New Building Technology – Dec. 17, 2008

December 17, 2008 at 8:56 am Leave a comment

There are a couple of pretty interesting new items for today in the building materials and products section.

The first is from the good folks at MIT (http://www.technologyreview.com/business/21812/?a=f) who bring us a story about self healing coatings.  That’s right, paint that heals its own scratches!

Excerpt: “ When a car’s underbody or a ship’s hull begins to corrode, it usually ends up junked. New protective coatings developed at the University of Illinois heal over their own scratches with no external intervention, protecting the underlying metal. The self-healing elements, enclosed in microcapsules that rip open when the coating is scratched, are compatible with a wide range of paints and protective coatings. The coatings, being marketed by Autonomic Materials of Champaign, IL, may be on the market in as soon as four months.

This is huge!  Maintenance on many items will go down greatly with this technology.

The other item is a speed bump that rewards you for actually slowing down.  The sory is here: http://www.yankodesign.com/2008/12/11/speed-bumps-that-flatten-for-slow-speeds/

Excerpt: “They make a speed bump that’s based on retractors that open if the impact with them is small enough. These speed bumps can be configured so that if a car is going below 30km/h, the speed bump flattens; over 30km/h, the force causes the retractor to stay closed, keeping the speed bump active.

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