Rubber sidewalks could eliminate the hazards of concrete

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Rubber sidewalk

We may not give a second thought to the ground we walk on, but a new rubber tile market has emerged and with it, a new and creative prospect for the future of municipal walkways. There are companies presently at work whose sole focus is trying to provide a viable alternative to the concrete under our feet. Despite concrete’s reign as the preeminent construction material for sidewalks, companies that manufacture rubber tiles— such as Terrecon and Pavegen— are looking for a piece of concrete’s market share.

 

 

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Terrewalks – Innovative Sidewalks Made from Recycled Tires

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Terrewalks are made from recycled tires and waste plastics

Concrete sidewalks can make a walk around the neighborhood a pleasant experience, unless the sidewalks are cracked, broken and lifted by tree roots. Then they become dangerous to walk on. Sidewalk repairs require intensive labor, money and sometimes the removal of trees and their invasive roots, but with Terrewalks trees, money and labor are saved.

 

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Rubber OLED Display Developed

Rubber OLED Display Developed 

Rubber-like OLED

Researchers have developed a stretchable OLED display that can be bent and deformed without breaking.  The rubber-like OLEDs are currently monochrome and each have just 256 pixel resolution; however the University of Tokyo team responsible for their development are now working on adding color and increasing resolution. 

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Rubberband Contest For Young Inventors

Rubberband Contest For Young Inventors 

There’s a really cool contest going on now for students grades 5 through 8, challenging them to invent something with one or more rubber bands. It’s the first of its kind, according to the sponsors, and just thinking about using a rubber band in something totally new has got to be a stretch.

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Bionic Hands With Gel-filled Fingertips Give Greater Sensitivity

Bionic Hands May Help Person “Feel” Objects 

 Bionic Hand With Gel-filled Fingertips

If things go well, prostheses may soon help a person “feel” too. Bionic hands with gelled fingertips may be the answer to provide the wearer with a sense of touch and sensitivity. This may even help them instinctively hold objects, because humans have a built-in reflex that responds to vibrations. The top part of the bionic hands are now going to consist of a rubber skin filled with thick silicon gel. If an object should slip, the elastic skin transmits the vibrations through the gel to acoustic sensors, which provide instant feedback, and the motors can tighten their grip. Also, the finger’s bone is covered with electrodes, which change the electric conduction according to the pressure that helps the user to feel.

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