Toyota unveils ‘Back to the Future’ Mirai fuel cell car with flux capacitor, gull-wing doors

October 21, 2015 by  
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It’s hard to believe that it’s been 30 years since Marty McFly and Doc Brown took audiences Back to the Future . If you remember in Back to the Future Part II , the futuristic date that the duo traveled to was today, October 21, 2015 – and to celebrate the arrival of “the future,” Toyota just unveiled a Mirai hydrogen car that looks like Marty McFly and Doc Brown’s time-traveling Delorean ! It even has gull-wing doors, a flux capacitor and a Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor mounted on the trunk. Read the rest of Toyota unveils ‘Back to the Future’ Mirai fuel cell car with flux capacitor, gull-wing doors

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Zaha Hadid abandons bid for the new 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo

September 23, 2015 by  
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Zaha Hadid Architects and their Japanese partner, Nikken Sekkei , have withdrawn from the competition for the 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo due to the failure in securing a construction company. Zaha Hadid Architects had won the competition in 2012, beating 45 other entries, but the futuristic design has been scrapped by Japanese minister Shinzo Abe after the construction costs rose to almost twice the initial estimate. Read the rest of Zaha Hadid abandons bid for the new 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo

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Extraordinary art illusion flips a massive electricity pylon on its head

September 23, 2015 by  
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Liberty Electric Cars Unveils the Futuristic Deliver Electric Van

June 3, 2014 by  
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Liberty Electric Cars just unveiled the Deliver electric delivery van. The development of vehicle was partially commissioned by the European Commissions’ 7th Framework Program, which brought together 10 companies including Fiat and Volkswagen . The futuristic prototype is expected to usher in a new era of similar delivery vehicles that will transport goods with a smaller carbon footprint. Read the rest of Liberty Electric Cars Unveils the Futuristic Deliver Electric Van Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Deliver electric van , electric motor , electric van , green car , green transportation , Liberty Deliver , Liberty Electric Cars , Liberty Electric Cars Deliver , Nissan e-NV200

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Fujitsu Converts Fukushima Microchip Factory into a Radiation-Free Lettuce Farm

May 19, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Fujitsu Converts Fukushima Microchip Factory into a Radiation-Free Lettuce Farm Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , Botanical , Fujitsu Home & Office Services Limited , Fukushima Prefecture , Futuristic Lettuce Farm , Gardening , green gadgets , kid-friendly vegetables , low-potassium lettuce , medicinal food , Organic vegetables , the futuristic Aizu-Wakamatsu Akisai Vegetable Plant , vegetable farm

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Futuristic ‘Age of Aquarius’ Fashion Collection Unveiled At NY Fashion Week

September 14, 2013 by  
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One of the best things about movies set in the distant future is seeing all the futuristic clothing. Will the coming decades bring ostentatious costumes made from materials we haven’t even discovered yet? Or will future generations return to a simpler, more practical way of dressing, where function trumps design? According to designer Suzanne Rae, it’s likely to be a little bit of both. Debuted recently at New York Fashion week, Rae’s collection “Age of Aquarius”  is an exploration into futuristic dress in a utopian society. Rae manufactures her line in New York City’s garment district which creates local jobs. She also reduces her collection’s carbon footprint by sourcing fabrics and trims, and 90 percent of the  fabrics are made from natural fibers that are biodegradable. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: age of aquarius , Clothes , Fashion , futuristic clothing , new york fashion week , NYC , Suzanne Rae        

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Group-Two Design’s LED Chandelier is a Futuristic Interpretation of a Classic Light Fixture

May 24, 2013 by  
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Long gone are the old-fashioned chandeliers outfitted with incandescent light bulbs and enough ornament to put a Christmas tree to shame. Group-Two Design  recently brought their ultra-modern LED chandelier to this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair,  and the futuristic fixture turned heads with its intersection of new-age design and traditional interior decor. Still paying homage to the shape of a conventional chandelier, the new form is a minimalist and energy-efficient interpretation of an old classic. Read the rest of Group-Two Design’s LED Chandelier is a Futuristic Interpretation of a Classic Light Fixture Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2013 , caviar20 , dwell , erica pecoskie , george siminopolous , green lighting , green lights , group tow lights , group-two design , icff light , ids toronto , International Contemporary Furniture Fair , LED Chandelier , LED lights , LEDs , new york design week , ny design week , radostar        

