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Future Feeder » Mechanical Tech

PixelSkin02

April 23rd, 2006 | Filed under: Architecture, Mechanical Tech, Programming | No Comments »

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 PixelSkin02 is a responsive architectural surface made of shape memory alloy (SMA) to actuate each of the four panels that make a 'pixel'.


Selective Laser Melting : 3D Printing in Metal

March 8th, 2006 | Filed under: Fabrication Tech, Mechanical Tech, Products | 1 Comment »

MCP Group’s MCP Realizer takes 3D printing / rapid prototyping into the world of metals. MCP uses a technique called SLM (Selective Laser Melting) which uses ordinary metal powders (bronze, zinc, stainless steel, tool steel, titanium, cobalt-chrome alloys) and a laser to melt thin layers of geometry repeatedly to produce finished parts. more>

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Cybertouching : Transmitting Tactility

December 6th, 2005 | Filed under: Augmented, Future, Mechanical Tech, Social, Virtual Reality | 2 Comments »

Researchers at Singapore-based Nanyang Technological University (NTU) demostrated a jacket that conducts touch heat, pressure, and vibrations on a live chicken. The system synchronizes tactile movements using a live video feed to transmit ‘cybertouches’. [article (pdf)]

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The Falkirk Wheel

December 6th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Design, Mechanical Tech, Urbanism | 4 Comments »

The The Falkirk Wheel is a giant rotating boat lift and elevated canal developed by British Waterways to reconnect the Union Canal with the Forth & Clyde Canal, re-establishing east to west coast access for boats.

Thanks, Bryan.


The flight of a bee

November 28th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Mechanical Tech, Video | 1 Comment »

Michael Dickinson and his colleagues filmed hovering bees at 6000 frames per second, and plotted the unusual pattern of wing beats. The wing sweeps back in a 90˚ arc, then flips over as it returns – an incredible 230 times a second. The team made a robot to scale to measure the forces involved. [high speed video (5MB)] [robotic bee video (72MB)]
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Hoberman Transformable Design

November 14th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Design, Mathematics, Mechanical Tech | No Comments »

Chuck Hoberman’s new venture, Hoberman Transformable Design, seeks to extend his innovations into consumer products and architectural applications. Hoberman Associates’ work is centered on the fundamental idea that a designed object can transform the way a natural organism does.


10,000 Year Clock : The Long Now

October 19th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Mechanical Tech, Social, Sustainability, Technology | 3 Comments »

W. Daniel Hillis of Applied Minds, Inc. is designing a perfectly synchronized 10,000 year clock / sculpture / statement with the Long Now Foundation. Everything about this clock is deeply unusual. For example, while nearly every mechanical clock made in the last millennium consists of a series of propelled gears, this one uses a stack of mechanical binary computers capable of singling out one moment in 3.65 million days. . . Unlike any other clock, this one is being constructed to keep track of leap centuries, the orbits of the six innermost planets in our solar system, even the ultraslow wobbles of Earth’s axis. . .”The ultimate design criterion is that people have to care about it,” says Hillis. “If they don’t, it won’t last.”

via Discover

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Arthur Ganson's Machines : Kinetic Sculpture

October 2nd, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Mechanical Tech, Science, Video | 2 Comments »

Arthur Ganson’s kinetic sculptures are extraordinarily intricate playful mechanisms, choreographed to move in a delightfully life-like manner while remaining incredibly precise. [video] [move videos]


Self-Assembling Bio-robots

September 29th, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Mechanical Tech, Technology | 1 Comment »

Inspired by the replication process of DNA in living cells, Joseph Jacobson (Molecular Machines) and his team at MIT have created miniature robots that self-assemble and self-correct into a specified sequence from scattered parts. [msnbc article]

via wmmna | robotics


Kinematic Models for Design Library

September 29th, 2005 | Filed under: Mechanical Tech, Technology | No Comments »

The Kinematic Models for Design Digital Library is a collection of mechanical models and related resources for teaching the principles of kinematics–the geometry of pure motion. Browse through the enormouse collection of images + text, videos, 3D models (Solidworks, .stl or .VRML ready for printing), and interactive simulations. [launch the KMODDL tour]