Surf without wind or waves with this electric hydrofoil board

December 14, 2021 by  
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The Fliteboard Ultra Hydrofoil has received the 2021 Australian Good Design Award Best in Class in Product Design, Sport and Lifestyle Category for its innovative body design, electric vehicle technology and emissions-free watercraft. It’s basically a surfboard designed to make you feel like you’re flying over the water. Fliteboard Ultra was designed by Fliteboard, Katapult Design and Tekt Industries and commissioned by Fliteboard Founder David Trewern. It’s a nearly-silent board that aims to shift marine craft toward more environmentally-friendly options. It’s two feet and four inches long, with reduced swing weight, adjustable foot straps and hydrodynamic unibody fuselage. It’s made of carbon fiber and ash veneer. Related: Surfing citizen scientists collect important ocean data The designers emphasized that instead of retrofitting a motor to an existing board, they designed this new board with naval architects to be its own unique experience. The Fliteboard includes aerodynamic wings and the smallest diameter motor on the market (under 60 millimeter) — which houses a reduction gearbox that quadruples the torque — making the board more responsive and efficient. Newly redesigned efoil electronics allow wireless communication and GPS between the handset controller and the efoil. The removal of the external receiver and data cabling creates a simpler user experience and better reliability. The Fliteboard’s new wings allow for more tricks, including turns, wave riding, jumps and max speed riding. “This electric hydrofoil is smaller, lighter and more responsive than its beautifully designed and manufactured Australian Good Design Award-winning predecessor,” said The Good Design Awards jury. “The design improvements have resolved the desire to support more extreme performance for advanced riders. The designers should also be commended on the ‘limp home mode,’ which switches on when the battery is low.” For more on the Australian Good Design Awards and the award-winning Ultra Efoil, you can check out their Fliteboard Ultra product page . + Fliteboard Images via Fliteboard

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Check out this inside-out apartment building in Buenos Aires

October 26, 2021 by  
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New York design firm ODA Architecture are dedicated to revitalizing the inner city. In Buenos Aires , they will convert a run-down parking garage into a sizeable public park, green roof and top-class office building called Paseo Gigena. For now, they are working on the construction of an exciting new apartment building called ZETA in Belgrano. With 126 residential units, the visual language of the facade brings the modern vernacular of the city’s balconies right up to date. At ZETA, the wrap-around terraces are large enough and sheltered enough to function as outdoor living rooms, a space to relax and watch urban life and culture unfold. Related: Green-roofed Argentinian home boasts a thermally efficient envelope The contemporary upscale spaces sit on a tree-lined street in between the 1960s modernism of the university buildings and the historic mansion housing the Australian Embassy. The south and west aspects are unfettered by large neighboring buildings, allowing warm afternoon sun to enhance the use of the terraces as places to relax and entertain. The designers imagined a seamless connection between inside and out. Full-height windows in the inner façade, mid-height solid railings at the mid-sized balconies and full-height solid railings at the largest of the balconies provide shade and privacy. Metal trellis framework descends from a rooftop pergola in a simple palette of glass, cast-in-place concrete and white metal accents. At the street and courtyard level, lush landscape extends the rejuvenating spaces to the exterior. The lounge and fitness area are complemented by a pool, partially shaded by the building above. The residents’ private dining area opens to outdoor cooking and dining spaces. All apartments within the ZETA project were fully sold in advance of construction . The building should be completed by the end of 2021.  Belgrano is one of the largest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, a sought after, mainly residential area spanning an area of 6.8 kilometers.  + ODA Architecture Images via ODA Architecture

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Australian home builder to include a Tesla Powerwall in every new home

