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Gesture Cube – No need to touch just give it a wave

Gesture Cube – no need to touch, just give it a wave from Gesture Cube on Vimeo.

Just wave your hand to access music, web, your family and friends.
You don´t even need to touch the surface.  Gesture Cube uses 3D spatial movement tracking to help transform navigating a device into a magical intuitive experience. The underlying GestIC® technology detects your hand´s approach and movements – your favorite apps and media all at a wave of your hand.

The Gesture Cube …
…..is not just technology for tech’s sake. It is thoughtfully designed and deeply rooted in a genuine understanding of consumers’ expectations and needs. We have explored the possibilities of 3D technology to craft a product experience that is so intuitive it‘s almost magical. Using natural gestures to control our electronics helps to draw them closer to our natural behaviour, making things easier and more fun. The result is an intelligent product concept with unlimited possibilities for enhancing daily life with effortless interaction. The Gesture Cube´s design is simple yet so beautiful it doubles as a sculptural icon in your living space.

Source:  Gesture Cube

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The Airborne Laser Testbed – shoot down missile with laser

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The Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB) is being developed as an advanced platform for MDA’s directed energy research program. Using two solid state lasers and a megawatt-class Chemical Oxygen Iodine Laser housed aboard a modified Boeing 747-400 Freighter, the ALTB uses directed energy to demonstrate the potential of using directed energy as a viable technology against ballistic missiles.

Firing Sequence

  1. The Airborne Laser Testbed uses six infrared sensors to detect the exhaust plume of a boosting missile.
  2. Once a target is detected, a kilowatt-class solid state laser, the Track Illuminator, tracks the missile and determines a precise aim point.
  3. The Beacon Illuminator, a second kilowatt-class solid state laser, then measures disturbances in the atmosphere, which are corrected by the adaptive optics system to accurately point and focus the high energy laser at its intended target.
  4. Using a very large telescope located in the nose turret, the beam control/fire control system focuses the megawatt-class COIL beam onto a pressurized area of the boosting missile, holding it there until the concentrated energy compromises the structural integrity of the threat missile causing it to fail.

Development

  • The High Energy Laser is now integrated on the aircraft with laser subsystem activation. The program achieved return to flight in April 2009 when it kicked-off its High Power System Integration (HPSI) experiment program. This experiment series verified correct operation of target tracking and atmospheric compensation of the upgraded Beam Control system using the low power energy lasers.

Source:  MDA

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The Motorcycle Air Conditioning System

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The EntroSys Motorcycle Air Conditioning system comprises two main subsystems: a compact personal air conditioner unit; and a lightweight air delivery garment. Conditioned air - cooled or heated – is driven into the riding gear through an air hose. The A/C unit is controlled by a key-chain wireless remote control unit.

Providing a comfortable micro-climate under the riding protective garment facilitates a relaxed and safer ride.

The system is environmentally friendly as it is based on solid-state technology and does not use harmful gases, as do conventional compressor-based systems.

Source:  Entrosys

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The Transition – a street legal airplane

sportaircraft  The Transition – a street legal airplane

terrafugia transition roadable aircraft

The Transition®

The Transition® by Terrafugia: simply land at the airport, fold your wings up and drive home.

Every pilot faces uncertain weather, rising costs, and ground transportation hassles on each end of the flight. The Transition® combines the unique convenience of being able to fold its wings with the ability to drive on any surface road in a modern personal airplane platform. Stowing the wings for road use and deploying them for flight at the airport is activated from inside the cockpit. This unique functionality addresses head-on the issues faced by today’s Private and Sport Pilots.

Terrafugia’s award-winning MIT-trained engineers have been advancing the state-of-the-art in personal aircraft since 2006. Now you can streamline your flying experience with the revolutionary integration of personal land and air travel made possible by the Transition® Roadable Aircraft.

Source:  Terrafugia

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Mantys Electric Golf Cart Unique Design

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Mantys is a brand by LEEV Mobility.

LEEV Mobility (2008) is involved in the development

and marketing of innovative light electrical vehicles for personal use in short and medium range.

