The OttiMat is an innovative product that uses recycled human hair to repair and prevent the environmental damage caused by oil spills. Comprised of 99% recycled human hair and 1% Polypropylene Skrim, OttiMat adsorbs (holds on to) oil.
The Environmental Angle
In the US alone, 60 million pounds of human hair are disposed of in landfills each year. The OttiMat avoids the use of toxic oil cleaners in our water sources by using hair, non-decomposing materials. Human hair is easily available, low cost and hence in real sense, cost effective. “When I conducted my research, I realized that I had found a commercial use for what was, at present, a waste product. Millions of pounds of human hair is cut every day and tossed into landfills or dumped into oceans. Hair does not degrade well. In fact, some samples have been found that are thousands of years old. Using it for bioremediation of oil spills would put it to work while simultaneously reducing the amount of waste in our landfills – a real win-win situation. Also, the oil saturated bundles can be burned as fuel and energy value of the petroleum they contain can be recovered”, said McCory, Inventor.
- Material: 99% Human Hair, 1% Polypropylene Skrim.
- Adsorbs: Petroleum, Benzene, Ethanol, Formaldehyde, Alcohols, Acetone, and Various other Chemicals.
- Hydrophobic: Does not retain water.
- Methods of Use: Adsorbs drips, leaks, and pools on flat surfaces and by floatation on water. When pad is saturated, squeeze or centrifuge adsorbed petroleum product into appropriate storage container.
- Cleaning Procedure: Clean with a biodegradable cleaner/degreaser. After cleaning, aerate to dry and store for further use.
- Disposal: Dispose of adsorbed material in accordance with the local, state and federal regulations of your area. OttiMat can be wrung out for re-use many times or burned as industrial fuel.
OttiMat does not “absorb” (or soak in) oil, but rather “adsorbs” (or holds on to) oil.
The efficacy of human hair as an oil Sorbent has been tested and validated by NASA. As proven by NASA, human hair adsorbs up to 5 times its weight in oil while not retaining water. The OttiMat is ready to go to market and has been successfully tested against the primary industry competition. The OttiMat uses recycled human hair that naturally removes oil from water. Human hair does not “absorb” (or soak in) oil as does polypropylene, but rather it “adsorbs” (or holds on) to it. Competitive products such as polypropylene (poly) mats “absorb” oil, and the oil bonds to the material. This bonding precludes much oil from being extracted from the poly pads. However, with the OttiMat, the oil is “adsorbed”, meaning that the oil adheres to the cuticles of the hair. It is this unique property, coupled with the viscosity of petroleum-based products, which allows the OttiMat to be squeezed or centrifuged for recovery of the oil. The mat can be wrung out for emergency re-use many times or burned as industrial fuel. 98% of the oil extracted by the OttiMat can be recovered. Human hair leaves less incinerated residue than polypropylene. The OttiMat has a tensile strength of approximately 38 lbs. and can be used in large-scale petroleum recovery.
It refers to various technology that use 3D printing as a way to construct buildings. The advantages of this would be quicker construction, lower labor costs, and less waste produced.
Modern development and research has been under way since 2004 to flexibly construct buildings for commercial and private habitation. With built-in plumbing and electrical facilities, in one continuous build the process uses large 3D printers that would notionally complete the building in approximately 20 hours of “printer” time.
based on two parallel rails, an XY-controlled printing gantry and pressurized concrete tank
Contour Crafting is a fabrication process by which large-scale parts can be fabricated quickly in a layer-by-layer fashion. The chief advantages of the Contour Crafting process over existing technologies are the superior surface finish that is realized and the greatly enhanced speed of fabrication. The success of the technology stems from the automated use of age-old tools normally wielded by hand, combined with conventional robotics and an innovative approach to building three-dimensional objects that allows rapid fabrication times. Actual scale civil structures such as houses may be built by Contour Crafting
More recently, the direction of development has been in the use of various ceramics (including piezo electric actuators) and construction materials. Another high potential application is construction of civil structures such as houses. Emergency and low income housing construction fields are being considered by various entities.
Contour Crafting technology has great potential for automating the construction of whole structures as well as sub-components. Using this process, a single house or a colony of houses, each with possibly a different design, may be automatically constructed in a single run, embedded in each house all the conduits for electrical, plumbing and air-conditioning.
Bee’s explores how we might co-habit with natural biological systems and use their potential to increase our perceptive abilities.
How it works
The glass objects have two enclosures: a smaller chamber that serves as the diagnosis space and a bigger chamber where previously trained bees are kept for the short period of time necessary for them to detect general health. People exhale into the smaller chamber and the bees rush into it if they detect on the breath the odour that they where trained to target.
What can bees detect?
