Don't get stuck out in the cold. Come inside where this week's awesome tech is heating things up. We have a toboggan run in Times Square, a bra that only unhooks for Mr. Right, digital LEGOs, an underground farm and more.
A new snorkeling mask promises to make breathing under the water feel more natural. Unlike conventional snorkels that force the swimmer to breathe through her mouth, the Easybreath from Tribord covers the whole face with one piece. A double airflow system lets the swimmer pull air in from the top tube and exhale through the bottom, preventing the mask from fogging up.
In London, the Blackfriars railway bridge, which crosses the River Thames in central London, was turned into the world's largest energy-harvesting bridge. The 4,400 photovoltaic panels that cover the bridge's roof are expected to produce 900,000 kWh of electricity every year, providing half of the energy for the station and saving more than 500 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. That's equal to 89,000 car journeys over the bridge.
With a solar-powered rail station-bridge above ground in London, it might not come as a surprise that underground, the city is working on other ways to stay green. In this case, the green is actual greenery. Entrepreneurs Richard Ballard and Steven Dring have launched a crowdfunding project to transform passageways under London’s Northern Line into a subterranean farm. If funded, the “Growing Underground,” could see 2.5 acres of fresh veggies sprouting up below the streets.
The Super Bowl is taking place in New Jersey, but just over the Hudson river, New Yorkers and tourists celebrated like the game is being played in Time Square. From January 29th to February 1st, New York City’s Broadway Avenue was closed down and transformed into “Super Bowl Boulevard.” Among the many events featured, a 60-foot toboggan run was surely a favorite.
When you think of magnetic levitation, you might think of trains. But a team of Chinese designers submitted a concept for the 2014 Michelin Challenge that involves transparent pod-like personal vehicles propelled on maglev tracks. Their AKA24 concept calls for a cars able to drive on regular roads, but then when they approach special track, it pulls the vehicle up onto it in a vertical mode. A gyroscopic interior compartment rotates to keep the driver upright.
By using a mild acid bath, researchers we able to shock white blood cells in a way that transformed them into cells resembling embryonic stem cells. The major breakthrough not only produces embryonic-like stem cells faster and far cheaper than current methods, but it doesn't require the destruction of an embryo. When the cells were injected into mice embryos, they contributed to the overall tissue of the baby mice.
This A-frame style home designed by Konrad Wójcik for the D3 Natural Systems International Architectural Design Competition is mounted on a single pole, giving it the overall appearance of a pine tree. The home's shape is meant to blend in with the natural environment and it's intentionally small footprint allows it to fit into a forest without cutting it down.
A Japanese bra called the “True Love Tester” has sensors embedded that are connected wirelessly to a smartphone app. If the sensors detect a particular heart rate, the cups unsnap and free the girls.
Lego and Google have partnered to create an interactive website that allows Lego lovers to build objects with digital blocks. Once you've assembled your creation, you can plunk it down just about anywhere in the world.
Lemur Studio created sensor-embedded boot inserts that can detect land mines up to 6.5 feet away and alert the wearer. The SaveOneLife inserts could save soldiers, farmers and others from the tens of thousands of land mines buried in war-torn countries around the world.