Technology

Wind Beasts a new form of life

Theo Jansen (born 1948) is a Dutch artist. In 1990, he began what he is known for today: building large mechanisms out of PVC that are able to move on their own, known only as Strandbeest. His animated works are a fusion of art and engineering; in a car company (BMW) television commercial Jansen says: “The walls between art and ... Read More »

Machine Feeds Stray Dogs In Exchange For Recycled Bottles

  In many cities around the world stray dogs are part of city life. One such city is Istanbul, where 150 thousand stray dogs and cats share the streets with 14 million human inhabitants. A clever device by the Turkish company Pugedon aims to increase recycling while providing food and water to stray dogs and waking up our kindness and ... Read More »

Product Packaging Do’s and Don’ts

Package design and development are often thought of as an integral part of the new product development process. Alternatively, development of a package can be a separate process, but must be linked closely with the product to be packaged. Package design starts with the identification of all the requirements. Consumer products brand design is wrongly predicated on the notion that ... Read More »

Smuggler Taped 94 iPhones on His Body

A Hong Kong man was caught with 94 iPhone handsets taped all over his body by customs agents at a checkpoint in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Sunday. What gave him away, authorities said, was his jerky movements as he tried to walk with the cellphones attached to him while he crossed the border late Sunday, the South ... Read More »

Most Ingenious Works Of Architecture In 2014

It’s been a banner year for architecture your ten-year-old self dreamed of — from 3D printed homes to buildings grown from trash. Below, we’ve compiled our favorite buildings of 2014. Red Pepper House by Urko Sanchez Architects: For this camouflaged vacation home in Lamu, Kenya, the client, a lover of nature, requested that the design preserve as much of the ... Read More »

Giants Carrying Iceland’s Electricity

Landsnet, Iceland national power transmission company launched a competition with the goal to obtain new ideas in types and appearances for 220kV high-voltage towers and lines. The competition emphasized that specific consideration be given to the visual impact of the towers (or lines) and that careful consideration be given to the appearance of towers near urban areas and unsettled regions. ... Read More »

NASA emails a wrench to the space station

Astronauts on the International Space Station were in need of a new wrench. However, thanks to 3D printing, they didn’t have to wait for a shipment to arrive in space. Instead, they were able to open a simple email attachment and print a new wrench. Once the digital file arrived on the space station, astronaut Wilmore fired up the printer, ... Read More »

Man builds Thailand dream home in 6 weeks

When Steve Areen imagined his dream home, it wasn’t your typical white-picket-fenced mansion. He had $9,000 and a plot of land in the middle of Thailand. He writes,In 2011 I had a wonderful visit with my friend Hajjar Gibran. For years he has inspired me with his creative ideas. This time he was building domes at his retreat center in northeast Thailand. ... Read More »

Meet the U.S. Navy’s spy fish

The Navy has been testing a robotic spy fish designed to resemble a five-foot, 100lb bluefin tuna. If it is operational next year, it will be used to patrol harbors, enter enemy territory, and report back on the movements of enemy ships. The biometric fish is controlled by a video game-style joystick, but it can also be programmed to travel ... Read More »

Navy’s New laser weapon test a big success

The U.S. Navy says its new laser weapon works and it will use it if it has to. The Office of Naval Research reported Wednesday that its laser weapons system — dubbed LaWS — had performed flawlessly in tests aboard the amphibious transport dock USS Ponce in the Arabian Gulf from September to November. Klunder said the laser performed so ... Read More »