In the hustle and bustle of modern life, it’s incredibly easy to rush during a morning shave and cut oneself. The traditional razor is functional but the design remains relatively unaltered. Despite this, the engineering team at Skarp have constructed a revolutionary razor which cuts hair without any blades. The high-tech design uses a laser to carefully remove hairs from your skin in a more precise manner. Additionally, the laser has a lifespan in excess of 50,00 hours and powered by a single AAA battery which lasts around a month.
The Skarp Laser Razor is environmentally friendly and significantly reduces the build up of plastic from disposable razors. However, the product doesn’t come cheap and currently costs $159.99 to early backers. I dread to think what the retail price would be but there is some value when you consider the cost of replacement blades. I’m quite fond of the sleek, aluminum design but feel the price is way too much to become a mainstream success story.
There is certainly scope to use this technology in the future, but I’m not convinced consumers will feel comfortable using lasers on their skin.
Are you sick of replacing the lightbulbs in your home multiple times a year? Well, the accepted planned obsolescence of lightbulbs may become a thing of the past. Jake Dyson, son of the inventor of the Dyson bagless vacuum cleaner and the Dyson Airblade hand-dryer, has developed a revolutionary new LED light that will last for 40 years (12 hours a day use).
The lamp unit, called Aerial, will retail for around £1,400 ($2,000) upon release in May. While the price may appear steep, if you calculate the false economy of buying conventional lightbulbs over a 40 year period, the Aerial wins out.
Dyson reveals that the secret behind the Aerial’s longevity – 180,000 hours of use, at full brightness – is a sophisticated temperature control system; its heat sinks keep the bulb at a moderate 55 degrees Celsius, or lower.
Remember that Hendo hoverboard we reported on previously? You know, the one that costs $10,000. Well as cool as it looked, not too many of us have that kind of money.
That was seemingly no problem for Ryan Craven from Texas, a man who decided construct his own with 4 leaf blowers and a skateboard. While it doesn’t exactly completely lift off the ground (it has two ‘skirts’ that inflate beneath it, like a hovercraft) it works in a pretty similar vain to that $10,000 Hendo board.
Take a look for yourself in the video bellow. Be sure to visit Ryan’s website as he has details on how you can build one of these for yourself.
Meet Rinser, the toothbrush that includes its own little water fountain for washing your mouth out.
The brush includes a small electric motor that fires water into your mouth with “beautifully slow laminar flow”. You simply place the brush’s water inlet under the tap, push the button, and aim at your mouth. The water jet is designed to be an alternative to using a cup or wrapping your mouth around the tap – useful for both hygiene reasons and for convenience, especially when travelling.
So what do you do when you need a new toothbrush? You don’t really want to be buying a $35 brush every couple of months, so the designers have made the Rinser compatible with the GreenerStep Snap Replacement Heads – small bristle heads that snap right onto your brush, so you don’t have to waste the rest of it.
The Rinser is now finally available for pre-order, after being in development for a number of years. It’s a simple concept, but a really intriguing one too.
Do you find pulling toilet paper off the roll the most laborious task of your day? Have you ever wondered why a machine can’t do it for you?
Well The Useless Duck Company has come up with this incredible innovation in toilet roll technology. It rolls paper off so you don’t have to, using its highly safe and incredibly sharp blade to slice the perfect portion of paper for your toiletry needs.
Ensure it’s switched off when you grab that paper, otherwise you might just lose your arm. Still, that’s one tiny drawback for a device that could revolutionise our daily lives.
Apple’s co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs, has been granted 141 patents since he passed away in October 2011.
The number, which is more than the 9 Bill Gates has been granted and the dozen or so granted to Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin in their lifetimes, adds to his 313 patents amassed during his career.
In an article by MIT Technology Review, we get to take a look back at Jobs’ patents, including his very first, simply titled ‘Personal Computer’, and one of his most recent, covering the design of Apple’s iconic 5th Avenue retail store in New York.
You might just wonder how a person who is no longer living can be awarded a patent. Well it’s all to do with applications, the review process and the time taken to do all of those things. Many of these patents will have been applied for just before his death, but have taken until now to be granted.
Although, as MIT points out, Apple was still applying for patents with his name right up until October 4th 2011 – the day before he passed away.
It’s amazing how Steve Jobs still keeps popping up in the news and how he continues to remain relevant and influential 3 years after his death.
Apple has been given a patent for a mouse that includes a built-in scanner and display.
The patent details a mouse with special sensors that can scan its surface, transferring the image to a screen embedded within the mouse itself. The added sensors would also help with tracking, making it an incredibly accurate pointing device.
The built in “chromatic sensor” would allow a user to scan a document simply by dragging the mouse over it.
Apple’s patent applications are certainly not always evident of future products – the company is famous for designing and prototyping an array of weird and wonderful devices, that it quite often simply throws into oblivion.
If this did become reality, I guess there would be no more waiting around the office photocopier, eh?
Hearing of a new material that can perform in ways that push the boundaries of what is actively known is typically heard from the heavily invested teams over at NASA, however a team from Surrey (not too far away from my home in the UK as it happens) known as Surrey NanoSystems have created a new material that is so black, it is supposed to be hard to see if it is actually there. Known as Vantablack, the material is made up of carbon nanotubes – a man-made hollow fibre which measures only 1 nanometre in diameter – hence the name ‘nanotube’. To create the Vantablack material, the team in Surrey build up the nanotubes on a layer of aluminium foil as seen above and as we can see, or not as the case may be, the material is so dark, we cannot tell that it is all crinkled up along with the foil.
The material is so absorbent to light that it has broken a world record, reflecting a mere 0.035% of light shone at it, with the possibility that it can absorb wave of light that sit outside of the range of ‘visible light’ that the naked eye can detect. The rest is the appearance of nothing being where the material is laid and thus giving a black hole effect. Furthermore, researchers state Vantablack is in the region of 10,000 times as strong as steel and it can also conduct heat very well with up to seven and half times the thermal conductivity of copper.
Having already met the requirements for their initial run of orders for this pioneering material, Vantablack has a number of projected uses in highly sensitive pieces of equipment such as space bound telescopes, where the use of current ‘dark’ materials still reflect a small amount of light, having the effect of adding noise to an image. Down here on earth the possible ability to absorb radio waves brings probable military uses in stealth planes and instrumentation, giving the military an advantage against detection.
The new material will be getting its first public showing later on this week at the Farnborough International Airshow alongside many other bits of military hardware.