This zero-emissions flying water car lets you ditch traffic and sail to work

May 4, 2018 by  
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Have you ever been stuck in traffic, wishing you had a faster way to get to your destination? Then check this out: The Bubble is a flying water car that can get you out of rush hour and onto a river, sea or lake for your commute. The water taxi, made by French company SeaBubbles , is silent, emits zero emissions and glides through the water without creating waves. The company tested its latest prototype on a lake in Geneva last month and is currently conducting a five-week trial in Paris. ? SeaBubbles wants to change transportation by lowering emissions and making trips quicker. According to the company, ditching roads and taking a water route could cut your commute in half in some cities. For instance, the company estimates that going from the Dubai Marina to downtown Dubai would take 43 minutes by car, but just 26 minutes in the Bubble. The company completed testing in Geneva this month, and The Bubble should be ready for pre-orders starting next month. The company hopes to launch in 50 cities within the next five years. Related: Flying water taxis are hitting the rivers of Paris this summer SeaBubbles first made waves last year when they announced plans to hit the water of Paris by mid-2018. Now, the company has revealed details about their new line, which includes a docking system and an app that will show users whether a Bubble taxi would save them time and allow them to order a ride. The dock is designed to further reduce transportation emissions by capturing solar, wind and water energy to charge up Bubbles between rides. If the thought of riding around on the waves makes you green around the gills, fear not. The vehicle rises out of the water once it reaches 7.5 mph, which eliminates sudden movements and that uncomfortable bobbing feeling that often leads to motion sickness. The Bubble can fit five people including the driver, although it will have autonomous capabilities. + SeaBubbles Via Autoblog

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Sleep beneath the Milky Way in Bubble Domes in Ireland

April 6, 2018 by  
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Want to wake up in the great Irish outdoors without compromising comfort? These luxurious Bubble Domes at Finn Lough promise a cozy night beneath the stars with luxurious touches to boot. Located on a 45-acre peninsula in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland , these transparent domes offer 180-degree views of the forest as well as bespoke, Scandinavian-inspired interiors. Designed and built by Dome Experience , the Bubble Domes at Finn Lough are one of four accommodation types offered by the family-run resort. The futuristic domes , which sleep two, are perfect as a romantic getaway and digital detox destination—the domes do not have wifi or cell service. Kept inflated with an air pressure system, each dome features underfloor heating, a four-poster bed, Nespresso coffee machine, and a smaller annex bubble housing the ensuite bathroom. Related: CasaBubble’s inflatable prefab domes let you enjoy 360 degree views of nature in comfort Guests can choose between the standard Forest Bubble Dome or the larger Premium Bubble Dome, which includes a tub and other special furnishings. Each dome is accessed via a private path. Pricing for the Bubble Domes start at £245 ($345) a night . + Finn Lough Via Dwell Images via Finn Lough

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Pneuhaus’ temporary Bubble Dome is made from hundreds of TPU balls

July 13, 2015 by  
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Sharks have been discovered living inside an active volcano

July 13, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. There’s little doubt that sharks are a force to be reckoned with, but it turns out that the natural world can provide something more baffling and fearsome that any made for TV movie: a phenomenon that can only reasonably be termed a “sharkcano.” A group of scientists surveying Kavachi , a very active volcano 60 feet below the ocean’s surface near the Solomon Islands, were stunned to discover that there are two species of shark living in the hot, highly acidic waters within the crater. Read the rest of Sharks have been discovered living inside an active volcano Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: active volcano , deep sea exploration , kavachi , marine life , National Geographic , sharkcano , sharks in volcano , Solomon Islands , underwater volcano

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Striking London workspace wraps offices in bubble-like acrylic walls

December 10, 2014 by  
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Frothy Geodesic Foam Dome is a Bubble Bath in the Sky

October 15, 2014 by  
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Foam Party, anyone? London-based Vppr Architects installed a frothy futuristic Geodesic Foam Dome at this year’s 100% Design event. The architects designed the dreamy dome in the sky to create an indulgent spa-like ambiance, complete with frothy bubbles drifting to the ground. Who wouldn’t want to take a luxurious bubble bath in the sky? Read the rest of Frothy Geodesic Foam Dome is a Bubble Bath in the Sky Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 100% Design , Architecture , Art , dome structures , foam dome , interactive design , kitchen and bathroom design , London Design Week , mesh skeleton , vPPR architects

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3Gatti Unveils Plans for Bizarre Bubble Building Wrapped in Inflatable Antibacterial Skin

October 17, 2013 by  
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The Bao House is a Tricycle-Powered Mobile Home That Pedals Around Beijing

November 26, 2012 by  
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Able to float through the streets like a cloud, the Bao House was created for the Get it Louder 2012 exhibition of art in Beijing. Prompted to design a human powered mobile living space, dot Architects rose to the challenge to create their snow-white wandering home. The word “bao” in Chinese means “bubble,” and the exterior of the Bao House certainly appears as though it has been covered with a healthy heap of suds. The puffy surface is the result of the curing spray polyurethane foam expanding outward from its mold. Once the wood, pin and string framework was removed, the SPF was revealed in all of its bulbous glory. Both water resistant and thermally insulated, the SPF makes the Bao House cozy and weather-proof. “SPF is normally concealed behind the finishing surface and functions only as supplementary material,” says head designer Ning Duo. “Bao House tries to explore this common material and reinterpret it in a new fabrication system.” The roof is made from a transparent polycarbonate to allow light to filter through and the walls slide open to gain entrance in lieu of a door. Able to sleep up to three people, the Bao House is levels above a conventional tent for easy, on-the-go shelter. Now, if only you could find some street parking in Beijing. + dot Architects Via dezeen Images by Yuming Baia and Vanessa Chen

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Casa Bubble: Prefab Inflatable Pod Buildings Pop Up at Dwell on Design!

June 27, 2012 by  
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LMN Architects’ Seattle Stone34 Complex Will Be Edible!

June 27, 2012 by  
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Seattle’s new Eco-District is getting a brand new addition that is sure to propel the up-and-coming hotspot into a sustainable architectural hub. Designed by LMN Architects , the upcoming Stone34 complex will combine office and retail space, and be edible! Visitors and passersby will be invited to munch on the edible landscaping that will surround the sustainable complex. Read the rest of LMN Architects’ Seattle Stone34 Complex Will Be Edible! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , eco design , eco-district Seattle , edible building , edible gardens , green design , LMN Architects , Stone34 , sustainable design

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