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OOHO! THE EDIBLE WATER: By Skipping Rocks LAB

Skipping Rocks Lab is a seaweed-tech start-up based in London. That has created “Ooho!” the edible water. It’s a spherical packaging made of seaweed, entirely natural and biodegradable. Obviously their goal is to create a waste-free alternative to plastic bottles and cups. The proprietary material is actually cheaper than plastic and can encapsulate any beverage including water, soft drinks, spirits and cosmetics. The consumption of non-renewable resources for single use bottles and the amount of waste generated is profoundly unsustainable. The aim of Ooho is to provide the convenience of plastic bottles while limiting the environmental impact. Read the rest of this entry

EyeVerify – A New Level of Security

If you are like me, then you will love this invention. Every day, man is working tirelessly to improve the standard of living and eliminate cumbersome processes. And this invention is definitely one of such. It’s called EyeVerify.

With this new technology, you don’t have to remember all your passwords. You can now use your brain for storing other important details, as all you need to log in to your account(s) are the very veins in your eyes. Yep! You sure read that right…the veins in your eyes. eyeverify_eyeprintworks_pptx1

With the sudden rise in hacking and internet fraud, people are looking for better ways to secure personal/confidential details and make accessing of accounts more secured and more difficult to hack. And one major way that seems to be able to deliver this level of security is the use of biometrics.

Now, every human being has unique set of veins in the white of their eyes…even identical twins. So with EyeVerify, all you need to do on your smartphone is look into the camera lens of your phone and the software will register your eyes and log you in. Isn’t that just great?!

The World’s First Climate-Controlled City

For a moment, just close your eyes and switch on your imagination inner eyes. Now imagine a city where the climate is controlled by man. That is, the weather is neither too hot nor too cold. Even if it’s raining or the sun is blazing, you won’t be affected; yet you can do all your normal everyday activities. That will be lovely, right? climate city 2

Ok, now open your eyes… Guess what? This imagination will soon be a reality as plans are already underway to complete this city. Dubai has already announced their plans to build this city and they hope to have it ready and functional to host the 2020 World Expo Trade Fair.

The 48 million square-foot complex dubbed ‘Mall of the World’ will be constructed under a glass dome that serves as the protective shield of the city. This city will play host to the world’s largest shopping mall, as well as the world’s largest theme park. It is expected to attract and host about 180 million visitors annually.

climate city 3Visitors will have access to trams that will help them move from one end to the other around the city. Thus, there will be no need for cars within the city.

The main attraction of the ‘Mall of the World’ is said to be its cultural district which will be a recreation of some of the world’s famous landmarks from New York to Barcelona and London.

To watch a virtual tour of the city click this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-lUp9sUFZw

 

ARION1 VELOCIPEDE

A group of students at the University of Liverpool, UK are attempting to break the world record for the fastest human powered vehicle using a bicycle. This bicycle is said to be able to travel at a speed of 90MPH. The capsule shaped bicycle designed by the University of Liverpool Velocipede Team [ULV Team] is called Arion1.

Currently, a Dutch team holds the world speed record of 83.13mph but the ULV team from Liverpool hope to beat this challenge at this year’s competition.

It is indeed amazing how technology is fast changing in our life time. Soon the regular bicycles would be moved into extinction and more sophisticated ones would become the norm. Couple biking

How the Arion1 Velocipede Works

To achieve the desired speed, the rider, who will be seated just 5 inches (13 cm) from the floor, will need to get their legs pumping to generate over 700 W of power, which the team points out is enough power to light the average UK home. The power will be delivered to the wheels via a transmission system with a gear ratio of 17:1, as compared to the gear ratio of 4:1 found on a standard bicycle. (http://www.gizmag.com/arion1-bicycle-world-speed-record/31772/)

For the windscreen, instead of a transparent one, the ULV team is working on designing and installing a camera and monitor system that will allow the rider see where they are going. The monitor system is designed to not only reduce aerodynamic drag but also allow the rider’s head remain in the optimum riding position.

The Arion1 is said to weigh less than 55 lb. (25 kg) and will be released May 2015.

LYNX SMART GRILL

This invention will surely be a delight to chefs around the world, or just regular people who love to grill.

The Lynx Smart Grill unlike other grills works with voice recognition technology to cook food based on the user’s command. The way it works is that, you tell the grill what you want to cook and it will fetch the timing, technique/recipe from an existing online database. It even takes it a step further by telling you exactly where on the grill to place your food. And when the food is done or it is time to flip it to the other side, it will send you a message. There is still however the option for manual grilling, if you prefer the old fashion method. lynx-smart-grill

Officially called the Lynx Concept Grill, this grill incorporates voice recognition, online notification and seamless user interface to bring grilling into the 21st century. Some interesting aspects of this grill are that it remembers your method of cooking and you can simply ask it to cook your meal the same way. It also goes off after 30 minutes of not hearing any further instruction, so in case you somehow forget your food in it, you needn’t worry about the grill catching fire and burning down your house. How cool is that? 🙂

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