Foster + Partners DJI HQ will be a creative community in the sky

May 10, 2018 by  
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Foster + Partners have unveiled designs for the new headquarters of DJI, the makers of the world’s most popular commercial drones . Currently under construction in Shenzhen, the new building will comprise twin towers linked by a sky bridge that will be used to showcase the latest drone technology. The headquarters, conceived as a “creative community in the sky,” will not only include research and development spaces, but will also engage the public with exhibition spaces and even robot fighting rings. Envisioned as the “heart of innovation” for DJI, the new Shenzhen headquarters takes inspiration from drones with its glass-enclosed forms that evoke lightness. Large steel megatrusses anchor the twin towers and allow for large, column-free spaces throughout. Floating volumes are cantilevered on all sides of the building and comprise offices, R&D space, and other public functions. Related: Foster + Partners’ Bloomberg HQ opens in London as “world’s most sustainable office building” “Our aim is to create a unique workplace environment that embodies the spirit of invention and innovation that has allowed DJI to lead the world in robotics and technology,” said Grant Brooker, Head of Studio of Foster + Partners. The building is optimized to test and showcase the latest drone technology, from the unique quadruple-height drone flight testing labs to the ceilings and floors that slide open for the deployment of drones outdoors. The ground floor will house a public exhibition space and a new theater for product launches. + Foster + Partners

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UNStudio unveils Danube bridge for sustainable transit in Budapest

May 10, 2018 by  
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UNStudio has swept the competition for the New Budapest Bridge, a much-needed bridge over the Danube in the south of the city. Coated in a reflective white paint, the landmark bridge will serve as a gateway between Ujbuda and Csepel, and help spur further development in the surrounding post-industrial area. The multi-use bridge “enables sustainable transportation” and will accommodate road, tram, pedestrian, and cycle crossings. Created in collaboration with Buro Happold Engineering , the New Budapest Bridge proposal was selected by the Municipal Government of Budapest in the first international bridge design competition in Hungary for over 120 years. Conceived as a welcoming symbol, the contemporary cable-stayed bridge features angled pylons that mimic the “inviting gesture of hands,” said Ben van Berkel. “It was essential that the bridge would be in harmony with Budapest – which owes much of its configuration to the surrounding landscape – and its future vision. It was also important that the bridge enable unobstructed views below and above the bridge deck.” Related: Unusual Dutch bridge embraces flooding in a thought-provoking way With a main span of 711 feet, the bridge stretches over 1,600 feet from shore to shore. The white paint finish will reflect the surrounding environment and give the bridge an ever-changing appearance. In addition to catalyzing nearby development, the project aims to make the area around the Budafoki interchange more human and urban friendly. + UNStudio Images by VA Render

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HOK designs a flying off-grid hotel to let you travel anywhere in the world

August 26, 2016 by  
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The Driftscape hotel comprises two modular units: the “driftcraft,” an approximately 205-square-foot autonomous pod bedroom for two, and the 2,500-square-foot “Oasis” amenity and service pod. Built with high-impact polymer walls and a lightweight structural system, the transparent egg-shaped guest rooms offer 360-degree views and off-grid excursions of two to three days. The hovering driftcrafts promise a fully immersive and customizable experience that also leaves a minimal footprint on the physical environment. “To set off on an adventure, to leave all comforts behind and wander in pursuit of the unknown has been a fundamental urge of humankind throughout history,” says HOK on the inspiration behind the concept. “We thus set out in search of a way to fulfill this urge, seeking a fully ‘immersive,’ significantly heightened guest experience and to provide a unique way to wander/drift and experience viewpoint of this amazing world we live in, from above and within.” The egg-shaped pods can also be joined together; three combined Oasis pods, for instance, would form an Oasis Base consisting of a communal lounge, restaurant, and courtyard. Related: This crazy alpine hotel room has no walls or roof, but it boasts a breathtaking view Despite Driftscape’s futuristic design, the HOK Toronto office believes the drone -integrated hotel room could be available for commercial use in as early as five years, citing Ehang 184 and the Puffin Personal Air Vehicle as examples of existing technologies that could support the floating pods. On October 5, HOK and other finalists will present their ideas at the New Museum . The audience will cast a live vote to determine the winner, who will receive a $10,000 cash prize to further their concept. + HOK Images via HOK

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Ambulance Drone Could Provide Emergency Help in Just One Minute

November 3, 2014 by  
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When you have an emergency, the time it takes for help to arrive can be the difference between life and death. An ambulance takes an average of 10 minutes to get to the scene of an accident – too late to be of help in some cases. The Ambulance Drone seeks to bridge the gap between the time it takes to call for help and for help to arrive in order to potentially save more lives than ever before. Essentially, the drone is an all-purpose medical kit with emergency supplies that can be used to guide people on the scene through lifesaving procedures. Read the rest of Ambulance Drone Could Provide Emergency Help in Just One Minute Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alex Monton drone , ambulance , ambulance drone , ambulance response , Delft University drone , drone technology , drones , emergency drone , emergency response , emergency response drone , emergency response technology

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Meet Nixie, the World’s First Wearable Drone

September 30, 2014 by  
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The selfie just became airborne. Now that you can buy a drone at your local store, it seems like the technology has reached its apex, but that’s only because we hadn’t seen Nixie yet. Nixie is a drone that you can wear on your wrist like a watch. According to the inventor, with just a simple gesture, the drone takes off, turns its camera to you to snap a video and returns to your wrist, letting you capture those moments where a simple selfie just won’t do. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Meet Nixie, the World’s First Wearable Drone Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: drone bracelet , drone technology , flying camera drone , flying drone , flying video drone , intel chip , Intel Edison , Intel Make it Wearable , Make it Wearable project , Nixie , Nixie drone , Nixie wearable drone , Nixie wearable technology , personal drone , selfie drone , wearable drone , wearable technology , wrist drone

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