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Léo Marius' 3D printable OpenReflex SLR camera

Further evidence that the list of things yet to be 3D printed is shrinking by the minute, Léo Marius has come up with a 3D printable SLR camera. Named OpenReflex, the camera includes a mirror viewfinder and a mechanical shutter release button. By using custom ring mounts, Marius says that more or less any lens can be attached.  Read More

Artist's impression of Curiosity (Image: NASA)

After over six months exploring the Glenelg area of Gale Crater on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover is on the move. The nuclear-powered robot began a months-long drive on July 4, which will take it to Mount Sharp to fulfill the major part of its its two-year mission to seek out areas where life could have, or still could, exist on the Red Planet.  Read More

The YAK01 house makes use of a pool for passive cooling (Photo: Piyawut Srisakul)

If you're lucky enough to own a swimming pool, you already know they offer a great opportunity to relax, exercise, and perhaps throw the occasional pool party, too. However, the recently-completed Bangkok-based YAK01 house by architecture firm AAd goes further than this, by making use of a pool for passive cooling.  Read More

Jasper van Loenen's Drone It Yourself turns everyday objects into flying quadrotor UAVs (V...

If, like me, you've always felt that your books, record collection and years' of otherwise accumulated matter was lacking flight capability, you might be interested in Jasper van Loenen's Drone It Yourself project which turns more or less anything into a quadrotor drone with addition of a few motors and a control unit.  Read More

Emporia shopping center by Wingårdh Arkitektkontor

It's that time of year again; the 2013 World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards shortlist has been announced. The event will feature over 300 projects, spread over 29 individual categories and three groups: Completed Buildings, Landscape Projects, and Future Projects.  Read More

Garmin's portable HUD displays navigation information from a wirelessly linked smartphone ...

While many high-end modern cars are now coming with a sophisticated Head-Up-Display (HUD) built in, owners of older (or cheaper) models are stuck with a dedicated navigation device or cradled smartphone blurting out directions and pointing the way. If you're feeling adventurous, you may be able to shoe-horn a retrofit kit into your old jalopy, or you could take the plunge and stump up for a new car, but navigation veteran Garmin has another option. Its new pocket-sized, portable HUD wirelessly connects to a smartphone running a navigation app, and throws directions and useful information onto the inside of the windshield.  Read More

Resolution is a departure from the “tabletop” look of most other solar cars

A group of engineering students from the University of Cambridge is hoping to become the first British team to take home the World Solar Challenge crown with a new solar car dubbed "Resolution." The vehicle, which the team claims "rewrites the rulebook for green vehicles," features solar panels that will move to track the sun as it makes the 3,000 km (1,864 mi) journey across the Australian outback from Darwin to Adelaide.  Read More

Caterpillar House is located on a hillside just outside Chile's capital city Santiago (Pho...

The use of shipping containers in residential builds is quite popular nowadays, and with good reason: there are untold numbers of the waterproof and durable metal boxes available, so why not put a few to good use? With this in mind, the latest such dwelling to grab our attention is Casa Oruga, or Caterpillar House, by Chilean architect Sebastián Irarrázaval, which also features passive cooling.  Read More

With a bubble-like urban design, the i3 includes copious amounts of glass and light-weight...

When the i3 concept was unveiled alongside the i8 coupe concept back in 2011, it was the i8 that hogged the spotlight in commercials and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. But BMW engineers were hard at work in Germany developing real world production plans for the i3 and BMW is now set to put its first fully electric vehicle into mass production by the end of 2013. But the wee urban EV plays only a small part in BMW’s overall sustainability program.  Read More

Rosphere uses a pendulum for locomotion and steering

If you see what looks like a hamster ball rolling around a cornfield, it doesn’t mean that someone’s pet is incredibly lost. It may be an experimental robot developed by the Robotics and Cybernetics Research Group at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) called Rosphere. The spherical robot can propel itself over uneven ground and may one day be rolling up for work in fields to monitor and tend crops.  Read More

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