Tag: Officegarden


Vertical Farms Growing In Giant Trees

In the forest, plants struggle with each others to gain sunlight. Meanwhile in the ‘urban jungle’ we call cities, plants need to fight against tall buildings and skyscrapers in order to reach fresh air and sun rays.

Inspired by ‘The Vertical Farm’ by Dr. Dickson Despommier, Aprilli Design Studio conceptualized Urban Skyfarm as architectural solution that brings vegetation high up in the air and environmental improvement for food production and distribution.

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Does Handwriting Matter Anymore?

Handwriting or keyboarding? The personal touch of pen and ink VERSUS the efficiency and productivity of digital word processors.

According to scientist, writing by hand carries particular cognitive benefits by stimulating parts of the brain that key-clicking doesn’t touch. But many educators think handwriting doesn’t matter that much.

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We Are Weaker Than Our Ancestors

Researchers confirm that modern society technologies and comforts caused the decline of our overall strength.
We don’t need science to realize our lifestyle is sedentary and not active enough. What we didn’t know is that, compared to our ancestors, our body became weaker and less fit than it used to be 7.000 years ago.

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Electricity From Plants

Imagine you are spending a nice sunny day at the park. Like all good Society of Simulations inhabitants, you want to take a picture of your friends and the amazing picnic you are having, to post it on your social networks. Bummer! The battery of your mobile phone is dead. And of course, there isn’t any electric socket anywhere near. This difficulty soon might be a problem of the past. Dutch technostarter Plant-e designs and develops products that use living plants to generate electricity.

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Delivery Drones Are Coming

Drones are typically thought of as flying spying robots, or even worse flying spying shooting robots. But could we also employ drones for good? Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos certainly thinks so. In a 60 Minutes interview, he announced that Amazon wants to use octocopters to deliver your order within a half hour at any location you choose.

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Have We Passed “Peak Automobile”?

You’ve heard about peak oil, but what about peak automobile? There is mounting evidence that society has already passed the years of maximum car use. Fewer young consumers are getting driver’s licenses than their parents, and they are also buying fewer cars.  Numerous studies point to a significant change in consumption that is not explained away by the recent financial crisis.

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The Smart Desk: Exercise While Working

Sitting in front of a computer and exercising have never been so closely related. Stir Kinetic Desk is just as well-suited for the workaholic as the fitness fan. The desk “breathes”, moving up and down slightly, to remind users to change their position, helping improve posture.

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Furniture Bondage

How the objects in our environment, which are supposed to serve us, at the same time also domesticate us.

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Work Out Like the Flintstones

The exercise of the future? Paleolithic fitness! From hanging from a tree branch like Tarzan, throwing and catching cobblestones to barefoot climbing, working out like our ancestors is the latest American trend. The new/old caveman fitness craze is quickly surpassing other exercise programs in popularity.

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Lets Grow a Glowing Plant

Some four years ago we wrote about a plan to create bioluminescent trees that would replace streetlights. This dream is getting closer.

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