3D-printed Playmobil hair helmet makes bike safety more fun for kids

October 10, 2016 by  
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Someone has come up with a brilliant idea to turn a Playmobil hairpiece into a helmet so kids will start wearing them. A duo of Swedish and Danish designers created a compelling prototype through 3D printing and color-matching the hair. With the right amount of consumer demand, you could find one in stores soon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=91&v=QapmUU2d44U An estimated 75 percent of bicycle-related fatalities in child populations can be avoided with the use of a helmet , but statistics won’t get kids to wear them. Enter Simon Higby and Clara Prior from the Stockholm and Copenhagen offices of DDB , respectively. To increase the odds of children protecting their noggins while riding bikes , they figured the helmets would have be more attractive to them. Cue the Playmobil hair replica designed to help keep kids safe. Related: Lumos helmet keeps bikers safe with turn signals and brake lights With the help of Danish design company MOEF , the team created the helmet by 3D scanning the tiny plastic piece and 3D printing a sturdy helmet. The final product looks just like the Playmobil piece, perfectly fitted for a tiny human’s head. Sadly, only the prototype exists, but the team told Metro.co.uk they “would love to” produce them for the masses with the right know-how. +MOEF , Simon Higby Via  Metro.co.uk Images via YouTube (screenshot)

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Paris allows anyone to plant an urban garden

October 10, 2016 by  
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Paris just passed a new law that allows anyone to plant an urban garden within the city’s limits. Upon receiving a permit, gardeners can grow plants on walls, in boxes, on rooftops, under trees, or on fences. They can cultivate greenery in front of their homes or offices. They can grow flowers, vegetables, and fruit. Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo’s goal is to create 100 hectares of living walls and green roofs by the year 2020, with one third of that greenery dedicated to agriculture . Locals are encouraged to be ” gardeners of the Parisian public space ” under the new law. Gardeners must use sustainable methods, avoiding pesticides and promoting biodiversity in the city. They are asked to sign a “Charter of revegetation” and grow “local honey plants,” and they will need to maintain their urban gardens and ensure the greenery enhances the city’s aesthetic. The City of Paris will issue the three-year permits, with the option to renew them. Related: Plant-covered Mobile Green Living Room travels through Europe The city asked residents to get creative with where they grow plants, and it will contribute a “planting kit” with seeds and topsoil. They say they’ve offered a few suggestions, but mainly hope people will use their imagination for where they might be able to green the city. Paris city officials hope the law will improve the quality of life for city dwellers and boost the beauty of the city. Assistant to the Mayor of Paris Penelope Komitès also said cultivating the gardens could help locals strengthen relationships with their neighbors and “create social links.” Via La Relève et La Peste Images via snoeziesterre on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons

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Australian desert farm grows 17,000 metric tons of vegetables with just seawater and sun

October 10, 2016 by  
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This incredible farm makes tomato plants bloom in the desert using nothing more than sunlight and seawater . Needing no soil, fossil fuels, groundwater, or pesticides, Sundrop Farms grows crops in a hydroponic greenhouse lined with water-drenched cardboard. The 20-hectare farm officially opened on October 6th near Port Augusta, and their desert-grown tomatoes are already for sale in Australian grocery stores Sundrop Farms works agricultural magic. Conventional farming won’t work in the desert region, but that doesn’t matter for this desert farm. It obtains water from the Spencer Gulf, and desalinizes the water using renewable energy. 23,000 mirrors reflect light to a receiver tower to generate solar power . When the sun is shining, the system can provide 39 megawatts of clean energy – that’s enough to keep the desalination plant working and power the greenhouse, which is heated during the winter. Related: Sahara Desert Project to grow 10 hectares of food in Tunisian desert The facility can grow 17,000 metric tons of produce each year. 18,000 tomato plants grow in the greenhouse, and Sundrop Farms aims to grow other crops like fruit and peppers. Plants are grown in coconut husks, and the farm employs ” predatory insects ” to control pests that could harm plants. The farming system cost $200 million to build – but Sundrop Farms CEO Philipp Saumweber says the hefty price tag will pay off over time because the farm won’t need to purchase any fossil fuels. The farm can hook up to the grid if there are winter solar power shortages, however its ultimate goal is to progress to the point where it’s completely self-sufficient. According to Sundrop Farms , “we are breaking farming’s dependence on finite resources.” This year they broke ground on a farm in Tennessee, and they recently finished their first European farm in Portugal. + Sundrop Farms Via New Scientist Images via Sundrop Farms Facebook

