It's an unlikely name for a product design shop, but just imagine that if you could build a cardboard helicopter that flies, you could make just about any inventor's dream a reality. That's what the crew at Cardboard Helicopter, headed by CEO industrial designer Tim Hayes, aims to do... make your dreams a reality.
General Electric says it's a little more complicated than making instant oatmeal, but the company, along with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is developing a recipe of electrochemical solution and water that will power a cheaper, safer, and longer-charged battery than current electric vehicle (EV) batteries. The developers are hoping their newly designed flow battery will remain charged for three times longer than the current Tesla S Model battery (265 milles) and cost about a quarter of the S Model battery.
Nearly everyone has at least a dozen earth-shattering inventions up their sleeve. At least that's what they believe. But most who want to run with their ideas and make them profitable end up wasting a lot of time, especially as novices, on ideas that are already on the market or that few others want. It's important to work smart and fast as product developers so your focus is on the new, the needed, and the profitable. Here are five New Year's Resolutions that will boost your efforts and your results.
Many international universities are fostering students' natural curiosity and ingenuity to create new products to help their fellow citizens. Such is the case at HCM City University of Transport where, as the name implies, Vietnamese students focus on developing new, efficient forms of transportation. Recently, they revealed prototypes of the students' solar-run scooter and a new battery-operated wheelchair that can be produced at a much lower cost that those produced in western countries.