April 4, 2017 by  
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An Australian home builder has announced plans to include a Tesla Powerwall in all new homes. Arden Homes says they will outfit all their new homes with the energy storage technology through a partnership with solar energy company and certified Tesla Powerwall reseller Bradford Solar . The move is expected to slash electricity costs for homeowners. Tesla Powerwalls will now be standard in Arden homes as part of the Bradford Solar ChargePack. Solar panels on home rooftops will gather energy, which can then “be used to power your appliances, fed back into the grid , or stored for later use,” according to an Arden brochure . The pack also includes cloud-based monitoring so people can track energy consumption right from their smartphones. Related: Solar homes with Tesla’s Powerwall 2.0 are already cost-competitive with the grid in Australia The Tesla Powerwall, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery , allows homes to run on renewable energy whether the sun is shining or not, and can even power homes during an outage. Powerwalls can also help homeowners slash electric bills by up to 92 percent; according to Tesla , the battery charges when electricity demand is low, and therefore rates are low, and discharges when electricity demand is higher and rates are more expensive. According to Arden’s brochure, families could save around $2,500 every year on electric costs, and their five kilowatt (kW) Bradford Solar ChargePack allows a family of four to attain 90 percent self-sufficiency a day. Their six kW pack allows an Australian family to live with little dependency on the grid. Arden Homes are also designed to allow plenty of natural light to brighten up their dwellings through sun courts and large picture windows. 15 percent of Australian households – or around 1.5 million homes – are utilizing solar energy, and information released late last year showed the electricity generated in Australian solar homes with a Tesla Powerwall 2 is cost-competitive with the grid. + Arden Homes + Bradford Solar Via Futurism Images via Bradford Solar Facebook and Arden Homes Facebook

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Green-roofed Torquay House provides sanctuary in a less-than-secluded neighborhood

November 18, 2016 by  
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A concrete facade conceals a secluded courtyard that leads up to the glazed entrance door. From this point on, a variety of large, open spaces unravel and blur the line between the interior and the central courtyard. A double-height gallery space is glazed on one side to reveal the plan that wraps around the courtyard and draw northern light and breezes through the house. Related: Solar-powered Bush House exemplifies chic eco-friendly living in the Australian outback A series of rooftop gardens , along with greenery draping off the deep concrete eaves give a verdant feel to the entire house. A rich palette of natural and metallic elements, including fine timber battening and brass detailing, creates patterns and provides warmth that counterpoints the rugged quality of the concrete . + Auhaus Architecture Via Uncrate Photos by Derek Swalwell

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Australian father and son crowdfund $13 million for backyard Flow Hive honey harvester

September 19, 2016 by  
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Nearly 18 months ago, we reported on Flow Hive , the wildly successful crowdfunded project with two key benefits: making it easier to harvest honey in your backyard while simultaneously supporting threatened bee populations . The crowdfunding campaign broke numerous records , as it soared past $1 million in backing pledges on Day 1. The wild success of Flow Hive’s Indiegogo campaign made history—not just for bees and prospective beekeepers, but for all sorts of inventors and entrepreneurs looking for ways to fund their own innovations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z54bL6kjyOI In total, the crowdfunding effort raised a whopping $13,244,379 for the Australian father-and-son team of Stuart and Cedar Anderson. That is 17,380 percent of the campaign’s original goal. The campaign was a raging success for many reasons. To start, the duo’s invention addresses a global problem and provides a hands-on solution that individual people or small communities can actually utilize (despite criticisms about Flow Hive’s plastic honeycomb). Additionally, the Andersons thoughtfully prepared photos, descriptions, and videos demonstrate how their prototype works. Related: 6 Buzz-worthy backyard beehive designs Those essential elements contributed to what happened next: the crowdfunding campaign went viral. The Flow Hive received widespread news coverage and tons of activity on social media. Because the campaign got so much attention, it quickly broke a number of crowdfunding records. Flow Hive became the fastest campaign to reach $1 million in backing (within the first 24 hours), the fastest to reach $2 million, and ultimately the most successful crowdfunding campaign ever launched outside the United States. By the end of this month, the project’s backers will have all received their very own Flow Hives, and the duo also sells them directly (for $699). While this particular project translates into a sweet life for bees and backyard honey fans, it’s also a great example of the awesome power that comes from combining a good idea, an entrepreneurial spirit, and an internet community full of bee lovers. Via CNET Images via Honey Flow

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Refined timber-wrapped house is a low-maintenance space for a retired couple

August 24, 2016 by  
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The house is located on a sloping site in Victoria, Australia . The configuration of the plot dictated the form of the building, which the owners wanted to be all on a single level for convenience. Completed in 2014, the building functions as a friendly getaway where the couple can relax between travels. Related: Solar-powered Bush House exemplifies chic eco-friendly living in the Australian outback The main living area faces north and is naturally ventilated , while the bedrooms are oriented to the east to receive optimal amounts of natural light in the mornings. External timber cladding adds warmth to the house and makes it look like a cozy mountain cottage. + Coy Yiontis Architects Via Freshome Photos by Tatjana Plitt

