Solar-powered Lucy tracks the sun to brighten any indoor space

September 14, 2016 by  
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Lack of sunlight can lead to everything from Vitamin D deficiency to seasonal affective disorder. Solenica , founded by Diva Tommei, came up with a bright solution: Lucy, a smart, solar-powered natural lighting system. Lucy tracks sunlight and reflects it inside to brighten even the darkest spaces. Solenica is currently crowdfunding on Indiegogo , offering Lucy for a reduced price. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hm5TUYOuKmU According to Solenica, for 90 percent of our lives we live indoors, missing out on the benefits of natural sunlight . Those who live through dreary winters or are simply more sensitive to a lack of light suffer. Solenica’s Lucy eases that suffering through an “articulated mirror” that follows the sun using a “proprietary algorithm” to reflect bright light into a home throughout the day. Lucy makes slight adjustments as the sun moves to bring more sunshine inside. Lucy can be placed indoors or outdoors – Solenica also sells a security lock if users want to place the device outside – and can easily be moved to different spots around the home. Related: Lucy is a robotic sunlight reflector that brings light into every dark corner of your house Lucy is a green alternative too: users can save energy and money by using the natural lighting system instead of electricity-fueled lamps. Lucy runs solely on solar power, and doesn’t include wires. The only time a user has to turn on the device is when they pull it out of the box. Italian design inspired Solenica to create a device that wouldn’t stand out but would rather add beauty to a home. Solenica started crowdfunding yesterday on Indiegogo and while they’ve reached around 300 percent of their goal, their early bird special is still available. After the campaign Lucy will cost $299, but right now Solenica is offering 200 Lucys for $199. Backers also have the option to purchase more than one or to purchase security locks. You can back the campaign and grab a Lucy here . + Solenica Images courtesy of Solenica

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Benoy’s new masterplan for Abu Dhabi park features a sheltered "urban forest"

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Architecture firm Benoy released first images of their design for Abu Dhabi’s amazing Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Park. The renovation master plan, expected to be completed by 2018, will feature a sheltered “urban forest”, a co-working hub, cycling tracks, play areas, fitness zones and a large amphitheater for performances and events. The park will transform the former Khalidya Ladies Park in  Abu Dhabi into a vibrant urban space and a mix of state-of-the-art features, activities and events. In addition to transformative spaces, the design will include a variety of sustainable features. It is expected to become a symbol of economic diversification and growth. Related: Benoy Architects Top Taiwan High Speed Rail’s Hsin Chu Station Mall with a Lush Green Roof “Benoy is fiercely proud of its expertise in drawing different communities together with spaces that disrupt the norm, surprise and delight and allow people to enjoy them in their own way,” said Paul Priest, Director and Head of Benoy’s MENA Studios. + Benoy Via World Architecture News

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Reykjavik lays out plan to be carbon neutral by 2040

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Iceland’s capital has laid out some ambitious plans to become completely carbon neutral by the year 2040. By controlling urban sprawl , increasing public transportation, and shaping all forms of transit to run on green energy, the city will become a model for other global and local governments in creating a more sustainable future. “Cities play a key role in the fight against climate change. They can react quickly… and are more often than naught far more progressive than the world’s governments,” said Reykjavik Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson earlier this month. He claims his city is in a far better position to accomplish the points in his plan, seeing as their carbon emissions are already very low and their location is prime for green operation. Residents’ homes are already heated by geothermal energy and all of the city’s electricity is generated through hydroelectric power. Related: 6 ways Copenhagen plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025 One strategy of the new plan, according to Business Insider , is to increase the number of locals using public transportation from 4 percent to 12 percent, coupled with the task of converting all buses and cars to green energy within the next few decades. The goal of “urban densification” will be obtained by requiring 90 percent of new residential units to be built within city limits, which will, in turn, promote the use of mass transit and reduce carbon emissions. Via Business Insider Images via Flickr , Wikipedia

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