A group of high school students from Italy have taken plastic recycling to the next level with MyProAction, a vending machine that grinds used plastic bottles into pellets, which are then used to create smartphone via a built-in 3D printer. This invention came about when students Marco Tomasello, Daniele Caputo, Vincenzo Virruso, Vittorio Maggiore, Toni Taormina, and their teacher, Daniela Russo sought a more efficient way of getting youth involved in environmental conservation. Currently, they've built four prototypes and have taken home an AXA Italia Social Impact Award in a national contest along the way. Continue reading for more cool inventions that you may not have known about.
The ProDrone PD6B-AW-ARM is unlike other drones, as it can fly at altitudes up to 5,000-feet, while cruising at 37mph in 22mph winds. That's not all, it sports dual five-axis robotic arms that can life and move objects up to 22-pounds, cut wires or just flip switches at altitudes. It's literally capable of operating in any weather. Continue reading for three more cool drones that exist now.
The M3 Amphibious Rig is basically a self-propelled amphibious bridging vehicle that is used for the projection of tanks and other vehicles across water obstacles. It's self-deployable by road, operating as a 4x4 wheeled vehicle with a maximum road speed of 80 km/h. When driven into the water for amphibious operation, it deploys two large aluminum pontoons, and is propelled and steered by 2 fully traversable pump jets at speeds of up to 14 km/h. Multiple rigs may be joined by long connectors called "ramps", 4 of which are carried on each vehicle, to form a bridge across a water obstacle. 8 M3 Rigs will bridge a 100m water gap this way, and can be traversed by vehicles up to and including the heaviest 60+ ton main battle tank like the Leopard 2A6 and Challenger 2. Continue reading for three more weird vehicles that actually exist.
This cylindrical structure doesn't look like anything at first glance, but it used to be an old grain silo from the 1950s, which has now been transformed into a modern home by architect Christoph Kaiser. Measuring in at just 340-square-foot, it features custom-made doors, windows, and 10-inches of spray foam insulation inserted between the silo walls and house interior to keep things warm during the winter. Inside, there's a loft sleeping area, full kitchenette, a spiral staircase, and bathroom with shower. Continue reading for three more unusual living spaces you probably never knew about.
Businessman Li Liang has opened China's first airplane restaurant in Wuhan. Officially called "Lilly Airways," this eatery is located inside the cabin of a decommissioned Boeing 737, acquired from Indonesian airline Batavia Air. The entire renovation took 6-months, and cost Liang a whopping $452,325 USD, on top of the $5.28-million USD he paid for the aircraft. When you're finished eating, head on over to the cockpit to try out a flight simulator, which may or may not be free, depending on how much you paid for the meal. Continue reading for three more geeky eateries you probably never knew about.
Situated in the swampy marshes of Parna Delta, Argentina, "The Eye" is basically a circular island surrounded by a thin channel of water with a diameter of 130 yards. It was discovered about 6-months ago by Argentine film director & producer Sergio Neuspillerm, who was scouting filming locations for paranormal occurrences, like alien bases. "We want to return with a complete scientific expedition having scuba gear, geologists, biologists, ufologists, specialized drones and more, and take samples of the water, soil, plants an all other objects we may find. We want to understand The Eye's relation with supernatural stories told by the locals," said Neuspillerm. Continue reading for more bizarre islands you probably never knew about.
Air Koryo is basically the state-owned national flag carrier airline of North Korea, headquartered in Sunan-guyok, Pyongyang. Pyongyang Sunan International Airport is considered the airline's home base, and it operates international scheduled and charter services to points in Asia and Europe. Despite all the bad press, this airline has not suffered any fatal accidents in throughout its entire history. Continue reading for more interesting facts.
Situated in the lively Roppongi entertainment district, "Harry" is a real-life hedgehog cafe that charges $9 for an hour with the prickly yet lovable creatures. It's home to 20-30 different breeds of hedgehogs, while a chalk-written blackboard lists the ones you can actually buy. "We wanted to show people the charm of hedgehogs, which give the impression of being hard to handle. We wanted to get rid of that image by letting people touch them," said staff member Mizuki Murata. Continue reading for three more bizarre places that actually exist from around the world.
Public officer Ricardo Azevedo from Brazil created a motorbike that runs entirely on water, called the "T Power H2O". Not just for show, it's capable of traveling up to 310-miles on a single liter of water. This is made possible with an an external car battery that produces electricity and separates hydrogen from water molecules, which results in combustion, or the release of energy that fuels the bike. "The advantage of this motorcycle, which works with the hydrogen that comes from the water, is that the result that comes of the exhaust is water vapor. This is different from gasoline, the result of which is carbon monoxide," said Azevedo. Continue reading for more strange vehicles that actually exist.
San Francisco-based hacker George Hotz, best known for his iPhone jailbreaking skills, has created his own self-driving car technology. The current version uses a 2016 Acura ILX as a test platform, and consists of a 21.5" display, a mini Linux-powered computer, GPS sensors built into the glove compartment, and cameras mounted around the car. Custom software enables the hardware "learn" to drive intuitively, like a human would. "We have not told this car anything about driving. We've shown it 10 hours of human driving footage, and we're like, Here is what the human did. Behave like that human as much as you can. And you get all of this intuition that you'd never really get in a really big system," said Hotz. Continue reading for three more cool car technologies.