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Automotive

Terahertz tech could keep cars from rusting

Although all steel-bodied cars rust eventually, premature rusting may soon be less of a problem thanks to technology developed by father-and-son team Anis and Aunik Rahman. Their system non-destructively analyzes automobiles' paint jobs, making sure that the layers of paint have been applied properly. It could reportedly also find use diagnosing the early stages of skin cancer. Read More

Military

Military vehicles could soon feature self-healing paint

According to the US Department of Defense, corrosion costs the Navy approximately US$7 billion every year. That's certainly an incentive for developing a method of keeping military vehicles from rusting. Now, researchers from the Office of Naval Research and The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory may be onto something. They're looking into the use a powder that could allow scratched or chipped paint to "heal like human skin." Read More

Electronics

SwatchMate Cube lets you capture and reproduce colors

Have you ever seen something while you were out walking around, and thought "That's just the color I'd like to paint my living room"? Well, if you had a SwatchMate Color Capturing Cube, you could act on that thought. It lets you sample colors as you come across them, so you can exactly reproduce them on a graphics program or even in a paint store. Read More

Robotics

Children's art goes high tech with WaterColorBot

Robots are already starting to make a mark on the adult art world with automated machines like the eDavid, which creates stunning painting in a variety of styles. But what about works at the other end of the artistic spectrum, like children's watercolors? Thanks to an invention from a 12 year-old, even young children can soon use robotics to make their own artwork. The WaterColorBot paints colorful pictures on paper based on existing graphics or follows along with users as they draw on a computer. Read More

IdeaPaint turns walls into dry erase boards

Ah, the whiteboard. It’s a regular fixture of classrooms, boardrooms, laboratories and Big Bang Theory sets everywhere. Sometimes, however, the confines of that board may not be sufficient for all the ideas, equations, or random doodlings that need to go onto it. That’s why IdeaPaint was invented. Read More

Marine

Electrolysis-based anti-biofouling system keeps hulls clean

Marine biofouling is the process in which organisms such as barnacles problematically colonize underwater surfaces. When it happens to the hulls of ships, the vessels become less hydrodynamic, having to burn more fuel in order to move through the water. Although hulls can be coated with paint that kills the offending organisms, that paint also releases toxic substances into the surrounding water. Now, however, scientists from Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials have developed a more environmentally-friendly paint, that uses electrolysis to control biofouling.Read More

Mixing Mate stirs and pours paint without any mess

Aside from professional painters, it's a sure bet that painting can be a cumbersome and messy chore for most people. That's why hardware retailer Rockler has created the Mixing Mate Paint Lid, which attaches to a paint can to easily stir the paint, pour it out smoothly, and even seal it for later.Read More

Robotics

Prototype robots autonomously strip paint from aircraft using lasers

If you think stripping paint off an end table can be a messy, time consuming job, imagine removing paint and other coatings from an aircraft like the C-130 transport plane. Tasked with developing a robotic system that would take such a chore out of the hands of maintenance personnel, Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) and Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, developed a team of robots that gets the job done – using laser beams, no less. Read More

Mobile Technology

NODE Chroma module lets you collect and reproduce colors

The NODE is a rather clever device. It’s a multi-function remote sensor, that links via Bluetooth with a paired smartphone. Different sensing modules can be swapped on and off of the main NODE platform, allowing it to serve as a 3-axis accelerometer, magnetometer or gyroscope. Additional modules were promised when the device was first announced, and an interesting one is now on the way. It’s the NODE Chroma, and it allows users to copy any color they encounter, for later use in things like paints or computer graphics.Read More

Good Thinking

New camo face paint protects soldiers against bomb blasts

For millennia, face paint has helped soldiers avoid being seen by enemy forces. This Wednesday, however, a team of scientists from the University of Southern Mississippi announced that a new type of face paint may soon also be able to protect against the heat of bomb blasts and other explosions. Additionally, a clear version of the paint could be used by civilian firefighters.Read More

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