SmartScreen is a solar shading system that opens and closes in response
to changes in ambient room temperature. The system does not require any
sensors, processors, motors, or electricity to operate. Instead
thermo-responsive smart materials serve as material motors that can open
and close the screen by changing their shape. This video features the
first few design iterations developed by Decker Yeadon LLC, in New York
City, and their proof-of-concept prototype. Additional information is
available at www.deckeryeadon.com.
The Japanese have announced they have successfully extracted methane from a methane hydrate reservoir 30 miles off Japan's east coast and 980 feet beneath the seafloor. They are the first to have achieved this feat.
We need to go back to nature in order to move forward. The Microbial Home is a proposal for an integrated cyclical ecosystem where each function’s output is another’s input. In this project the home has been viewed as a biological machine to filter, process and recycle what we conventionally think of as waste – sewage, effluent, garbage, waste water.
Greenpower Education Trust is an educational initiative established to offer schools an exciting way to introduce their students to green engineering. The young students design, build and race their own eco-race cars. By getting pupils hooked on engineering while they’re still young the project aims to inspire the next generation to develop solutions.
The Solar Roadways project is working to pave roads with solar panels that you can drive on. Their long range goal is to cover all concrete and asphalt surfaces that are exposed to the sun with Solar Road Panels. They plan to start off small: driveways, bike paths, patios, sidewalks, parking lots, playgrounds, etc. This is where they hope to learn lessons and perfect the system. Once the lessons have been learned and the bugs have all been resolved, they plan to move out onto public roads.
A Geminoid or twin-robot is designed to resemble a living person. It is controlled by an operator who through the use of advanced software can transfer facial movements and speech to the robot. For many years, robot technology has primarily been associated with factories and warehouses, but the days of thinking about robots as just 'tools' are over...