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tunablematerial

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, are fascinating for their ability to maintain optical clarity, provide protection

smartconcrete

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 short carbon fibers to a standard concrete mix. In the presence

nonlinear

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 material with inlaid LED bands. The collection consists of full-color RGB

vascularskin

Vascular Skin

Jul 15, 2018No Comments

Responsive membrane window Hydrogels are polymeric materials capable of retaining large quantities of water within three-dimensional networks. Researchers at the MIT Media Lab sought to explore the hydrophilic-hydrophobic phase transition in hydrogels, which occurs slightly above

swingtime

Swing Time

Jul 08, 2018No Comments

Interactive illuminated playscape Swing Time is an illuminated playscape consisting of twenty interactive swings. Designed to provide an ad hoc city park by activating unused urban spaces, Swing Time offers three different sizes of light-emitting, ring-shaped

watershedblock

Watershed Block

Jul 01, 2018No Comments

Cement-free concrete masonry unit Watershed Block is an ecologically responsive and attractive replacement for the traditional concrete block (CMU), one of the most commonly used building materials. Watershed Materials, a technology start-up in Napa, California supported

photobioplastic

Photoluminescent Bioplastic

Jun 24, 2018No Comments

Light-emitting biopolymer Bioplastics offer a broad range of characteristics suitable for design and architectural applications. Architect Peter Yeadon experiments with various configurations of bioplastics and dopes them with selected impurities to enhance their properties. Yeadon eschews

flash-formediron

Flash-Formed Iron

Jun 17, 2018No Comments

Gas-reduction ironmaking process Although steel is the most recycled material globally, steel manufacture is still energy-intensive and exhibits a high carbon footprint. Scientists at the University of Utah have evaluated the conventional steel manufacturing process to

orimetric

Orimetric

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 and die-pressing processes that make sharp crease patterns in flat materials,

poli

Poli

Jun 03, 2018No Comments

3D textile-clad furnishings Poli is a lounge chair and ottoman set designed by Producks Design Studio in collaboration with textile designer Mika Barr. Each piece of furniture consists of a single multidimensional textile that covers an