Photokina 2014 highlights
Local Motors has 3D printed a fully working crowd-sourced car called the Strati

The acceleration of 3D printing means that even cars can be now printed. The Local Motors Strati 3D car was printed live at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2014 last week. The printing process took just 44 hours.  Read More

The Polaroid Socialmatic camera is scheduled for release in late 2014/early 2015

ADR Studio first revealed the Socialmatic concept design back in 2012. A year later Polaroid announced that the chunky photo sharing and printing camera would hit stores by the close of 2014. When Gizmag visited the company's booth at Photokina, that shipping target looks to have been refined again, with a possible "in time for the holidays" window being replaced by a probable Q1 2015 release.  Read More

Standard Architecture Design produced one of the more practical looking shelters (Photo: G...

A total of 14 Los Angeles-based architecture firms, including Perkins and Will and HOK, were recently tasked with designing small outdoor cat shelters for charity. The works were then displayed for one night only last week to raise money for FixNation: a non-profit organization dedicated to minimizing cat populations through humane, non-lethal, methods.  Read More

MIT researchers have come up with a 3D printed, soft-shelled, disembodied tentacle robot t...

Once upon a time, robots were imagined as human-like machines with a distinct body complete with head, arms, hands, feet, and legs. More recently, designers have explored the benefits of emulating other creatures and their capabilities, with robots that can fly like birds, run like cheetahs, swim like a squids or, in this case, slither like snakes. Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) have come up with a single 3D printed, soft-shelled tentacle that is designed to navigate through all manner of pipes, channels, and burrows.  Read More

The Pulsar can be specced with LED headlights Nissan's all-new Pulsar hatchback will be available with a raft of active safety features and two fuel efficient engines at launch: a turbocharged 1.2-liter petrol engine and a 1.5-liter diesel motor.  Read More

The laser turret prototype being tested on the University of Notre Dame’s Airborne Aero Op...

High energy laser (HEL) systems have been the subject of military research for decades, but it is only in recent years that the technology has advanced to the point where it is feasible for such systems to be mounted on military ground vehicles and sea vessels. Initial flight tests have now been conducted on a new aircraft laser turret that will help pave the way for HEL systems to be integrated into military aircraft.  Read More

The extendable PowerPole has a 5,400 mAh battery built in, allowing for up to eight hours ...

Even with the beefed up battery of GoPro's Hero3+, there's always the possibility of the camera cutting out right as the action heats up. Living out this scenario on the powder-coated ski hills of California led the team at Polar Pro to explore ways of not just extending battery life, but doing so without interruption. The result is the PowerPole, an extendable pole-mount with around five GoPro batteries worth of juice packed inside.  Read More

The Skydancer 7.5 experiments with the idea of a convertible motorhome

From the ubiquitous soft top to multi-panel glass retractables, car convertibles have always been a staple of our coverage. Lately, boat convertibles have picked up steam, in the form of vessels like the Revolver 44GT and 88 Florida. As accustomed to the wide range of convertibles as we've become, nothing quite prepared us for the convertible motorhome, a concept that appeared at the recent Düsseldorf Caravan Salon. The one-of-a-kind, "penthouse-on-wheels" lets wind flow through the driver's hair with the retraction of its sliding roof.  Read More

A contest has been launched by Spaceship Earth Grants offering private citizens a chance t...

Spaceship Earth Grants (SEG), a US public-benefit organization and an affiliate of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, has launched a contest that aims to give away one space flight for every 50,000 applications it receives. With a judging panel made up of former NASA astronauts, industry experts, space enthusiasts, and others, this new program aims to be a crowd-driven and crowd-funded effort to send private citizens into space.  Read More

Hybrid Play fuses playground time with mobile games by turning swings and slides into game...

Playgrounds may seem old school to some kids when compared to the latest video games, but Hybrid Play’s interactive game system turns swing sets and seesaws into games controllers through a mobile app available for iOS and Android devices. The company hopes this open-source, customizable toy will encourage kids to play outside more and spur social interaction.  Read More

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