Posted by Allison Blackburn

The Gate Residence will promote environmental sustainability

Many buildings built today make use of technology that will minimize the impact on the environment. However, one building of the future, the Gate Residence in Egypt, will take things to a whole new level. The building will features solar panels, solar heater tubes, windcatchers, geothermal cooling and wind turbines. [Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures] The Gate Residence is the idea of Vincent Callebaut Architectures and they have focused on environmental sustainability before with the Dragonfly concept and the Agora Garden. They plan on using a lot of the same technology with the Gate Residence, however, on a much […]

Posted by Lara Lopes

Kodak’s new GoPro contender offers 360 degree view

Kodak have just revealed it’s new action camera that will go head-to-head with the GoPro series. The PIXPRO SP360 offers a 360-degree view of the action using a single dome shaped lens and films in full HD (1080p), recording at 30 fps with a 16-megapixel MO sensor. The dome lens means that it doesn’t require an array of cameras to be stitched together to produce the 360-degree view. The camera offers 4 different modes to shoot in; Front (212 degrees), Split (180-degree front and rear views at the same time), Dome (214 degrees) and Sphere (360 degrees), providing alternative vantage points. It can […]

Posted by Lara Lopes

Click Your Heels To Escape Bad Situations With “Dorothy”

Remember the movie “The Wizard of Oz” when Dorothy clicks her heels three times, repeating “There’s no place like home”? How useful would that be during a horrible date or any other unpleasant situation where you just wish someone would call you to get you out? Well, there is a new gadget made to give any mortal that same power. Inspired by the story of the “Wizard of Oz”, IStrategy Labs thought of an easy and practical way to get you out of such awkward situations. They created “Dorothy,” and App that connects to the “Ruby”, a small Bluetooth connected device […]

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Electricity grows on trees in Israel thanks to the eTree

The old saying that money doesn’t grow on trees is unfortunately correct but when it comes to electricity growing on trees a company from Israel decided to make it reality. Sologic came up with the eTree, a tree-like structure with solar panel leaves which doubles as a meeting spot and a place to recharge electronic devices and connect to the internet. [Image Courtesy of Sologic] The eTree is part of a social-environmental enterprise along with being an ecological sculpture. The company behind it wants to promote awareness of the environment and sustainability by bonding the environment and community together. [Image Courtesy […]

Posted by Lara Lopes

Volvo Car’s 360º View Technology Can Predict and Avoid Accidents

According to a study conducted by the University of Michigan using 2008 data from the World Health Organization, 2.1% of deaths in the world are caused by car accidents. A new technology developed by Volvo Cars is seeking a way to help zero this number. The car manufacturer has been dedicating the last four years to the “Non-Hit Car and Truck” project, which is to create sensors that monitor a 360º view around the car in order to avoid crashes. The project is expected to be finished by December and is being done in collaboration with universities, institutions and the automotive industry. According to the […]

Posted by Lara Lopes

Electrical Engineer Creates Self-Sufficient Solar Roadways

The electrical engineer Scott Brusaw developed a system of roads to try to change the highways of the United States. The initiative is based on roads made ​​of solar panels that are able to capture and use solar energy. The project started being implemented in sidewalks, bike paths, patios, parking lots and playgrounds before being inserted in the street. Besides providing a more sustainable transportation system, these roads could also bring socioeconomic benefits for the population. If used on a national scale, the roads could generate enough energy to sustain the consumption of a whole country, replacing hydropower, nuclear power […]