Oiio Oto transportation pods that climb buildings – the solution to LA traffic?

December 21, 2017 by  
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Oiio’s ingenous Oto pods are like nothing you’ve ever seen before. The bubble-like cabins sit on a swappable wheelbase that can follow roads or climb up buildings to help people get around Los Angeles . The see-through autonomous pods could someday be part of the solution to addressing the city’s notorious congestion and air pollution.   The idea behind the pod is that traditional cars take up too many resources for transporting one or two people. Unless your car is packed full, you are driving around with a trunk, excess engine capacity and rear seats that you don’t need. The Oto pod is bare bones transportation that eliminates the waste. The concept was conceived for the Automobility Designer/Developer Challenge at the LA Auto Show this year. The challenge asks designers to create concepts for the future of transportation. Each Oto pod is broken down into three components: a cabin, wheel base and shuttle. An individual could own the cabin, but the wheel base and shuttle would be shared and are interchangeable. The pods could affix to a track system that runs along roads or up walls. Related: Petal-shaped stations and rapid transport pods are an elegant green mobility solution for Dubai “It is possible that, in the future, LA people would be able to own only the cabin and, through AI centrally controlled circulation, they could create a temporary assembly-unit, an ephemeral design, which would serve their ‘exact’ needs on demand,” said Oiio. + Oiio Via Dezeen

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Could Google become God?

July 10, 2017 by  
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A look into our artificial intelligence-driven future.

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MIT Study Shows Mars One Colony is Dangerously Unsustainable

October 13, 2014 by  
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Mars One has captured a lot of attention with plans to build the first colony on the red planet – but a new paper from MIT warns that the project has little chance of success. According to the MIT paper, the success of the mission in its current form relies on “in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) and life support technologies that are more capable than the current state of the art.” While the volunteer astronauts in the Mars One program have all signed up for a one-way ticket, the paper reveals that there several unexpected deathtraps within the proposed habitat system, and that the first astronaut fatality could occur as early as day 68, simply due to low oxygen levels in the artificial environment. Read the rest of MIT Study Shows Mars One Colony is Dangerously Unsustainable Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: astronauts , Growing Food in Space , mars , mars colony , mars one , Mars One astronauts will die , MIT , MIT study shows Mars One unsustainable , space travel

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Giant Mirrors Reflect Artificial Sunlight onto Norwegian Village Previously Bathed in Darkness

October 28, 2013 by  
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For six months of every year, a remote valley village in southern Norway lives in perpetual darkness. But now, thanks to three 183 square foot reflecting mirrors installed atop a 437 yard high mountainside overlooking Rjukan, the village’s 3,500 residents will finally be able to enjoy the winter sun for the first time since the community was founded over 100 years ago. Read the rest of Giant Mirrors Reflect Artificial Sunlight onto Norwegian Village Previously Bathed in Darkness Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: artificial sun , green technology , Heliostatic system , mirror array , Mirror Project , norsk hydro , norway , Rjukan , Sam Eyde , Sun reflecting mirror system in Norway , UNESCO World Heritage Sites        

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Dror Benshetrit’s Massive Artificial Island Could House 30,000 Residents Near Istanbul

October 1, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of Dror Benshetrit’s Massive Artificial Island Could House 30,000 Residents Near Istanbul Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: black sea , co-design , dirt , Dror Benshetrit , havvada , istanbul , istanbul design week , kyle vanhemert , micro-climate , recep tayyip erdogan , sea of marmara , turkey

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Korean Scientists Have Made Artificial Skin From ‘Nanohair’ Fibers

August 8, 2012 by  
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A team of South Korean researchers have created a synthetic equivalent to human skin that is able to detect pressure as well as stresses and forces being applied to it, such as pinching. This artificial skin was derived from the intermolecular forces between “nanohairs” and can not only be easily manufactured, but done so cheaply. Read the rest of Korean Scientists Have Made Artificial Skin From ‘Nanohair’ Fibers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: artificial skin , human skin , Kahp-Yang Suh , nature materials , piezoelectricity , piezoresistance , seoul national university

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Wheels Of Change Sends a Shipping Container Filled with 300 Bikes to Namibia

August 8, 2012 by  
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Although we may ride them every day, we don’t often think of our bicycles as life-changing tools of empowerment. In Africa , however, access to a fully-functional bicycle opens up a world of transportation and employment opportunities that would have previously been impossible.  Wheels of Change (WOC) is an international non-profit that collects donated bicycles in the United States to be shipped overseas to Africa. In September, a representative of the Wuparo Conservancy in Namibia will visit Montana to give his blessing to a shipping container of some 300 donated bikes that will travel from Billings to his homeland. Read the rest of Wheels Of Change Sends a Shipping Container Filled with 300 Bikes to Namibia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa , bicycles , eco-tourism , economy , green transportation , montana , namibia , Wheels of Change

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Scientists Propose Using Artificial Volcanoes To Stave Off Global Warming

July 18, 2012 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Here at Inhabitat, we’ve covered  many unusual geoengineering schemes  that all claim to reverse the effects of climate change and potentially save the world. But this proposal from three U.C.L.A. scientists is one of the weirdest. They believe that  injecting large amounts of sulfate aerosols in to the atmosphere  – in other words, creating a fake volcano – might be the key to staving off the effects of global warming. Read the rest of Scientists Propose Using Artificial Volcanoes To Stave Off Global Warming Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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MIT Artificial Solar Leaf Comes to Life! (Video)

October 13, 2011 by  
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Image via MIT Following a major breakthrough this summer, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), led by professor Daniel Nocera, have announced that the much-talked-about ” artificial leaf ” is now a reality. According to a paper

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Césped Artificial: Lobbying The Obama Administration For Big Oil, Hispanic Style

June 7, 2011 by  
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A van covered in Astroturf, just off Brixton Road.

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