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 five 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 on a test track for the Hyperloop—a high-speed transportation network. The full-sized prototype of the system will be built in California and is expected to be powerful enough to propel passengers in capsules through a network of tunnels at speeds of up to 760 miles per hour. “It is the closest thing to teletransportation,” says Hyperloop’s CEO, Bibop Gabriele Gresta. Read all about it on dezeen.com.
Popular Science: Nike’s Self-Lacing Sneakers from ‘Back To The Future II’ Are Real
In the 1989 movie “Back To The Future Part II,” Marty McFly travels into the distant future, to October 21, 2015, which is already past for us! Among the future inventions he experiences, those Nike shoes that lace themselves were quite imaginative.
Well, Nike has made those shoes from the movie a reality. And this is not just a gimmick for the movie’s fans, it is also particularly good news for people with disabilities.
Researchers at Bristol Robotics Laboratory have been developing a robot called Row-bot that can harvest energy directly from the water it swims 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. You can find an explanation in simpler words right here.
Sarthak Paul, a 21-year old entrepreneur, and a team of automotive engineers from India are planning to build India’s first supercar. Designed 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 will achieve a top speed of 200 miles per hour.
Interesting Engineering: WAACS Rollable Solar Charger Provides Green Energy On-the-Go
Design studio WAACS is developing a solar energy battery charger inspired by an ancient papyrus roll. This portable invention has a flexible solar panel that rolls out to ensure sunlight absorption when in use but remains compact enough to be easily carried around.