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Weekly Staff Picks June 3, 2012

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Jun 3, 2012 10:20:15 AM

Tiny Chip Inserted in the Sole of a Shoe Can Charge the Wearer’s Cell Phone   Say what?   Charge your cell phone as you walk?   It’s the future, indeed. - Christine

Paradoxical gears have a complex shape with multiple lobes that exert pressure on the lobes of meshing gears, allowing for some interesting behavior.   These gears are often called “paradoxical gears” due to the fact that in some configurations, all of the gears rotate in the same direction (it’s easier to see in the videos than to explain in words).   The original design is credited to a Renault engineer named Mercier (the gears were needed for the torque-limiting Mercier differential).   Perhaps the most impressive thing is that such complex shapes were designed before the advent of modern CAD/CAM, most likely through the solving of some very complex equations.   [Bonus link - print your own paradoxical gears!] - Alex

Progressive Cavity Pump   An interesting wikipedia article about a type of pump most people may not have heard of.   The design uses two fairly complex shapes, one which rotates eccentrically inside of the other one.   This particular design is useful for applications which require either a consistent flow rate, or liquids/slurries that require low levels of shear stress. - Alex

The Return of the Vacuum Tube   The New Vacuum Tubes. - Gregg

Colossal   A cathedral made of lights - Brandon

Topics: gears, nfs, alternative-energy, vacuum-tube, Uncategorized, cell-phone, nextfab, pump, led

Weekly Staff Picks, February 26th, 2012

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Feb 26, 2012 10:07:00 AM

Here we are again.   We’ve got some interesting new links for you this week.   

Maya Pedal   Simple and beautiful, a developing county teaches us something with fresh perspective. - Seth

New York Pay Phones Became Guerrilla Libraries   A cool project about urban hacking made by a student in Columbia University. - Wan Ting

The Drip Table   This is a cool idea about wood furniture that takes advantage of smaller, younger trees. - Gregg

Artificial Blood Vessels Created on a 3D Printer   3D printing blood vessels…I’m pumped! - Matt

The World’s Thinnest Pane of Glass   Scientists making graphene accidentally made the worlds thinnest pane of glass.   According to materials science, this is the thinnest that glass can be, making the glass “2-dimensional”. - Alex

Aquarium   An Aquarium inside a Phone Booth. - Brandon

Topics: alternative-energy, libraries, 3d-printing, Uncategorized, aquarium, furniture, nextfab, science, renewable-resources, pedal-power

Weekly Staff Picks, January 8, 2011

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Jan 8, 2012 9:38:00 AM

It’s been a little while since we posted our weekly links due the the holidays. We have a collection of links for you today that span technology and art and some that combine both. Please enjoy!

lighting bag by Wonsik Chae. - Brandon

The art and Science of CNC Waterjet and Laser Cutting   Major custom metalwork company in Brooklyn does some beautiful laser cutting, water-jet cutting, and bending for architecture, art, and interiors. Check out their videos too. - Evan

Laser cut artwork + bicycles + cameras = awesome
If attached to a bike wheel and filmed in motion this intricate paper cutout will animate to create lovely fluid movements; cogs turning and clouds growing and the like…I intend for these to be presented as art objects as in the pictures. I must stress, as I have many times with this project, this is about animation. It is not possible to see this with the naked eye. If you stick this on your bike you will not be able to see it unless you are filming it, I will include instructions on how to film it but I really see these more as pieces of art. - Alex

Self healing circuitry? Has any one seen our T-1000 around? - Gregg

Paper Powered Batteries   Students-destroy your failed assessments and cool down your beer at the same time! - Matt 

Wearable iPod Interface   Apple may be working on a wearable iPod with Siri. - Gregg

Topics: electronics, alternative-energy, bicycle, waterjet, laser-cut, Uncategorized, nextfab, cnc


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