Amazing shapeshifting unit transforms your home interior at the touch of a button

June 5, 2017 by  
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MIT Media Lab and design genius Yves Béhar are making tiny apartments more livable in a big way. One year after their big unveil, Béhar and MIT’s line of transforming robotic furniture, called Ori, just launched for developer pre-orders. With the touch of a button or even a voice command, the amazing “apartment-in-a-box” quickly transforms any studio space into an apartment with a bedroom, living room, and office. Ori, Inc.’s commercial launch includes the Ori Full and Ori Queen Systems, which combine smart robotics with elegant design to effortlessly transform any small living space into a multifunctional home. The compact module consists of a sliding bed and a closet on one side, and an office and entertainment area on the other. The unit can be activated and moved with a push of a button, through an app, or with voice commands. Powered by a standard outlet, Ori slides in and out on a gliding track to maximize the area for the living and entertaining space or the bedroom. The bed glides in and out beneath the full closet. Surfaces pull or fold out to create workspaces or a bedside table. Ori also includes open shelving, cabinets, hooks, and a built-in area for an entertainment system. Each type of space can be preset with preferred integrated lighting so that a simple push of a button will morph the room. “The Ori Full and Ori Queen Systems will transform the experience of contemporary urban living. Ori Technology animates the furniture, walls and other parts of the living space in ways that maximize space, comfort and living,” said Ori CEO and Founder Hasier Larrea. “However, Ori’s vision is much broader. This first family of systems is just one of many applications of Ori Technology. We will continue to explore more spatial challenges and create new families of Ori systems for a variety of interior settings. ” Related: Yves Béhar launches world’s first smart crib to help parents get more sleep Built of poplar plywood, the multifunctional furniture module is available in light or dark and is flatpack. The Ori systems are currently available in ten cities and have already been installed in a dozen apartment complexes across North America. Pre-orders by developers can expect delivery of these systems later this year. + Ori Systems

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7 bee hotels for our favorite pollinators

November 8, 2016 by  
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Giant K-abeilles Hotel for Bees pavilion by AtelierD offered resting place for bees and humans For the 2012 Muttersholtz Archi Festival, AtelierD designed the K-abeilles Hotel for Bees. Shaped like a huge honeycomb , the wood pavilion was comprised of hexagonal components, some open and some packed with natural materials where bees could nest. Humans could sit inside the pavilion on hexagonal seats, close enough to marvel at and appreciate the bustling bees. Related: Bees placed on the endangered species list for the very first time Tea company Taylors of Harrogate creates The Grand Beedapest Hotel inspired by Wes Anderson UK tea company Taylors of Harrogate , whose blends depend on fruits pollinated by bees, decided to raise awareness about bee population decline with an adorable luxury bee hotel. They teamed up with Kew Gardens to create the Grand Beedapest Hotel , evocative of the magnificent hotel in Wes Anderson’s most recent film. Details like a peppermint leaf swimming pool and lemongrass ginger bar added to the quirky charm of the bee hotel. PopTarts Works designers utilize laser cut, recycled cardboard to make Beehive Hotel for an entire bee colony The designers of PopTarts Works decided to create their Beehive Hotel to help out the bees of Toronto . Using recycled corrugated cardboard , they made a five-foot-high habitat that resembles wild hives. They installed the hotel and bees speedily began to nest inside. The Beehive Hotel has enough room for a whole mason bee colony, whose members can pollinate as much as 2,000 flowers every day. University student Tom Back created Thrive Hive to imitate bees’ natural habitats While a student at Kingston University , Tom Back of Thumb Designs created his Thrive Hive out of straw and wood. The hive design was meant to more closely match natural habitats of bees than box homes do, and woven straw insulation ensured the bees inside would flourish even in severe weather . His concept is one that has potential for urban areas as it could be used on a balcony or in a small backyard. Back showed his design at the London Design Festival . University at Buffalo architecture students get in on the bee-saving action with steel cylindrical Elevator B bee skyscraper When a bee colony was found dwelling in an old grain mill, University at Buffalo architecture students decided to design them a better home. Courtney Creenan, Scott Selin, Lisa Stern, Daniel Nead, and Kyle Mastalinski created Elevator B , a towering 22-foot-tall bee apartment made with steel , cypress, and glass . The bee skyscraper mimics the silos where the bee colony once lived, and is equipped with insulation to offer the bees space to reside in the city even during cold winters. Tomoko Azumi upcycles UK auction house waste catalogues into colorful Bee Hive UK auction house Phillips de Pury & Company asked creatives from around the world to transform waste packaging and catalogs into habitats for bees, bats , or birds. Tomoko Azumi of tna design studio responded by upcycling the papers into a modern, colorful Bee Hive . 13 other architects, designers, and artists also utilized Phillips de Pury & Company waste materials to create funky homes for pollinators, and the auction house sold the creative designs to raise money for Adventure Ecology, founded by David de Rothschild. MIT Media Lab creates controlled Synthetic Apiary to keep bees safe from pesticides, drought, climate change Even MIT is trying to make a difference for bees. The MIT Media Lab and Mediated Matter created the indoor Synthetic Apiary , where researchers can control conditions to keep bees safe year-round from pesticides, drought , and climate change . While they’re still testing the design, they did record the first ever birth of a bee in an artificial environment . Images via ©Stephane Spach, screenshot , PopTarts Works , Thumb Designs , Hive City , Tomoko Azumi , and Mediated Matter/MIT

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World’s first streetlights powered by footsteps installed in Las Vegas