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Eco E-Trike is a Futuristic Electric Vehicle Concept for City Driving

March 12, 2012 by  
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Stephen Reon Francisco ‘s Eco E-Trike is a concept for an electric vehicle that allows people to get around the city with ease. Looking a bit like a streamlined golf-cart, the E-Trike is more convenient than a regular bike but uses less materials than a typical car. Because of its small stature, it’s ideal for zipping through narrow city streets and has many of the creature comforts of a car without the bulk. + Eco E-Trike 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: alternative transportation , e-trike , eco design , eco e-trike , electric vehicles , ev , green design , green transportation , Stephen Reon Francisco , sustainable design

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Disaster Relief for the Digital Age: 13 Innovative Ideas

October 7, 2011 by  
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[ By Steph in Art & Design & Technology & Gadgets . ] What if an unmanned robot that looks like a distant cousin of Optimus Prime could respond to a meltdown at a nuclear plant, reducing the number of human lives lost? Imagine all-terrain emergency response vehicles that can shift from ultra-fast two-seaters to trucks full of precious supplies within minutes, and prefabricated shelters that can hook onto the outside of damaged skyscrapers with the help of a helicopter. Is this the future of disaster relief? These 13 incredibly creative concepts inspire hope for the ways in which we can deal with catastrophe as technology progresses. Digital Origami Emergency Shelter (images via: evolo.us ) Design firm LAVA bases this concept for a prefabricated emergency shelter on the water molecule. The modular design can either be shipped flat-pack, dropped off fully assembled by helicopter or built on-site out of local plywood. Each unit houses two adults and one child with sleeping, eating and reading space. By night, the shelter is illuminated by way of an LED light, shining as “a sign of hope.” Fractal Prefab Eco Village (images via: shradhabhandari.com ) Highly versatile, sustainable and self-sufficient, the fractal structure of this prefabricated emergency shelter concept by Shradha Bhandari enables it to adjust to nearly any landscape, fitting in among trees or clinging to uneven terrain. It includes openings for light and air, and its sloped rooftop panels enable both solar panel installation and collection of rainwater, which would be channeled into underground reservoirs. Healing Bench by Adrian Candela (images via: tuvie ) Incredibly compact, the Healing Bench converts from a backpack to an operating bench, and it even holds a blanket and medical kit so that emergency workers can carry important tools to disaster sites hands-free. It’s made with the same materials and construction as a kayak so that it’s durable and able to float. Cardborigami Corrugated Fold-Out Shelter (images via: envirogadget ) We don’t tend to think of cardboard as being water-resistant, flame resistant or particularly strong – so it’s not a likely candidate for disaster housing. However, designer Tine Hovsepian has figured out a way to defy these assumptions with Cardborigami, a corrugated cardboard structure that has been scored so that it can fold flat or expand into a tent-like shelter. While extremely basic, it is meant as a temporary place to sleep until better shelter conditions are available. Self-Contained Mobile Emergency Unit (images via: evolo.us ) One of the biggest challenges for emergency responders is a lack of water and power on-site. The EDV-01 solves that problem by collecting up to 20 liters of potable water from the air each day – enough for two adults to live on. A rooftop solar system and fuel cell generates power for the unit. Even more impressive is the fact that this stainless steel container requires no on-site construction at all; a hydraulic pump raises the walls to form a second floor with the flip of a switch. Four hydraulic feet allow it to sit on uneven terrain. A.N.T. Disaster Response Vehicles (images via: tuvie.com ) Inspired by an ant’s ability to carry 10-50 times its own body weight across broad distances at a fast pace, A.N.T. – Aid Necessities Transporter – could help the United Nations and other relief organizations to reach remote disaster locations. The ground clearance of the three-wheeled vehicle can be adjusted either for speed or rough terrain, and a small passenger pod lifts up to accommodate a large load of supplies. Reaction Housing System – Rapid Response Shelter (images via: reactionhousingsystem.com ) Made up of compact pre-fabricated individual living units for four people called Exos, the Reaction Housing System can be assembled into interconnected spaces and costs just $5,000 per unit, much less than many other similar disaster housing solutions. Four beds fold against the walls when not in use, and there are four generator-powered outlets for electronics. 