The self-driving car didn’t start with Google, or Tesla

January 12, 2016 by  
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Did you think that the self-driving car was a recent invention? Think again. While Google and Tesla have been stealing headlines with their advancement in autonomous automobiles, the concepts and prototypes for the self-driving car actually go back as far as the 1920s. Car Leasing Made Simple created an infographic that explores the fascinating history of the forward-thinking concept. Keep reading to see the full graphic—you may be surprised. Read the rest of The self-driving car didn’t start with Google, or Tesla

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Top 7 Wearable Technology Concepts of 2014 (Vote for the Coolest)

December 28, 2014 by  
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  The intersection of technology and fashion was a recurring theme for 2014. Solar power, energy generators, and 3D printing are just some of the ideas that blew us away this year. We’ve rounded up our favorite wearable technology concepts from the past year, and now you can vote to select the absolute coolest of them all. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: best of 2014 , ecouterre , wearable technology

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Atlas Teams Up With Solid Concepts to Create 3D-Printed Fitness Tracker

March 4, 2014 by  
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3D printing company Solid Concepts recently worked with Austin-based start-up Atlas to develop the world’s first 3D printed fitness tracker. The project represents a unique intersection of many emerging trends, including data collection, wearable technology and 3D printing. The tracker is able to identify your exercises, count reps and sets, and calculate calories burned. Solid Concepts just released a blog post this morning detailing the development of the Atlas fitness tracker – check it out here ! + Atlas Wearables + Solid Concepts Via Solid Concepts Blog 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed fitness tracker , 3D printing , atlas , Atlas Fitness Tracker , Atlas Wearables , Design for Health , fitness tracker , fitness trackers , green design , green gadgets , Solid Concepts , sustainable design        

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Urban Recycle Architecture Studio proposes energy harvesting building for Palmas

August 8, 2011 by  
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Gaurav Thakur: Planned City of Palmas Designed by Urban Recycle Architecture Studio Palmas, the capital and geographic centre of the state of Tocantins, is one of the fastest expanding cities in Brazil. It is known for its urban planning and natural beauty. Urban Recycle Architecture Studio has come up with a unique building design for the city. The design is proposed for an area of 50 x 22m, a corner space covered by vegetation. The colors, textures, and climate of the surroundings have been taken into account while proposing the design for the building. Picture Gallery Planned City of Palmas Designed by Urban Recycle Architecture Studio The building was proposed with an area of 3780m². It has been designed in a way that the construction can be done quickly, and expansion is possible at any stage. The development of the plan involved vertical and horizontal structural systems. The two blocks are integrated through foyer and lounges. The building has been imagined keeping various eco-friendly factors in mind. The construction of building involves the use of low environmental impact materials such as steel, wood and BriseSoleis of terracotta. The concept involves a rainwater capturing system on the roof, which can be used for cleaning and gardening purposes. Plant coverings will be used to decrease the interior temperature of the building while solar panels will reduce energy costs. The building will have large openings that enable natural ventilation and access to natural ventilation. Use of facade with brise-soleils has been proposed for rain protection and reducing direct sunlight. Plants will be replanted in the vicinity of the building to assist microclimates. The colors have been chosen wisely, with each color symbolizing something. The orange, green, and blue colors represent living earth, vegetation of Tocantins, and sky, respectively. The city of Palmas is known for strategic planning and the design aptly seems to consider this factor. It proposes a sustainable architecture that is unique and extensible. Via: Archdaily

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Why the CIO Should Be Your Sustainability Champion

August 3, 2011 by  
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From comprehensive sustainability reporting to managing large-scale energy efficiency projects, the CIO is the only person who can truly address and implement enterprise-wide green initiatives.

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Are Today’s Workers Smart Enough for Tomorrow’s Smart Grid?

August 3, 2011 by  
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As smart grid technologies gain steam, utilities face challenges in retraining workers, but also opportunities through bringing in new employees more attuned to the concepts behind the smart grid.  

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Solar Gazebo: Landscaping element embellished with decorative glassware

July 15, 2011 by  
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DATTATREYA MANDAL: Solar Gazebo Designed by Ceri Almrott Sustainable conceptions (including products) generally tend to have that nature of essentiality associated with them, like basic electricity generation or low emission modes of transport. But with that definite line of economic progression, some sections of this green technology oriented market are already starting to make serious inroads into the domain of comfort and luxury products. The Solar Gazebo conceptualized by Ceri Almrott falls in this latter category, and it will be a solar powered arbor (pergola) flanked by decorative glass elements. Solar Gazebo Designed by Ceri Almrott An arbor is basically a landscaping feature (especially situated in a garden) in which a definite seating area is skirted by vertical members (like posts or panels), which in turn supports a flexible roofing system. The Solar Gazebo will be a sort of glass arbor, where ‘clean and green’ solar power will be utilized to illuminate the surrounding decorative glass. The dynamic effect will result in a vivacious play of light, color and transparency, and thus bestow an essence of sublimity to the entire spatial volume. Solar Gazebo Designed by Ceri Almrott The whole conception is based on the recent constructional trend of glassware applications in the field of architecture. In this case, the main component i.e. the unique glass facades will be supplied by Creative Glass LTD – a company know for its custom made decorative glassware. The arbor is to be built in Stockton-on-Tees, a market town of North-East England. And according to the prevailing pricing strategy of Creative Glass products, the designer has made an estimate of cost regarding his conception at a range of £9,000 (or $14,490) for the basic offering, to £20,000 ($32,000) for the top of the line model. Certainly beyond the ‘range’ of most of our pockets; but then again one can’t simply deny the low energy, sustainable side to this artistic conception of landscaping architecture. Via: Behance

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Disaster-Proof Architecture: 13 Super-Strong Structures

April 22, 2011 by  
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[ By Steph in Art & Design . ] High-profile earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters have made it more clear than ever that in the face of climate change, stronger buildings able to withstand such events are not just advisable but necessary. These 13 designs range from fantastical concepts for entire floating cities to real homes that have already proven themselves disaster-proof, and from large-scale billion-dollar projects to low-cost housing solutions for the poor

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Eco-Bridge Over Troubled Times: Green Design Drives Concept

February 23, 2011 by  
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[ By Delana in Art & Design , Energy & Fuel , Technology & Gadgets . ] Bridges are constantly exposed to the elements, sitting outdoors as they do in all types of climates and in every kind of weather.

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Furry Forecasters: 7 Amazing Weather-Predicting Animals

February 22, 2011 by  
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[ By Steve in 7 Wonders Series , Animals & Habitats , Nature & Ecosystems . ] Animals have evolved to cope with changing weather conditions and in some cases, have learned to sense when these changes are imminent. These 7 amazing weather-predicting animals offer us more insight into weather’s whimsy than Phil Connors on a good day.

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