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— Automotive

Armadillo-T electric car rolls up like its namesake

By - August 20, 2013 3 Pictures
It’s time for the Hiriko and Casple-Podadera to fold themselves up and make room, as yet another folding electric car has been created. This one, known as the Armadillo-T, comes from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). As with the other two cars, it’s designed to "fold" (sort of) when not in use, in order to minimize the amount of parking space that it occupies. Read More
— Marine

Quickboat foldable boat: From roof rack to water in 60 seconds

By - July 25, 2013 18 Pictures
Think it takes more time to build a boat than make a French omelette? Think again. The Quickboat is the first foldable boat we've seen that a team of two can put together in a minute or less. That's insanely fast compared to the build times of other foldable boats we've covered, such as the Transporter (10 minutes) and the Smartkat (20 minutes). In fact, the boat is so easy to construct says Deryck Graham, the Managing Director of Australian company Quickboats, that one person with a beer in hand could assemble one in three minutes even with friends around to distract them. Read More

Paper map "zooms in" as you unfold it

One of the advantages of map apps over traditional paper maps is the fact that with an app, the user can zoom in on one area of a map – no having to spread a whole paper map out just to look at one part of the city. British product designer Anne Stauche decided to level the playing field a little, with her map2 zoomable paper map. Read More
— Architecture

NRJA reveals plans for an off-the-grid foldable geodesic dome house

Latvian architectural firm NRJA has revealed its plans to produce an off-the-grid geodesic dome with an interior that looks like it should be inside a luxury two-story home. The team of young architects, with an average age of 25, has come up with a compelling design which is set to hit production in the coming months. Dubbed DOM(E), the prefabricated structure can endure the coldest or warmest of climates and due to its circular shape, it features a clever use of a relatively small space (120 sq m / 1,291 sq ft). Read More
— Urban Transport

MOVEO folding electric scooter heads to unique crowd-funding website

By - June 3, 2013 8 Pictures
Remember the Moveo? It’s an electric scooter that we covered back in February, which folds in half so it can be pulled indoors like a rolling suitcase. Now, its designers have turned to the public to raise money for commercial production of the vehicle. They're one of the first groups to do so using Jump Start City, a just-launched website that puts a new spin on crowd-funding. Read More
— Science

Move over 3D printing, self-assemblng 4D-printed materials are on the way

By - June 3, 2013 5 Pictures
Molecular self-assembly, whereby molecules position themselves into defined arrangements, is commonplace in biological systems and nanotechnology. But researchers at MIT are working on so called "4D printing" technology that aims to bring the process up to the macro scale, enabling 3D-printed materials to be programmed to self-assemble into predefined shapes and structures. Just imagine buying some flat-pack furniture, bringing it home and enjoying a coffee whilst you watch it assemble itself. Read More
— Urban Transport

Folding e-scooter to MUVe into production by end of 2013

By - May 3, 2013 5 Pictures
If you need to cut across town, sliding behind the wheel of your car is not always the most practical or quickest way to get from train station to office, office to gym, or gym to juice bar. While public transport serves most inner cities well, the thought of zipping quietly and effortlessly through the thronging masses is one that has great appeal. If you can just collapse your vehicle down to a fraction of its size at the end of your journey, all the better. Such is the case with a soon-to-be-released three-wheeled, stand-and-ride electric scooter named MUVe, which transforms into a suitcase-sized trolley between rides. Read More
— Mobile Technology

Researchers propose new shape resolution metric for shape-shifting mobile devices

By - April 28, 2013 4 Pictures
There may soon be another technical specification to consider when buying a mobile device. Researchers from the University of Bristol and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI Saarbrücken) have coined the term “shape resolution” to indicate the self-actuated shape-shifting abilities they believe will be featured in the next generation of mobile devices. To demonstrate this new metric, the researchers have developed a number of prototype shape-shifting devices they have dubbed “Morphees,” which have the potential to change their shape on demand, depending on the desired use. Read More
— Automotive

The Casple-Podadera city car knows when to fold 'em

By - February 18, 2013 9 Pictures
Somewhere between a steroids-infused shopping cart and a smart car exists the ever-so-tiny Casple-Podadera city car. With parking spaces at a premium in most European cities, the need to condense vehicles into tighter and tighter spaces is becoming an ever increasing economic and spatial concern. So unlike other inner-city cars, the cumbersomely named Spanish transporter brings with it a unique folding characteristic. Read More
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