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Posted Saturday, May 7th, 2011 at 10:00 am by Antonio Wells Comments Watch on Mobile The innovative team at Human Media Lab have pulled of some Sci-Fi wonders by creating the Paperphone which is functional, running Android using “bend gestures” to navigate and operate. The Paperphone can make calls, run apps like the music player to play tracks, read eBooks, plus more. Additionally, they demonstrate it being worn on the wrist and operated by touch; alternatively when laid flat it can accept input from a stylus.
EarthBag Homes - you're standing on the building materials... earthbag home Long sandbags are filled on-site and arranged in layers or as compressed coils. Stabilizers such as cement, lime, or sodium carbonate may be added to an ideal mix of 70% sand, 30% clay. Straw may also be added.
With tons of features & straightforward functionality, Spotify is a great way to get the perfect tune for whatever mood you’re in at the moment. The Pick Up and Play concept explores adding a tangible element to the service, using a compact speaker and touch-screen cubes to harness all the Spotify functions. Shake em to mix things up, line em up to create a playlist, or even gift one to a friend as a customized mix-tape! Not the most portable option, but it’s a fun, interactive player that’s perfect on your desk or coffee table. Designer: Roy Martens
Virgin Atlantic Airways hopes that within two to three years its planes will start flying some of their long haul routes on a fuel with only half the carbon emissions of standard jet fuel. Richard Branson's airline announced a partnership with LanzaTech , a company based in New Zealand that takes waste gases from various industrial facilities and converts them into usable fuels. The end result, theoretically, is a jet fuel that Virgin Atlantic will use on routes between London and Delhi, Shanghai, and elsewhere, with half the carbon footprint they have now. According to Branson, in a press release: "This partnership to produce a next generation, low-carbon aviation fuel is a major step towards radically reducing our carbon footprint, and we are excited about the savings that this technology could help us achieve....This new technology is scalable, sustainable and can be commercially produced at a cost comparable to conventional jet fuel."
Perhaps the most notorious suppressed invention is the General Motors EV1, subject of the 2006 documentary, Who Killed the Electric Car? The EV1 was the world's first mass-produced electric car, with 800 of them up for lease from GM in the late '90s. GM ended the EV1 line in 1999, stating that consumers weren't happy with the limited driving range of the car's batteries, making it unprofitable to continue production. Many skeptics, however, believe GM killed the EV1 under pressure from oil companies, who stand to lose the most if high-efficiency vehicles conquer the market. It didn't help that GM hunted down and destroyed every last EV1, ensuring the technology would die out. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
<img src="http://makezineblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/mz_machanics_600x80.gif?w=600&h=80" alt="" title="MZ_Machanics_600x80" width="600" height="80" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-88387" /> <img src="http://makezineblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/reuben-margolin-double-raindrop1.gif?w=599&h=684" alt="Reuben Margolin Double Raindrop" title="reuben-margolin-double-raindrop" width="599" height="684" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-90870" /> Our Mechanics theme brought to mind San Francisco Bay Area kinetic sculptor Reuben Margolin , one of my all-time favorite artists.