Photos of the year: From weird datacentres to a 3D printer that prints chocolate

Photos of the year: From weird datacentres to a 3D printer that prints chocolate

Summary: The best tech snaps of 2011

TOPICS: Hardware

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  • Icelandic geothermal vent

    What better place for a datacentre than just outside the Arctic Circle?

    Verne Global sited its datacentre campus in Keflavik, Iceland, where the country's chilly climate can naturally cool servers and its abundant supply of geothermal and hydroelectric energy can provide renewable power to the facility.

    Shown above is one of the valves at an Icelandic geothermal power plant supplying the Verne Global facility.

    To see more photos of the Icelandic datacentre campus check out Photos: One of the coolest datacentres in the world - on the edge of the Arctic Circle.

    Photo: Verne Global/Colt

  • Olympic Park

    Above is a shot of the Olympic Park site in East London taken in November this year.

    In the foreground are the Press and Broadcast Centres, which between them take up one million square feet of space, and which will be looking for tenants once the London 2012 Olympic Games are over. Technology, digital, new media and creative businesses are among those the Olympic Park Legacy Company - the organisation in charge of looking after the Olympic Park post-Games - would like to see take up residence in the park.

    To see more images of the Olympic Park check out Photos: Offered - two Olympic Park buildings, one careful owner. Would suit tech companies.

    Photo: Olympic Delivery Agency

  • iCub robot

    The Robotville exhibition at London Science Museum in December showcased the robots that could one day find their way into our homes and offices.

    This is iCub, a diminutive robot that can engage with the world around it in a variety of ways.

    iCub is able to learn about itself and the outside world by playing with people and objects. The robot can see through cameras in its head and feel using electrostatic sensors in its hands. The robot is able to carry out a range of human-like motions, such as crawling, sitting up and reaching for a ball.

    The robot was made by the Italian Institute of Technology and is designed to investigate how people interact with humanoid robots.

    For more photos of robots at the exhibition see Photos: One day, will these robots be a familiar sight in your home or office?.

    Photo: Nick Heath/

Topic: Hardware


Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic UK. He writes about the technology that IT-decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.

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