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TASTY TECH EYE CANDY OF THE WEEK LXVII


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Tasty Tech Eye Candy Of The Week (Oct. 18)
By Tracy Staedter,
Discovery News, 18 October 2015.

An underwater jet pack, a glow-in-the-dark skateboard park, a heated hoody and a driverless buses round out this week's Tasty Tech gallery.

1. Glow-In-The-Dark Skate Park

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The world's first Glow-in-the-Dark Skate Park, located in the Everton area of Liverpool, England, is also a piece of art. Named Evertro, it was designed by South Korean artist Koo Jeong A and built in partnership with Wheelscape Skateparks to promote the revitalization happening in the neighbourhood.


2. Underwater Jet Pack

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We love anything jet pack and the new x2 Sport Underwater Jet Pack is right up our alley - or should we say swimming lane? A user straps the x2 onto her back and puts a hydra thruster on each arm, all of which propels her like Aquaman underwater at 6 miles per hour.


3. Driverless Bus

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The French firm EasyMile has scheduled their driverless bus, the EZ10, for operation in Singapore and California. The bus, which has no steering wheel at all, is fully electric with range of 50 miles and a top speed of 25 miles per hour. Easymile aims to have a couple of hundred of these buses transporting passengers by 2017.


4. Brainshield

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A 1-millimeter-thick, four-layer decal called BrainShield could reduce brain injuries from contact sports. The top layer of the sticker slides laterally, relative to the layers below, which redirects the impact energy and prevents the helmet from being tugged to one side.


5. Energy Plant

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This beautiful building is actually a power plant in the U.K., built to convert 214,000 tons of waste each year into energy. Currently in the testing phase, the plant, which was designed by Jean-Robert Mazaud of S’pace Architects and built by Veolia, is expected to generate 11MW of power per year.


6. Heated Hoodie

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This zip-up sweatshirt is designed to keep you warm. The Evolve Heated Hoodie, by Venture Heat, has heating panels in the front and back powered by a USB power bank. An Indiegogo campaign has raised one percent of its US$30,000 goal in just a couple of hours. A pledge of US$89 will get you a black or grey hoodie.


7. Liberty Bridge

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There's a proposal circulating New York City to connect Manhattan to New Jersey via a pedestrian bridge. The idea was conceived by NYC resident Kevin Shane, who partnered with Jersey City's Jeff Jordan Architects to make it a reality. Dubbed the Liberty Bridge, it measures just under a mile, and would offer free Wi-Fi, retail shops and cafes, as well as gardens and benches. Whether it will be built or not is another matter. Shane has started a website and online petition with hopes of convincing the mayor.


8. Faux Skylights

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What do you do when you're on the first floor of a five-story building and you want a skylight? You could install these LED panels from Simar Design, which produce faux skylights. The LEDs accurately simulate the colour and brightness of day or evening skies using imagery from popular photographers.


9. Foam Heart

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This heart is made from an elastomer foam and works similar to the real thing. A pump circulates fluid through the foam, which has the ability to stretch to 300 times it's original shape. The material could be used in prosthetic body parts, artificial organs and soft robotics. [Video]


10. Drone Defender

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The Drone Defender from national security research and development firm Battelle, is the first portable, UAV counter-weapon. It works like a rifle, but doesn't shoot bullets. Instead, it aims a radio beam at drones and jams their control systems, which can stop them mid-air until their batteries die.


Top image: The Liberty Bridge. Credit: Jeff Jordan Architects.

[Source: Discovery News. Edited. Top image and some links added.]

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