Air Apparent

January 1, 2017

Companies and event organizers use inflatables to grab public attention and promote their brands.  Although he now sells spaces in luxury subterranean survival shelters, Robert Vicino once focused his entrepreneurial spirit on loftier altitudes. He put a 90-foot King Kong on the Empire State Building and designed Otto the Autopilot

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Flying the “Paper Airplane”

January 1, 2017

Canvas Specialty, Inc. works through challenges to create a shade structure that is also art. Paper Airplane, located in Grand Park, Los Angeles, Calif., consists of 11, 15-foot-long canvas planes made of coated mesh with a polyester scrim. Photos: Elenita Torres and Dean Sherriff. The simplicity of the paper airplane has

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Textile, heal thyself

January 1, 2017

Self-healing textiles could be a benefit to anyone who is regularly exposed to toxins, including farmers, factory workers and military personnel. Photos: Pennsylvania State University. What if you accidentally spill a chemical on your shirt, causing a hole, and miraculously, the shirt repairs itself when you throw it in the

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Blowin’ in the wind

January 1, 2017

The Micro Wind Turbine offers outdoor adventurers a way to recharge electronics day or night. Photo: Christian Holweck While on several long trekking tours, Nils Ferber ran into one problem: His electronic equipment kept running out of batteries. The Zurich, Switzerland-based designer realized that there was no easy way to

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