Smart Concrete

Jul 29, 2018No Comments

Stress-detecting concrete Smart concrete is capable of sensing the increase of stresses and early formation of cracks in concrete. This capacity is achieved by adding

Watershed Block

Cement-free concrete masonry unit Watershed Block is an

Jul 01, 2018

Functionally Graded Pr...

Concrete with spatially varying microstructure Functionally graded materials,

May 06, 2018


Ceramic Paper

Aug 12, 2018No Comments

Elastic vanadium pentoxide paper Ceramics are among the oldest materials manipulated by humans, and their properties of rigidity and brittleness are quite familiar. Scientists at


Bricks made from salvaged building materials WasteBasedBrick originated

Feb 04, 2018


Graphene-based aerogel Aerogel is a type of material

Nov 26, 2017


Air Flow(er)

Aug 26, 2018No Comments

Thermally regulated ventilation system The Air Flow(er) is an active ventilating surface. The zero-energy apparatus consists of an assemblage of flowerlike modules that open as

Crisscross Signal Spir...

Municipal communications beacon The Crisscross Signal Spire is

Aug 19, 2018

Flash-Formed Iron

Gas-reduction ironmaking process Although steel is the most

Jun 17, 2018



Dec 10, 2017No Comments

Seaweed insulation Throughout much of the year, Mediterranean beaches are littered with clumps of Posidonia oceanica seaweed, also known as Neptune grass. The plant often

Wood Foam

Wood-based insulation Researchers at the Brunswick, Germany–based Fraunhofer

Sep 03, 2017


Artichoke thistle chair The artichoke thistle is an

Aug 06, 2017

Plastic + Rubber

Tunable Material

Aug 05, 2018No Comments

Liquid film with switchable properties Dynamic natural processes are inspiring a new generation of adaptive material technologies. The tears that coat human eyes, for example,

Photoluminescent Biopl...

Light-emitting biopolymer Bioplastics offer a broad range of

Jun 24, 2018

CO2-Impregnated Polyme...

CO2 infusion-based plastic coating CO2 has a negative

May 13, 2018


Bendable Glass

Sep 02, 2018No Comments

Fracture-resistant glass At McGill University’s Laboratory for Advanced Materials and Bioinspiration, Professor Francois Barthelat researches natural structures such as nacre and teeth to understand their

Vascular Skin

Responsive membrane window Hydrogels are polymeric materials capable

Jul 15, 2018


Solar energy harvesting window Global energy demand continues

Apr 29, 2018

Paint + Paper

Van Gogh Path

Apr 22, 2018No Comments

Photoluminescent paving surface The Smart Highway project, developed by Studio Roosegaarde and Heijmans, envisions responsive roadways that employ energy, light, and data to create safer

Smart Paint

Paint that monitors structural health Scientists at Glasgow’s

Apr 08, 2018


Architectural-scale robotic printer The Facadeprinter creates large murals

Mar 25, 2018



Jun 10, 2018No Comments

Rubberized origami textile Orimetric is a flexible, structured textile made from geometric patterns derived from origami. Trex Lab Technology has developed a series of material-molding


3D textile-clad furnishings Poli is a lounge chair

Jun 03, 2018


Fiber-reinforced plastic with differentiated stiffness The Flectofin is

Apr 15, 2018


Non Linear

Jul 22, 2018No Comments

Flexible interconnected lighting system Non Linear is a system of modular LED luminaires made of transparent acrylic. The individual lighting components consist of 1″-thick machined

Swing Time

Interactive illuminated playscape Swing Time is an illuminated

Jul 08, 2018

Common Desk

Underlit work surface Pasadena, California-based NONdesigns has created

Oct 29, 2017


Discovery Wall

Sep 16, 2018No Comments

Circular lens-based digital display The Discovery Wall is a display wall composed of circular pixels. Mini LCD screens are set in a grid pattern behind


Fluid-filled tactile sensor BioTac emulates the sensory capability

Sep 09, 2018


Self-assembling robotic cubes M-Blocks are simple cubic robots

May 27, 2018

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