What We Like This Week: Recycled Roads and Robotic Hips

Someday soon, you may be driving on a recycled road that wirelessly recharges your electric car. This week, we have several glimpses of the future, transportation-related and otherwise. 

  • Electricity in the air. Plugging in devices to charge them every day is no fun—and that goes doubly for vehicles. The Economist explains how wireless induction could change the game for electric cars and buses.   
  • Recycled roads. At AU 2017, Autodesk CEO Andrew Anagnost asked, “What if someone was able to design and make an automated machine that could grind up old roads and pave new roads with the same recycled materials?” Lo and behold, these engineers are making it happen.  

  • Superhero stuff. Kids’ faces come in all shapes and sizes. So when they need protective masks, getting a good fit can be hard. Enter the Brifo, a lightweight and colorful mask designed with kids in mind. Polish designer Bartlomiej Gaczorek created it using a desktop SLS 3D printer and Autodesk Netfabb software 

Credit: Bartlomiej Gaczorek

  • More reasons to love 3D printing. There’s a lot to love about additive manufacturing. This piece from explores how AM can drive environmental benefits, too, by cutting down on the waste generated by traditional subtractive methods. As one engineer put it, “Before additive manufacturing, we would use a 10-pound block of material to make a one-pound component.” 
  • Walk the walk. Researchers in Japan have pioneered a soft, lightweight, wearable actuator that attaches to the hips of the disabled to help them move more freely. Learn more at Science Daily. 

Credit: Hashimoto Labs