Scientific research demonstrated that bees can diagnose accurately at an early stage a vast variety of diseases, such as: tuberculosis, lung and skin cancer, and diabetes.
The outer curved tube helps bees avoid from flying accidentally into the interior diagnosis chamber, making for a more precise result. The tubes connected to the small chamber create condensation, so that exhalation is visible.
Detecting chemicals in the axilla
Apocrine glands are known to contain pheromones that retain information about a person’s health that bees antennae can identify.
Bees can be easily trained using Pavlov’s reflex to target a wide range of natural and man-made chemicals odours including the biomarkers associated with certain diseases. The training consists in baffling the bees with a specific odour and feeding them with a solution of water and sugar, therefore they associate that odour with a food reward.
Inventor comes up with first redesign of the axe in 8,000 years – a curved blade that stops itself swinging straight through wood and into your leg.
The operational principle of the Leveraxe is totally different from the traditional axe. Upon hitting the top of the log and penetrating it slightly, the leading edge of the axe head begins to slow down. Where the axe blade widens sharply it stops the axe’s penetration. However, the mass of the axe head still has kinetic energy and the off line center of gravity forces it to rotate eccentrically down towards the wood. This rotational movement causes the leading edge, or sharp edge of the blade to turn in a lever action, forcing a split with all the force of the kinetic energy of the axe multiplied by the leverage of the axehead. The widening blade edge also has a benefit in that it helps to prevent the axe from penetrating into the wood and getting stuck there as is often the case with traditional axes.
The 1.9kg axe head has a significant amount of kinetic energy when it begins the rotational movement. While the centre of gravity of the head continues first to the right and then downwards the edge moves in a rotational direction to the left. This movement uses the rotational torque to split a log and push it away from the wood. In total the edge opens the wood by 8 cm. When the axe has rotated sideways it has used most of its energy and ends on top of the log on the in a sideways fashion. This safety feature ensures that the axe does not continue towards your legs and the axe remains totally in control. In addition, the axe holds the log steady on the chopping block ready for the next swing.”
Imagine being able to use concrete on slopes, in water, and in other hard to reach places – with no molds, no mixing, and minimal equipment. Concrete Cloth is flexible and will bend and curve, enabling it to follow the natural contours of the land, including ditches and slopes.
Unlike regular concrete, Concrete Cloth can be installed in the rain, and other wet conditions, virtually eliminating rescheduling due to weather conditions. It comes in a variety of sizes, including man-portable rolls that two men can carry, reducing the need for heavy machinery.
The fabric structure also reinforces the concrete and reduces cracking, while using up to 95% less concrete than conventional methods. Concrete Cloth has a low alkaline reserve and a low wash rate for a low ecological impact. It meets many ASTM and other standards and is resistant to chemicals, weather, wear, and UV.
The unique structure of Concrete Cloth facilitates ease of installation. Cement mix is trapped in a flexible 3D fabric, backed with a waterproof layer. The fabric can be hung vertically, laid in trenches, or cut and formed into shapes to create a durable layer of concrete, all without the need for molds or mixers. Wet the fabric to activate the cement, and within 24 hours, the product has cured to 80% strength.
A smart-road design that features glow-in-the-dark tarmac and illuminated weather indicators will be installed in the Netherlands from mid-2013.
“One day I was sitting in my car in the Netherlands, and I was amazed by these roads we spend millions on but no one seems to care what they look like and how they behave,” the designer behind the concept, Daan Roosegaarde, told Wired.co.uk. “I started imagining this Route 66 of the future where technology jumps out of the computer screen and becomes part of us.”
The Smart Highway by Studio Roosegaarde and infrastructure management group Heijmans won Best Future Concept at the Dutch Design Awards, and has already gone beyond pure concept. The studio has developed a photo-luminising powder that will replace road markings — it charges up in sunlight, giving it up to 10 hours of glow-in-the-dark time come nightfall. “It’s like the glow in the dark paint you and I had when we were children,” designer Roosegaarde explained, “but we teamed up with a paint manufacturer and pushed the development. Now, it’s almost radioactive”.
Special paint will also be used to paint markers like snowflakes across the road’s surface — when temperatures fall to a certain point, these images will become visible, indicating that the surface will likely be slippery. Roosegaarde says this technology has been around for years, on things like baby food — the studio has just upscaled it.
The first few hundred metres of glow-in-the-dark, weather-indicating road will be installed in the province of Branbant in mid-2013, followed by priority induction lanes for electric vehicles, interactive lights that switch on as cars pass and wind-powered lights within the next five years.
These futuristic highways will include: glow-in-the-dark road markings painted with photo-luminescent paint which are charged during the day and light up during the night and interactive lights along the highway that light up as cars approach. Wind lights that light up using the draft produced by cars and priority induction lanes that can recharge electric cars as they run along them also feature.