Applications include inner city mobility, commercial services, and leisure activity. All vehicles are based on proprietary and patented technologies.

Dimensions 1300 x 700 x 1400 [LxWxH mm]

Dimensions folded 1300 x 700 x 400 [LxWxH mm]

Weight 40 kg

Top speed 18 km/h

Range 36 holes / 22.5 km

Batteries 2x 24V Li-ion 20Ah

Motors 2x 500W geared electric motors on rear wheels

Wheels 115/55-6.5 turf saver profile

Braking hydraulic disc brakes

Suspension oil-damped shock absorbers

Features score cardholder, ball & tee holder, cup holder

Source:  Mantys

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Innovative solar powered bridge de-icer

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Pave Guard:
Getting rid of snow and ice forever…
using the power of the sun.

Pave Guard Technologies,® Inc. has combined subsurface heating with solar energy to present a system that will eliminate snow and ice from forming on pavement while serving as an alternative energy source. The Pave Guard System is also designed to pay for itself over a period of 5-7 years while putting money back in your pocket for another 13 years or more.

Solar panels silently convert light into electricity. They have no moving parts, require little maintenance and are designed to last for many years. Photovoltaic solar panels work best in direct sunlight, but they also work well even on cloudy days.

Solar panels can be used to supply a substantial proportion of the electrical needs of typical households. They can be mounted on the roof or on the ground and connected to the local electric utility or stand alone (not connected to the utility), either supplying all the power directly to the home or pumping the excess back to the utility. Apart from reducing your electricity bill, home owners can often sell any surplus electricity directly back to the utility at an attractive rate.

Source:  Pave Guard Tech

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ExoHike was designed for carrying heavy loads during long missions

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ExoHiker™ was designed for carrying heavy loads during long missions.

* Weight: 31 lbf including power unit, batteries and on-board computer
* Payload: 150 lbf while the wearer feels no load
* Noise: virtually imperceptible
* Mission Duration: without small pack-mounted solar panel: 42 miles for a pound of battery (Lithium Polymer) at the average speed 2.5 mph. With a small solar panel, its mission time will be unlimited.

Example: Due to an unprecedented actuation and power delivery technology, an 80 W-hour battery which weighs 1.2 pounds is sufficient to power this exoskeleton to carry 150 pound of load for 21 hours while the wearer feels no load on her/his shoulder.

* Interface: small hand-held LCD display
* Special features: easy-stow™ retractable legs, quick release emergency egress from backpack and/or exoskeleton, and unfettered driving of vehicles while wearing the exo.

Source:  Berkeley Bionics

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Inflatable balloon based device limits deaths due to profuse bleeding

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Inflatable Device Stops the Bleeding

A fast, efficient balloon-based system could save lives on the street and battlefield.

Uncontrolled bleeding is a major cause of death on the battlefield, and according to military medical experts, it accounts for 80 percent of otherwise preventable deaths. One problem is that there are no effective treatments for deep, penetrating wounds, which are too severe for gauze packing and are in areas where a tourniquet cannot be applied. To stop life-threatening bleeding in such instances, Maynard Ramsey, the chief executive officer and chief technology officer at CardioCommand, a Tampa, FL-based medical device company, has developed a balloon-based system that can be inserted into a wound and inflated in less than 90 seconds.

Source:  Technology Review

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Rethink Hanger Is A Clever Water Bottle Hanger – Great for Traveling

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what it is

The rethink concepts hanger turns two ordinary plastic beverage bottles into a unique clothes hanger by screwing the bottles into the hook.

turning everyday ordinary into extraordinary

The rethink hanger presents a way to encourage the reuse of already consumed items by forming a new functional product.

Source:  Rethink Concepts

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Build your own electric car with the Trexa platform

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Trexa is gunning to be the first electric vehicle devlopment platform, with a battery, driveline and power electronics built-in. You just add the passenger compartment on top. Want a pickup truck or a hot rod? The choice is yours, provided you’ve got the chops to put it together.

Source:  Trexa

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