Category: Technology

Bradford Parkinson: The father of GPS

Meet the engineer behind the navigation system that we rely on daily Image credit: Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (left) and USAF (right) Air Force Colonel Bradford Parkinson was lead architect for the Global Positioning System...

How do identity chip implants work?

Could these tiny internal mini-computers be the new frontier in contactless identification? Image credit: WCusr2019/Wiki Comms How comfortable would you feel about walking around with an implanted chip encrypted with your personal information? Radio-frequency...

How do padlocks work?

What’s inside these mechanical devices that give you peace of mind? (Image credit: MasterTux/Pixabay) Most of us leave the doors to our houses locked, feeling a sense of assurance that our cherished items are protected. But what...

How has TV tech evolved?

From CRT to 4K, OLED to HDR, understand the acronyms that have marked telly’s transformation On 26 January 1926, Scottish inventor John Logie Baird demonstrated a working television at his London lab. However, few of...

How does scaffolding work?

These everyday structures are vital in the field of construction Image source: Pixabay You might notice them being built around an old building on your street almost overnight, but scaffolding can also used to...

How does a bionic heart work?

Swapping muscle for metal, how does this artificial organ keep blood flowing? Image credit: BiVAC Cardiovascular disease is one of the world’s biggest killers, accounting for 31 per cent of all deaths globally. Although...

How do wireless chargers work?

A breakthrough that took place over 100 years ago has led to the convenient new charging technology of today (Image source: Pixabay) When we think about electricity, many of us automatically envisage wires, whether...

The real-life Iron Man

Meet Richard Browning and discover how he’s defying gravity with a super-powered, jet engine suit Image credit: Gravity Industries Ltd CEO of Gravity Industries and inventor of the Gravity Jet Suit, Richard Browning has spearheaded grassroots innovation...

How do flyboards work?

These jet ski accessories use water to keep you airborne (Image credit: Raysonho/ Wikimedia Commons) There could be some time to wait before we are commuting to work by jetpack or hopping on a...

What is wearable technology?

From watches to hairclips, discover the accessories monitoring our bodies (Image source: Pixabay) Today, the gadgets we carry are becoming less an extension of ourselves, and more and more a part of us. “Wearables”...