Springwise highlights an innovation in that mainstay of modern construction – concrete. Cortex Composites has developed water-activated rolls of concrete that are quicker to install, stronger, cheaper and less resource intensive than standard concrete production.
Sources: http://www.springwise.com/cement-alternative-cheaper-stronger-quicker-install/ and http://cortexcomposites.com/
Inhabitat reports on a scientific discovery that could have major implications for for a host of situations where oxygen tanks are required – from underwater diving to medical treatments.
Using cobalt, researchers have created a material that draws oxygen from air or water and stores it for later use. The substance should be light enough to replace heavy oxygen tanks, benefiting divers as well as patients with lung conditions currently tied to a supply of oxygen.
FastCoExist reports on a renewable energy project in Brazil where floodlights for a soccer pitch are powered through the steps of the players. Kinetic tiles are installed below the pitch which capture the energy from the players movements and are supplemented by solar panels around the pitch.
The BBC reports on a woman whose sight was partially restored after being blind for the previous 10 years. After slowly losing her sight over several years due to a degenerative disease, Fran Fulton has recently regained some vision following a procedure to insert electrodes into her retinas. For a full description of the technology and results, hit the link below.
Springwise reports on the Germinator Transit jacket by Betabrand, which is constructed with silver nanoparticles in the collar and sleeves to prevent bacteria and microbes surviving on the fabric and thus reduces the chance of the wearer catching bugs from public spaces such as trains and buses.
Futurity reports on a Google Glass app that converts the words of the person you are talking to into cpations that can help people with hearing difficulties fully participate in conversaions (or at least check that they heard the other person correctly). Developed at Georgia Tech, the app relies on the person you are conversing with to speak into a smartphone, which the creators see as a positive – but eventually we might expect Google Glass to be able to capture and display the conversation by itself.
Inhabitat reports on work at Ohio State University where scientists claim to have created the world’s first rechargeable solar battery system. Aiming for greater efficiency in the storage of solar-generated energy and with the off-the grid users in mind, the innovative system combines a solar panel and battery into one unit.
FastCoExist reports on the AnywhereFridge – a solar powered fridge that can also collapse into a smaller form for easier transportation. Designed Spencer Trotter with camping or other off-the-grid activities in mind, the unit runs off solar power during the day and via an in-built battery slated for around 8 hours of refridgeration overnight.
Engadget reports on an alternative to traditional needles for medical injections that can be swallowed and then attaches itself to the stomach lining, before delivering medication or other treatments such as insulin. Whilst currently in testing, it’s hoped the device can have most impact treating autoimmune disorders and cancer.
Inhabitat reports on a UK farmer who has installed a floating array of solar panels on a small lake within his farm. The hardware provider – Ciel et Terre – is hoping that many unused reservoirs, small lakes and canals could utilise the technology to boost renewable production in the UK and across the world.
Springwise reports on two apps that alert nearby first aiders of medical emergencies. The apps, GoodSAM and PulsePoint, give someone experiencing serious difficulties a better chance of survival when every second can count.
Springwise reports on the Hands Can Talk project in Saudi Arabia that uses the Microsoft Kinect and software to convert sign language into audio. The system is designed for conferences or gatherings and can handle multiple languages, including Arabic and English.
Engadget reports on the news that DHL has the first active delivery drone, operating in a remote part of Germany. The drone will only be used to deliver medication to the island of Juist, and only when the ferries that run to and from the island are not in operation.
Springwise reports on app designed to alert people with hearing difficulties to alarms or other warning sounds. Called Otosense, the app listens for generic alarms or alerts as well as user recorded or specified sounds and then converts these into images, flashes or vibrations on the users phone, tablet or Pebble smartwatch.
FastCoExist highlights a conceptual treadmill-washing machine combo that uses the kinetic energy generated by the runner to wash clothes in the base of the unit. Designed by Si Hyeong Ryu, the concept has been entered into the Electrolux 2014 design competition.
Techcrunch reports on a Kickstarter campaign that aims to help people with hearing difficulties to make calls via their mobile, tablet or PC. Well, more like interact with calls in real time: RogerVoice uses voip, converting audio into text through on the go transcription that the recipient can view on their device and respond to with their voice.
In development for many years, Engadget reports on an artificial kidney that could be ready for FDA approval in the United States, in the next couple of years. The device aims to improve the experience of dialysis patients by adding mobility to treatment that normally ties a patient to a heavy machine within a hospital.
FastCoExist reports on an innovative approach to fixing punctured tyres, in a fraction of the time it takes to repair the traditional way. The rider injects liquid rubber adhesive into the hole and applies pressure, then re-inflates the inner tube. This allows the rider to be moving again in short order and helps to extend the life of both the tyre and inner tube, thus reducing landfill and waste.
Inhabitat reports on a plan from Mercedes Benz to have driverless trucks on the road within 10 years. In part to drive efficiency and reduce pollution, but also to improve safety for drivers and other road users, the German auto giant is anticipating widespread adoption and acceptance of driverless vehicles and extending that to haulage and movement of goods.
Inhabitat has an article sharing ’10 things’ about the new Toyota FCV which lands in 2015 – the first fuel cell vehicle for general purchase. Hydrogen has long been touted as a fuel of the future so it’s good to see this finally starting to happen through a major car manufacturer.