Gigantic "vending machine" skyscraper dispenses 3D-printed homes in Tokyo

April 14, 2017 by  
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Could the skyscraper of the future dispense homes like a vending machine? Growing and adapting to the Tokyo’s housing demand, the Pod Skyscraper is designed to be constantly under construction – residents can order a ready-to-use modular dwelling manufactured by 3D printers installed on the top floor of the building. The innovative skyscraper, designed by Haseef Rafiei , received honorable mention at this year’s eVolo Skyscraper Competition . Tokyo is known for robotics , automation, and minimal living. Drawing upon these qualities, Rafiei created a futuristic variant on the famed Nagakin Capsule Tower . Inspired by vending machines in Tokyo, this vast framed structure houses a large number of pods equipped with basic amenities for residential and commercial use. Related: Incredible farming skyscraper could fight poverty and feed the world The pods are manufactured on-site, transported by cranes and plugged onto the megastructure. An automated system calculates the position for each pod, while disused or faulty pods are dismantled, kept in storage or brought back to the printer – creating a closed loop. Users can choose the amenities included in the design and can purchase several pods to create a larger living space. In addition to residential use, the pods can also function as small office and commercial spaces. + Haseef Rafiei + eVolo

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Forget Junk Food: Colorado’s First Pot Vending Machine Serves Up Recreational Marijuana

April 18, 2014 by  
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In 2012, Colorado made history by becoming the first state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults over 21. This week, the state enjoyed another first: the installation of a vending machine that dispenses cannabis directly to the public. Created by Arizona company  American Green , ZaZZZ is “an automated, age-verifying, climate-controlled marijuana dispensing machine.” Although it’s not, as some have billed it, the “first weed vending machine in the world ,” ZaZZZ is the first standalone kiosk to dispense cannabis without the oversight of a budtender. Read the rest of Forget Junk Food: Colorado’s First Pot Vending Machine Serves Up Recreational Marijuana Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cannabis vending machine , marijuana vending machine , pot vending machine , recreational marijuana in Colorado , unique vending machines , weed vending machine

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The Vending Machine That Won’t Take Quarters: Only at New York Fashion Week

September 20, 2013 by  
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This year’s New York Fashion Week included a vending machine that dispensed humble T-shirts for the payment of one plastic bottle.

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Inside Unifi, Where Old Plastic Becomes New Fabric

September 19, 2013 by  
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This year, North Carolina textile manufacturer Unifi has already recycled 400 million plastic water bottles into yarn. Because of interest from Unifi’s customers, the recycled yarn business has grown tremendously over the past five years.

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Rio de Janeiro Lays Down the Law on Littering

September 19, 2013 by  
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Stiff fines await those who litter in Rio, as the city cleans up its act in advance of the World Cup and Summer Olympics.

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P&G Plans to Eliminate Two Controversial Chemicals

September 19, 2013 by  
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Procter & Gamble has announced that it will discontinue the use of two controversial chemicals — diethyl phthalate, most often referred to as phthalates, and triclosan — from all its products by 2014.

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The Power of Plants: Inside the Job of a Compounding Herbalist

September 18, 2013 by  
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Herban Arts’ Sunny Sweet uses plants to create a variety of tinctures, compounds, lotions, syrups and more.

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Seven most weird projects that make use of solar energy

