I would love one of these. Easy Sketchbook by Yun-Fan Chang.
The Easy Sketch is a transparent drawing pad, which allows you to trace and sketch views during your outdoor trip. You don’t need to be the best of artists but just have the knack of thinking imaginatively. The pad is capable of combining different views into one painting, and incorporates color and brushworks. A good and engaging alternative to the digicam!
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In developing countries, the basic need to feed a family has huge challenges: Staple diets require long cooking times, yet there is little access to energy and water. Lack of clean fuel means using charcoal or tree-wood for cooking. Cooking over a charcoal or wood fire means smoke inhalation. Little income to afford charcoal means cutting down trees. Cutting down trees results in deforestation as communities quickly use the tree wood around them, digging up the roots when desperate. Deforestation leads to foraging further afield, which is done by women and also girls, often taken out of school. Foraging as far as 5-10 km per day leaves women open to violence. Poverty will not end if girls don’t have time for school, women spend 4-6 hours of their day cooking, and the environment is ravaged.
To solve this problem, South-Africa-based entrepreneur Sarah Collins and social activist Moshy Mathe came up with the Wonderbag. By filling a polycotton bag with recycled polystyrene beads, the duo have created an object that can be safely draped around a pot that has just been brought to boil. The Wonderbag then keeps the pot and its contents hot for hours, without the original heating source.
The Vermeer BP714 is the first compressed-earth-block machine that makes strong air-dried bricks out of dirt. Its bricks don’t just exceed U.S. cement-code strength requirements—they’re 20 to 30 percent stronger, and cheaper than other machines’ too.
We’ve always dreamed that one day we can move from one place to another without having to deal with traffic jam. How bout flying from one place to another? Take a look at Zero helicopter concept by Hector del Amo. This single person vehicle is no ordinary chopper, well it’s not a private jet, but it does the job in a very cool way. We like the fact that this zero-shaped chopper looks more compact compared to mosquito helicopter but unfortunately not as portable as Libelula helicopter. Regardless, we still wish to see Zero helicopter make it into the real world. Designer : Hector del Amo (via Zero Helicopter by Hector del Amo | Tuvie)
Liquid Air – the future of motoring?
Liquid Air could be be a fuel for the future, says Andrew English.
Engineers call it disruptive technology, but Liquid Air is much more than that. Using cryogenic atmospheric air at minus 196 degrees Centrigrade as an energy store potentially inverts our idea of the piston engine and subverts the plans of rival energy storage schemes which promote hydrogen or discarded automobile batteries.
Cryogenic air is known technology of course. Nitrogen, which forms 78 per cent of atmospheric air, was first liquefied in 1883 through a process of repeated compression, expansion and heat extraction.
The Liquid Air Company of Boston Massachusetts produced the first cryogenic liquid powered car. Formed in 1899 and in receivership just three years later, the company was a short-lived affair, but the car did run and was demonstrated by its inventor, Hans Knudsen in 1902. Apparently it drove some 40 miles at 12mph, on 15 gallons of liquid air. (via Liquid Air – the future of motoring? - Telegraph)