Tag: Suburban Utopia

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Ambulance Drone

Drones have been used to spy and attack people in war zones. Now, Alec Momont, a young graduate student at Delft University of Technology, has come up with an innovative application for drones that could one day help save thousands of lives. He designed a prototype of an ambulance drone, an autonomously navigating mini aeroplane that can quickly deliver a defibrillator to where it is needed.

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Transportations Of The Future

Forced to leave into spacetime, humans always tried to improve the way of moving around. Since the invention of the wheel we travelled quite a distance, however transportation technology is progressing much slower than other sciences. Nowadays most of existing transports are still fossil powered or rely on limited energy sources.

Nevertheless great concepts have been developed around the idea of personal freedom and control, new ways to disconnect vehicles from the ground, expand explorable areas and reduce time-traveling distances. Below a selection of nine enthralling and striking concepts.

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High-Tech Cemetery

Japanese people use to turn to technology for solutions to many of the issues of life, and now death too.

In Japan, a crowded country with a fast-ageing society, there is a shortage of final resting places, especially in the big cities. With a population expected to shrink by nearly 30 million people over the next 50 years, the funerals and graves market is very alive. The Ruriden cemetery, in Tokyo, is a hi-tech solution – multi-storey graveyards.

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eTree – Electric Gardening

Four meters high with wide leaves, eTree by Israel’s startup company Sologicis is an eco-sculpture that looks like a tree. Its foliage is made of solar panels able to produce energy. This photovoltaic tree is a free wifi spot, a station to recharge smartphones and a place where to sit in the shade.

The first eTree has been recently planted in the nature park Ramat Hanadiv, in Israel. In our power sources craving next nature, we garden our own electricity.

Via Inhabitat. Related post: Sunflowers – Electric Gardening

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Urban Green

In the 18th century French philosopher Voltaire said “God created the world, but the Dutch created The Netherlands”. Ever since, we have been doing everything we can, to live up to his statement; as illustrated by this series of pictures by photographer Jacob Gesink shot in various Dutch cities.

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Retro-Futuristic Drones

This postcard from 1925 imagines future New York, “The City of Skyscrapers”.
By that time many of the Big Apple’s skyscrapers were already present. Futurists of the past envisioned not only more high-rise buildings and a system of elevated trains, but also a sort of aerial civilization. Could it be a prediction of drones filling the sky? Via Paleofuture

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Nano Product: CloudCrayons

CloudCrayons are a rockets, similar to fireworks, able to paint the sky above us. Combining cloud seeding techniques with nanotechnology, CloudCrayons can change the color of clouds. This product could be used for festivities, national anniversaries, advertising, or just to lighten up a gloomy weather. Let the imagination fly: green, blue, orange, pink, red, yellow clouds, the sky’s the limit!

From the NANO Supermarket new collection. Designers: Cas Ketel.

Visit the NANO Supermarket and discover all the new products: from Saturday 18th October to Sunday 26th October in Eindhoven. Find more info here.

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21th Century Fata Morgana

Imagine placing a cave man into a time machine that lands him at today’s Bangkok airport. He would not recognize anything… except for those tiny trees in the back! Unsure if they are made of plastic. Peculiar image of the week.

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Brain Surgery For Goldfish

The tiny patient lying on the operating table is a goldfish named George.
The 10-year-old aquatic animal was going to die if it didn’t undergo a complicated surgery to remove a brain tumor. Instead of just pay a dollar to win a new goldfish at the carnival, George’s owners decided to save the little guy.

“George had a quite large tumor on the top of his head that was growing slowly, and it was beginning to affect his quality of life” explained Dr. Tristan Rich, the Australian veterinarian who performed the surgery. According to the doctor, the successful operation gave the goldfish 20 more years of life.

As George’s ‘dad’ said: “It’s not about having a fish, it’s about having this fish.”

Story via Io9

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Sidewalk Lane For Smartphone Users

To prevent smartphone-related accidents the Chinese city of Chongqing divided the sidewalk in two lanes: one for cell phone users and one for non-cell phone users.

Heavy consumers of mobile devices, who cannot stop writing messages, reading the latest news on Twitter or checking their cell phones, can now text and browse in peace while walking in their reserved sidewalk lane. Separating mobile users from other pedestrians, is this a form of Society of Simulations segregation?

Maybe the jewel that stops people from checking the phone could be another solution!

Source: The Washington Post