Removing ourselves from our surroundings often brings us closer to them. Astronauts speak of the Overview Effect, passing over Earth and seeing it only as a fragile speck in a massive solar system. The desire to protect and preserve is felt, as national boundaries evaporate and a global interdependency is realized. These satellite images are fascinating, overwhelming and thought provoking.
INTEL Make it wearable challenge: Team Nixie developed a wearable dronecamera for your wristband
Team Nixie is developing the first wearable drone camera, which can be worn around your wrist. The team will be presenting their prototype for the Intel Make It Wearable Challenge Finale on November 3, 2014 in San Francisco.
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Soft robotic Exoskeletons
Harvard is working for DARPA’s Warrior Web program on a wearable robot/smart suit that will add power to your movements. The smart suit is intended to be worn under clothing and could boost the endurance and strength of everyone.
Tom Cruises scifi future exoskeletons seems to be outdated. Outpaced by Innovation.
The device, the Soft Exosuit, is intended to be worn comfortably under clothing and could enable soldiers to walk longer distances, keep fatigue at bay, and minimize the risk of injury when carrying heavy loads. Alternative versions of the suit could eventually assist those with limited mobility as well.
DARPA’s Warrior Web program seeks to develop technologies to prevent and reduce musculoskeletal injuries for military personnel, but the same technologies could also have civilian applications. A reduction in such injuries could reduce long-term healthcare costs and enhance quality of life for wearers of the suit.
Generation IP: 2025
I’m not sure if I already had this corporate design fiction video / flat-pack future here. Therefore:
Welcome to Generation IP:2025 by Virgin Media Business — an in-depth study carried out in conjunction with The Future Laboratory - which provides an exciting glimpse into a hyper-connected Britain in just thirteen years’ time.
stoweboyd: datarep: Money raised from popular fundraisers and the number of related disease deaths. Read More Proof of human stupidity #457
emergentfutures: DARPA Is Developing ‘Transformers’-Style Flying Drones It’s official: The U.S. military is getting into the business of buildingTransformer-style robots. Of course, they won’t exactly be like the ones you’ve seen in Michael Bay's films, but in terms of purpose and functionality, the early versions won't be far off. DARPA, or the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, revealed on Tuesday concept images of its plan to outfit the U.S. military with modular flying drones, which can “transform” to meet various mission needs. Full Story: Mashable
High-Flying Algae Airships are Self-Sufficient Airborne Cities
Architect Vincent Callebaut recently unveiled a blue-sky plan for a high-flying fleet of self-sufficient aircraft that are one part zeppelin cities and one part hydrogen-generating floating farms. Dubbed Hydrogenase, the algae-producing airborne cities are 100% emission-free and are capable of generating hydrogen gas without consuming land needed for crops or forests. (via High-Flying Algae Airships are Self-Sufficient Airborne Cities | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building)
I think my talents make me immune from being replaced by a robot for at least the next 150 years. That should be enough time for me to pivot my career.
mothernaturenetwork: A skyscraper that grows taller and taller as its occupants generate wasteBilled as a ‘self-generating development,’ Organic Skyscraper’s ultimate height is dependent on the recycling activities of its occupants.
sunfoundation: Envisioning the urban skyscraper of 2050 The urban buildings of the near-future will be tall, smart, adaptable, responsive, honest, modular, recyclable, clean, and deeply embedded into the systems of their host cities, if an imaginative vision from Arup’s Foresight team is anything to judge by.
When the classic VW bus was at the height of its popularity in the ’60s, ads bragged about the fact that it got 24 miles per gallon. Fifty years later, that’s actually still a lot better than some similarly sized vans, but it isn’t exactly carbon neutral. Brazilian designer Eduardo Galvani decided to reinvent the hippie bus as something truly sustainable.
A company in China's proposed floating city.
Chinese company wants to build this spectacular floating city
With so many of China’s 1.4 billion people clustered around its coastline, things can get pretty crowded. So instead of using more precious land space to build the cities of the future, a Chinese company has proposed using some of the 71 percent of the Earth’s surface that’s covered by water for expansion. Floating City will be a four square mile structure that floats like an iceberg, with some of the surface structure visible above the surface, but most of the action happening down below the waterline. Built on land in large hexagonal sections, the pieces will be slotted together like a giant jigsaw puzzle in the ocean. Designed to be totally self-sufficient, Floating City will have its own farms and waste disposal systems, and will offer everything from housing to entertainment, sports complexes and shopping. Transportation will be provided using a series of underwater tunnels and submarines. (via Chinese company wants to build this spectacular floating city | DVICE)
Solar Roadways is a modular paving system of solar panels that can withstand the heaviest of trucks (250,000 pounds). These Solar Road Panels can be installed on roads, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, bike paths, playgrounds… literally any surface under the sun. They pay for themselves primarily through the generation of electricity, which can power homes and businesses connected via driveways and parking lots. A nationwide system could produce more clean renewable energy than a country uses as a whole (http://solarroadways.com/numbers.shtml).