Space & Innovation

Tasty Tech Eye Candy of the Week (May 30)

This week, we look at 3D-printed motorcycles and buildings, Google's new modular smartphone and a robot waiter that's ready to take your pizza order.

This week, we look at 3D-printed motorcycles and buildings, Google's new modular smartphone and a robot waiter that's ready to take your pizza order.

Above: A new space on the Las Vegas strip, called The Park, not only adds more color to an already dazzling landscape, but it's the first urban park ever set aside in the city. It features tons of seating, fountains, native plants and gorgeous nighttime displays.

Credit: !melk

The world's first electric-powered, 3D-printed motorcycle was just released. Printed by APWorks, a subsidiary of Airbus, the LightRider lives up to its name. It's weighs just 77 pounds and is perfect for city commuting. Unfortunately, the price is not very light. Airbus is manufacturing only 50 and asking US $56,000 each.

Credit: APWorks

First 3D-printed motorcycle? Okay, how's this? The first 3D-printed office building. The 2,690-square-foot space is located in Dubai within the Emirates Towers complex and took just 17 days to print.

Credit: Government of Dubai

Here's a nifty way to never make a left turn again. It's an innovative design for an interchange, where on-coming traffic stops to allow moving cars to gently sweep right and then left again. It may look complicated at first, but watch the video and be impressed.

Credit: Florida DOT

Waiters: you might want to brush off that resume. Mastercard and Pizza Hut just partnered on a project to demonstrate how Pepper the robot can take your order and your job -- both with doe-eyed congeniality. Pepper and his tablet-based ordering system uses MasterCard's MasterPass digital wallet and so if you have that on your smartphone, you can interact with him through voice commands.

Credit: MasterCard

As more and more robots come online in factories and Pizza Huts, knowing how they fare will be important for upkeep. Researchers at Leibniz University of Hannover decided to give robots a kind of nervous system sensor that responds in a way commensurate with pain. With light pain, the robot arm moves slowly away. A sharper pain causes the robot arm to retreat more quickly.

Credit: Leibniz University of Hannover

London-based Studio Octopi has unveiled plans to build a floating pool in the Yarra River in Melbourne. The pool would rely on natural tides to cleanse the pool every time the waters wash in and wash out.

Credit: Studio Octopi

The Sport arm of Renault is having its 40th anniversary and to celebrate, the car company has unveiled the Clio R.S., a high-performance road car. A 2.0-l turbo engine produces 275 hp and 266 ft-lb of torque. That's some muscle.

Credit: Renault

Project Ara from Google is nearly ready for prime time. The phone has six modules that can be swapped, allowing a user to snap in any kind of component they want. Google says that the modular smartphone will begin shipping developer editions near the end of 2016 and have a consumer model ready in 2017.

Credit: Google

A team of researchers in the Soft Machines Lab at Carnegie Mellon University have created a way to embed liquid metal electronics into a highly stretchable matrix. The advance could lead to flexible, electronic skin that can be stretched over any shape.

Credit: Carnegie Mellon University