Monthly Archives: December 2013

Opus 12 Chronograph


A nice animation of the precise mechanism that powers the Harry Winston’s Opus 12 chronograph. It is pretty remarkable how many parts are inside this fashion (and engineering) master piece! Every single part (that is crafted from metal) must work perfectly in order to have the final result. It is a last years design (2012) and it was on my post list for ages. Somehow I press the publish button today… just before the end of this year! Maybe in order to keep track of time for the new beginnings!

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The Gripen


This is a lightweight single-engine multirole fighter jet manufactured by the Swedish aerospace company Saab. The JAS 39 Gripen has a length of 14 meters, a wingspan of 8.41 meters and a maximum range of 3.250Km. It was designed to replace the Saab 35 Draken and 37 Viggen in the Swedish Air Force. Pretty, pretty, pretty!

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What’s Inside Microsoft’s Xbox One


Kyle Wiens (from iFixit.com) and Will Smith (no, not the actor the one from Tested.com) teardown the Xbox One for a thorough analysis of the components that make up Microsoft’s latest game console. Kyle walks us through each piece, discussing opportunities for repair and swapping out parts. Don’t expect any hardcore hardware explanation of how things are working and so on. It’s just a small talk over the Xbox One!

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The Cubli: An amazing cube


This is the most amazing thing I happened to cross on the net today! Seriously you must watch the video in order to appreciate it. Of course, you have to be a little bit of a geek as well but this is a totally different story. I am copying from the YouTube description here: “The Cubli is a 15 × 15 × 15 cm cube that can jump up and balance on its corner. Reaction wheels mounted on three faces of the cube rotate at high angular velocities and then brake suddenly, causing the Cubli to jump up. Once the Cubli has almost reached the corner stand up position, controlled motor torques are applied to make it balance on its corner. In addition to balancing, the motor torques can also be used to achieve a controlled fall such that the Cubli can be commanded to fall in any arbitrary direction”

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Return to Zero


You already know that I am an engineer! If not, then shame on you, and have a look at my about page now. In order to stay up to date with it I am reading magazines, books but most of all I am following numerous webpages specialised in this field. My bookmarks are growing and growing with a steady rate but some web links are always at the top of my list. One of those is the EEWeb.com. They are posting constantly news and articles from the latest evolvements of the industry but when you get tired of the news and mathematics they have the solution. It’s called Return to Zero and its a comic series about… what else! Engineering! It sounds strange for a professional website to have comics in it but trust me, they are doing amazing work! If you want to watch all the comic series then have a look here

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The Vertu Constellation


We’ve already heard about custom handmade cars, jewellery, wearables etc. But never anything around mobile phones. Those are mass produced by factories in China (or around there for some other manufacturers) and look exactly the same. Every year or so, we have new models and the wheel goes round and round! But this is going to change because of Vertu, a UK based company. Each new Vertu Constellation is handmade in England by a single craftsman and they look… interesting! They are saying that “only once they are entirely happy with it, do they put their name to it”. Almost the same motto from all the hand made oriented companies out there. Actually I don’t like the design of the phones so much. Neither the philosophy at least on this market. Yes, the making process is amazing and the video help to present that even better. But I am not entirely convinced so far. Find out more here

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Google Zeitgeist: Here’s to 2013


A very inspirational video from Google! “Here’s to 2013”. Discover what the world searched for with Google’s year-end Zeitgeist. Nothing more to say about that! Watch the video and enjoy the 2013 moments…

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Aventador: The story of the Bull


Probably you already know that this is the Lamborghini Aventador. If not, then it’s a good time to Google it and find out about this fast beauty from Italy. I only posted it here because I like the angle of the shot and the car of course! But since I did that it’s time for a small paragraph. The official story, from the birthplace of this 690+ bhp car, is almost the same as all the other Lamborghini cars. In keeping with tradition, the Aventador is named after a bull that fought particularly valiantly in the bull ring of Saragossa – Spain in 1993. Pretty good to name a car after this brave bull. But there is and another story out there. A story that it’s a little bit less story-full. And this one says that the car has a vent at the door. A-vent-at-door! It is not letter by letter “compatible”, but if you pronounce it then you will understand. A-vent-at-door

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Studio 99: Art and Science


Artist in Residence James George finds similarities between the creative process and the pursuit of research. “Before this residency,” George says, “I had not been aware of the extent and makeup of the peer-review process in research, but there’s another analogy to art: Both are based on interacting with a community that shares a similar goal or similar ideas, and each person makes a unique contribution”. For sure is an interesting concept that looks like a non use solution for anything out there. Just something for a “wow” factor when you watch it for the first time. But on the future it will improve (and shape) the ampiend technology around us. For more info about it have a look here

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Amazing Beautiful Perfection


Amazing beautiful perfection! This title came to my mind on my… third thought! The first one was “In perfect motion” but it was not the appropriate one in order to show the appreciation I have for this shot. The second was “I want to be there” but it was too personal. So, here we are! Enjoy the magic of flight!

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