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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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August 29th, 2014
10:49
 

According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of PUSHBACK is: (#1) the action of forcing an object backward; (#2) resistance or opposition in response to a policy or regulation especially by those affected.  [Personal note:  lots of language has morphed around the globe - - being a language purist, I'd rather see pushback as a hyphenated word, but I don't think I get a vote!]

Most often we hear “pushback” used in the office or home environment to describe a “counter-offensive” in response to a proposed idea, suggestion, or (heaven forbid) chore to be done in the house – so definition (#2) is in play there.  In the aviation world, pushback relates to the primary definition (#1).

Read about the new system being developed in Germany to bring more automation to airline departures or PUSHBACKS

Pilot Ground Situation Awareness System (PGSA)

Make sure to check out the contact information for the companies at the bottom of the article (job prospects, maybe?)  Sorry, I didn’t see any advice in the article as to how to make your teachers, parents or boss give in to your pushback! You’re on your own there, I’m afraid :-)

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As a follow on to the Vertical Farms blog post by Kimberly (published August 6th), read about this Thesis project from Philipp Hutfless who’s studying Industrial Design at University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt,  Germany.  He was inspired by a trip to Japan which sparked his desire to design a food system that could be sustained offshore.

Here’s a sketch of his work in his own words on the

James Dyson Foundation website:

 

Vereos

 

Another description of the project is posted on the Fast Company exist website  (They have all kinds of reviews, musings, op ed pieces and product information on their site – check it out) Floating Ocean Greenhouses Bring Fresh Food Closer To Megacities

 

 

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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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July 31st, 2014
6:13
 

How do you educate others?  Do you take up the cry for what is right?  Contribute to the betterment of your society?  You may be inspired by a passionate and dedicated voice for Africa.

The environmentalist, Nnimmo Bassey, deplores the Green Revolution in Africa and oil spills in the Niger Delta region. He does not underestimate the work to be done to educate people on the need to stop those who wish to destroy the environment and to redefine new concepts of development Read an interview with Nnimmo Bassey, director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation in Nigeria, which is an ecological think tank.

Visit the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) website and learn the stories of those who want to make a difference.  Explore the activities undertaken by these individuals driven by their love of humanity. (Be patient; it may take a few mins for the site to load…)  While you’re there, view some of the recorded videos of Bassey – powerful stuff!

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