When we say robots, the first thing that comes to mind is a big frame of hard metal. The researchers at the Tsinghua University in Beijing have gone against the grain and created a robot that has no hard parts or wires, instead it has a soft, smooth liquid body. Something like the T-1000 from Terminator 2 but far less menacing and evil.
The Liquid Metal Machine is composed of an alloy that contains gallium, indium, and tin. It can change its shape according to the physical space it travels in, making it an attractive prospect for industrial applications.
The liquid robot can self-start and travel for up to 60 minutes when placed in a Petri dish that contains sodium hydroxide. The machine does not require any form of programming.
Skipping the recycle part, two Chinese farmers have used discarded scraps of metal to sculpt statues of the ever popular Transformers – Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. Yu Zhilin and Lu Yingyun are a father and son duo who have been sculpting the figures from spare car parts for the past three years. The Transformers are very popular in China. A testament to that popularity is selling price that exceeds $160,000 for the scrap metal Optimus Prime and Bumblebee.
Here comes the interesting bit: Yu Zhilin has a background in fine arts. The talent is obvious when you see the refined aesthetic of the two statues.
Even though the scrap metal Transformers attract a high price, the father and son have continued to work on the farm and sculpt in their free time.
Designer Richard Clarkson felt that there needed to be something more tangible than the generic rectangle touchscreens which have come to be such dominant parts of our lives. His rotary smartphone concept incorporates the mechanical world with the digital, in a bizarrely cool harmony straight out of steampunk.
The mechanical smartphone uses two interchangeable brass dials — a true rotary dial and a button dial — with the act of switching these inspired by camera lenses. The body is constructed from electroplated copper painted and designed in a manner which will only add to the aesthetics as it wears.
Components are designed to be modular, allowing them to be replaced as new technology becomes available which in turn reduces or even eliminates digital rot. Check out this cool steampunk smartphone below. For more visit Richard’s page on behance.
via Richard Clarkson
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