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Triptyque gives a 1970s office building an eco-friendly makeover in Brazil

October 10, 2016 by  
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Located within the heart of Rio de Janeiro’s business and economic district, the 85-meter-tall RB12 sports a new bioclimatic facade with zigzagging glazed panels and louvers that reduce solar heat gain but allow desired natural light in. Natural ventilation flows throughout the building. Plant-filled balconies punctuate the sculptural facade and aid in natural cooling. The landscaping is irrigated with harvested rainwater, which is also used to flush the toilets. Related: Bioclimatic Rio Branco 12 Tower to Set New Standards for Green Offices in Brazil “RB12 embodies an innovative new concept of sustainable development based on energy production, thus following the global trend of green-refurbishment, which consists in adapting and upgrading old buildings in order to align them with sustainable development criteria,” say the architects. “Among the environmental requirements that RB12 comprises are: thermal comfort, managing water consumption, optimizing natural light system, clean energy production through solar panels and fuel cells .” RB12 was redeveloped as part of Porto Maravilha, an area undergoing urban revitalization to improve living conditions in downtown Rio de Janeiro. + Triptyque Via ArchDaily Images via Triptyque

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Life-saving Classon bike helmet has built-in cameras and turn signals

July 25, 2016 by  
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The helmet has a number of safety features that aim to make cyclists aware of their environment without taking away the enjoyment of the ride. Cameras in the front and back of the helmet constantly scan the rider’s immediate environment. This info is immediately interpreted by an algorithm and communicated to the cyclist, letting them know when a vehicle is approaching in their blind spot. Related: Jeff Woolf’s Folding Bike Helmet Could Revolutionize Cycling Safety Intuitive turn signals in the front and back are activated by arm movement and blink to let surrounding vehicles know of their intentions to turn. Additionally resourceful is an adjustable light in the helmet that automatically turns on when reducing speed. The helmet’s Kickstarter campaign, which recently ended, exceeded the company’s goal by over 400 percent, demonstrating that bicyclists need and want safer, smarter gear. + Brooklyness

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Head Games: Could Recycled Newspaper Save Your Noggin?

October 24, 2013 by  
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The Paper Pulp Helmet is made from recycled newspaper and intended for occasional bike riders. Its creators hope to have it on shelves in the U.K. by Spring 2014.

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The Crossbow: An Extreme All-Weather Electric Motorbike

February 21, 2012 by  
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The Crossbow is an extreme all-weather electric motorbike with a protective windshield that extends overhead. Unlike most two-wheeled motorbikes, the Crossbow features a canopy cover that shields the rider from the elements and offers another level of safety for motorcyclists. The automatic canopy has been beautifully styled around the riding position allowing the riders legs to keep stability and full control at low speeds and maximizing aerodynamics for high-speed engagement. Designed from scratch, the Crossbow is perfect for the racetrack, traversing country roads or engaging urban environments. + Phil Pauley 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:

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Nutcase Debuts Bicycle Helmet Designed For Commuters

September 16, 2011 by  
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Photo courtesy Lisa Bauso . At this week’s Interbike show in Las Vegas, Nutcase introduced a new helmet specifically re-tooled to meet commuter cyclists’ concerns. The Metroride, pictured here, features the familiar hard shell that Nutcase made popular with the cycling masses in a slightly less heavy, more ventilated, and visually streamlined form…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Dutch Designer Piet Hein Eek Creates Fair Trade Bowls

September 16, 2011 by  
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Photo: L. Scott Piet Hein Eek is the Dutch furniture designer who is best known for his furniture made out of pieces of scrap wood. Each piece is one of a kind, made out of reclaimed materials. Years ago they were funky and affordable, now they are serious decorator fare. Now he has turned his hand to designing some reasonably priced bowls made out of palm wood from Vietnam. He has worked with traditional craftspeople there to produce this minimalist but enticing range of platters and dishes. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Smelly Helmet Assaults Nostrils to Save Noggins

November 16, 2010 by  
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Photo: Felizitas Gemetz for Fraunhofer IWM We’ve covered all sorts of cycling helmets in the past.

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