TAG: eco friendly

Creating eco-friendly robots

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When one thinks of an autonomous robot, one does not usually envision it being created out of paper, plastic, PVC, even cardboard. Yet, a few researchers are trying to change the way we think about robotics, and argue that its future is dependent on creating clean, eco-friendly machines. The image of the giant robot from the 1951 film ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’ rings in my mind to this day. It was a mammoth machine, with power and capabilities way ahead of ours, even to this day. It’s not a practical design by today’s standards, and certainly won’t be… read more

Relax and Rest in Your Nest

Dedon's Nest Rest

An up-market sustainable product, DEDON’s beautiful ‘Nest Rest’ is a zero-waste cocoon for finding inner peace. This eco-friendly and very gorgeous piece of furniture was inspired in the way birds build their homes and cozy up in their nests. This cocoon was entirely created by waving a special trademark fabric that is recyclable, waterproof, long lasting and very strong. Shaped like a womb, the ‘Nest Rest’ is the perfect place to chill out, enjoy the subtle movement of this unique hammock and allow yourself to drift and daydream away. It was designed by Paris-based Daniel Puzet and Fred Frety, two longtime collaborators… read more

Synthia — The Synthetic Life Form

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In 2010, a breakthrough had been made in medical science. “Synthia”, as they called it, had been created. It was a synthetic life form that wasn’t quite synthetic, but heralded a new era of test-tube life forms. Here’s a quick video of one of the team’s scientists discussing their efforts at a TED talk: The reason the life form wasn’t 100% synthetic is because they created it using existing living cells. The process was guided by computer technology, which essentially takes the original cell and copies it. It’s a complicated process, but you can visit this link to view a… read more

How Modern Light Bulbs Have Evolved

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You’re visiting your grandmother’s house out in the plains of Kansas. There’s a storm brewing, and the weather service has announced a Tornado Warning for the area. Walking around the house shutting all the windows, you happen to notice that the sky has blackened. Looking up, you spot something ominous approaching — a deadly tornado! You quickly file everybody out of the house and into the storm cellar that sits beside the back porch. You cram the family down the narrows stairs and shut the cellar door behind you — you’re safe. You walk down the stairs and feel around… read more

A GPS Adventure Box For Endless Outdoors Fun

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Just a week ago, CES 2014 wrapped up in Las Vegas. It was a great show with tons of new product announcements, along with a few duds. This week, however, we’d like to focus on Kickstarter. The crowdfunding platform has come a long way since its inception in 2011, with bigger and better projects receiving their funding each campaign. We’d like to shed some light on the campaigns we feel have the greatest potential to better your daily life from an eco-tech standpoint. Today’s choice is the ‘GPS AdventureBox‘ from creator Garrett Hendrick. The box is essentially an empty wooden… read more

Eco Friendly Robot Toy For Christmas

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Still doing some last-minute shopping? Amazon has you covered up until Christmas day if you’re looking for that one unique toy to purchase for your child. Whether it’s last-day or late-day Christmas shopping, look no further than this tin can robot: You can buy the toy using this link. Essentially, it’s a small robot from 4M that teaches re-usability, conservation, responsibility, electronics, mechanics, and more. This is a perfect parent-child project to enjoy through the holidays, and a neat showoff gift your child can bring to school with them on show-and-tell day. If you need help with assembly, here’s a… read more

Revolutionary Cardboard Box Design

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The concept of shipping boxes hasn’t changed much over the last hundred years. We still poorly package items in over-wrapped cardboard boxes, and hope they aren’t harmed on route to their destination. Henry Wang and Chris Curro, engineering students at Cooper Union, have unveiled their idea for a next-gen cardboard box. Check it: The team still has a bunch of obstacles to overcome (as you can see on this Reddit thread), such as ensuring the boxes can’t accidentally open while sitting in a UPS truck, making sure that items inside don’t fall out of the box when it opens, etc…. read more

3-D Printed Prosthetic Limbs

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It almost seems like something you’d expect to see in “iRobot”, but 3-D printed limbs have finally made the jump from big-screen-fantasy to real life functionality. Bespoke Innovations, a boutique design firm in San Francisco, makes top-of-the-line prosthetic limbs using 3-D printing technology. Their process is simple, yet innovative in a market dominated by large one-size-fits-all firms. Scott Summit, the company’s founder, is an Industrial Designer and Orthopedic Surgeon himself, and sought to bring a human element to the image of cold, dead prosthetics. Here are just a few of his creations:     Bespoke uses a variety of build… read more

Environmentally Friendly Painting System

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Europe pretty much has the rest of the world beat when it comes to innovation in the environmentally-friendly department. KLM – Royal Dutch Airlines posted a video a couple of years ago showing how they use eco-friendly electrostatic paint to coat new airplanes. The short video is pretty neat to watch, and although painting airplanes has probably never come up on your “How do they do it?” list, we think you’ll enjoy learning something new. Check it:

Say Hello To NASA’s New Spacesuits

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The iconic image of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon still causes excitement today. In 1969, that level of achievement in the space race was huge…kinda like their 300lb spacesuits. You may look at that picture and think, “That was over 40 years ago. We’ve upgraded our suits by now, haven’t we?” Bless your heart for giving NASA the benefit of the doubt, but unfortunately, you’d be wrong. Ever since the United States “won the space race”, the drive to innovate and continue exploring the stars has all but died. Sure, NASA put the Curiosity Rover on Mars recently, but… read more