Pigeon Air Patrol monitors air quality
Manufactured Animals

Pigeons Are Monitoring Air Quality

Our peculiar image of the week shows a Pigeon Air Patrol that monitors air quality. In March ten pigeons have been released in London, each of them equipped with a tiny backpack. The backpack integrates lightweight pollution sensors by Plume Labs able to measure nitrogen dioxide and ozone concentrations. The analysis of the air quality was then sent back in real-time. Pigeon Air Patrol was the winner of the Twitter campaign #PoweredByTweets, that challenged innovators to think about the potential of objects that are, you guessed it, powered by Tweets.

Via New Scientist

Suburban Utopia

The First Self-Driving City Coach

The bus of the future is here and it is called, indeed, Future Bus. Mercedes-Benz just revealed the first self-driving city coach and took it to the streets of Amsterdam for a test drive. The company envisioned the next step for public transportation in the form of semi-autonomous bus technology. With its advanced driving system CityPilot, the Future Bus is designed to navigate urban environments.

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being reminded by Facebook that it's your best friend's birthday
Society of Simulations

What Is Next Nature? #11

Facebook’s mission“to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected” – seems innocent and noble, but the social network, now deeply integrated in the social fabric, makes us question what it means to be social. We no longer have to remember birthdays and other socially significant events, Facebook kindly reminds us important dates and it even suggests what to write to our dearest friends.

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Panoramic View in Open Air Hotel

Where are you going this summer? How about sleeping out in the open air in the Swiss Alps. No Wi-Fi, no walls, no bathroom and most certainly no roof, this is Null Stern‘s latest hotel concept. With its 6.463 feet above sea level, the hoteliers are taking “a room with a view” to the next level.

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Ground Level Traffic Lights For Smartphone Zombies
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Traffic Lights for Smartphone Zombies

Beware of Smombies! Don’t you know who they are? “Smombies” has been voted Word of 2015 in Germany to describe the zombie-like behavior of smartphone users causing traffic accidents. Augsburg, a city near Munich, is experimenting with embedding traffic lights into the pavement, warning pedestrians who are busy looking at their screens while walking.

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Robotic furniture for the young professional
Suburban Utopia

Shapeshifting Robotic Furniture

Moveable walls and multifunctional components, the in-house architectural robotics from Ori combines functionality with design. Ori, deriving from origami, is a line of connected smart products, developed by MIT Media Lab in partnership with designer Yves Béhar. Designed for micro-studios with less than 28 square meters of space, Ori transforms the space with a single push on the button. Aiming at young professionals paying high rents in urban centers, Ori houses a media center, storage space, a bench, a fold out desk, and a bed. It’s morphing time!

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