Plastic is recycled to make architectural mesh

June 12, 2017

A floor-to-ceiling, twin layer Kaynemaile™ screen in a ruby red color has transformed an outdoor atrium at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, providing rain, wind and code-compliant fall protection. Kaynemaile™ architectural mesh, from “Lord of the Rings” set designer Kayne Horsham, draws on the designer’s experience in the

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Largest aircraft takes to the sky again

May 22, 2017

Photo: Hybrid Air Vehicles. Hybrid Air Vehicles recently completed the Airlander 10’s third test flight, which lasted almost three hours. Called the largest aircraft on the planet, it has no internal structure, but maintains its huge barrel shape due to the pressure stabilization of the helium inside the hull and the

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Let your shoes find your way

May 9, 2017

Photos: Dominic Wilcox. Dominic Wilcox has created functional GPS shoes that promise to guide the wearer to any destination, anywhere in the world. A Global Footprint project in Northamptonshire, U.K., an area famous for shoe making, commissioned Wilcox to create a pair of shoes. As he sketched his way to

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“Kitty Hawk” makes flying over water accessible

May 5, 2017

An new electric aircraft, designed to be flown over fresh water, has been introduced by Kitty Hawk Corp. Dubbed the Kitty Hawk Flyer, the aircraft has been tested and is legal to operate in the United States in uncongested areas under the ultralight category of FAA regulations. Users won’t need

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NASA develops greenhouse for Space

April 27, 2017

Peggy Whitson has now broken the record for longest amount of time spent in space by a U.S. astronaut, with more than 534 days spent in the International Space Station. NASA scientists and agriculture researchers at the University of Arizona are now trying to answer how to feed people who

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Making any surface an interface

April 24, 2017

IMAGE: Welle Sonar The creators of Welle (pronounced vell-uh) wanted to maximize control of devices and applications. The MaxusTech team came up with a way to allow users’ hands to draw letters and other symbols on any surface to create an interface to control smart devices, such as lights, TVs,

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Foldable touch screens could expand sensor capabilities

April 13, 2017

Picture a tablet that you can fold into the size of a phone and put away in your pocket. Or a “skin” that can sense your body’s movements and vital signs. A new sensor developed at the University of British Columbia (UBC) could help make advanced devices with these capabilities

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Duoskin enables accessible e-tattoos

April 7, 2017

Researchers at MIT have developed a temporary, customizable e-tattoo called Duoskin. Photo: © MIT. In her research as an engineer and artist, Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao blends aesthetic and cultural perspectives into the design of on-body electronics. Currently a Ph.D. student at the MIT Media Lab, she is leading a project to

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Design studio develops new shape-shifting materials

April 4, 2017

Universal Everything has developed a series of short, pasted-hued films, each featuring a different product idea that the studio describes as “emerging technologies of flexible displays, shape-shifting materials and context-aware functionality.” The films have been used on plates that can display the nutritional makeup of the food placed on them

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Running on the red planet

March 24, 2017

Photo: Clement Fernandes Y-3 has the answer for people wondering what they’ll wear on their feet the next time they land on Mars. Designer Clement Fernandes has come up with a solution to the 21st-century problem, creating a pair of Y-3 SpaceX concept shoes specifically designed for running on the

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