19 Mar Popcorn, a revolution for artificial intelligence and car industry ?
Popcorn did you say? Hard to believe, but scientists have managed to divert its main use into valuable industrial equipment. If Its taste and lightness in the mouth make us crack, its biodegradable components present in corn that will allow future generations to revolutionize the manufacture of cars, insulation and construction in general.
It was a certain Alireza Kharazipour, professor and researcher from Büsgen Institute at the University of Göttingen, in Germany, who initiated the design of insulation board based on popcorn. The manufacturing process relies on the milling, the compression and then the plywood coating around the corn particles. The first tests showed that this new type of panel had a great lightness and stability. Now the professor and his team are actively working on other products particularly in a furniture construction project.
On the other side of the world, in the United States, the issue are different. Popcorn is the subject of robotic research at the University of Cornwell. Can we give life to small mechanical devices with simple popcorn? As it has biodegradable virtues and for its low costs, the challenge was to see if, in large quantities, popcorn can feed these small robots. Cornwell’s engineers were impressed that the robots could be operated around a well-guarded mechanism.
From now on, you will no longer think of popcorn as a simple treat in front of our series and movies. Who knows which ingredient will be an integral part of home, car or robot construction in the coming years.
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