I missed this one from the summer, but New Scientist’s Sandrine Ceurstemont has highlighted the interesting Icarus Cup, featuring races between human-powered aircraft. Apparently the hope is to turn the activity into a new extreme sport.
As Gadget Masters know, it’s not all about cutting-edge technology. Sometimes lo-fi, low-tech is required to complete a job. This was the case with the recent NASA Curiosity rover inter-planetary craft, and it’s use of man’s oldest technology: knotting…
This one caught my eye over the weekend, in the Daily Telegraph. Is anyone going to Nantes over the summer? If so, check out the La Galerie des Machines, it sounded very interesting.
We don’t do April Fools on Electronics Weekly but if we did… I hope it would be like this! Wired.com flagged this effort from last year – a “PolyTheremin” from Moog – and it’s well worth sharing.
This is more Solarpunk than Steampunk if you want to be literal about it, but it’s delightfully stylish and clearly Steampunk inspired.
“The Wheelsurf consists of an inner and an outer frame. The inner frame has three small wheels that make contact with the outer frame. The outer frame is the actual rotating wheel and has a solid rubber tire. The rider sits inside the inner frame that also contains the engine, drive train and petrol tank.”
“The ‘CubeStormer II’ is the latest LEGO Speedcuber added to the family! How fast do you think it can solve a Rubik’s cube puzzle?”
How about this one for a Steampunk gaming stick? This newly created Steampunk fight stick – apparently crafted by Sam Kurd from B15SDM Designs, reports Geeky Gadgets – brings some futuristic Victorian design to a vital element of game control.