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Everyday Engineering Developments You Never Knew Existed

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Engineering is a crucial part of modern life as we know it; without it we wouldn’t have clean water, mattresses, or electrical power in our homes. Luckily, new engineering developments are being made all the time, many of which will be game changing for the world around us.

But what about the more everyday engineering developments that you don’t hear about? There are countless progressions in the engineering world, some of which we hear about and some we don’t. To keep you up to date, here are some of the more everyday engineering developments that you might not have heard of.

MagZip

The MagZip is an engineering breakthrough created by DNS Designs and is primarily aimed at athletes, children, busy parents, and people with physical challenges.

The concept is that, with a magnetic zip, people can do up their jackets and coats by using only one hand. The two sides of the magnetic zip align themselves and hook together, allowing you to do up the zip with ease, regardless of if you’re wearing gloves or are only using one hand.

The MagZip has turned out to be immensely popular amongst its target audience and can be found on sale at Under Armour.

Sheet Piling

Sheet piling is a technique used to retain soil by interlocking the edges of large steel sheets and submerging them into the ground. This technique is commonly used to support excavations, to barrier groundwater flow, and to build sea walls.

The interlocked steel sheets (which can be either temporary or permanent) work by being pushed into the ground in order to support the earth and create a reduction of groundwater flow. This ensures that excavations and constructions have the appropriate means of support.

A great aspect of sheet piling is that, because the sheets are made of steel, they can be used and reused, making them a sustainable option. If you want to see sheet piling in action, you can watch these videos from Sheet Piling UK.
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Prosthetic Tentacle

The prosthetic tentacle isn’t on the market yet, but it certainly is a fascinating engineering development that could help hundreds of thousands of people in their everyday lives.

Kaylene Kau designed the tentacle as part of a project at the University of Washington for Industrial Design and it’s genius because it’s so simple. The prosthetic is designed to assist the dominant hand by being more flexible and easier to use than standard prosthetic arms.

The tentacle is powered by a motor, which allows the user to curl the prosthetic around an object in order to grip it and it’s even said to have a better hold than a prosthetic arm.

If you want to know more about the prosthetic tentacle, read this post from psfk.

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