Sparkling Sidewalks and Self-Cleaning Cars? What Will They Think Of Next?

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In 2013, Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde made headlines when he teamed up with Heijman's Infrastructure to build the world's first 'Smart Highway' in The Netherlands . Now, a British company called Pro-Teq has invented a product that can transform mundane sidewalks into 'Starpaths' - public paths that project a star-like glow, alleviating the need for street lights.

The 'glow' emanates from special particles that garner energy from the sun during the day and release it at night. What makes the product compelling is its low cost and ease of use. All the user needs to do is coat the desired area with a polyurethane glue base, apply the particles and then secure it all, with a biodegradable sealant.

Another big advantage is how rapid the transformation process is. The company says that its first Starpath installation, a 1,600-square-meter pathway of open space in Cambridge, England, took just thirty minutes to spray and a mere fours hours to dry and opened for use. Though this initial test has been conducted on a public open space, Pro-Teq believes there is no reason why Starpath cannot be used to illuminate playgrounds, as well as, private driveways! We for one, cannot wait!

Nissan's Self-Cleaning Cars

If that is not enough to excite you, how about a car that never needs to be washed? That is what the engineers at the Nissan Technical Center in UK are planning to introduce, with a new paint that can repel both water (hydrophobic) and oil (oleophobic). This means that it doesn't allow any dirt to stick to the surface of the car, keeping it sparkly clean, without constant trips to expensive car washes.

What's even more impressive is that 'Ultra-Ever Dry' paint can even slide off rain, spray, frost and sleet, making it 'ultra' useful for people that live areas that experience harsh winters. Though the paint technology is not new, this is the first time it is being used on cars. Nissan, who is still testing the paint, says that while it may never be a standard on all its vehicles, they are considering offering it as an option.

Resources: wired.com, fastcoexist.com

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  • bigmelo
    bigmeloFriday, March 6, 2015 at 5:47 am
    My mom definitely needs a 'self-cleaning' car - every couple days, she keeps going outside to wash hers! And for the sparkly sidewalks, I want to cover my entire neighborhood with 'Starpaths'! :)
    • nikukyu
      nikukyuThursday, March 5, 2015 at 11:55 pm
      Sparkling✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨
      • diamondkid
        diamondkidThursday, March 5, 2015 at 1:51 pm
        Awesome!
        • tophcraftq
          tophcraftqWednesday, April 22, 2015 at 11:50 am
          COOL
        • technogeek
          technogeekMonday, November 24, 2014 at 4:25 pm
          I want one!
          • hhms2019
            hhms2019Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 9:58 am
            WOW. ah-ma-ZING......... amazing. This was by far one of the longest articles by far. I like all of them especially the self-cleaning car.
            • nikukyu
              nikukyuThursday, March 5, 2015 at 11:57 pm
              Also the ice cream article...:). Such a mouthful to read out loud! (I did read it out loud to my English teacher)
            • MeWednesday, November 19, 2014 at 12:08 pm
              I think that my mom would go crazy for the self-cleaning car
              • AnonymousThursday, August 21, 2014 at 9:28 am
                Lol
                • chloe1244
                  chloe1244Friday, June 6, 2014 at 7:37 pm
                  Cool!I want the glow in the dark things near my house!
                  • alondra_01
                    alondra_01Monday, June 2, 2014 at 8:07 pm
                    Cool, I would prefer a car model, though.
                    • Mr.EMonday, May 26, 2014 at 6:29 pm
                      i totally want that car!!!!