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Jam Furniture transforms reclaimed timber into sleek minimalist designs

June 27, 2016 by  
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Stylish furniture that is kind to the environment is always the way to go and it’s even better if the designs reference the beauty of nature. Like its name indicates, Jam Furniture is sweet yet practical. Inspired by reclaimed material and minimalist design, Jam Furniture’s creations showcase timber that tells a story, timber that had a previous life. Details like the nail holes in this stunning seventy-year-old reclaimed Australian cypress pine table are what make each design unique. Since many of these quirks can’t be recreated without the passage of time, Jam takes care to retain as many of them as possible. An all-natural (even edible) Beeswax polish gives the timber a sheen that extenuates the character of the grain, while locally sourced folded and powder coated steel frames and celebrates the warmth of the wood. Jam was established by Ben Cramp in 2013 on the rugged West Coast of Wales in the UK. + Jam Furniture The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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New NASA tech could provide the entire solar system with internet

June 27, 2016 by  
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NASA is celebrating the first deployment of new technology at the International Space Station (ISS) that makes it much easier, faster, and more efficient to transmit data to Earth. Essentially, it’s the first step toward internet connectivity in space that is just as reliable as your home Wi-Fi signal. The new system, called Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN), provides a smart solution to interrupted connections, and lays the groundwork for Solar System-wide internet connectivity in the not-so-distant future. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gCMIiJdYPQ On Earth, we’re accustomed to what happens when something blocks a wireless internet signal . The connection slows, or even becomes disrupted entirely. For transmissions from ISS , this was a big problem because the objects in the way were large and numerous – planets, other spacecraft, radiation waves, and the like. Those obstacles made the signal slow, and sometimes meant some data was lost in transmission. DTN addresses those pitfalls in the way it transmits data. Rather than streaming bit by bit, the DTN process stores data when and if a connection becomes interrupted, and then forwards it using relay stations to its intended destination. This means the network can function even when a recipient server is offline. Related: Why Wi-Fi is faster on the moon than at your local coffee shop NASA has been testing DTN technology for years, and installed it earlier this month in the Telescience Resource Kit (TReK), a software suite for researchers to transmit and receive data between operations centers and their payloads aboard station. NASA reports that adding this service on the station will also enhance mission support applications, including operational file transfers. In order to make this giant leap for the future of space internet, NASA partnered with one of the “fathers of the internet,” Dr. Vinton G. Cerf, vice president and chief internet evangelist for Google and a distinguished visiting scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Cerf worked with NASA’s team to develop the technology, and he predicts many benefits in space as well as on Earth, especially in disaster relief conditions. “Our experience with DTN on the space station leads to additional terrestrial applications especially for mobile communications in which connections may be erratic and discontinuous,” said Cerf. “In some cases, battery power will be an issue and devices may have to postpone communication until battery charge is adequate. These notions are relevant to the emerging ‘Internet of Things’. ” There you have it, folks. The future is here, and it will be well connected. Via Futurism Images via NASA

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Joel Rea’s captivating surrealist paintingswill make you feel tiny

June 5, 2016 by  
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In his work, Rea captures the dynamic motion of natural elements , while inspiring a deep feeling of humility. He represents how small we are within nature, leaving us wondering who has the ultimate control in this world. Using slow-drying oil on canvas, his richly colored, detailed scenes come alive. Related: PHOTOS: Life at Aconcagua’s Confluencia, a Sustainable Geodesic Base Camp in the Argentine Andes Rea’s paintings look like stills from a vivid dream, where a man in a suit stands on an empty beach looking helpless, juxtaposed with the crashing waves that might end with his life at any moment. His cinematic new works include titles such as Resolution , The Final Pieces , Edge of the World , and The Time Has Come If you want to see more of Joel Rea’s surrealist world, check his older paintings here . +  Joel Rea Via My Modern Met Photos by  Joel Rea

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Australias best outdoor playground is located in Melbourne

June 5, 2016 by  
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Forget the amusement park—the next time you go to Australia with the little ones, bring them instead to Nature Play at Royal Park, a public park that Australian Institute of Landscape Architects just crowned Australia’s best outdoor playground . Located in Melbourne, Nature Play offers a diversity of play spaces including slides, climbing structures, and rope areas. Open to both citizens and visitors, the Melbourne park even integrates references to the seven seasons of the local Wurundjeri aboriginal tribe.

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