Best of Engineering: Top 5 Articles
Engineering Weekend is back with more interesting articles to inspire you. I hope you’ll like them and let us know what you’re working on these days. Maybe it’s a great project people should know about.
Here are the top 5 engineering articles of this week:
- Hyperloop’s $6 Billion Test Track Will Be “Closest Thing to Teletransportation”
- Nike’s Self-Lacing Sneakers from ‘Back To The Future II’ Are Real
- Robot With Tummy Full of Microbes Can Swim in Dirty Water Forever
- Is this India’s First Supercar?
- WAACS Rollable Solar Charger Provides Green Energy On-the-Go
Next month construction starts for a test track for the Hyperloop high-speed transportation network. The full-sized prototype of the system will be built in California and it is expected to be powerful enough to propell passengers in capsules at speeds of up to 760 miles per hour through a network of tunnels. “It is the closest thing to teletransportation,” says Hyperloop’s CEO, Bibop Gabriele Gresta. Read all about it on dezeen.com.
In the 1989 movie “Back To The Future Part II”, Marty McFly travels to the distant future day of October 21, 2015 (which is already past for us). Among the future inventions, Nike shoes that lace themselves were quite interesting to imagine.
Well, Nike has brought the shoes from the movie into real life. And this is not good news only for the movie’s fans, but especially for people with disabilities.
Researchers at Bristol Robotics Laboratory have been developing a robot called Row-bot that can swim around, harvesting energy directly from the water using a microbial fuel cell as an artificial stomach. Raw organic biomass is used as both an inoculant for the bacterial culture and the anolyte that fuels the reaction resulting in an environmentally biocompatible means of electricity generation.” An explanation in simpler words you can find here.
Sarthak Paul, a 21-year old entrepreneur, and a team of automotive engineers from India are planning to build India’s first supercar. Planned to be as powerful as a Lamborghini, the car should be able to accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than three seconds, and achieve a top speed of 200 miles per hour.
Design studio WAACS is developing an ancient papyrus rolls-inspired battery charger that works through solar energy. This portable invention has a flexible solar panel that rolls out to ensure sunlight absorption when in use, while staying compact enough to be carried around anywhere.