3D Printed Running Shoes

The 3D Runner will be available to the public in a limited run, at least to...
The 3D Runner will be available to the public in a limited run, at least to begin(Credit: Adidas)

3D printing is breaking down all kinds of barriers when it comes to made-to-fit products, ushering in everything from titanium heel replacements to self-built bridges. Adidas has been exploring these possibilities when it comes to footwear for a little while, leading to the launch of its first 3D-printed trainer for the public, the 3D Runner. read more

New $10K Home

Mrs. Fan's Plugin House cost the equivalent of around US$10,000, which PAO says is 30 times...
Mrs. Fan’s Plugin House cost the equivalent of around US$10,000, which PAO says is 30 times cheaper than a typical Beijing apartment(Credit: People’s Architecture Office)

Building space is increasingly at a premium in central Beijing and even cramped apartments can fetch a small fortune, but China’s People’s Architecture Office (PAO) recently completed a new home for a first-time buyer for just US $10,000. read more

Military Flying-Wing Tailsitter Drone

It is set to be the drone that can land anywhere, and turn any US Navy ship into an aircraft carrier.

Northrop Grumman has revealed its flying-wing tailsitter drone will take to the air in 2018 – and does not need a runway.

Instead, it simply lands on its tail – a design first tested in the 1950s.

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Darpa plans to build a full-scale demonstrator system of a medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned air system (UAS) designed to use forward-deployed small ships as mobile launch and recovery sites. Click on image below for high-resolution.
Darpa plans to build a full-scale demonstrator system of a medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned air system (UAS) designed to use forward-deployed small ships as mobile launch and recovery sites. Click on image below for high-resolution.

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Charge Your Phone in Seconds

Using 2D materials wrapped around 1D nanowires, researchers at the University of Central Florida have created...
Using 2D materials wrapped around 1D nanowires, researchers at the University of Central Florida have created a supercapcitor that can be charged in seconds, and can go on to be recharged more than 30,000 times with no ill effects(Credit: University of Central Florida)

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LED Modules Light Up Your Wall

The hexagonal Helios modules are 4.3 in (11 cm) across their longest span and 0.4-in (1-cm)...
The hexagonal Helios modules are 4.3 in (11 cm) across their longest span and 0.4-in (1-cm) thick(Credit: Dyena)

Sometimes it would be useful, or even just cool, to be able to illuminate a whole wall. That is the principle behind the Helios modular LED lighting system, where hexagonal units can be joined together magnetically to cover any area and turned on or off individually by touch. read more

Smartphone Amp Installs on Your Guitar

The JamStack puts a digital tone arsenal at a player's fingertips
The JamStack puts a digital tone arsenal at a player’s fingertips(Credit: JamStack)

Travel guitars with built-in speakers and effects have been on the market for an absolute age, but we’ve seen a number of dedicated instruments recently that have embraced our modern digital world to include smartphone integration. read more

Drug Sniffing Drone

The world’s first drone capable of detecting explosives, narcotics and other chemical compounds from a safe distance has been unveiled.

Called SpectroDrone system, this machine is equip with laser beams of several wavelengths, a laser rangefinder, high-resolution camera, spectrometers and proprietary algorithms.

The drone-mounted system automatically pinpoints and analyzes threats from an operational radius of up to 1.8 miles and beams images back to its controllers in real-time.

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