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Modern zoom lenses work wonderfully, but crack one open and you'll be greeted by a truly terrifying degree of micro-mechanical complexity, with 20 or more polished glass elements set to move in different directions at varying rates when you work the zoom or focus rings. The fact that these things last for years and years of heavy use while getting banged against furniture, exposed to rain, dust a
When scientists wish to gather oceanographic data over long distances – but without disturbing marine life – autonomous "underwater gliders" are often used. A new one is claimed to be highly maneuverable, yet it has no external propulsion or steering systems.Continue ReadingCategory: Robotics, TechnologyTags: Purdue University, Autonomous Vehicles, Underwater
Textile designer Ýrúrarí, who is nominated for this year's Icelandic Design Award, gives new life to worn-out clothes by adding playful knitted details such as eyes, tongues and fingers. Read more
‘we have found a way to deliver sustainable, free power across various transportation applications by replacing the traditional “paint shop” process with integrated solar technology.' The post sono motors covers the sion with solar panels on all straight + curved exterior parts appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
the hookie triumph bobber orca motorcycle epitomizes ‘design that works well even with just small changes.’ The post hookie customizes triumph bobber orca motorcycle with bolt-on parts only appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
Just like standard lithium-ion batteries, sodium-ion batteries work by sending ions back and forth between a pair of electrodes in a liquid electrolyte, but current designs have their limitations. A research team in Russia has discovered a new bright, blue mineral they say could solve one of the problems with these experimental devices, which shape as a far more cost-effective form of energy stor
For engineers pursuing advanced, ultra-tough materials, it can pay to look to the natural world for inspiration, and the diabolical ironclad beetle is not a bad place to start. This critter can survive being run over by a car and scientists have now unlocked some of the secrets behind this incredible toughness, which they say paves the way for a new breed of materials that bear similar characteri
the commercial boom supersonic XB-1 features a 71-foot-long fuselage, optimally shaped for high-speed aerodynamic efficiency. The post break the sound barrier with boom supersonic’s XB-1 airplane made with 3D-printed parts appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
Hearing aids may indeed be commonly used and relied upon in the First World, but they're still too expensive for many people in developing nations. The experimental LoCHAid device, however, is aimed at changing that.Continue Reading
the exhibition pays tribute to the historical and contemporary building language of the spanish island of formentera. The post marià castelló explores a kit of parts to be endlessly reconfigured as ‘architecture fragments’ appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.


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