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Henrik Otto, Senior Vice President of Design at Electrolux, has created a concept that will revolutionize the home kitchen. The “Heart of the Home” is a multi-purpose table surface that can be used to be cooked and eaten on, as well as being utilized as a bar. A computer program analyzes any ingredients placed on the “Heart of the Home” and returns a list of recipes that theÊingredients can be used for. The chef can then mark their desired cooking size and depth withÊtheir hand and the table will adjust, making pots and pans a thing of the past.

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petman Boston Dynamics, an engineering company that specializes in building robots and software for simulation, has developed PETMAN, an anthropomorphic robot for testing equipment. PETMAN was built to test chemical protection clothing used by the United States Army, and has the ability to balance itself and move freely. The robot is also the first anthropomorphic robot that moves dynamically like a real person. More Info:

tonium pacemaker By offering the possibility of always bringing music along for the ride, the walkman became one of the most popular gadgets in the 1980’s. Today, times have changed. Swedish company Tonium has created a way for people to deejay anywhere and anytime. Pacemaker, a portable audio mixer, allows people to create music in a simple and efficient manner at any time. More Info: http://www.pacemaker.net/

the Space ElevatorFrom the tale of Jack, the little boy that climbed up the bean plant all the way up to the sky, to the fantasy romances of Cordwainer Smith, people can always dreamed of reaching the stars. Bradley Edwards, the Director of Research for the Institute for Scientific Research, may have a new way of transporting people to space using the idea of a space elevator. The space elevator could allow people to quickly and inexpensively travel into space.

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Solar ImpulseWe have all heard of solar-powered calculators and solar-powered watches, but what about a solar-powered aircraft? The Swiss company, Solar Impulse, headed by Bertrand Piccard, has developed a prototype for a solar-powered aircraft.

The aircraft, named HB-SIA, has the appearance of a glider but is as wide as a modern airliner. Solar Impulse’s solar-powered aircrafts are now being tested and prepped to be able to fly around the world.

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dustbot

The DustBot project, coordinated by Professor Paolo Dario from the Sant’Anna School in Pisa, Italy, has developed two robots, DustClean and DustCart. DustClean cleans and disinfects the streets, while the DustCart moves around the city, picking up waste discreetly.The robots are equipped with a touch screen that demonstrates statistics about the air quality, and also has sensors which pick up the CO2 levels, oxides, and thin dust particles. The DustCart has a belly where it inserts the waste, and it debuted for the first time in Osaka, Japan, thanks to the collaboration of the bio-robot laboratories of the Sant’Anna school, and the International Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute of Kyoto.

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Intelligent Energy, a leading clean power systems company, is working on clean fuel cell power systems that will offer an alternative to fossil fuels.Ê Teaming up with Seymourpowell Product Design Consultancy the pair developed ENV, an eco-friendly motorcycle that is fueled by hydrogen.With a top speed of 50 mph and capable of traveling 100 miles per tank, ENV emits only pure water vapor.Intelligent Energy’s CORE fuel cell technology that is used to power ENV is advanced enough to also power a small property.

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Imagine being able to send a sound to a single person or location. MIT researcher, Joe Pompei, has created a way to make that possibility a reality through a new technology that directs and controls sound waves. Traditional speakers transmit non-directed sound at wavelengths of several feet. Pompei’s Audio Spotlight transmits millimeter-sized, ultrasonic waves in a very narrow beam of sound, which becomes audible as it travels through the air. These new waves can travel much further, and more focused, than normal sound waves. With the Audio Spotlight, sound can be controlled with the same precision as light.

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FMRI scans being used as lie detecting machines. Researched by Dr.’s Scott Faro and Feroze Mohamed at Temple University, this new test may prove to be much more accurate that the Polygraph that is used today. FMRI scans allow doctors and scientists to view the activity of the brain during the scan. As Faro and Mohamed point out, the brain has to work much harder to try and lie than to just tell the truth because it has to suppress memories when it lies. This could be the key to using the fMRI as a lie detecting machine.

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RavenBrick, a clean tech company in Denver, Colorado, has developed a smart film that when applied to a window can vary its tint based on the outside temperature. The product, named RavenWindow, automatically adapts to the outside temperature to reduce the need for air conditioning and heat. The thermo-reflective film, which uses nanotechnology to transition from a transparent to a reflective state, is expected to reduce energy consumption in buildings by 40 percent.

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