If you’re someone who employs a robot like automatic hoover vacuum system for your home, you might be interested in this latest invention from Panasonic. Fukitorimushi is the latest in floor-cleaning robots, unlike many that you may find up for sale these days, this autonomous robot does its thing in a rather creepy way by crawling around like a worm despite it using a highly efficient tech savvy cloth to keep your floors spotless.
Technically, the Fukitorimushi sports sensors that allows it to detect dirty spots on the floor. Fukitorimushi’s body is covered in Teijin’s Nanofront cloth, which is made of polyester filament fibers measuring 700 nanometers in diameter. Though this sounds remarkably hard to believe, this means it is about 7,500 times thinner than the average human hair. The nanofibers significantly increase the fabric’s surface area, giving it superior wiping characteristics and the ability to absorb oil and ultra-fine dust particles less than one micron in diameter. The large surface contact area also increases the fabric’s friction with the floor and makes it resistant to sliding.
The first thing that came to my mind when I saw this was that, are these emitting lights naturally and on it’s own? Unfortunately, no. LumiTable or Luminous Fiber Optics Table Runner is made of a type of fiber optics fabric called Luminex with assorted cotton borders. As a result, creates a coloured light along the full length of the fibers, producing a stunning luminous effect as you can see. This new shiny technology looks great and I can think of plenty of uses for it, but for now, it remains just as decorations and clothing. The table measures 160 cm x 33 cm. It is washable and like I said, it does need power which it does so from a mains adapter.
There is a process called the digital textile printing that allows designers to integrate solar cells into clothing or bags by printing fabric that matches the pattern of the solar panel and researchers of North Carolina State University are looking to exploit this idea into the possibility of charging your gadgets using this method in the future. You might argue that something like this is already available (ZegnaSport Jacket), but what we are talking about is actually having the solar cell technology incorporated into the fabric itself and not just having a solar ring wrapped around your neck.
At present there is no news on whether this will go into production of any kind, thus remain just an idea or concept, however the future of this does look bright as researchers have already demonstrated that this method does not cause any harm to those wearing it. The possibility of wearing a true ‘solar energy gadget charging jacket (please suggest a better name!)’ may not be too far away…
I became bored of Tom (the guy in the video) and his Blendtec blending everything after watching numerous videos just showing exactly how amazing his blenders are on YouTube some time ago. But this one I wanted to feature because Tom’s not blending iPhones or iPods or video games this time, he’s blending a shoe, the Nike Air Max to be precise. He’s blending something that just about fits the blender and also its not metal or plastic this time, its fabric and the shoe nearly got away with it with the blender clogging up afew times, watch the video!
I just came across a very authentic geeky find, what it really reminds me of is Ultima Online, the online game which was based on the mid-eval renaissance period where players made and worn their own chainmails to battle against each other – funny!
This chainmail shirt is quite alike, it’s made from thousands of anodized aluminum rings, though it costs as much as $99, it probably gives you the genuine uncomfortable feeling of wearing a proper metal suit.
This isn’t just any geeky looking laptop bag, it actually delivers very environment friendly functionality! The Voltaic Generator is actually the world’s first laptop bag to generate strong enough power to charge your laptop via solar energy! Not only does it charge your laptop, it can also charge your mobile phone and handheld. The picture to the right shows you the light which lights up when the bag has gathered enough solar energy to generate a charge.
It uses high efficiency solar cells to generate maximum power in the limited space available. It includes a battery pack custom designed to efficiently store and convert the electricity generated.
Here are some official notes:
- Solar panel generates up to 14.7 watts, powerful enough to fully charge a typical laptop from a day of direct sunlight.
- The included battery pack efficiently stores the equivalent of a typical laptop charge and automatically delivers the required output voltages
- Common adaptors are included for easy connection to laptops, phones and other handheld electronics
- Other devices can connect via USB or car charger
- Will hold up to a 17″ Powerbook inside a protective case
- Fabrics made from recycled PET (soda bottles), which is tough, water resistant and light weight
Check out this comfy pillow, one with embedded speakers! All you need to do is plug in your mp3 player / radio or whatever it is that you fancy, into it’s audio jack and you’ll be able to enjoy your music during your sleep. It is claimed that the sound it plays out will not be audible by the one sleeping next to you!
Here’s the picture of it:
Some more fascinating features of this comfy gadget after the jump…