20 flat-pack Exos can fit on a single 53-foot semi-truck trailer and 1,940 can be transported via one freight train to provide housing for an impressive 7,760 people. RISE: Post-Disaster Parasitic Shelters (images via: evolo.us ) If a natural disaster hits a highly populated urban area with very little ground space – like, for example, Sao Paulo, the most populous city in the Americas – standard emergency shelters may not be much help. This innovative design by Mike Reyes actually hooks new temporary living space onto existing high-rise structures. The units would be flown in via helicopter and, with the help of survivors inside the skyscrapers, would be hooked onto the interior lip of a window, held securely by the force it creates on the exterior walls of the building. Each unit contains 4 beds, desks, skylights, windows, a water funnel and purer and the option of solar cells. They even have outdoor patios that allow neighboring units to connect. Portable Disaster Pod by Jonathan Ferrer (images via: coroflot ) A protective, portable egg-shaped pod could be dropped down to disaster sites, quickly folding out into a tripod shape with a second layer of legs. An orange nylon rip-stop shield resists water and wind, enlarging the space. Containers to Clinics: Shipping Crate Medical Complexes (images via: inhabitat) Already providing much-needed care in Haiti, Containers to Clinics could represent the future in economical, easy-to-deploy medical complexes that save the lives of disaster victims. Two separate shipping containers make up one full-service clinic with examination rooms and labs; the 8′ by 20′ crates are, of course, easily transported by ship. SEED: Shipping Container Emergency Housing (images via: cusa-dds.net ) Another concept that makes use of shipping containers – in this case, reclaiming used ones – is SEED, a project of researchers at Clemson University in South Carolina that aims to provide safe housing for disaster victims as quickly as possible. Shipping containers are naturally resistant to earthquakes and are fit as long-term housing, making them an ideal solution for seismic events in poor Caribbean nations like Haiti where survivors may not be able to afford to rebuild. Bull Frog: Mobile Medical Supplies for Any Terrain (images via: tuvie.com ) Not only does this seemingly simple pull-cart help doctors carry crucial medical supplies into disaster areas, even over rough terrain, but it folds out into a work station, allowing victims to take a seat on a bench while being treated. This compact clinic-to-go could make the work of emergency responders much easier and more efficient, and seems as if it would be fairly economical to produce. GSR Disaster Relief Robot (images via: coroflot ) Like something out of Transformers, the GSR Disaster Relief Robot is by far the most futuristic concept on this list. Designer Daniel Shankland II imagines a towering machine that can enter dangerous situations to aid disaster victims without putting disaster responders at risk. Imagine the lives that such a creation could have saved if it were deployed, for example, to the failing Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan in the wake of this year’s tsunami. Want More? Click for Great Related Content on WebEcoist: Design (for) Disaster: 14 Emergency Shelter Concepts Forget flimsy white tent cities. Housing for refugees and disaster survivors should be like these 14 designs: durable, comfortable, adaptable & eco-friendly. 1 Comment – Click Here to Read More »» Great Crates: 3 Cool Cases of Shipping Container Reuse A zero-waste pop-up restaurant, a chic and colorful guest house and a cool new concept for Boy Scout camp cabins are 3 new examples of shipping container reuse. 1 Comment – Click Here to Read More »» Disaster-Proof Architecture: 13 Super-Strong Structures These 13 structures, from homes to entire cities, are designed to stand up to nature’s harshest disasters including earthquakes, floods and hurricanes. 1 Comment – Click Here to Read More »» [ By Steph in Art & Design & Technology & Gadgets . ] [ WebEcoist | Archives | Galleries | Privacy | TOS ]

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Futuro Prefab: 1960s House of the Future Lands in Rotterdam

August 22, 2011 by  
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