Jeffrey Martin sez, "I’ve spentthe summer getting up to speed with quadcopters, floating above the rooftops in the early, early morning in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities: here is the result." Read the rest
For all the neural-controlled, bluetooth-enabled and sport-specific prosthetics humanity has designed over the years, one thing remains constant: most of of them are lousy for climbing rock faces. Design student Kai Lin learned this while researching artificial limbs in a prosthetic-design class at Pratt Institute — traditional leg prosthetics don’t have enough grip or articulation to facilitate effective climbing. Lin’s solution to the problem is almost elegant in its simplicity. He designed a prosthetic leg inspired by one of nature’s best rock climbers: the mountain goat.
Why a goat? Well, aside from the amazing YouTube videos one can find of the creatures scaling near vertical rock faces, Lin found that the cupped surface of the goat’s hooves create natural suction on hard surfaces. Better still, the hard outer shell gives the animals stable footing on steep rocks. Inspired by the hoof, Lin created three prototype stilts to help him refine the footing for his prosthetic design, eventually settling on a mid-sized foot with a hoof-like sole.
Does it work? Unfortunately, we don’t know just yet. Lin is still in the design phase, and hasn’t reached the point where he’s comfortable producing a working prototype. When he does finish the design, he plans on calling the prosthetic Klippa — Swedish for "cliff." You can check out the student’s design work at the Pratt Institute link at the source link below.
Chris Wood is a designer and artist interesedt in light and the physical and visual qualities of glass. She studied Glass at the Royal College of Art, where she worked on architectural scale projects dealing with issues of light and space.
Spaceship Earth Grants’s business model is very simple: fork over a bit of cash (between $15 and $90, dependinvg on your country), and you get a 1 in 50,000 chance of winning a ticket to space on something like Virgin Galactic. Applicants aren’t chosen at random, though — you have to complete a mini-CV explaining how going to space would enhance your life, making kiddies happier and puppies cuter, etc. The final choice is made by an illustrious panel of space-people, including former NASA astronauts.
Although on the face of it, this seems like a pretty good deal — 90 bucks to go to space! — the cost/reward ratio isn’t great: if everyone pays an average of $50 to enter, that means that Spaceship Earth Grants are getting $2.5 million for every 50,000 applicants, while they only have to provide one ticket to space for that. Given that a Virgin Galactic ticket will currently run you $250,000, that’s not such a great deal.
So, if you’ve got the mother of all sob stories — or you want to send other people to space! — apply away. The rest of us are probably better off waiting for those space elevators to become reality. [Gizmag]
Dropbox has “temporarily suspended” the auto-upload feature that syncs photos and videos in its primary iOS app, and the iOS version of its Carousel photo sharing app, following an issue with iOS 8. The company said in a blog post that it has run into problems with the latest version of iOS, which lead to some users’ media not being auto-uploaded as they expected. That’s a big problem if they then delete it from their device thinking that it is safely stashed in Dropbox’s cloud. “If you upgrade to iOS 8, don’t delete photos or videos from your devices until you’re sure that…
This animal selfie compilation got me thinking: If the courts say these photos can’t be owned by humans because they are taken by animals, shouldn’t there be some kind of international legal mechanism to make the people who use the photos pay some money to protect each species? Makes sense to me.
Dimensions – is a tool for designers to measure screen dimensions. Measure between the following elements: images, input-fields, buttons, videos, gifs, text, icons. You can measure everything you see in the browser. You can also set a keyboard shortcut in the Extension Settings to quickly enable and disable Dimensions. Places – has been designed to offer a totally secure and private alternative of the Web. It uses the highest encryption standards available. Therefore, your content is securely encrypted on your device before it even goes on the Internet. Open source and currently free, Places is in beta. Just apply to…