Bouncy Baleka – UCT’s kickstart solution to robotic propulsion

Meet Baleka – she can’t speak like her namesake in Parliament, but she sure can jump. Baleka – from the Xhosa word for “running” – is a biped (two-legged robot) designed by a team of UCT engineering students to solve the motion problem of acceleration. Dr Amir Patel, team leader and senior lecturer in Mechatronics,…

Safer, cheaper homes for more families in more places, faster than ever

The world’s first fully permitted 3D-printed home for low-income and underserviced communities was revealed in Austin, Texas at the annual SXSW conference this year. The result of a partnership between Icon, a pioneering building technology provider, and New Story, a low-cost housing non-profit organisation, is a stylish tiny house measuring 60 square metres. It was…

What BRICS innovators have going for them

The latest Global Innovation Index 2018 shows typically mixed results for South Africa and other BRICS countries, both in overall innovation rankings and innovation efficiency (innovation outputs vs. inputs): Country/Economy         Rank     Efficiency Ratio            Rank China                            17               0.92                         …

SA wins big in AppsAfrica awards

South Africa featured prominently in the fourth AppsAfrica Innovation Awards, held in Cape Town on 10 November 2018. Hosts and founders of the annual awards programme, tech advisory service AppsAfrica.com, said the 2018 edition attracted over 300 entries from more than 39 countries across the continent. Winners were crowned across 14 categories and invited to…

SolarHotty: Solar water heating that doesn’t clutter your skyline

The new paradigm in solar water heating. The only solar solution that is able to heat a standard geyser without modifying the existing geyser plumbing installation.

Tellumat releases Ultra-High Security Cabinet to protect operator assets

Market need Telecoms base transceiver stations (BTSs) in South Africa and on the continent have been the target of theft and vandalism for many years, with mobile network operators (MNOs) and other service providers all feeling the effects equally. BTSs are broken into regularly, mainly to steal backup batteries and copper – or in some…

What solar needs currently

Solar, for all its promise as a source of abundant and cheap energy, has a problem – there is still no cost-effective and efficient way to store it. In terms of output and efficiency, solar batteries are still in their infancy – ranging in size from wall-mountable units the size of microwaves (storing 1 kilowatt…

What wonders of innovation will 2019 hold?

As we stand at the beginning of another year, it’s awe-inspiring to think that 2019 holds the promise of more innovation than any year before it – that is if the pace of innovation keeps accelerating, as it has been for decades. But what will those innovations be? It’s tempting for the loud and immersive…