Interview: Wayout Micro-Factories Co-Founder and Creative Director, Martin Renck

The brand's automated machines filter water and drastically reduce reliance on traditional production techniques

Swedish sustainable technology firm Wayout successfully engineered an all-encompassing, solar-powered brewing system—essentially a micro-factory—that’s available at a flat rate through a subscription plan. All of the machine’s processes are automated—filtering water (which can be done instantly) or brewing beer, soft drinks, sodas, ciders, and kombucha (which take seven to 10 days)—and can be monitored locally via a smartphone app or from the firm’s office in Stockholm. …

Q & Q Solar-Powered Watches

Colorful, affordable timepieces requiring zero upkeep

Sometimes all you need from a watch is reliability and a little bit of vibrancy. Japanese brand Q & Q (which stands for quest and quality), founded in 1976 as part of Citizen Watch Co., offers both with their new range of ultra-affordable SmileSolar pieces, now available globally. In a wide array of joyful color combinations, each watch carries personality and style that’s sharp enough …

Interview: Solar Impulse

Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg discuss what a solar plane means for exploration in the 21st century

Just after midnight on 4 May 2013, a plane eased into Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport after completing a journey from Moffet Airfield near San Jose, CA. With the wingspan of an Airbus A340, it nevertheless landed as delicately as a single prop and even more quietly. Pilot Bertrand Piccard emerged and was greeted by André Borschberg, the other half of Solar Impulse‘s flight crew. …