Stu is a tech writer based in Liverpool, UK. He has previously worked on global digital estate management at Amaze and headed up digital strategy for FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology). He likes cups of tea, bacon sandwiches and RSS feeds.
One of the biggest limitations of electric buses is range. Now, though, a US company has eked out over 250 miles (402 km) from one of its electric buses. The Proterra Catalyst XR is said to afford the best efficiency rating ever for a 40-ft (12-m) transit bus, at 22 mpg (12.8 l/l00 km) equivalent.
NASA has announced the winners of its 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge Design Competition.
The contest sought architectural concepts for how 3D printing might be
used to create shelters on the Red Planet. The overall winner, Ice
House, would be built using the planet's predicted abundant water
Lots of people have a home office, but few homes are designed to be literally part office. Dwell Developments' new Live/Work homes in Seattle, however, are exactly that home-office hybrid. They're aimed at improving the lifestyles and environmental footprints of their residents.
Lazzarini's Jet Capsule "mini yacht" protoype garnered plenty of attention when it was unveiled in 2013, as did the smaller, faster Reptile version earlier this year. Now, a new 2016 public launch version has been announced. It retains its pod-like look and offers a variety of features and options.
If you've ever assembled flat-pack furniture, you'll know it can be more time consuming and difficult than, frankly, it should be. Not so with FoldSmart's flat-packs. The British firm says assembly is tool-free and the task can be completed in under 5 minutes.
Today's proliferation of niche housing types includes dwellings that are tiny, modular, prefabricated and inexpensive. Belgian firm Skilpod is producing homes that are all of these things. With the right equipment, they can even be zero energy or energy positive.
Amazon has launched a new means of delivering its packages. No, it's not by drones just yet. Instead, Amazon Flex will let individuals deliver packages in their local area, using a similar model to Uber or Nimber. To begin, they'll just need their own car and an Android smartphone.
Digital photo frames have been around for quite a few years now. However, Memento says that its new Smart Frame provides "never seen before" quality. The 4K ultra high-definition frame reportedly gives the illusion that the photos displayed are actually high-quality prints.
Trying to find a parking space in a city center isn't just frustrating at times, but can also waste time, cost money and result in needless tailpipe emissions. We've already seen a prototype from BMW that uses data from cars to predict where free spaces can be found, and now Bosch has revealed a system where the parking spaces themselves are used to inform drivers where they can park.
Like pairs of socks, cooking pans and their lids can seem to be forever being separated. The newly-launched Onelid, however, is designed be used with any pan up to 22 cm (8.66 in) wide. It also has an integrated strainer, reduces boiling over and stays cool to touch.