The robotics industry has advanced tremendously in
recent years with several cutting edge developments. Now, researchers have
created a hydrogel-based, light-powered robot that swims in response to a
direct light source.
This particular robot, the OsciBot, is attracted to
and only powered by a constant visible light source. It doesn’t require a
battery pack or power tether of any kind. This type of technology could revolutionise
the maritime industry in terms of energy harvesting and propulsion in the future.
With growing concerns around global warming and the
increased usage of sustainable energy resources, hybrid aircraft could play a
bigger role in the future. The aerospace sector has undoubtedly made impressive
strides since the 1950s in terms of increased power and efficiency of engines.
However, more recent studies indicate that engine technology could reach
This means a more reasonable investment in the amount
of energy we can extract from carbon-based fuel. More air travel and more
aircraft in the sky will lead to increased fuel consumption and greenhouse gas
emissions unless we find a suitable fossil fuel substitute.
Common techniques for joining two materials include fastening,
stitching and glueing but there’s no denying that welding provides the best
results. More specifically, one of the most modern methods is ultrasonic
welding. Compared to other joining methods, welds create stronger bonds that
last remarkably longer and a much better finish.
Animals have long-inspired innovative engineering designs
as they’ve evolved perfectly, as nature intended. This provides the ideal
solution to environmental challenges, something European manufacturer, Airbus, hopes
to achieve as they revealed a brand new concept hybrid-electric aircraft.
Liam Fox, UK Secretary of State for International
Trade, unveiled the “Bird of Prey” concept at the Royal International
Air Tattoo air show last month. At first glance, it is evident that this new
hybrid-electric aircraft got its inspiration eagles, hawks and other aerial
predators. Airbus revealed this new concept aircraft with the intention of
inspiring the next-generation of aeronautical engineers.
Considering the rapid advancements in technology, it’s
easy to forget some of the revolutionary inventions of the 20th
century. Some of these inventions have resulted in products or services we take
for granted today.
Many emerging technologies can be attributed to one,
or several, earlier inventions. A prime example of an obsolete technology that
has transformed the modern world is cathode ray tube monitors. While it was
prominent in earlier years, they were quickly replaced when LCD and plasma
screens were invented.