The GloCar uses LED lights to change body panel colours, intensity and frequency. A driver can thus choose at will to either stand out or blend in. Alongside the cosmetic value come significant safety benefits. Over 60% of accidents occur at junctions at night. Iluminated by translucent plastic panels and LED lights, the GloCar offers enhanced visibility. When a car comes too close, the panels increase in intensity, signaling to the driver to keep a distance. A further safety benefits comes from the fact that the GloCar can be seen from all angles, not just headlights and taillights. The rear panel doubles up as a brake light, and the side panels as indicators.
Powered by fuel cell technology, the GloCar offers environmental benefits over conventional cars. It potentially eliminates the need for vehicle paint and cuts down on waste. It also simplifies manufacturing, as only one version of the vehicle is produced – ironically, the same advantage Henry derived from stipulating the single colour black in the early days!
Designed for army uses, the Robotic mule is build for walking and carrying heavy loads through rough terrain. It also has balancing systems that keep it running when you try to kick it over. Also features the most funny robot walks I ever saw!
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SINGAPORE (Reuters) Some people like to talk to their plants. Now, students at Singapore Polytechnic say they have created a plant that can communicate with people – by glowing when it needs water.
The students have genetically modified a plant using a green fluorescent marker gene from jellyfish, so that it “lights up” when it is stressed as a result of dehydration.
The light is hard to detect with the naked eye but can be seen using an optical sensor developed in collaboration with students at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University.
The development of such plants could help farmers to develop more efficient irrigation of crops.
Hotspot Bloom is a wearable flower that glows and changes color to indicate the signal strength of a nearby wireless network (802.11b/g). With its mobile interface, Hotspot Bloom allows people to immediately identify hotspots and become vehicles of information by simply walking through a public space.