October 11, 2011 by  
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Kuldeep Sharma: Solight- solar powered garden Solight- solar powered garden As the whole world is talking about the environment conservation, the role of solar energy has got its dominant place. Most of the things operated by electricity that we are using presently will be available in new avatars powered by solar energy. Presently, there are lots of gadgets and appliances that work on solar energy like solar water heaters, solar cars, solar device chargers, street lights powered by solar energy, etc. These all looks quite normal things with the use of solar energy but there are some other weird and wacky things that make use of solar energy. Here is a list of such things that are totally unexpected with the use of solar energy and left you surprised whether solar energy can be used in such form. Let’s see these 7 most weirdest projects that make use of solar energy. 1. Solar movie theater Solar Movie theatre Sol cinema that has a capacity for 8 people to sit First in this list is a small solar powered movie theater named as SOL CINEMA. You might have seen a theater that has large capacity for people to sit and enjoy the movie with great surround sound experience. But being a movable mini cinema, SOL CINEMA provides seating capacity of 8 people. This whole cinema is powered by solar energy. It contains solar panels that provide energy to run the cinema and giving viewers a home theater like experience. 2. Taco Stand Solar Taco stand A solar powered Taco stand used by vendors in Mexico When we talk about Tacos it reminds us of the delicious taste of it. You must have seen street vendors using fossil fuel powered Taco grills to keep Tacos warm. But in Mexico, now a days the food vendors are using solar powered Taco grills that use solar energy to prepare their Tacos. The initial investment on solar powered Taco grill is only $500 but after this it has long term savings also. Being a solar powered grill, it saves the cost of using fossil fuel like cooking gas hence giving much more profit to the vendors. 3. Solar planes Solar Powered Plane Solar impulse- a sun powered plane You might be familiar with solar powered concept vehicles like cars, bikes and boats but have you ever heard about a solar powered air plane. Solar Impulse, the solar powered airplane makes use of solar energy to take a flight high in the sky. It took around seven precious years for the engineers of the plane to make it operational. The plane has a wing span of 210 feet on which 12000 solar cells are placed to power the plane. The plane took its first flight from Switzerland and traveled at an altitude of 4000 feet above the ground. The most amazing thing about this airplane is that during its flight the pilot was able to keep it in the air for around 24 hours even after the sunset with the help of the stored energy. 4. Beehives Solar powered Beehives Solar powered Beehives All of us like honey for its great sweet taste. Honey comes from most of the honey farms where honey bees are kept in artificial beehives. So this solar project is all about the solar powered cooler that keeps the beehive cool so that the production of honey in the colony of bees should be high. This cooler is totally powered by solar energy and allows the bees to live happily in the beehive. 5. Plant lights Solight- solar powered garden Solight- solar powered garden The next thing in this category of weird solar projects is ‘Solight concept plant lightning system’. If you are interested in planting trees inside your house, where there is no sunlight you can rely on this Solight concept plant lightning system. This device contains LED bulbs that provide light to the plants beneath it using the energy gathered from the sunlight. Hence, Solight being a weird project can help you a lot in in-house gardening. 6. Vending machines Solar Powered Vending Machine Solar Powered Vending Machine by Fuji Electronics Japan based electronic goods company Fuji electronics has debuted its solar powered vending machine that works totally on solar power. The vending machine is moss covered and keeps all items cool due to improved insulation of moss. It looks like an ordinary vending machine and helps reduce the consumption of electricity for a greener tomorrow. The concept is totally green as the number of vending machines in the world is very large and if the company is able to replace all vending machines with these solar powered machines than it can help us save most of the electric energy. 7. Farmers market Solar powered farmers market Solar powered farmers market You might have visited vegetable markets that are totally dependent on electricity or some other non renewable sources of energy. But, Albuquerque Downtown Growers Market has made some changes when compared to other farmers markets. It uses solar energy for every thing like keeping fresh the vegetables, music inside the shop and even the ATM machines that are placed there are totally powered by solar energy. Hence, we can say that they are making a big step towards green revolution. This article is sponsored by Mobile Phone Products From Made-in-China.com .

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How to Make Seed Balls for No Till Farming (Video)

August 19, 2011 by  
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Image credit: Paul Wheaton From a seed bomb vending machine through aerial reforestation to a guide on how to make seed bombs and not get in trouble , we’ve had plenty of posts on seed bombs, or seed balls, and how to make them. But usually these posts ar… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Japanese Vending Machines Will Also Offer EV Charging

March 7, 2011 by  
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In just a few months, Japanese drivers can stop at vending machine and get both a soda for themselves and some juice for their EV.  Ten Japanese companies have formed a consortium to install electric car chargers at the site of beverage vending machines across the country. The consortium includes vending machine operator Forking Co. and Panasonic Electric Works, along with eight other companies that will develop and produce EV chargers to go along with the vending machines.  Within the first year of the project, which will start at the end of this month, Forking plans to install 10,000 chargers at its vending machine sites.

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