The Orbital Shower Concept saves up to over 90% of the water, 80% of the energy, while increasing comfort and hygiene.
Orbital Systems enables a comfortable and eco-friendly as well as economically smart lifestyle and do not compromise with comfort but rather increase the shower experience.
When this patented technology is applied in a shower, it makes the world’s most advanced and efficient shower unit, saving up to over 90% water and 80% energy, whilst increasing comfort and hygiene.
An illustration of the technology is shown below
Savings up to, and more than 90% water consumption. Due to the efficient water recycling system.
Savings up to, and more than 80% of the energy consumption. As a consequence of this recycling and purification process that makes it possible to re-use the heat of the rinsed water.
Cleaner water than regular tap water. Due to this patented recycling technology which includes purification and heat recovery in real time the water quality is ensured to be above drinking quality level. Testing at credited laboratories such as Swedish Institute of Diseases as well as Alcontrol Laboratories has been done throughout our whole development process.
EXAMPLE OF FILTRATION CAPABILITIES
Endotoxin removal > 99,96 %
DNA > 99,5 %
Micron size particles > 99,995 %
Cyst reduction by at least 99.95%
Higher comfort level in shower activity, both compared to conventional showers and other water saving solutions existing. Due to the precise temperature stability, water flow and pressure which are working independently from other applications. Compared to other water saving products this doesn’t decrease the water flow but can even offer using large shower nozzles for increasing the comfort which means producing a steady pressure while having a water flow over 15 litres per minute.
Highers water quality
Flowrate up to 24 litres/minute
Precise Temperature regulation
Water Pressure stabilizer
Digital monitoring possible
Reduced water consumption
Reduced energy consumption
Low maintenance requirements
New water supply opportunities
Holography is a technique which enables three-dimensional images to be made. It involves the use of a laser, interference, diffraction, light intensity recording and suitable illumination of the recording. The image changes as the position and orientation of the viewing system changes in exactly the same way as if the object were still present, thus making the image appear three-dimensional.
AV Concepts created a high-definition holographic projection system based off of the Pepper’s Ghost illusion, which is used all the time in haunted houses, theme parks, dark rides, and in theater. Of course, we’ve updated it with 21st century technology to create a three-dimensional, life-size illusion that moves and interacts within a live stage setting. That means a whole new way of giving presentations and engaging audiences. Imagine a product launch where you can show your product’s features via a 3D holographic display without using clunky 3D glasses.
Where this technology really excels is in live presentations. One of our most notable uses of holographic projection was to revivify the great Tupac Shakur for a Snoop Dogg performance at the 2012 Coachella Music Festival—but the versatility of 3D holographic projection is limitless. Whether holographic projection is used to bring back a legendary musician or to teleconference around the globe, innovation like this makes the impossible nearly tangible.
Liquidmetal and Vitreloy are commercial names of a series of amorphous metal alloys developed by a California Institute of Technology (Caltech) research team and marketed by Liquidmetal Technologies. Liquidmetal alloys combine a number of desirable material features, including high tensile strength, excellent corrosion resistance, very high coefficient of restitution and excellent anti-wearing characteristics, while also being able to be heat-formed in processes similar to thermoplastics. Despite the name, they are not liquid at room temperature.
Liquidmetal was introduced for commercial applications in 2003. It is used for, among other things, golf clubs, watches and covers of cell phones.
Due to their non-crystalline (amorphous) structures, Liquidmetals are harder than alloys of titanium or aluminum of similar composition. The zirconium and titanium based Liquidmetal alloys achieved yield strength of over 1723 MPa, nearly twice the strength of conventional crystalline titanium alloys (Ti6Al4V is ~830 MPa), and about the strength of high-strength steels and some highly engineered bulk composite materials.
Draw a circuit. Cold solder. Paint and screen print circuits.
Bare Conductive’s Electric Paint provides a great platform for discovering, playing, repairing and designing with electronics.
Electric Paint can be used as both a liquid wire and a conductive adhesive. This handy material allows you to paint and screen print capacitive surfaces. Electric Paint is nontoxic, solvent free and water soluble.
This material is a great prototyping tool for makers of all ages. Once applied the paint dries quickly at room temperature, and can be removed with soap and water. Nontoxic, air-drying. Works great on many materials including paper, plastic, textiles and conventional electronics.
Works with: Electrical components, prototyping materials, PCBs, microcontrollers (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, MaKey MaKey, LilyPad, FLORA), e-textiles, and conductive thread.
Directions: Apply with a brush, roller, or screen print. Leave to dry for 5 minutes, Electric Paint becomes conductive when completely dry.