community. [Image Courtesy of Pavegen] The project is one part of the “Make the Future” program of Shell […]

Posted by Lara Lopes

Can’t Cook? Maybe A Smart Pan Could Help!

Having trouble cooking and counting calories? The Smartypan teaches the recipe step by step and even monitors the amount of calories in the dish. The new invention is now seeking crowd funding on Indiegogo. The pan has weight, humidity and temperature sensors and the data obtained from them is displayed to the cook through a smartphone app. This also allows the user to see more than a thousand recipes and share recipes that they created. When choosing a recipe, the user is instructed by the app on how to prepare it – getting information about ingredients, cooking time, serving size and calories […]