Japanese engineer invents the world’s first ‘Car That Fits in Your Bag’

Next Shark (by Laura Dang):

Japanese engineer Kuniako Saito and his team at Cocoa Motors have developed a small portable transporter that Saito claims to be the world’s first “car in a bag.” The thin WalkCar transporter, which can fit in a backpack, is made from aluminium and weighs between 4.4 to 6.6 pounds, depending on its use for indoor or outdoor purposes.

Saito, 26, and his team recently showcased the lithium battery-powered device that resembles a skateboard and is about the size of a laptop computer, reports Reuters. Its maximum speed is 6.2 miles per hour with a distance of 7.4 miles when fully charged after three hours.

Vancouver high school student, Raymond Wang’s invention would decrease airborne germs by 55% in an airplane cabin

Inventor Raymond Wang. Photo courtesy of Kathy Wolfe and Intel.

Inventor Raymond Wang. Photo courtesy of Kathy Wolfe and Intel. 

Audrey Magazine:

The worst area to contract germs is when you’re stuck in an airplane cabin, breathing air that is essentially being recycled by you and the other passengers. Bacteria found in the common cold, e.coli and listeria have all been found in airplanes.

Thankfully, this may soon change! Vancouver high school student, Raymond Wang, recently shared his invention at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair. According to MNN.com, Wang’s invention would improve and produce fresh air flow by nearly 200% and decrease airborne germs by 55% in an airplane cabin. His inspiration for research came from the scary Ebola outbreak from last fall as well as the shocking statistic he found from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention:

“If a passenger has a disease such as H1N1 and walks into a plane’s cabin, he has the potential to spread the disease to as many as 17 other passengers on the flight.”

A project that would help promote clean air sounds like quite expensive, but it’s not! Wang’s prototype only cost him $10 to create and he estimates that it would cost $1, 000 to update an entire plane and it can be installed quickly. The airplane will be able to produce a clean airflow the very next day.

Wang has already applied for a patent on his currently unnamed invention. Fingers crossed, we will soon be breathing comfortably while traveling! In the mean time, we should all be extra careful and courteous about washing our hands and staying clean.


15 of the most amazing home-made robots, tanks, and vehicles in China


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China is known as an industrious nation and, after pictures surfaced of one Chinese teacher who built a phenomenal “Iron Man” Hulkbuster replica in his garage, it seemed like the right time to take a look at some of the country’s most impressive home made inventions.

From full size, working airplanes to wooden, yet electronic cars, the Chinese have spent anything from a couple of months to several years, knocking up some pretty impressive modes of transports and robots.

Liu Fulong from the Shenyang, Liaoning province created a wooden electronic vehicle at home, which has a top speed of 30km/h.liu-fulong-from-the-shenyang-liaoning-province-created-a-wooden-electronic-vehicle-at-home-which-has-a-top-speed-of-30kmh

Yu Jietao, 26-year-old wood carver, also saw the potential in wooden vehicles and spent 100,000 yuan (£10,247, $16,010) on his invention. It can travel as fast as 30 km/h per hour.yu-jietao-26-year-old-wood-carver-also-saw-the-potential-in-wooden-vehicles-and-spent-100000-yuan-10247-16010-on-his-invention-it-can-travel-as-fast-as-30-kmh-per-hour

In the Shiyan, Hubei province, Su Daocheng spent two months building a home made mechanical horse to travel around in.in-the-shiyan-hubei-province-su-daocheng-spent-two-months-building-a-home-made-mechanical-horse-to-travel-around-in

A man only identified as Abulajon, in the Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region in China, spent 8000 yuan (£820, $1300) to create the 0.3 tonnes motorcycle. However, measuring 14 feet (4.3 metres) in length and 7.8 feet (2.4 metres) in height, makes it impossible for him to drive it on the street.a-man-only-identified-as-abulajon-in-the-xinjiang-uighur-autonomous-region-in-china-spent-8000-yuan-820-1300-to-create-the-03-tonnes-motorcycle-however-measuring-14-feet-43-metres-in-length-and-78-feet-24-metres-in-height-makes-it-impossibl

He Liang went for the minimalist option and spent a decade turning a suitcase into a motor-driven vehicle. It has a top speed of 20km/h.he-liang-went-for-the-minimalist-option-and-spent-a-decade-turning-a-suitcase-into-a-motor-driven-vehicle-it-has-a-top-speed-of-20kmh

Here, an unidentified man from the Heilongjiang province created a home made 12 brooms tied in the rear to help him clean the road in Mohe.

