Archive for May, 2010

USAF vehicle breaks record for hypersonic flight – Yahoo! News

Posted in Uncategorized on May 27, 2010 by nuKnuK

WASHINGTON – An experimental aircraft has set a record for hypersonic flight, flying more than 3 minutes at Mach 6 — six times the speed of sound.

The X-51A Waverider was released from a B-52 Stratofortress off the southern California coast Wednesday morning, the Air Force reported on its website. Its scramjet engine accelerated the vehicle to Mach 6, and it flew autonomously for 200 seconds before losing acceleration. At that point the test was terminated.

The Air Force said the previous record for a hypersonic scramjet burn was 12 seconds.

“We are ecstatic to have accomplished many of the X-51A test points during its first hypersonic mission,” said Charlie Brink, an X-51A program manager with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

via USAF vehicle breaks record for hypersonic flight – Yahoo! News.

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Sony Develops a “Rollable” OTFT-driven OLED Display that can wrap around a Pencil « Akihabara News

Posted in Uncategorized on May 26, 2010 by nuKnuK

Sony Corporation ‘Sony’ announced today that it developed a super-flexible 80 μm-thick 4.1-in 121 ppi OTFT1-driven full color OLED display which can be wrapped around a thin cylinder.

To create the display, Sony developed OTFTs with an original organic semiconductor material a PXX derivative with eight times2 the current modulation of conventional OTFTs. This was achived due to the development of integration technologies of OTFTs and OLEDs on an ultra-thin 20 μm thick flexible substrate a flexible on-panel gate-driver circuit with OTFTs which is able to get rid of convetinal rigid driver IC chips interfering roll-up of a display and soft organic insulators for all the insulators in the integration cuircuit. By combining these technologies, Sony successfully demonstrated the world’s first OLED panel3 which is capable of reproducing moving images while being repeatly rolled-up – around a cylinder with a radius of 4 mm – and stretched.

via Sony Develops a “Rollable” OTFT-driven OLED Display that can wrap around a Pencil « Akihabara News.

Piezo Shower Heats Water Without Electricity : TreeHugger

Posted in Uncategorized on May 25, 2010 by nuKnuK

Showers are an issue for both water use and energy use for heating the water used while bathing. But the Piezo shower aims to cut down on the energy problem. It is designed to capture the energy of the water running through it in order to heat said water. With an award-winning prototype already out, the Piezo Shower shows us what the future of bathing might be.

Red Ferret brings our attention to designers Natalie Weinman, Victor Stelmasuk, Sebastian Jansson and Fernanda Piza who have developed the Piezo Shower, a beautiful structure that uses the motion of the water running through it to generate the electricity needed to heat the water.

via Piezo Shower Heats Water Without Electricity : TreeHugger.

DuPont’s Prints 50-Inch OLED Panel In Under 2 Minutes – Dupont dainippon screen

Posted in Uncategorized on May 17, 2010 by nuKnuK

DuPont has excelled where no man has before—demonstrating the first OLED panels to be printed, and in under two minutes no less. Using a Dainippon Screen multi-nozzle printer, they successfully created a 50-inch display.

This is something they’ve been talking about for years now, so it’s pleasing to see DuPont has finally managed to achieve their rather lofty goals. The OLED panels have a purported lifetime of 15 years, and will help bring the cost right down if they’re able to be created in the time it takes to boil the kettle.

via DuPont’s Prints 50-Inch OLED Panel In Under 2 Minutes – Dupont dainippon screen – Gizmodo.

Just You Try Hacking This Gold Bar-Dispensing ATM In Abu Dhabi

Posted in Uncategorized on May 13, 2010 by nuKnuK

In these financially uncertain times it’s not surprising people are turning to gold instead of cash, but I’d like to know how many 7-11s actually accept 24-carat gold bars these days?

The Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi has just revealed the gold ATM, which spits out 10-gram bars of 24-carat gold. Each bar can be custom-engraved for that extra reminder of your net worth.

via Just You Try Hacking This Gold Bar-Dispensing ATM In Abu Dhabi – Abu dhabi gold atm – Gizmodo.

The Light Bulb That Could Help to Save the World and Your Wallet – EnduraLED

Posted in Uncategorized on May 12, 2010 by nuKnuK

There plenty of fluorescent low-power lights out there, but their light depresses me. Unlike the EnduraLED, a LED-based bulb that produces the same light of a 60W incandescent light bulb but only takes 12 watts. The savings could be amazing.

According to Philips, 50% of all the 60-watt incandescent light bulbs are bought in the United States. That’s 425 million units. If you replaced all those lights with this new EnduraLED, they claim that the US will save 32.6 terawatt-hours a year. How much is that? Enough to power 16.7 million US homes for a year. Or in other words, 14.4% of the total number of households. Philips says that this could cost 5.3 metric tons of carbon emissions per year. If you don’t give a damn about the environment, that’s $120 per light bulb per year. Not too shabby.

via The Light Bulb That Could Help to Save the World and Your Wallet – EnduraLED – Gizmodo.

Barblefish vertically attaching weights by Sun ho, Sin » Yanko Design

Posted in Uncategorized on May 10, 2010 by nuKnuK

Fishy Muscle Makers

I’ve got to tell you the name of this project first and foremost. Designed by Sun ho, Sin, this project is called “Barbellfish.” It is so very close to the word “Babelfish” that it cannot be denied. Before we discuss the similarities between the fish and this project, we’ve got to discuss this project’s aim: to make it simpler to lift weights! Rather than attaching them to a bar from the sides, these allow for a top-loading weight.

As you can see from the illustration, these weights attack from the top, clicking into place in a quite simple way. Now as for the name: I’m sure you’ve got some knowledge of Douglas Adams’ “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” in which the “Babel fish” is introduced. This fish is inserted into the head of a host through the ear, translating for its host all language to an understandable sound. Kinda like the most epic internet translator of all time, the Yahoo! Babelfish.

via Barblefish vertically attaching weights by Sun ho, Sin » Yanko Design.