Tag: Suburban Utopia

The largest solar power plant in the world
Manufactured Landscapes

The Largest Solar Power Plant in the World

Lately Japan is facing an energy and space crisis. It’s been several years since the disaster of Fukushima and looks like Japanese people are still undecided on where to draw the energy they need. Despite the tragedy the government did not retreat from the nuclear path, but on the other hand investments in clean technologies are growing. An example is the new ambitious project of the floating photovoltaic system of Kyocera Solar TC Yakamura that will lie on the waters of a dam, representing the largest solar establishment in the world.

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Dutch police use Eagle against drones
Suburban Utopia

Enlisting Eagles to Take Down Drones

An eagle clutching a flying drone is probably not a scene that you see everyday, unless you live in the Netherlands. That’s right, because to defend the safety of citizens, the Dutch police launched an experimental program to test if it is possible to use eagles or other predatory birds to efficiently seize with the maximum promptness any drone out of control or driven a bit too unscrupulously by the owners.

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LinkNYC, Wi-Fi hotspot in New York
Innovative Nostalgia

Wi-Fi Hotspots Take Over Old Payphones

Nowadays telephone booths are obsolete objects. If you are a digital native you probably never noticed one of them. With the number of smartphone owners worldwide surpassing two billion, they have fallen into disuse. That’s why New York City decided to definitely say goodbye to neglected payphones and replace them with Wi-Fi hotspots.

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Suburban Utopia

Fake Grass Covered Roofs to Produce Energy

The concept of using our rooftops to produce green, renewable energy for our houses is already very common if we look at solar panels. Now an international team of scientists is researching into the idea of carpeting roofs with plastic grass-like material instead. The plastic blades would be used as miniature wind turbines able to generate wind power for the home.

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Beijing Blur
Information Decoration

Smog: an Augmented Reality?

A few days ago, these images of iconic buildings in Beijing as they look with and without intense smog have been posted on Weibo, one of China’s most popular social media platforms. Interestingly, these images speak the visual language of augmented reality apps, in which an additional layer of information is projected on top of the perceptible environment as seen through the lens of a camera, usually on a hand-held device. But in this particular case, an interesting reversal seems to take place.

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