Odd Scientific Innovations

Bizarre Decadence of the Bra Dryer

For those people with more money than sense – who want their luxury lingerie ready in a hurry – the wait finally over, because, after almost four years in development, a manufacturer in California, USA. has come up with the bra dryer, specifically shaped, and using infrared light to dry a bra quickly, efficiently, and preserve its shape without doing damage, in no more than 30 minutes.

Irvine-based company Ricasol developed appliance, which contains infrared lamps – heating up to human body temperature and blowing warm air through the fabric and padding, as opposed to the usually bra care, which involves delicate washing and then air drying. This adjustable Bra Dyer, version 2.0 apparently is said to be energy-efficient, work faster than a hair dryer, and to cost $150 to $250 when it goes on sale.

Inventor, engineer Alexander Farennikov originally designed this three years ago, only now perfecting the design, though it is clearly not meant to be bought by your average consumer, but aimed at the luxury market, where no self-respecting diva wants to wait hours for her $500 designer bra  to be ready for wearing. Just another expensive toy that seems quite pointless to the average person, but will no doubt be snapped up by those aforementioned divas. What a world.

Electronics you apply with paint

A University of Michigan engineering team has developed a new technique for aligning the keystone of computer processors, LED displays and solar cells – molecules of semi-conducting polymers – to turn them into charge-carrying roadways that could in time lead to painted on, and therefore cheaper, greener plastic electronic pathways.

These semi-conducting polymer molecules are shaped like short, randomly arranged wires, and researchers have been trying to get them to line up, in order to maximize their electrical traffic flow -charge mobility – and the Michigan group developed a liquid polymer solution. When this was applied a surface as paint would be, via a silicon blade, the molecules in the solution lined up in the direction of the strokes, forming high-performance networks and creating a thin and conductive plastic film.

The researchers even proved the validity of their technique in action by using their semi-conducting film to build a simpler version of the small transistors located within computer processors. Whilst inorganic semi-conductors – silicon, for example – need 2,000 degree temperatures and are expensive, alongside complex vacuum systems, for processing into electronics, both organic and plastic semi-conductors can be much more easily created and more efficiently used.

the team claim that, when it comes to their polymer creations, they can directly write with them as on would with ink in a fountain pen – this new technique bodes well for potential applications – such as being used as the polymer ink of nano-scale pens for circuit-writing, else in devices for manufacturing LED displays or solar cells coatings, among many other applications. With almost unlimited potential, final target for this amazing, alignable polymer use could well be paintable, printable electric circuits, as time goes by.

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