Tag: lightweight

ULTRALIGHT / ULTRASTRONG

MIT researchers have discovered how to make one of our existing materials stronger than ever before! Recently discovered ‘Graphene’ (isolated from graphite in 2004 by two Manchester University researchers Prof. Andre Geim and Prof. Kostya Novoselov) is a form of…

Nike – Ever Closer To the Sun

When hundredths of seconds count, any runner (Olympian or otherwise) should not be focused on ill-fitting sunglasses as opposed to a their race! Thus, Nike’s high-end shades known as ‘Wing’, have been designed to evade the two main areas typically creating…

OLED SURFACE TO AIR

Carrying on our recent aeronautical theme at EM, we introduce the work of the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI). This UK-based company have recently revealed a windowless airplane that can project its surrounding views onto itself. In doing so, it…

INFLATABLES ON VENUS

A research project to send astronauts to Venus has been unveiled by NASA. The project involves ‘lighter-than-air’ pods that accommodate explorers as they hover above the clouds. The NASA website shows a movie depicting a conceptual design that uses inflatable…

SKY ORCA

Check out the designer dirigible. Known poetically as ‘Manned Cloud’, it is a flying hotel proposed by French designer Jean-Marie Massaud. The serenely-shaped 210 metre-long airship (reminiscent of a whale) was developed with ONERA (the French national aerospace research body)….

Aerogenerator X

The architectural office of Nicolas Grimshaw and ARUP engineers have been developing an offshore renewable wind turbine. Called the Aerogenerator X this turbine is extraordinary as it yields twice the power and weighs half the weight of earlier designs. This…

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Black Silicon

It sounds like an ominous term, yet, black silicon has been one of the most promising technologies for a while now. It’s basically a solar-cell made of nano-sized needles resting on a silicon wafer. The system has been shown to…

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Citycopter

The desire for less polluting types of energy is having a big impact on transportation. Fly™ Citycopter is an urban aerial vehicle. Powered by the sun, it is eco-friendly, efficient, economic and cheaper than an ordinary helicopter. It has sexy…

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SDA Volvo Pavilion

The international competition to design a ‘rapidly-deployable pavilion’ to showcase and charge Volvo’s new V60 plug-in electric hybrid has been won by the Los Angeles-based architecture firm Synthesis Design + Architecture (SDA). The competition was organized by the international architecture magazine THE PLAN….

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Hy-wire Act

GM appear to have seriously invested in their Hy-wire concept car program (which has produced 30plus patents up to now). The most innovative may be the “skateboard” chassis (only 11 inches thick). It is able to support various types of…