Yang Shijun, a 45-year-old manager of a construction material company, spent 100,000 yuan (£10,228, $16,098) and one year of his time to make this plane. Yang said he made it as a tribute to his father who passed away in 2011 but had been a pilot for 29 years.yang-shijun-a-45-year-old-manager-of-a-construction-material-company-spent-100000-yuan-10228-16098-and-one-year-of-his-time-to-make-this-plane-yang-said-he-made-it-as-a-tribute-to-his-father-who-passed-away-in-2011-but-had-been-a-pilot-for-
Meanwhile, Liu Shijie, a 35-year-old farmer from the Huaibei, Anhui province, took six months and spent 30,000 yuan (£3,074, $4,850) to make a homemade armoured vehicle.meanwhile-liu-shijie-a-35-year-old-farmer-from-the-huaibei-anhui-province-took-six-months-and-spent-30000-yuan-3074-4850-to-make-a-homemade-armoured-vehicle

Another farmer, Zhang Wuyi, 37, created a multi-seater submarine at home to help harvest aquatic products, such as sea cucumber. He sold his invention to sold to a businessman in Dalian at a price of 100,000 yuan (£10,248, $15,855) in 2014.another-farmer-zhang-wuyi-37-created-a-multi-seater-submarine-at-home-to-help-harvest-aquatic-products-such-as-sea-cucumber-he-sold-his-invention-to-sold-to-a-businessman-in-dalian-at-a-price-of-100000-yuan-10248-15855-in-2014

Yang Zongfu spent two years creating a ball container named Noah’s Ark of China. It is capable of housing a three-person family and sufficient enough food for them to live for 10 months.yang-zongfu-spent-two-years-creating-a-ball-container-named-noahs-ark-of-china-it-is-capable-of-housing-a-three-person-family-and-sufficient-enough-food-for-them-to-live-for-10-months

Tan Yong, a 44-year-old farmer, created a home-made submarine at a lake in Dangjiangkou, Hubei province. He spent five months building it and now it is capable of diving to a depth of 10 metres.tan-yong-a-44-year-old-farmer-created-a-home-made-submarine-at-a-lake-in-dangjiangkou-hubei-province-he-spent-five-months-building-it-and-now-it-is-capable-of-diving-to-a-depth-of-10-metres

Farmer Wu Yulu started to build robots in 1986 and, by 2009, he unveiled this rickshaw that is being pulled by a robot.farmer-wu-yulu-started-to-build-robots-in-1986-and-by-2009-he-unveiled-this-rickshaw-that-is-being-pulled-by-a-robot

In Beijing, self-taught inventor Tao Xiangli spent less than a year and 300,000 yuan (£30,750, $49,037) to create a home made humanoid robot with a remote controller. However, it is too heavy and too tall to walk out of his front door.china-invention-8

Xing Yile (L), a 26-year-old middle school art teacher, took two months to build a homemade replica of the Hulkbuster “Iron Man” armoured suit from the movie “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”xing-yile-l-a-26-year-old-middle-school-art-teacher-took-two-months-to-build-a-homemade-replica-of-the-hulkbuster-iron-man-armoured-suit-from-the-movie-avengers-age-of-ultron

A man in China identified only as “Xing” made this suit in a parking lot.

Meanwhile, Li Lei from Shanghai builds an array of “Transformers” robot replicas for rent and for sale.meanwhile-li-lei-from-shanghai-builds-an-array-of-transformers-robot-replicas-for-rent-and-for-sale


Teenager Kenneth Shinozuka invents device to help keep wandering Alzheimer’s patients safe 

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 Audrey Magazine:

Kenneth Shinozuka is only15-years-old, but he already has a goal in life: He aims to discover a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. Until that day comes, it seems that Shinozuka spends his time trying to find ways to make things just a little easier for patients with Alzheimer’s as well as those who take care of them.

Specifically, Shinozuka invented a pressure sensor that is worn with a sock (or on the bottom of the foot) and can detect an increase in pressure. This then wirelessly sends an alert to a caregiver or family member’s smartphone.

The ultimate goal of the device is to alert the caregiver if the patient wanders. NBC News points out an alarming statistic from the Alzheimer’s Association which says “of the estimated five million Americans with the disease, about 60 percent of them wander — and often become dangerously lost — as a result.”

Shinozuka came up with the idea for his device, called “Safe Wander,” because his own grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and often wandered out of bed. Shinozuka first used the device on his grandfather for 6 months and it detected each dangerous moment that he wandered out of bed in the middle of the night– all 437 times.

I hope that my device will ultimately reach out to the tens of millions of wandering patients around the world and also relieve the burdens on their caregivers,” Shinozuka said.

