How refreshing to see the success of a start-up when competing in the big leagues against General Electric and Philips. The Kickstarter campaign raised 10 times what was being sought for development of this product – a good indication that the inventor was onto something big!
This is one example of how smart people with great engineering and design skills can succeed in a tough game.
What skills do you have that will set the world alight?
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Although heating oil prices have dropped to new lows in the U.S., consider this alternative that’s being tried for home heating – what a great way to reduce, reuse, recycle instead of waste, waste, waste…
Paul Benoit calls what he’s created a “digital heater”. Essentially it’s a bank of computers designed so that the heat they generate is channelled around a room or building that needs heating. He came up with a simple but devilishly clever idea for a new company, Qarnot Computing.
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Do you have an idea for a distribution program that takes otherwise ‘unused’ material and makes it a productive resource? You might just be onto something!
In some agricultural areas of Mexico, farms rely on surface water sources including streams and canals to irrigate crops. Many of these sources contact microbiological contaminants such as E.Coli bacteria, harmful protozoa, and chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides. These contaminants pose substantial risks to farm workers as well as to the crops they cultivate and sell both locally and internationally. Conventional water treatment systems use filters or chemicals to purify water but rarely address all potential contaminants with one solution.
To address this problem, Puralytics has developed LilyPad—a solar-activated photochemical water treatment product—designed to break down the harmful molecular bonds of contaminants and chemicals in streams, ponds, ditches, and other waterways near agricultural lands. This same process also kills microbes, including viruses, bacteria, and protozoa that render water unhealthy. The reusable pads last for several months at a time and help ensure farmers have access to clean water for agricultural use and improve prospects for organic farming.
How inventive – using one energy source (solar) to clean another great energy source (water)!
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From spaghetti to chocolates to pumpkin gnocchi, the variety of foods that this new technology can produce is pretty amazing. From savory to sweet temptations, the possibilities are endless! The ability to plug the printer into a computer means that all sorts of novelty patterns become simple to make.
Currently, the device only prints the food, which must be then cooked as usual. But a future model will also cook the preparation and produce it ready to eat. What a boon for college students!
Natural Machines’ co-founder Lynette Kucsma said she is hoping that families and restaurants will both want to get their hands on the device.
The idea also comes with a social element too. “There’s a touchscreen on the front that connects to a recipe site in the cloud, so it’s an internet-of-things, connected kitchen appliance,” said Kucsma. Users will also be able to control the device remotely using a smartphone, and share their recipes with the community.
Taste tests have produced positive results – how do you feel about eating something you’ve printed?