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Sunseeker Duo is proving that solar flight is a reality

European comapany Solar Flight’s latest project, the Sunseeker Duo, set out to prove that solar flight was more than just a dream and after just a couple of years they are doing just that. At the end of 2013, husband and wife team Eric and Irena Raymond have took to the skies together, making the Duo the first solar-powered airplane to carry two people. [Images Courtesy of Solar Flight] “Flying the Duo, skimming the white fluffy clouds from above and playing on the sky, I feel like a bird,” said Irena Raymond. “No limitations, a pure freedom. It’s so quiet. Compared to [...]


Jul
26
MYO Armband Lets You Control Digital Technology With Hand Gestures

MYO clearly defines the kind of thing you don’t need, but you must have. Consider the ability to control all the electronics in your house with a simple hand gesture or snap of the fingers and you’ll find yourself feeling like a Jedi with this bracelet. [Image Source: Thalmic Labs] Thamic Labs created MYO, a bracelet that enables control and interaction with several types of electronic devices through arm, hand or finger movements. It works through a bioelectric muscle reading, interpreting the movement and figuring out what gestures are being done. MYO seems to have the same technology as Microsoft’s [...]


Jul
26
Great DIY ideas for hiding those ugly things in your home

Author : Allison Blackburn, 26 July 2014

Great DIY ideas for hiding those ugly things in your home

We all have things in our home that we would just love to hide. For instance this could be cables, the router or modem, dog’s dishes or cat litter trays, even thermostats on the wall can be unsightly. Well check out the following DIY ideas to hide ugly things in your home. They are all very easy to copy and will have you wondering why you didn’t think of it before. Hide the dog’s water and food dished in a cabinet and you can close the drawer and hide them from view. [Image Courtesy of Excitingmag] Hide your air-con with [...]

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Eco-hotel bamboo tree house concept offers visitors a bird’s eye view

Bamboo is considered a very versatile material and Penda, the architecture and design collective based in Beijing, have come up with a concept for a bamboo tree house style eco-hotel with the name of ‘One with the Birds’. [Image Courtesy of Penda] The bamboo tree house eco-hotel from Penda was originally designed for the AIM Legend of Tent competition. The competition does away with the usual trend of big building projects in China and instead moves towards a low impact eco-hotel with the aim of encouraging visitors to go back to nature. [Image Courtesy of Penda] The inspiration for the tree [...]

Posted by Allison Blackburn

London Mayor shows off the future of Heathrow with three interesting proposals

Heathrow Airport in London is getting busier every year and while we have heard of plans that have been focused on building a new runway at the airport, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, is considering abandoning the current site of the airport and starting over by building a brand new airport on the Thames Estuary on a floating island. [Image Courtesy of  Gensler] While at the moment it does sound rather ambitious, but if it does come to fruition the old site where Heathrow airport is standing now would be available for redevelopment. Now, the office of the Mayor has [...]

Posted by Allison Blackburn

Singapore Sports Hub is largest dome structure in the world

The Singapore Sports Hub has recently been completed and the 55,000 capacity National Stadium has the title of being the largest dome structure in the world. [Image Courtesy of DPArchitects] The Singapore Sports Hub sits on a 35 acre site and its designers were local, DP Architects. The heart of the Hub is the National Stadium with the dome measuring 312m in diameter; it beats the previous title holder of the biggest dome structure, the Texas Cowboys Stadium, by  37m (roughly 10%). [Image Courtesy of DPArchitects] [Image Courtesy of DPArchitects] The stadium was designed with a roof that can be retracted, [...]

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Japan’s New Cruise Train: Ultra-Luxury on Rails

Japan has a real fascination for trains, especially ones that are highly technological and modern. Since most train routes in the country were privatized in the late 80s, companies that wanted to invest in a more peculiar type of transportion were able to create their vehicles and bold designs with greater freedom, bringing desginers from other areas to assist in the process. Former Ferrari designer, Ken Okuyama, is one of those individuals. The JR East company called Okuyama design models called “Cruise Trains”, meant to be an extraordinarily luxurious train in Japan, but it sure looks a lote more like [...]