Solar Roadways!

Solar Roadways is a modular paving system of solar panels that can withstand the heaviest of trucks (250,000 pounds). These Solar Road Panels can be installed on roads, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, bike paths, playgrounds… literally any surface under the sun. They pay for themselves primarily through the generation of electricity, which can power homes and businesses connected via driveways and parking lots. A nationwide system could produce more clean renewable energy than a country uses as a whole (http://solarroadways.com/numbers.shtml). They have many other features as well, including: heating elements to stay snow/ice free, LEDs to make road lines and signage, and attached Cable Corridor to store and treat stormwater and provide a “home” for power and data cables. EVs will be able to charge with energy from the sun (instead of fossil fuels) from parking lots and driveways and after a roadway system is in place, mutual induction technology will allow for charging while driving. 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/solar-roadways#home

Learn electronics and easily create custom circuit boards online

– virtual breadboard based design, allowing to build and experiment with circuits just as you would in real life
– you can add an Arduino to your design, and edit the code right in your browser
– real-time and interactive simulation of both your Arduino code and the circuit attached to it
– full collaborative editing (think of Google Docs for electronics)
– powerful yet easy component editor, making it super easy to add new components to the shared library
– easily create beautiful circuit boards with: free text, b-splice silkscreen art, arbitrary board shapes, …
– ability to embed your design, including simulation on your blog or in an instructable

Source: http://vimeo.com/73973905, http://123d.circuits.io/

Punch this TSA to get the point (no, we don’t condone vandalism)

This is old but it’s the first time that I see this stunt. To prove how tough the EVOC backpack is, a team of engineers mounted the rugged backpack onto a face of a TSA. Pedestrians had a chance to take their best punch at the bag and see the force that the’ve applied on the TSA digital readout. It’s not the safest stunt but is innovative!

3D printing…a house.

Using a 6.6-meter-tall, 32-meter-long industrial printer and a mixture of construction waste (sand, concrete and glass fiber) and concrete for printing material a Chinese company is using 3D-printing technology to build cheap housing. A single story one room house can be built for less than $5,000.