Amputee Uses Thought-Controlled Bionic Leg to Climb Chicago’s Willis Tower

November 5, 2012 by  
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Climbing 103 flights of stairs without collapse is a noteworthy achievement for any human being, but when said human only has one leg, it’s nothing short of miraculous. Thirty-one year-old Zac Vawter lost his right leg in a motorcycle accident, but he didn’t let that sidetrack his life. Wearing a bionic leg that’s controlled by electrical impulses from his brain, Vawter recently climbed 103 floors of Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower , becoming the first person ever to complete the task wearing a mind-controlled prosthetic limb. Read the rest of Amputee Uses Thought-Controlled Bionic Leg to Climb Chicago’s Willis Tower Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bionic leg , chicago , Design for Health , green design , mind-controlled prosthetic , prosthetic , prosthetic leg , Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago , skyscraper , sustainable design , Willis Tower , zac vawter

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The O2 Pursuit is an Air-Powered Motorcycle that Can Travel 62 Miles on a Single Charge

November 5, 2012 by  
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Developed by Dean Benstead , a graduate RMIT University in Melbourne, the O2 Pursuit is a pretty extraordinary bike. With a range of about 62 miles per ‘tank’ and top speeds of 87 mph, the modified Yamaha WR250R is powered entirely by compressed air. A canister with a compression of 3000 PSI, the same as those used by scuba divers, appears to power the bike as effectively as many electric motors—and Benstead’s technology has been nominated for a James Dyson Award . Read the rest of The O2 Pursuit is an Air-Powered Motorcycle that Can Travel 62 Miles on a Single Charge Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air powered cars , airpod , compressed air , dean benstead , james dyson award , o2 pursuit , rmit , scuba power , tasa

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America’s Tallest Skyscraper Becoming a Solar Farm

March 24, 2011 by  
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Chicago’s Willis Tower, America’s tallest building — formerly known as the Sears Tower, is getting a major green makeover.  The south side of the 56th floor will soon be home to solar electric glass windows, turning the tower into a 2-MW vertical solar farm. The windows called high power density photovoltaic glass units are being made by Pythagoras Solar .  They will retain views and daylighting for the floor, reduce heat and produce as much electricity as a traditional solar panel.  The windows consist of monocrystalline silicon solar cells sandwiched between two layers of glass with an internal prism that directs the sunlight onto the solar cells, while letting diffuse light through.  The result is a cooler, natural lighting environment inside the skyscraper and a more efficient solar panel

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Make Your Own Earth Hour Event

March 26, 2010 by  
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The green states are officially participating in Earth Hour . It is hard to find out exactly what is happening on Earth Hour; most activities are pretty local. Thirty states are turning out the lights in their governor’s mansions and other public buildings, and according to USA Today, the Empire State Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Las Vegas Strip, Niagara Falls and the Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower, are all shutting them down

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