One Step At A Time


Sometimes the best inventions are those that don’t actually invent anything new, but instead improve upon existing problems. A wheelchair may not be as sexy or portable as a smartphone, but its reinvention could have a major impact for people with disabilities that find normal wheelchairs cumbersome or inhibiting.

Meet Scalevo, the wheelchair designed by a team of nine university students at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology that can walk up and down stairs. The electric wheelchair operates normally when navigating flat ground with “Segway-like” technology, balancing on two wheels. However, with the push of a button, the chair will align itself with a set of stairs and use two rubber tracks on the bottom to propel itself, while adjusting the angle of the chair in order to stay balanced.

The fully-working prototype was developed over the course of a year, with plans to make a commercial version available. The team also states on its website that its design will compete in the Cybathlon Championship, a racing competition for individuals with disabilities, assisted by robotic technologies.

Watch the video demonstrating its amazing capabilities here.

What Sparks Our Fire: Students solving old problems using cutting-edge technology and brilliant design

Doughnut’s voodoo magic

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Doughnuts are about as American as French fries and apple pie, but you’ve never seen them quite like this. Voodoo Doughnuts, Voodoo Doughnut, based in Portland, Oregon, is baking outrageous and over-the-top doughnuts ranging from bacon glazed and bubblegum to NyQuil-laced and voodoo doll shaped.

Many customers drive from hours away and stand in ridiculously long lines for the chance to nosh on Voodoo’s fried dough goodness. Why jump through all of these hoops? Some say it’s the eclectic variety of flavors while others say it’s the dining experience. Whatever the reason, one thing is clear, Voodoo Doughnut has definitely created a one-of-a-kind experience that brings back nostalgic childhood memories and pushes the doughnut-making envelope. They are not afraid to test the water and create pastries that are controversial both in flavor and cultural context. Nothing is off limits, nothing. If you don’t believe us, check out their website for the full menu,

What sparked our fire: The instant mouth-watering sensation we experienced after seeing these doughnuts for the first time. But seriously, the way local bakeries have no shame in pushing the limits.

Will other restaurants jump on the bandwagon to attract more customers?


-Canopy Team