November 20, 2012Boys have long had Legos, K’NEX, and Erector sets to help them learn how to build. Until last month, however, girls had no toys marketed specifically for them to encourage nascent engineering skills such as spatial reasoning. Debbie Sterling, who received an engineering degree in Product Design from Stanford in 2005, wants to change the way young girls think about engineering.
January 23, 2015If you are a fan of riding around dirt tracks and hills on a dirt bike then you will wish that you lived in Kentucky in the USA (if you already don’t of course). This is because 100 feet (or 10 storeys) below the ground in Kentucky in what used to be a limestone mine, the first underground bike park is being dug out and it is pretty damn huge.
January 21, 2015If you are a fan of The Simpsons you may remember the episode where Homer Simpson is inspired by Thomas Edison to become an inventor. One of the things he tries to build is an electric hammer. Now, Simpson’s fan and laser weapon enthusiast Patrick Priebe has put his skills to use and made a working version of the Homer Simpson electric hammer.
January 29, 2015Sledding is a lot of fun but depending on where you live it’s a past time that not everyone can enjoy, unless there is an artificial snow slope nearby. Selling sledges can be tough too, as again, you need snow and the right terrain. KHW are one of the leaders in plastic toboggans and they have designed a sled that doesn’t need snow as it is a sand toboggan.
February 03, 2015The Aventicum watch is designed by Christophe Claret, the Swiss watchmaker, and it was designed with a theme around Rome. What makes the watch stand out however is the fact that the watch has its own small golden bust of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius engraved and it seems to float on top of the dial.
February 05, 2015 Image Source : Chamonix This crazy glass box is built over a 3,395 feet (1,035 meters) drop on the uppermost terrace of Europe’s highest mountain peak, the Aiguille du Midi in the French Alps. In an idea resembling the glass skywalk in the Canadian Rockies, visitors can enter the cube and experience a breathtaking panoramic view of the mountain range as never seen before.
January 24, 2015So chances are you don& 39;t carry your toolbox around with you all the time but there are times when having the odd tool at hand might come in very handy. If you& 39;re the sort of person who could benefit from having a few tools on them at all times then you may want to look into the Leatherman Tread, a bracelet that features 25 tools in one - it may even be appealing to your fashion senses.
January 30, 2015While there are many toolboxes on the market there isn& 39;t one as tech savvy as the Coolbox Toolbox. This is a toolbox that you can not only carry around all your tools in but which also offers some unconventional features. Image Source: Coolbox The Coolbox Toolbox features a whiteboard under the lid which is perfect for drawing plans or sketches or just writing down any measurements that you take.
February 12, 2015If you used to spend many an hour as a child constructing things with Meccano then you are going to love Meccano Home. This is because the Meccano pieces have been made super-size and they can be used to build furniture for the home or office. Image Source: Meccano Home With the Meccano Home pieces it is possible to build full-sized furniture with a difference and it is totally functional.
March 04, 2015If you& 39;re living in Portland, Oregon, then there& 39;s a high chance that your home is now partly powered by your drinking water. A new system generates hydroelectricity from the water flowing around the city much like a dam would but it doesn& 39;t come with the devastating effects on the surrounding environment.
March 11, 2015If you& 39;ve ever lived in a student house you& 39;ll know how much of a nightmare the dishes can be in the absence of a dishwasher. One Swedish student decided to use his skills and tackle this problem with the use of some old school engineering principles teamed with the modern usage of 3D printing to create an & 39;automatic& 39; dishwasher.
March 14, 2015If you want a bike that is unique you may be interested in the Erembald bike as it is made from stainless steel and is laser cut and made to order. The idea for the bike came from Tobias Knockaert and partner Karel Vincke. The pieces for the bike are laser cut and then put together like a puzzle.
March 18, 2015When you think about flat packed items you immediately think of furniture but The FlatWorks, a wooden kit company, are offering a flat packed go-kart. The PlyFly Go-Kart can be put together within just a few hours, it runs on gas and it has a top speed of 25mph. Image Source: Flatworks The PlyFly Go-Kart is offered in two different types; one a 2.
April 12, 2015 Image Source: NamikiLabs Manika Laboratory based in Japan specialise in robotics with high-speed manipulation and vision that can both move and react quicker than humans. It all sounds well and good until you hear that they programmed one to be able to sword fight. Yeah, we imagine the team behind it hasn& 39;t seen the Terminator movies.
April 06, 2015You may remember our recent feature of Carbon3D& 39;s new & 39;breakthrough& 39; in 3D printing that allowed them to produce finished products 25-100 times faster. Their process is referred to as & 39;Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology& 39; and seems as though the part is being pulled out of a shallow pool of liquid material.
April 26, 2015Yeah that title almost sounds too good to be true huh? But we& 39;re not joking; Audi are reporting that they have invented a carbon-neutral diesel fuel made solely from water, carbon dioxide and renewable energy sources. The clear liquid & 34;e diesel& 34; is currently fuelling the Federal Minister of Education and Research Prof.
May 25, 2015Just weeks ago Audi produced their first batch of synthetic diesel and now they are the first to offer synthetic gasoline which is petroleum free and clean burning with the name of e-benzin. The fuel comes from Global Bioenergies, a partner of Audi. Image Source: Global Bioenergies Global Bioenergies set up a fermentation unit in 2014 with the aim of producing gaseous isobutene from among other things corn derived glucose.
June 05, 2015One of the biggest construction projects in Europe is the Crossrail link, an 118 km rail route that includes 42km of tunnels that have been freshly dug and which go to the center of London. Image Source: Crossrail Tunneling has been taking place since 2012, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
June 28, 2015In 2014, TechCrunch teamed with the Consumer Electronics Association and sponsored a competition, Hardware Battlefield. Competitors got free exhibition space at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, and the winner took home $50,000 and a trophy. That winner was CubeSensor, a Slovanian company lead by CEO Ales Spetic, and CTO Marko Mrdjenovič.
June 27, 2015It& 39;s a stone, cold fact that many great ideas are very simple things. And of that genre, the ones that really shine are those that make you think, & 39;why hasn& 39;t anyone thought of that before?& 39; LucidPipe, a truly elegant water to wire electric power generation system, is such an idea.
22086June 07, 2015Asmelash Zeferu from Sendafa Town in Ethiopia always dreamed of making his own plane and flying high above his town. Now those dreams have come true as he built the plane using wood, metal and aluminium and he will take his first test flights 11 June 2015. Image Source: Diretube Zeferu started to build the plane in October of 2013 and it took him a year and 7 months to finally finish it.