When it comes to exploring the vast unknown that is space, one of the biggest problems is, ironically, a lack of space. But now a team of research engineers at Brigham Young University, led by professor Larry Howell, are thinking outside the box to figure out how to get more inside the box and have begun applying origami principles to rigid solar panels. Collaborating with NASA and origami expert Robert Lang, their model origami solar array could be transported into space expand to almost 10 times its stored size once unfolded. [Read more...]
File this under ‘Things You Must Do.’ Miami-based company NightSUP has been putting a bright new twist on stand up paddleboarding, making boards surrounded by a bright strip of LED lights. Originally designed to enhance safety on night paddles, the feature also gives you a fantastic view of the nighttime sea floor and its wildlife. [Read more...]
We are pleased to present the best thing to happen to bread since sliced bread. Have you ever ripped a delicious fresh piece of bread to shreds as you battled with butter right out of the refrigerator? You end up with one big mouth full of butter in one bite and none in the next. It’s not pretty. But now there is a better way. The innovative team at DM Initiatives has created the most incredible, yet simple, kitchen utensil which they appropriately call The Stupendous Splendiferous ButterUp. This magical device turns cold butter into easily spreadable ribbons that melt like butter on your breakfast toast. Aside from the ease of spread-ability, the gadget will also help you use less butter, which can cut a lot of calories from your diet. [Read more...]
As one commenter on Vimeo said: “Someone get this technology to Björk immediately!!” Japanese producer Nobumichi Asai and Omote have created a perfect synergy between real-time face tracking and projection mapping – and the results are far out.
This video demonstrates the real-time transformation of a woman’s face from completely normal (besides some tiny tracking markers) into something shockingly different. In quick succession, her face changes from its natural state, to covered in thick makeup, and then to things far more psychedelic. [Read more...]
You don’t hear many people complaining about jets having too many windows. The row of tiny peepholes they call windows are a poor view to the spectacular world outside, but Technicon Design – France has hit upon a stunning business jet concept that would really change that.
For their IXION Windowless Jet Concept they’ve completely eliminated windows in the cabin, instead imagining an interior lined with curving video screens. Using fuselage and wing mounted cameras, an unparalleled real-time panoramic view of the outside world would be displayed for passengers. Even Superman would be jealous of this luxury. [Read more...]
Here’s some tactile nostalgia… but it might give you seriously sore thumbs. Spanish photographer Javier Laspiur has created a trip through the game controllers of yesterday, capturing a familiar, first-person view of many well remembered systems from the last 3 decades. A long time fan of gaming, his series doesn’t record the year the device came out, but instead makes it personal, tracking the first year he laid hands on each system. [Read more...]
Already dubbed the “iPhone on rails” and the “Batmobile,” Moscow streets may soon be rolling with these highly futuristic new trams called the Russia One, or R1. Debuted last week by tank and train maker Uralvagonzavod, or UVZ, the next-generation tram looks to bring an ultra-modern transportation system to thousands of miles of Soviet-era tracks. [Read more...]
You’re probably familiar with the 3rd person view in all sorts of video games… even Mario Kart used it. With a viewpoint placed just behind and above the character you’re playing, it gives you a clear understanding of where you are in a virtual space – something a first person view doesn’t always communicate so clearly. Now, two Polish designers have created that unusual perspective in real life – thanks to an Oculus Rift, and two GoPros mounted high on a custom backpack. [Read more...]
If you are tired of having to carry an extra keyboard for your tablet, there is a new device in development for keyboard free typing. It is called Air Type and is basically a cuff-like design that attaches to the top of each hand. Ingeniously, it wirelessly translates your finger movements into readable type. [Read more...]
The Sea of Galilee in Israel is world famous for stories about Jesus and his disciples from 2000 years ago. Also known as Lake Kineret, it is a beautiful part of Isreal and provides 35% of the countries potable water. On the Eastern shore of the lake, there is a large Kibbutz community that was established in 1937. It is called Ein Gev and out of the 273 existing Kibbutz communities in Israel, it is one of the most famous. [Read more...]