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I am currently doing some research for a prototype design involving a bio-mimetic solution to an inefficient energy source… with my group we have decided to focus on a few main areas such as space heating, gas usage and generation, as well as an effective mechanism for the capturing of walking forces into electrical energy. At the moment I am focusing on space heating, with the idea of using a compost bin to heat a house using a radiator or baseboard heat system… the idea’s I’ve been able to generate seem fairly plausible and reasonable with some minor tweaks and incorporation of some other group member’s ideas I think we have marketable solution. You might be asking how exactly we plan to execute such “reagents” of space heating, radiators, compost and bio-mimetics into a feasible solution? Well for that you’ll have to wait and keep an eye out for an updated post including the prototype designs,  but think “cement” trucks or for those not from “philly” concrete trucks :)… On a side note however, who knew compost could heat up and be sustained at roughly 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

a second skin…

Scientist have began to develop a solution to a fundamental aspect of bio technology and robotics… they have begun development on ARTIFICIAL SKIN WITH FEELING.. this an amazing breakthrough.. and as you can imagine has countless application.. from allowing amputees to feel again, to fine motor control of prostheses, and fine control for robots so that you would have them handle eggs or wash dishes for instance.. while it’s still in it’s infancy it is rather amazing 😀

The start of a funnel cloud…?

Compost…

-Concurrent two independent closed system network

Uses: 

-Hot water for house

-Heating for house (base board heating system)

-Methane Collection for gas stove tops

Research:

-Compost container

-Automated turner

-Double door drop system so prevent release of methane

-Membrane to passively diffuse methane into collection area

-Collection/transport chamber and system for methane

-System Research

– Amount of methane produced per cubic foot

– Heat produced per cubic foot

Fridge…

-concurrent water heating

Uses:

Hot shot/ coffee maker… (on demand small volume hot water)

**Joe updated that it may take 5 days to heat water to 50 degrees Celsius, this is very inefficient if true and not worth it, we while have to do some additional research**

Floors:

-Pressure plates in floor

-Generate energy through possibly an electromagnet generator  (Spiral Ratchet screwdriver model)

Uses:

-Depending on energy output, power small appliances or larger.

Research:

– Pressure plates

-Weight distribution will one movable floor pick up weight difference in walking or   will we need tiled effect.

-Look at Pauls blog for sidewalk tension plates

Comment.. Post links… get things going….

Partners:

Khadidja

Joe

Craig

bio-luminescence

Some of you may have seen the post Brenda posted a few weeks ago, about surfers on glow in the dark waves…

well it seems scientists have uncovered the mystery.. in this article Discovery scientists explains how it is due to small organisms absorbing action potential from the surrounding water… If we were able to mimic such a process the opportunities new potential sources of energy might be limitless…

“chasing nature”

There is a new fleet of bioinspired robots that mimic bugs and birds being developed for use in search and rescue as they would be more agile and small enough to effectively search post-disaster terrains.  Some work has also been done to control the real insects instead of mimicking them, as shown below, a team has come up with a system to stimulate the brain and control the flight muscles of a flower beetle.

 

innovations..

Robotic fingers, that reportedly have the dexterity and over all sensitivity in a mechanical sense of human hands are now a reality with japans new hair washing robot that consists of 24 robotic fingers that wash hair in the same manner as human fingers, and are targeting use by the disabled and infirm to improve quality of life…

Also more along the lines of our discussions of sustainability and solving current issues such as the toxic waste and reliance on petroleum derived products, and a prime example of where cross-disciplinary thinking can get us, in Germany a fashion designer with a background in microbiology has created a new chemical free fabric, made from milk… the fabric is called Qmilch and is made from a network matrix formed with high concentrations of casein a protein found in milk.