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Racing cars, jets, inspire magical espresso machines

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As a tribute to automotive design engineers, racing teams and motoring enthusiasts around the world, Paolo Mastrogiuseppe has created Espresso Veloce, an espresso machine in the form of a Grand Prix motor.

In Grand Prix racing, time is measured in one thousandths of a second and is very the essence of this sport. As in the art of creating a perfect cup of coffee, timing is critical.

As a tribute to automotive design engineers, racing teams and motoring enthusiasts around the world, Paolo Mastrogiuseppe has created Espresso Veloce, an espresso machine in the form of a Grand Prix motor. Meaning “espresso speed”, Paolo’s espresso coffee machine is an engineering masterpiece, a combination of art and function.

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Paolo is a South African born designer and visionary of Italian descent. As a multi-disciplined mechanical engineer, he practices his craft by creating artworks that are both beautiful and functional. His Espresso Veloce machines are handcrafted using aerospace alloys from the manufacture of Grand Prix Formula One race cars, and manufactured in his state-of-the-art facility.

Available in limited numbers, his Espresso Veloce coffee machines are half-scale models of the engines that powered Grand Prix cars during the 1990s racing era, and are available in either V8, V10 and V12 configurations. Further, he offers his clients custom colour combinations, allowing the discerning owner to create a unique work of art.

In keeping with his passion for coffee and high-powered engines, Paolo has also created a quarter-scale model of a modern jet engine that functions as a coffee and tea dispenser, namely the Aviatore Veloce.

“The engine is the heart of an aircraft, but the pilot is its soul,” he says.

With the clear understanding that aviation is the branch of engineering that is unforgiving, and where technical excellence is critical, he handcrafts these masterpieces individually, and in limited numbers, from aerospace grade alloys.

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The Aviatore Veloce’s mechanicals look complex but are simple to operate. Sliding open the turbine shell exposes the internal workings and three litre titanium water tank – it resembles a cascade-type reverse thruster. This opens up a filter housing which holds the coffee grinds or tea leaves (one can also use coffee or tea bags). Closing it and pushing the volumetric programmable buttons dispenses the brew into a cup.

The turbine blades turn at a steady and safe 38rpm when the device is switched on. Weighing in at 28kg and with the dimensions of 800mm in length and standing 480mm high, the patented Aviatore Veloce conforms to worldwide health and electrical safety regulations.

Each unit is individually numbered and only 100 units will be produced globally.

* For further details, visit www.superveloce.co

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Welcome to world of 2099

The world of 2099 will be unrecognisable from the world of today, but it can be predicted, says one visionary. ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK met him in Singapore.

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Futuristic structures tower over the landscape. Giant, alien-looking trees light up with dazzling colours amid the hundreds of plant species that grow up their trunks. Cosmetic stores sell their wares via public touch-screens, with products delivered instantly in drawers below the screens.

This is not a vision of the future. It is a sample of Singapore today. But it is also an inkling of the world we may all experience in the future.

Singapore was the venue, last week, of the World Cities Summit, where engineers, politicians, investors and visionaries rubbed shoulders as they talked about the strategies and policies that would enhance urban living in the future.

As part of the Summit, global payment technologies leader Mastercard hosted a small media briefing by one of Singapore’s leading thinkers about the future, Dr Damian Tan, managing director of Vickers Venture Partners. The company’s slogan “We invest in the extraordinary,” offers a small clue to Tan’s perspective.

“We look as far forward as 2099 because, as a venture capital firm, we invest in the long term,” he tells a group of journalists from Africa and the Middle East. “Companies explode in growth because there is value in the future. If there is no growth, they won’t explode.”

The big question that the Smart Cities Summit and Mastercard are trying to help answer is, what will cities look like in the year 2099? Tan can’t give an exact answer, but he offers a framework that helps one approach the question.

“If you want to look at 81 years into the future, and understand the change that will come, you need to double that amount and look into the past. That takes us to 1856. The difference between then and now is the difference you can expect between now and 2099.”

  •    Arthur Goldstuck is founder of World Wide Worx and editor-in-chief of Gadget.co.za. Follow him on Twitter on @art2gee and on YouTube

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Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and Takealot.com

This winter Gadget and Takealot.com are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.

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Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.

What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.

However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by Takealot.com is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.

As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.

It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.

The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.

To enter the competition follow the steps below:

Competition entry details:

1. Follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter. (We will ONLY be accepting entries via Twitter, so please don’t enter through the comments section of this article.)

2. Tell us on Twitter, via @GadgetZA, mentioning @Takealot in your posting, how many Watts the Poster Heater consumes.

cleardot.gif3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.

4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and Takealot.com will be in touch to organise delivery.

5. The competition is only open to South African residents.

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