Physicist and artist Todd Johnson makes shockfossils, lightning-style sculptures, created with a 5 million volt particle accelerator.
Passing Cloud by Tiago Barros is a recently submitted project for the international ideas competition: Life at the Speed of Rail, promoted by Van Alen Institute and the Department of Cultural affairs of New York City. Although it wasn’t one of the winning proposals, Passing Cloud reveals a strong conceptual approach that is worth noting: It is a new vision on travelling, based on the old Zeppelins.
Light Blue Opitcs has won the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Innovation Awards 2010 prize for Product Design with its Light Touch – an interactive projector that turns any flat surface into a touch screen. Light Touch™ not only frees multimedia content from the confines of the small screen, but also lets users interact with that content in the same way as they expect to on their other hand-held devices – using touch technology.
Coffee Time alarm – The idea is to wake up with the smell of coffee. You pre-set your favorite coffee capsule into the hour-glass shaped alarm. At wake-up time, the steaming brew just pours into a waiting cup and the strong aroma of coffee arouses you. Designer: Elodie Delassus
From Yanko Design and designer Anna-Karin Bergkvist comes this concept of a tree planting robot. The eco-friendly four legged machine can plant trees with the help of its long planting arm and the planting head. The legs reduce the pressure applied on the floor of the forest, enabling the robot to be smaller and move through rough terrain. By using hot steam to destroy competing vegetation (choking vines that kill trees, for example), it poses no threat to the animals that afterward come upon planting spots.
Petr Kubik has designed this all-in-one-piece that includes the glasses, intuitive stylus and expandable screens. The screen can be enlarged by sliding out the display from the center, and there are solar panels at the back of the display. The 3D apps support 3D movies and camera plus allow you to make surreal calls with family and friends that pop out of the screen!
Aiptek is set to release the world’s first camcorder and digital projector. The device will be able to project content up to 65 inches diagonally. It generates power from a LED light and captures still images at 5 megapixels and HD video to be stored in a built-in 2GB of memory. The Z20 will be launched in Europe in April for 349€ . Check out the video.
Inkjet Printed Solar Cells
Massachusetts-based Konarka Technologies has developed and successfully demonstrated the ability to print solar cells with an inkjet printer. By using the inkjet printing process in the manufacturing of solar cells, the need for “clean rooms” is eliminated, and manufacturers can work with a number of different substrates, including plastics, and different colors.