Most impressive of all, Shinozuka came up with the idea and built the device from scratch. He’s currently testing it out in willing facilities. Many of the caretakers who try the device are delighted with the Safe Wander and say its much less obnoxious than the loud alarms used in most facilities.

I’d like to solve some of the mysteries of the brain, and invent tools to ultimately, I think, cure Alzheimer’s and other mental conditions that our aging population suffers from,” says Shinozuka.

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Filipino teen creates footwear that can charge phones and access electricity

A fifteen-year-old Filipino teen named Angelo Casimiro has created a new way to charge a phone or flashlight with footwear that can generate electricity by walking.

He recognizes that this concept may not seem necessary for everyone. After all, who wants to walk when they can just plug their phone into a charger and go on with their full day of watching Netflix? Well, this is certainly not the average day for everyone.

I’m a Filipino. I live in the Philippines. And just by looking around my surroundings, I can see that a lot of people are suffering from poverty,” explains Casimiro. “A simple source of light is a big deal for people who don’t have electricity.”

The footwear was Casimiro’s entry to Google’s Science Fair this year. He realized that the average human takes 7,000 steps a day and wanted to find a way to utilize that energy.

Of course, this will still take quite some effort. During Casimiro’s experiments, he was able to give his phone about 10 minutes of battery life after two hours of playing basketball. None the less, this is clearly a start to something extraordinary.


Napkin Table, A Collapsible Cloth Table That Two Diners Wear Together

Napkin Table is a collapsible cloth table that two diners wear, creating a suspended table between them. The concept product is intended to encourage social dining. Napkin Table was designed by industrial design students at Tunghai University in Taiwan.


This amazing invention is saving countless lives after Typhoon Haiyan

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A boy gestures while washing in water from a broken pipe on Nov. 16, 2013, in Leyte, Philippines. 

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When natural disaster strikes, one of the first and most significant casualties is clean water: Humans can only go so long without liquids; as days pass without functioning infrastructure, bacteria spread and multiply, as does the threat of disease.

Large aid organizations’ answer has often been to send 747s stocked with cases of bottled water to the affected areas. But drop-offs like that can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and leave behind a stream of plastic waste.

Enter WaterStep, a Kentucky-based aid organization that says it’s come up with a clever solution: the M-100 Chlorine Generator, a football-size water filter that allows survivors to produce up to 10,000 gallons of potable water per day.

Sixty of the devices are being used in the Philippines, says WaterStep CEO Mark Hogg. In November, Typhoon Haiyan’s massive storm surge and high winds pulverized some of the country’s most overcrowded and impoverished areas, killing more than 6,100 people, injuring another 28,000, and displacing more than 3.8 million.

The mini treatment system is not much to look at—the hose, pipe, and thermos configuration give it a distinctively Rube Goldberg feel—but its compact size makes it easily transportable to even the remotest of locations. Built with the help of engineers at General Electric and the Louisville Water Co., the device uses a pump, a filter, table salt, and a car battery to produce up to 1,000 gallons of water per hour.

The generator’s byproducts—chlorine and sodium hydroxide—are valuable resources for locals, says Hogg. They can be used to make either saline solution (which doctors use to treat dehydration and debride wounds) or disinfectants. Maintaining hygiene is crucial to water safety, especially in disaster areas. More than 880 million people worldwide lack access to clean drinking water, and 3.4 million people die every year from water-related diseases caused by poor sanitation.

In December, Hogg and a volunteer team composed of University of Louisville students spent a week in Cebu City, an area spared by the storm that’s become a hub of relief operations. There, they erected a temporary training center, teaching 150 local nonprofit workers to operate and maintain the chlorinators. “We had people from all sorts of surrounding islands come and visit for training,” Hogg says. “The impact for us was a dream.”

Other organizations, such as LifeSaver, have created individual water purification systems targeting survivors of natural disasters. While important, their purifying bottles and canteens can’t produce the same volume of clean drinking water that WaterStep can.

Haiyan was particularly devastating for the Philippines, but the country is accustomed to extreme weather events and will surely see more in its future. This is why Hogg believes the WaterStep system needs to play an ongoing role in providing potable water to the country’s residents. The generators can be kept in storage and pulled out when needed, he says, allowing locals to respond to natural disasters as they happen, instead of waiting for shipments of bottled water to appear.

The gift it brings is that ordinary people are going to have more tools at their disposal to do effective work with their water, sanitation, health, and hygiene needs,” he says.

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This amazing invention is saving countless lives after Typhoon Haiyan