Future Tech: Plus…pizza-making robots and a possible answer to gridlock.
Here's what has us interesting in the world of innovation this week.
The coolest bike helmet every kid will want to wear
Designers in Scandinavia have done it again. This prototype helmet will make you feel like you're in the LEGO Movie. Bonus points on the below video for showing the design and printing process of this realistic LEGO-like helmet.
"Style and safety can go hand in hand.
"In 2015, Simon Higby and Clara Prior Knock at DDB Stockholm and Copenhagen (respectively) set out to create a bicycle helmet that would get kids excited about bicycle safety. Collaborating with Danish company MOEF to create the prototype, they were inspired by Lego and Playmobil plastic, toy hair pieces.
"Not only is the final design beautiful, it'll make the wearer look like a vintage Justin Bieber." – Mashable
This robot makes your pizza, then it bakes in the delivery van
"Zume Pizza, a company in Mountain View, Calif., is using robots to make pizza. And it’s delivering that pizza in a special truck outfitted with 56 ovens, in which the pizzas bake before they’re delivered. This should eliminate the problem of your soggy, lukewarm pizza being delivered after bouncing around in the back of a dirty car.
"The company was started by restaurateur Julia Collins and Alex Garden, former general manager of XBox Live. The two decided it was time to crack into the $39-billion pizza industry — with robots.
"Here’s how it works: When a customer places an order, a robot sauces a pre-formed uncooked pie, then sends it down a conveyor belt to a human, who adds the toppings. The pizza is then loaded into one of those 56 ovens on a special delivery truck, where it will bake en route to its destination." – Los Angeles Times
Could urban gondolas be the answer to your traffic woes?
No, not the Italian singing, floating gondolas. We're talking about the high-in-the-sky, bird on a wire, usually-at-a-ski-slope style gondola in this story.
"Argodesign’s “Wire One” proposal envisions an eight-mile track running north to south along Austin’s clogged and trafficky South 1st Street downtown. The gondola would give Austin’s movers and shakers another traveling option.
"In the proposal, the Austin ropeway would have 19 stops (starting at the University of Texas at Austin), at which 10-person, air conditioned cable cars would arrive every few seconds, 19 hours a day. Ficklin estimates the system could carry 6,000 people per hour, moving riders across the entire line in 44 minutes. (Buses, by contrast, carry between 3,800 and 7,200; Bus Rapid Transit accommodates anywhere between 9,000 and 30,000.)
"At $300 to $600 million, the system isn’t too expensive, major infrastructure project-wise. Seattle recently spent$2.57 billion on a 15-mile light rail track; St. Louis dished out $340 million for a 17-mile one. True Bus Rapid Transit can cost between $115 and $790 million per mile. And because the city of Austin already owns Wire One’s stretch of proposed road, there would be way fewer land use issues than something requiring new right-of-way. Ficklin says that if he got permission to build this thing today, Austinites could be hovering over their city in less than five years." – Wired
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