A bicycle made almost entirely of cardboard has the potential to change transportation habits from the world’s most congested cities to the poorest reaches of Africa. Izhar Gafni, 50, is an expert in designing automated mass-production lines. He is an amateur cycling enthusiast who for years toyed with an idea of making a bicycle from cardboard. Once the shape has been formed and cut, the cardboard is treated with a secret concoction made of organic materials to give it its waterproof and fireproof qualities. In the final stage, it is coated with lacquer paint for appearance. Once ready for production, the bicycle will include no metal parts, even the brake mechanism and the wheel and pedal bearings will be made of recycled substances,
Following critically acclaimed installations by Ernesto Neto and Christian Boltanski, Ryoji Ikeda has been selected by the Armory for its third annual visual art commission in the Wade Thompson Drill Hall. Ikeda creates a visual and sonic environment where visitors are submerged in an extreme illustration of projected and synchronized data.
The S.S. Republic was carrying 59 passengers and a load of gold coins from New York to New Orleans when it sank in a hurricane off Savannah, Ga., on Oct. 25, 1865. Experts estimate there are 20,000 to 30,000 coins at the site 1,700 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, worth perhaps as much as $180 million.
Perpetual Ocean shows ocean surface currents around the world during the period from June 2005 through December 2007. By estimating the circulation and climate of the ocean NASA was able to use ocean flow data to create a simple, visceral experience.
Every year at the international watch and jewelry fair in Basel Switzerland, famed watchmaker Harry Winston unveils the latest model in their exclusive Opus line. This year for the Opus 12, Harry Winston partnered with Emmanuel Bouchet to create a watch that is built around 12 pairs of hands that point towards the center and rotate in place to turn blue when they’re telling the time or silver when they’re inactive. It’s an absolute marvel of engineering that unmatched by any other watch producer on this planet.
Google has set off to brazil to offer users Google street view: Amazon, the ability to explore the rivers, forests, and communities of the amazon basin’s rio negro reserve within google maps. For more details and a video of how this breathtaking project was accomplished click here.
The harvard microrobotics laboratory have developed a robotic bee that is printed from layers of carbon-fiber and plastic. Attached to the frame are titanium wings which, when applied to an external power source, are able to move at 1 or 30 hertz. Technology’s unabated evolution continues to expand our abilities to further miniaturize engineering. For more details follow this link.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s foot work has been enhanced this season by a special camouflage technology created by his sponsor Nike. The new Nike CR Mercurial Vapor Superfly III creates the illusion that Ronaldo is about to turn in one direction, when actually his feet are about to move a different way. This represents a new milestone where technology, design and fashion are harmoniously integrated to create a truly superior product.
The power of this image resonates on many levels. At first glance it’s quite beautiful, the United States illuminated through energy and human existence. Upon deeper inspection it reveals the locations of all the McDonald’s across the U.S. This world is besieged by a corporate maze of consumption. Our lives are heavily influenced by all that surrounds us. It is a continuous challenge to fight complacency and seek out a more natural existence.