New REM energy managment system is an innovative approach to storing power generated by renewable energy
One of the problems with energy generated from renewable energy sources is that the energy provided by them can be at times intermittent due to factors such as weather. For this reason it is important to have a means of energy storage.…Read More »
What if each time someone or something touched your skin, it lit up like a rainbow or celestial light. Well, that won’t happen to humans any time soon, but it will happen to robots in the years to come. Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, are hard at work trying to design a super-thin skin that reacts to touch by emitting lights.…Read More »
Bottom’s up! Swedish engineer Andreas Hammar has engineered a new device capable to taking sweaty clothes, ringing them out and turning the moisture into drinkable water that is actually cleaner than his local tap water.
The machine will spin around and heat the clothing to remove the sweat embedded in it; afterwards, using a technique called membrane distillation, the sweat vapor will then be moved through a special membrane created by Hammar that only leads the water molecules pass.…Read More »
Modders have created a radically new instrument known as The Spine. The device illustrates a never before seen means of interacting with an instrument in order to create music. The Spine is attached to the body of a dancer and their body movements produce musical sounds.…Read More »
A recently started Kickstarter campaign has been started which aims to generate electricity using shoe insoles in order to charge mobile devices like cell phones, smartphones, tablets, etc. The project goes by the name of SolePower and was started by former Carnegie Mellon University students, Matthew Staton and Hahna Alexander while they were pursuing Mechanical Engineering studies.…Read More »
Engineers develop steerable paper planes and maple seeds… as in having the ability to control where they land
Dr. Paul Pounds of Australia’s University of Queensland and his robotics team have created a pair of inexpensive, disposable UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles).
Yes, you have read that right; the drones, if I am permitted to use that word, will be quite cheap and will be able to be manufactured easily because of their design and materials used.…Read More »
People have made some stupid things with 3D printers, while other people have made some pretty awesome things. The common link between those things are the 3D printers themselves, which don’t come very cheap. Some are cheaper than others, but most cost well over $1000.…Read More »
The Igor I. Sikorsky prize is quite the prestigious award. It was started 33 years ago by the American Helicopter Society (AHS) and promised $250 000 to the person who fulfilled the requirements for the prize. The requirements, you ask? Oh nothing much.…Read More »
GROVER is a remotely operated, solar powered, and student designed vehicle used by researchers in freezing temperatures
Due to the effects of global warming, Greenland’s ice sheet is melting at a fairly rapid pace and researchers have turned to the help of a student designed, solar powered rover in order to assist them in surveying the damage done.…Read More »
Most of us use a traditional mouse to control the movements of the mouse cursor on our computers but take a look at the Skymouse in the image above; the lady is controlling he mouse cursor using her fingertips and hand gestures.…Read More »
In the earlier part of this year, Carnegie Mellon University was able to test out a modular snake-like robot at an abandoned nuclear power plant. The robot was developed by the University’s Biorobotics lab and is intended to perform inspections as well as search-and-rescue operations.…Read More »
One of the best things about playing Team Fortress 2 is being an engineer and setting up automated turrets to desecrate your enemies. You can run around and collect parts and materials to repair turrets, and let the automated machines rack up player kills.…Read More »
Omer Haciomeroglu was recently awarded an IDSA International Design Excellence award for his concept for a robot — known as the ERO Concrete Recycling Robot — which if it comes to fruition, will be able to break down concrete as well as process and prepare it to be used again.…Read More »
This is one of the fundamental questions that I have asked myself on several occasions in the past. Outside is noisy but inside is hot — should I close the window or burn to death in an inferno?
Luckily, according to a Gizmodo report, Seong-Hyun Lee of the Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials and Sang-Hoon Kima at the South Korea Mokpo National Maritime University have developed a window which reduces external noises while still allowing air to pass through.…Read More »
Unfortunately this isn’t a real car… yet. This is a concept car by 21-year-old Chinese industrial designer Yuhan Zhang, but that doesn’t detract from its awesomeness.Read More »
Move over, Burj Khalifa. At 2,749 feet (838 meters), China’s Sky City is poised to become the tallest building in the world when it rises this year. But perhaps the more amazing feat for this massive skyscraper is the duration of its construction — from no building to 220-floor building in just 90 days.…Read More »
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‘The Float at Marina Bay’ is a floating football (soccer) stadium in Singapore [Amazing Photo of the Day]
You know I used to think here in the United States we live the good life. Being the richest and most advance country in the world, we must have the best standard of living (ignoring the fact that we are in debt above our eyeballs).…Read More »
Dubai is known in some circle as the Las Vegas of the Middle East. Why? I am not completely sure but probably because of how many tourists visit the city every year. It definitely isn’t because of similar terrain.
In any case, we have shared photos of Dubai in the past.…Read More »
I am going to go out on a limb and say most dotTechies enjoy their sci-fi films. Most of us probably aren’t diehard sci-fi freaks but we probably enjoy the occasional sci-fi flick, such as Star Wars or Avatar. The thing about movies is there is no laws of physics; the only limitation in movies is the imagination so often times we see things in movies that aren’t real.…Read More »
Let’s say you have a long, heavy bridge that is old and deteriorating in condition. This bridge is critical to the area. What do you do to fix the issue? This is the exact situation the engineers at Oregon’s Multnomah County faced.…Read More »
How many dotTechies are airplane enthusiasts? (I am not.) If you are, then you probably know about the evolution of airplanes, aka how airplanes have changed since they were first invented by Orville and Wilbur Wright on December 17, 1903. In particular I’m referring to design; what you see today is not necessarily what was around fifty years ago.…Read More »
When you’re looking for an apartment in New York, don’t be surprised if you end up with living space that’s much smaller than what you’re used to. It seems to be the norm, unless you’re of the wealthy and famous kind of course.…Read More »
If you’ve ever been to Japan, heck, seen pictures of Japan, you’ll know that it can be pretty crowded over there. There can be a ridiculous amount of people in very small areas. With a city so densely populated, what do you do when over 100 skyscrapers have to be demolished in the next 10 years?…Read More »
These photos show raw American naval power… and it is both awesome and scary [Amazing Photo of the Day]
Anyone familiar with the history of the United States knows that in the founding years of the country there was a big struggle between pro-navy and anti-navy advocates. Since then, however, the United States has come to build and operate the largest and most powerful navy in the history of man.…Read More »
A friend of mine used to say (still says?): “flashy lights are for the simple minded”. To an extent, I am sure there is some truth in that statement. After all, one can easily be distracted and awed by otherwise simple lights and objects.…Read More »
Grand Canyon Skywalk is a transparent bridge 4,000 feet above the Colorado River [Amazing Photo of the Day]
How many dotTechies have been to, or heard of, the Grand Canyon? For those of you that haven’t, the Grand Canyon is, quiet literally, the world’s largest hole in the ground. At its deepest point, the Grand Canyon is 6,000 feet (1,800 meters) deep.…Read More »
The RMS Titanic is a famous ship. Yes, in part due to Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie Titanic, but more so because the ship — one of the largest of its time — crashed into a glacier on its maiden voyage from Southampton, United Kingdom to New York City, United States.…Read More »
Okay so yesterday I failed when I claimed the ‘Elephant Tree Arch’ is real. Today, however, I surely have something real to show you — a fake pool in Japan.
Check out the following image. It is of a fake pool in Japan; in other words, a pool that looks like a pool filled with water but really isn’t.…Read More »