“A little wonderful bird very different from our kinds” this is how Christopher Columbus described the hummingbird after one of its first encounters in the spoilt landscapes of “The New World”. This incredible bird is not only different from the ones we find overseas. It represents, in fact, a one-of-a-kind living being, if we compare its performance to its size. Even though it is less than 10 cm long, it can migrate for more than 4,000 km to cover the distance between Canada (where it starts nesting) and Mexico. More than this, it boasts the fastest wings in nature.
They can get to 200 beats per second reaching a speed of 100 km/h: a very small and compact engine that is not so easy to find in nature.
80 tools in one
The chameleon pocket knife
Chocolate? Luxury watches? Cuckoo clocks?
They are all interesting things but when it comes to knives, Switzerland is at its best. This small country nestled in the Alps is world famous for its pocket knife, developed by Karl Elsener under the name of Offiziermesser and used by the Army since 1891. Its peculiarity is that this single object offers a wide range of useful tools for the outdoors.
Nowadays there are hundreds of models offering a large selection of instruments but one differs from the others: a well-known manufacturer conceived a pocket knife equipped with 80 tools weighing only 1.4 Kg. An authentic hand-assembled masterpiece of compactness and micro-mechanic.
around 100 μm
No lens can see “less” than this
Try to imagine the most compact technology in the world and you will probably be still far from what some German researchers invented.
Thanks to the 3D print system, they developed a “big” lens (big in its performance) as small as a grain of salt. This lens is only 100 microns large and can get through an injection needle which means that it could be injected in a human body and even in a brain!
That would have a great impact on the future of biotechnology considering all the possible uses in the scientific field. Its compactness would allow the application of this special lens to the fiber-optic technology so as to ensure clear images.
800 USD (Up to)
The space-saving watermelon
Everybody had to cut a watermelon at least once.
The rounded shape of this exotic and refreshing fruit makes it very hard to slice it and even harder to transport it because of its weight.
The Japanese solved this problem giving birth to squared watermelons, conceiving a real space-saving solution. What’s the trick? They are cultivated into cubic boxes for a long period.
This invention dates back to the 80s but it’s now becoming a great example of compact food design people are willing to pay up to 800 USD for.
We could call it a “hard edge” business, offering exclusivity and compactness as a reward.
Compact by design
Croma is designed to maximize accessibility. The perforated drum of each module is fully accessible once the side panels are removed, thus allowing easy inspection and cleaning. Its compact design takes inspiration from Rationalism, whose essential principle was the search for functionality by means of new construction techniques and new materials.
Compact, yet flexible
Croma can work either as a stand alone equipment or connected in-line with a medium-speed tablet press. Thanks to its compact design, Croma can be installed in a standard coating room to work within a traditional batch manufacturing logic, allowing the maximum flexibility of workable batches. In case of in-line configuration, the machine has the same flexibility of a tablet press while exploiting the potential of a continuous manufacturing line.
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