November 8, 2016 by  
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Elon Musk says well need a universal basic income when all jobs are automated

November 8, 2016 by  
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In a recent interview with CNBC , SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk discussed the future of work, where many of us may not have jobs at all. As more and more positions become automated by software or robots, Musk says, world governments will eventually have to step up: “There is a pretty good chance we end up with a universal basic income, or something like that, due to automation. Yeah, I am not sure what else one would do. I think that is what would happen.” The idea of a universal basic income is not new. Earlier this year, Swiss voters were asked whether or not all citizens should receive 2,500 Swiss francs ($2,578 US) per month. Ultimately, the plan was rejected at the ballot box, but the fact that it was brought to a national level has many considering the idea. Finland, for instance, is already gearing up to test a universal basic income experiment involving 8,000 people. The sum these citizens could receive is far shy of what was proposed in Switzerland – only 800 Euros per month – and during the trial period the amount will be even lower. A similar test in planned for the Dutch city of Utrecht in 2017 will provide 250 residents with a flat sum of 960 Euros monthly. While the idea is gaining traction in Europe, American politicians have been more cautious. President Obama addressed the idea in an interview this summer, saying it was a debate that would be had “over the next 10 or 20 years.” Related: 20 Dutch cities plan to roll out guaranteed basic income for residents in 2016 While it’s easy to get swept up into a sense of doom and gloom at the idea of robots stealing our jobs, Musk goes on to elaborate in the interview that there are benefits to this type of increased automation: “People will have time to do other things, more complex things, more interesting things. Certainly more leisure time.” Though tech CEOs like Musk may see complete automation as the ultimate outcome of their work, others disagree. Blogger Eve Peyser at Gizmodo writes, “Sure, jobs will become obsolete, but we can utilize the technology we invent to create new jobs. Especially in the United States, we define ourselves by our labor; your labor and its fruits determine every aspect of your identity.” In the end, it’s impossible to say exactly what the workforce of the future will look like, or what it will mean. For now, anyway. Via Gizmodo Images via 401(K) 2012 and OnInnovation  

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Shape-shifting "apartment in a box" by MIT and Yves Bhar hits stores next year

July 12, 2016 by  
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https://vimeo.com/173697166 Particularly useful in very small spaces , Ori is comprised of oh-so-many moving parts. In a unit roughly the footprint of a twin-size bed, Ori contains a sleeping surface, closet, drawers, workstation, and lots of additional storage. After the prototype was created in 2014, the Ori team set about field testing the unit by installing a few in Boston apartments and then renting them out via Airbnb. About 30 guests were able to test out the Ori unit, play with its controls and features, and report back about what they loved and what they didn’t. Related: Watch this MIT researcher triple the size of a 200-square-foot apartment using Minority Report-like gestures The study helped inform the final commercial design for Ori, which will go into mass production this year and most likely hit the market in 2017. (A queen bed model of the transforming unit will also be available.) Some of the functionality has been tweaked for universal appeal. For instance, the original robotic prototype could be controlled with the wave of a hand or a simple voice command, not unlike what we see in science fiction movies. The final product excludes that feature and will instead be controlled from a button panel located on one side of the unit. However, the makers recognize that some users are more advanced than others, so each unit will have smartphone capabilities that allow development of custom apps in the future. The team called on San Francisco-based designer to create a more aesthetic appeal for the robotic fixture. Béhar said in a statement that the Ori unit will be available in a variety of customized finishes, materials, and colors, and will make “studio city living a practical, comfortable, and beautiful experience.” Perhaps the best part? Never having to make the bed since, as the designer points out, it will be “automatically made by having it glide away and disappear.” + Ori Systems + Yves Béhar Via Fast Company Images via Ori

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Watch this MIT Researcher Triple the Size of a 200-Foot Apartment Using ‘Minority Report’-Like Gestures

June 5, 2014 by  
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MIT Media Lab’s Changing Places team has created a futuristic device that could make your tiny apartment feel more like a spacious penthouse. Introducing CityHome, a motorized and compact “home in a box” that can make a 200 square foot space feel like a room three times larger. Equipped with built-in sensors, motors, and LED lights, this multipurpose invention will even expand and collapse with a wave of your hand or the sound of your voice. Read the rest of Watch this MIT Researcher Triple the Size of a 200-Foot Apartment Using ‘Minority Report’-Like Gestures Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: changing places , cityhome , cityhome apartment , gesture control , hands-free control , kent Larson , LED lights , MIT , MIT Media Lab , tiny apartments , transformable furniture , transforming apartment , Transforming Furniture

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MIT Project Maps Everything From Greenery to Bike Crashes to Build Better Cities

April 21, 2014 by  
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Kicking Horse Residence Embraces the Natural World in British Columbia

April 21, 2014 by  
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MIT Creates Cloud-Like Silk Pavilion With the Help of 6,500 Silkworms!

May 31, 2013 by  
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With the Camera-Equipped “EyeRing” You Can Point at an Object and Take a Photo

August 11, 2012 by  
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With the EyeRing, a new camera-equipped ring that takes photos and delivers them to a smart phone, “point and shoot” could take on a whole new meaning. The device, which is being developed by   Roy Shilkrot  and  Suranga Nanayakkara  at  MIT Media Lab , is meant to help the visually impaired navigate their surroundings. The remarkable, Bluetooth-connected device can serve as a “virtual cane,” which not only detects obstacles in its path but also reads signs, identifies currency, and perceives color. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: augmented reality camera , camera ring , cameras , EyeRing , MIT , MIT Media Lab , Photography , ring , wearable camera

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