Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
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September 5th, 2014
11:00
 

While aesthetics are often a main concern in home furnishings, and haute design is slick, these gadgets may completely revolutionize decor!  If you live in a house built in the 1800′s (as I do), you might have some reservations about putting these pieces next to a vintage dining table or hand-turned stair banister – but, mixing things up might make you a forerunner in stylish magazine photos, right???

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL—Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne) scientists are creating futuristic furniture that can move around and autonomously change its shape.

 

After all, the Swiss are known for the cuckoo clock and that’s become a collectible around the world – proving a little silliness can be a very positive thing!

Roombots take a ‘Transformer’ spin on furniture design

Roombots: Modular Robots That Become Adaptive Furniture

Robot furniture

 

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The thought of making my own TOYS has a real appeal to the inner kid I’ve never left far behind.  Although, I’m not sure I am thrilled with the idea that these creations have a ‘shelf-life’ of two days or so.  According to the interviewee, Nicholas Liverman (co-Founder of Old World Laboratories), that’s about the length of the attention span for his own children before they move on to something else (can you say landfill, boys and girls?).  Custom Toys

Of greater value, this creative outlet has applications in the education sphere.  Increasing affordability of 3-D printers may allow for them to be available in more classroom settings!  Imagine the possibilities for the children in lower income settings to have actual hands-on experience with materials that have never been available to them before…

 

TEACHING IN 3-D

 

“3D printing allows for more authentic exploration of objects that may not be readily available to education institutions, including animal anatomies and toxic materials. The exploration of 3D printing, from design to production, as well as demonstrations and participatory access, can open up new possibilities for learning activities.”

 

How will you apply 3-D production of goods/services to your current work to bring about great changes for a Smarter Planet??

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As more and more emphasis is placed on finding alternative means of energy, here’s an interesting story on Geothermal out of American Samoa.

“The American Samoa Power Authority has teamed up with Quantec Geoscience to look for a source of geothermal energy beneath certain parts of Tutuila, as confirmed by ASPA CEO Utu Abe Malae in response to Samoa News queries. The hope is that this form of renewable energy will be able to replace diesel fired power plants in the territory   …this project is designed to cost effectively map the deep layers of rock and water beneath certain parts of Tutuila without the expense and impacts of drilling.”

Mapping of Tutuila being done with an eye toward geothermal energy

Click on the map to earn more about this beautiful region.

Click on the map to learn more about this beautiful region.

Take a look at this accompanying piece on the technology from Leapfrog on 3D Geothermal Modeling

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August 7th, 2014
2:30
 

Travel on a bike is fun and healthy.  Traveling with a bike can be exhausting and hazardous to your health (keep in mind the angry looks and comments you endure from those who are unintentionally whacked by you toting your green transportation onto a subway, train, bus, … you get the idea).  And trying to get a bike into an electric car for a trip to the mountains is the equivalent of solving the riddle of the Sphinx.

Ta da!!! – this way cool alternative (which may or may not make it to the mass market), but is SO AWESOME!

Lucid Design’s Full-Size Bike Fits Into a Tiny Circular Backpack!

KitBike

And check out Lucid’s website for information on their other products and projects.  Based in India, their collective creativity is mind-blowing.  And their excitement in what they do is obvious – catch their spirit and build it into your own work!

 

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Medical science continues to evolve by taking new directions that don’t necessarily begin with focus groups and human or animal subject testing.   The use of 3D technologies for assisting physicians in ‘customized’ diagnoses and treatment plans for many health issues is being explored at both universities and hospitals.  By using virtual simulations, the hope is that both costs and patient trauma can be radically reduced.   Watch the video and take a look at the linked articles-

The heart of the future

“By creating the first full virtual model of the human heart, Dassault Systèmes are enabling medical professionals to one day explore personalized treatments for each patient prior to performing surgery, while inspiring researchers to revolutionize cardiovascular medicine”

See what other tech is being explored at Dassault Systèmes, a French corporation offering global employment opportunities…

 

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