Underwater Earth Jayne Jenkins
This week, we look to bacteria to light the way and feed our hunger. Then we take to the skies with a few unlikely drones and go beneath the waves with Google. Technology knows no bounds. Enjoy.
Google launched it's new Google Treks website, which allows people to visit off-the-beaten-path places, including Canadian Arctic, the Grand Canyon, Mt. Everest and even the Great Barrier Reef.
Michiko Nitta and Michael Burton’s Algaculture Symbiosis Suit has a series of tubes placed in front of the mouth, that capture carbon dioxide to feed ia constantly-growing population of suit-embedded algae. What's the algae for? Dinner.
Elon Musk, Hyperloop PDF
Entrepreneur Elon Musk revealed details about his Hyperloopconcept for a high-speed transportation system designed to link densely populated cities less than 1,000 miles apart. The vehicle could transport people as well as cars inside aluminum pods that move up to 800 miles per hour through a tube.
Florida Keys Mosquito Control District has announced it will test unmanned aerial vehicles equipped with infrared cameras to detect pools of water likely to contain mosquito larvae. Once the pools are discovered, a ground crew will apply pesticides to wipe out larvae.
FUEL CELL GENERATOR
This dishwasher-sized fuel cell generator could be a game-changer for the person interested in getting off the grid. Redox's PowerSERG 2-80, the Cube, is 90 percent smaller than other generators and runs at 1/10th the cost. It runs on natural gas, propane, biomass or diesel and presumably could be powered by wind or solar.
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The Biobulb contains bacteria genetically engineered to glow in the dark just like lightning bugs, jellyfish and bioluminescent plankton. Placed in a closed ecosystem, the bacteria will glow to produce ambient light.
Textron System’s Battlehawk drone weighs 5.5 pounds and can be flown via an Android-based app. The “kamikaze” aircraft is designed to blow up along with its intended target.
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HOLOGRAPHIC DEATH STAR
Engineers from the School of Electronic & Electrical Engineering at the University of Leeds built a circular display from LEDs and housed it inside a glass globe. The display, controlled by an iOS app, rotates at 300 rpms, and produces a holographic visual effect.
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Japanese engineer Hitoshi Takahashi demonstrates his his beetle-shaped robot named 'Kabutom RX-03 in front of crowd on Aug. 14, 2013. The Kabutom walks on six legs, runs on diesel engines and can also blow smoke from its nose.
How to pronounce their name might be up for debate, but what isn’t up for debate is the universal appeal of animated GIFs. But instead of just enjoying them online, a new Kickstarter campaign called Gifpop! wants to turn your favorite GIFs into coster-like cards you can enjoy offline.
Created by program designers Rachel Binx and Sha Hwang, the project utilizes lenticular film, an old-school 20th Century technology primarily used in childrens books, toys and billboards. A lenticular sheet is comprised of many tiny prisms that, when viewed at different angles, give the illusion of animation.
Each lenticular card can play back around 10 animated frames, which eventually users will first upload to the Gifpop! website prior to production. The campaign has been so popular that not only was its $5,000 pledge goal funded on the first day, it’s now raked in nearly $14,000. Binx and Hwang say they plan to use the excess funds to set up product production and a user-friendly website where content can be uploaded and printed out on different sized cards.
Binx and Hwang also want to cater to GIF artists and create an online space where artists can sell their work. “Gifpop is a product, but it is also a provocation,” the duo says in their pitch video. “We want to explore and build new avenues for digital artists to make a living, and we want to do this in public.”
Credit: Gifpop!, Binx and Hwang