Power-Generating Backpack

September 9th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Mechanical Tech, Sustainability | 1 Comment »

Lawrence Rome‘s ingenious suspended-load backpack harnesses the users’s 2-3 inch (5-7 cm) vertical movement while walking to produce up to 7.4 watts of power. An added bonus comes from the suspended mechanism of the cargo, cushioning the impact of heavy loads on the body. The solution boasts an incredible efficiencey in performance, all packaged in the added weight equivalent to a candy bar. [press release]

via Treehugger | wmmna

Modulobe: Virtual Creature Simulator

September 5th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Design, Mechanical Tech, Programming | No Comments »

Modulobe is a fun and free tool for creating locomotive creatures. The simple interface consists of the two basic modules: shafts and links. Construct a skeleton of shafts and links, graph out the motion of your links, hit run, and watch your creation go.

via wmmna

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Tanaka Profile-Shaping Auto Door

August 16th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Design, Future, Mechanical Tech, Products | 1 Comment »

The Tanaka auto door takes automatic sliding doors one step further with the ability create to openings according to the profile of the approaching figure. [video]

via Gizmodo

P.E.A.R.T. : The Robotic Drum Machine

August 11th, 2005 | Filed under: Augmented, Humor, Mechanical Tech | 1 Comment »

The P.E.A.R.T or Pneumatic and Electronic Actuated RoboT reads MIDI inputs to control a set of pneumatic cylinders for a fully automated analog drum machine. Monkey Drummer lives. [video page]

via hackaday

da Vinci Robot Surgery System

July 7th, 2005 | Filed under: Health, Mechanical Tech, Products, Technology | 5 Comments »

The da Vinci Surgical System, manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, has been successfully used for surgery with more precision, less pain, quicker recovery, and fewer complications. [video][animation]

via MedGadget | UNC

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Giant Magellan Telescope Begins

July 5th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Mechanical Tech, Photography, Technology | No Comments »

Production on the Giant Magellan Telescope has begun with the casting of its 7 mirrors which will act as a single mirror with a diameter of 83 feet (25.4 meters) giving the telescope 10 times the resolution of the Hubble Telescope. Completion of the telescope is expected by 2016.

via New Scientist

Drilling to the Earth's Core

June 18th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Mechanical Tech, News, Technology | 2 Comments »

The 57,500-tonne drill ship Chikyu (Japanese for Earth) will soon be penetrating the Earth’s crust to the mantle. The mission, administered by the Centre for Deep Earth Exploration in Yokohama, hopes to retrieve samples from the mantle to study earthquakes, the history of Earth’s climate, as well as the possibility of deep-Earth life.

via Guardian Unlimited

Breathing Underwater Without Oxygen Tanks

June 6th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Mechanical Tech, Products, Technology | 1 Comment »

Alan-Izhar Bodner has developed a breathing apparatus that mimics the way fish extract dissolved air in water.

via RPTT | IsraCast

Acoustic Radar from the Past

June 1st, 2005 | Filed under: Mechanical Tech, Past, Technology | 5 Comments »

Douglas Self’s Acoustic Radar page from his collection of retro tech showcases some interesting contraptions from World War I and II which were designed to passively detect and amplify the sounds of distant aircrafts. Check out the monowheel page too.

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Get Your Own Dexterous Robotic Hand

May 23rd, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Mechanical Tech, Products, Technology, Video | 13 Comments »

The Shadow Robot Company is now publicly offering the world’s most advanced Dexterous Hand. The Hand is equipped with 186 force sensors and joints controlled by pairs of Air Muscles that are matched in opposing directions like the human hand.

Watch the hand twist a off a cap.

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