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 Alyn Wallace

Ostrich inspired Bionic Boots let you run at up to 25 mph

Ever wanted to run like a superhero? How about an animal? Keahi Seymour has spent more than a decade on the Bionic Boots after being intrigued as a child as to how ostriches could almost effortlessly reach speeds of 25 mph, covering up to 5 metres in a single stride. He has gone through numerous prototypes during his long quest and in its current form, it can offer the wearer a similar experience as the ostrich; running at 25 mph. A spring at the back imitates the achilles tendon of an ostrich, providing the wearer with more downforce into the surface below and as we know […]

Posted by Allison Blackburn

German inventor creates his own James Bond laser watch

Fans of James Bond will know all too well about the fictional spy’s use of his trusted laser watch, the one he uses to save himself from the grips of death in the nick of time. Well, Patrick Priebe whose hobby is creating laser weapons has now come up with his own laser watch that took inspiration from 007. [Image Courtesy of Patrick Priebe] Priebe has made a version of a laser watch that comes with a machined metal body, watch face that is coated in clear carbon fibre, and has part of a salvaged LED watch module. Of course, there […]

Posted by Allison Blackburn

The winning design for the new 11th street Bridge Park in Washington

The new 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington is to be a place of exchange which will have many programmed outdoor spaces and active zones according to the designers. The design for the bridge is from OMA and OLIN and their design was picked following a competition that ran for seven months. The design was chosen by the competition jury in a unanimous decision, along with coming top of a public poll. [Image Courtesy of OMA/OLIN] The 11th street bridges that exist cross over the Anacostia River and are between the Anacostia Park on one side and Washington Navy Yard […]

Posted by Allison Blackburn

The Chopi Chopi megayacht is a luxury floating mansion on the ocean

The Chopi Chopi from CRN shipyard is a luxury megayacht that was recently shown off at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show and it has stunning proportions that are more in common with those of a mansion than a typical superyacht. [Image Courtesy of CRN Shipyard] The megayacht is 80 meters in length and it is among the biggest megayachts of its type designed by Laura Sessa, Paola Zuccon and Giovanni. The yacht cost US$110 million to build and more than 660,000 hours before it was completed, the displacement hull is made from steel and aluminium. [Image Courtesy of CRN Shipyard] […]

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Useful apps that engineers must have

Smartphones and their app stores have undoubtedly changed the world and have made day to day tasks a lot easier. Today we are going to list some useful apps that engineers must have. Whether you need to quickly browse and edit some CAD data or need some formulas at hand, be sure you are ready for everything with your smartphone. SketchBook Mobile Android iTunes Engineers constantly need a place to jot down ideas or make some design sketches. You never know when that genius idea or solution may come to your mind but you’re going to need a canvas to put […]