Category: Innovations

Hankook unveils transforming tires that adapt to any terrain

Transforming tires for all terrain

It has become increasingly fun to witness motor shows around the world. Most innovations set to change the face of driving are shown/displayed at various automobile exhibitions. Case in point, transforming tires by Hankook, which change with the terrain you’re driving in. Designed with the motive to present an innovative idea for future of driving, Hankook in collaboration with the Pforzheim University has developed futuristic concept tires – Boostrac, Alpike and Hyblade that were unveiled at the Essen Motor Show 2014 earlier this month. Read More…

Bionic Bra automatically adjusts the support level according to breast movement

Bionic bra

Professor Julie Steele from the Biomechanics Research Laboratory, Professor Gordon Wallace and Dr Sheridan Gho at the Innovation Campus at the University of Wollongong have invented a Bionic Bra that will revolutionize this age old accessory for women. The bra is loaded with sensors and actuators that detect the movement of breasts and determines the amount of support and tightening to be provided for comfort at all times. It is made from a smart yarn that does all the sensing and sets the bra into action.
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Designer invents speaker system that emits color, light and scent according to the music

Mood of Music speaker system by Joris Petterson

Mood of Music speaker system by Joris Petterson

Over time, our music listening habits have gone through a radical change. Now a days, music is not listened as a primary activity but more often as a background thing while performing other actions. That’s why Joris Petterson, a young designer specializing in design research and product design has developed an advanced speaker system. A 2014 graduate of Design Academy Eindhoven, Joris points out that music is more than just sound, it is an experience and it’s like an atmosphere. Shaped like an old-fashioned gramophone, the Mood of Music transparent speaker system not only produces sound, but also emits color, light and scent in accordance with the selected tunes and theme. The device enhances the music experience by stimulating various senses of the listener.
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Grillo Active – Earthquake early warning device for just $59

Grillo Active earthquake detection device

Natural disasters like earthquakes come without warning and leave behind irreparable damage. Early warning systems like SASMEX receivers cost over $300 which can be a costly affair for most of us. That is why an early warning system that costs just $59 is the thing most of us would want. Grillo Active is an early earthquake detection device designed by Andres Meira from Mexico which taps into the SASMEX frequencies and relays any alarm about earthquake that might be just about to strike.
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Bio-Bus: UK gets its first food and poo-powered bus

Bio-Bus UK’s first food and poo-powered bus

With environmental concerns and pollution increasing day by day, eco-friendly innovations in the transportation industry such as electric and gas powered vehicles are making their way into our daily life. The most recent progress in this context is the ‘Poo Bus’, a human and food waste powered bus that has gone into service between Bristol and Bath in the United Kingdom. Dubbed Bio-Bus, the 40-seater vehicle runs on bio-methane gas which is generated through the treatment of sewage and food waste. With a full tank of gas, the eco-friendly bus can travel up to 300km (186 miles) which takes the annual waste of about five people to produce.
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Solar-powered sugarcane juicer churns out fresh hygienic nectar

solar powered sugarcane juicer

Sure you enjoy the sweet sugarcane juice that is served out rightly in the Asian countries like India. But is it healthy since the sugarcane is crushed in machines that are out in the open? I’m a bit skeptical about that. However, that might soon change as Pradeep Borge, a 28 year old Pune-based inventor has come up with a solar-powered sugarcane juicer. This solar-powered sugarcane juicer is an enclosed juicer that is far more hygienic than the usual sugarcane juicers. Borge revealed his solar-powered juicer at the National Social Innovation Seminar in Pune and is all ready to sell his creation to local vendors.
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Using body movement and smartphone to create special musical playlists

Concert crowd

How about making your own music to suit your mood? Computer scientist Kristaian Nymoen and musicologist Jim Torresen at the University of Oslo have developed an all new software, which will allow your body movement and smartphone to create a special playlist based on your mood. With the new software, user can use the smartphone and his own body movement to create a composition of his own. Read More…

Teenager creates bike wheel powered battery charger for mobile devices

Spinning Power UF mobile device charger

Harnessing energy that is all around us is paramount in developing systems that can be powered for long duration using natural energy sources. Yet another example of energy harnessing system is this bike-wheel powered charger device. Christened as Spinning Power UF, the device attaches to your bike’s wheel and the spinning motion powers it up to consequently charge mobile devices like smartphone.
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NeoNook: Neonatal Infant Care device replicates womb-like environment for sick baby

NeoNook Neonatal Infant Care concept

NeoNook Neonatal Infant Care concept

Newborn infants require unconditional care and medical consulting since it is their most delicate phase of life. Many infants don’t make it past the initial phase simply because of lack of medical care and other factors. To help avert this, NeoNook – Neonatal Infant Care concept designed by Dawid Dawod from Sweden and Alastair Warren (both from Umeå Institute of Design) provides treatment for incubating infants by giving them a womb like environment.
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This prototype capacitive OLED touchscreen folds up three times

SEL fold up display

Trust me, for some good reason I am really fascinated by folding displays. From all kinds of folding displays that we have seen through the years, I presume its only matter of time before we start seeing devices with such screens on the market. Taking us a stride further into the realm is the new prototype OLED screen that folds three times. Developed by Japanese company Semiconductor Energy Laboratory (SEL) and called “Foldable Display,” the screen was showcased at Display Innovation 2014 in Yokohama, Japan. Read More…

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