If you’ve ever stepped foot in a candy store, then you are well aware that sugar can take on all kinds of shapes and colors. This is what makes it the perfect medium for the world’s first 3D food printers. 3D Systems unveiled the edible 3D printers called Chefjet and Chefjet Pro at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas last weekend. The printers create unique geometric shapes that look too good to eat and can print in milk chocolate or sugar in the flavors of mint, cherry, or sour apple. [Read more...]
In a world where each day more people are becoming familiar with technology and its social utilities, Stanford University is playing host to the first ever Compassion and Technology conference, which will bring social entrepreneurs, engineers and scientists together for discussion about technology designed to enhance compassion. [Read more...]
These new artworks by Chad Wys are the type of project that make innovations happen. In their distinct elements they aren’t that unique – some multi-colored paint here, a porcelain statue there – but it’s how his contemporary and historical forms interact that make the difference. Wys has a knack for combining dissimilar elements in ways that create surprising and thought provoking new artistic directions. [Read more...]
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A digital media student in Germany, Dennis Siegel, has put on his engineering hat to create a small device that can collect energy from thin air. Siegel explains,
“We are surrounded by electromagnetic fields which we are producing for information transfer or as a byproduct. Many of those fields are very capacitive and can be harvested with coils and high frequency diodes. Accordingly, I built special harvesting devices that are able to tap into several electromagnetic fields to exploit them.”
Although Siegel’s device only charges a single AA battery in a 24 hour period, the implications of this discovery are endless. [Read more...]
For anyone who has had the pleasure of driving through a seasonally cold area in the hot summer time, you were probably treated to one of the funny anomolies of such areas: road signs warning of icing on a hot day. It might be a scorcher outside, but that sign is still warning every car going by to watch out on the next curve… it could be icy ahead. Now, as part of the first prototypes for his ‘Smart Highway‘ project, Dutch designer and innovator Daan Roosegaarde has come up with an interesting solution for alerting drivers of a cold road – and it’s far smarter than the signs of the past. [Read more...]
Have you wanted to share your ideas and grow them in an environment not hindered by difficult visa procedures and US immigration? Welcome to Blueseed, Silicon Valleys visa-free offshore startup community. A place for entrepreneurs of any nationality, Blueseed offers an environment where visionaries can collaborate and grow their startup until it receives funding and can proceed to settle in the San Francisco Bay Area. [Read more...]
Now this is a great way to visualize a survey. For the second year running, GE has asked senior business executives the world over (2,800 to be exact) to weigh in with their opinions on 5 different dimensions of innovation: the role of government, new models of innovation, spurring innovation, innovation culture, innovation actors and optimism from innovation. [Read more...]
With the world’s economies still badly slumping, many people are looking for answers to jump start their once vibrant nations, and more importantly, put some more money in their wallets. One way to keep nations working is to continue coming up with new, world changing ideas. This graphic details the world’s most innovative countries, not relying only on how many patent filings take place per nation – a common assumption of how innovative a country is – but also takes into consideration the success of those patents, their global reach and influence on the world. [Read more...]
Hitchhiking: It’s something your parents told you never to do, right? Meet Jeremy Marie from France. To date, he has traveled 74,000 miles through 64 countries all by hitchhiking. And he’s still alive.
His purpose for all the travel is simple: “to prove that the planet Earth is mainly occupied by people with good intentions.” Through his travels, he has proved just that, having been given 1,285 rides and making friends with people all over the world. [Read more...]