This week in engineering and design learned about Boulder’s beer-waste powered batteries, wearable electronic patch for monitoring alcohol levels, and a fresh guide on the statistics of outsourcing versus in-house prototyping and manufacturing with 3D printing.
This week engineers at the University of Colorado at Boulder developed an innovative a process using the waste from breweries to create energy storage option. The bio-manufacturing process uses a biological organism cultivated in brewery wastewater to create the carbon-based materials needed to make energy storage cells. With Colorado’s vast breweries these new batteries could set up a win-win opportunity by reducing expensive wastewater treatment costs for beer makers while providing manufacturers with a more cost-effective means of creating renewable, naturally-derived fuel cell technologies.
In other alcohol-related tech news, engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a flexible wearable sensor that can accurately measure a person’s blood alcohol level from sweat and transmit the data wirelessly to a laptop, smartphone or other mobile device. The device can be worn on the skin and could be used by doctors and police officers for continuous, non-invasive and real-time monitoring of blood alcohol content.
3D PRINTING NEWS
This week delivered a fresh guide to statistics on in-house 3D printing advantages. Download the free guide to learn which aspects of your company could benefit most from 3D printing in office, as well as a comparison to the alternative of outsourcing your prototyping and manufacturing projects.
Why wear your heart on your sleeve, when you can wear your heartbeat on your finger? With the app called Crafted By My Heart, users can create jewelry in the pattern of their own heartbeats. The free app, available for iOS, records the user’s heartbeat through putting their finger over the phone’s camera and flash. The app detects heartbeat by very subtle changes in the color of the skin as blood flows to the fingertip. As the user watches, his or her heartbeat grows into a pattern along the surface of the ring design on the phone’s screen. Rings are 3D printed with a high resolution wax printer, then molded in coated in the finish you choose. Cost ranges from HK$1,198 ($155) to HK$1,588 ($205), depending on the finish, and take about 15-20 working days to complete. Add this to your holiday gift list and make someone feel super special.
We’re hoping the luck that these three contestants on the Price is Right enjoyed might rub off on the rest of us. The show made history this week with the first ever triple dollar spin on the famous wheel,.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
With colder temperatures coming (sorry for the reminder), we’re always looking for news ways to motivate us at staying active indoors. This week we discovered Ping Pong FM, a fun, musical take on table tennis. Players choose a song and keep it playing at the correct tempo by keeping the ball in play. Rally too slowly, or drop the ball, and the music will wind down to a stop.