Conceived by designers Michal Vlcek and Klavir, the “Photosynthesis Car” is a revolutionary vehicle that is powered by nothing but pipe dreams and plants. The Photosynthesis Car would integrates a special kind of solar panels, generating energy from the natural photosynthetic process. For the vehicle concept grows its own turf and plants that not only produces sustainable energy for the car but also seat passengers in a natural environment. Running on an electric engine, the futuristic vehicle features nano plastic body and joystick controls, allowing a safe and easy driving. The design element of the car does seem great, but the technological aspects have mostly been untouched. Though photosynthesis can be used to produce sugars and later biofuel, but how will that biofuel power the vehicle is unclear.
How to live in microsized quarters? This question is at the heart of Lehman B’s performance art Supertramp he showcased at the Rough Luxe Hotel in London. The project attempts to promote and inspire livable life forms.
TomTom has teamed up with Lucasfilm and VoiceSkins to bring official Star Wars voices to its portable navigation devices. TomTom Star Wars GPS Voices let select Star Wars characters — including Darth Vader, C-3PO, Yoda, and Han Solo — guide you to your destination in true intergalactic style, while throwing in extras like authentic sound effects, custom screen wallpaper, and character map icons.
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John Davis with Silver Tears Campers makes some of his campers out of wood. He’s known for his custom-made furniture and is now expanding on that business, employing three people who spend their time cutting, finishing and sanding at the company located in Roanoke’s Industrial Center.
It has an open air gallery kitchen, with plenty of rooms, ‘39 Ford teardrop LED tail lights, a mahogany plywood and solid ash body, recessed interior lighting, hard maple countertops, leak-proof hinges, stainless steel ice box, a water tank with an on-demand water pump.
Put in everything you need and leave the ones that just bog you down inside this mahogany and ash beauty. The road awaits and your adventures are just on the horizon so you better get a move on along with the Silver Tears.
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The bullet train is moving all the time. If there are 30 stations between Beijing and Guangzhou , just stopping and accelerating again at each station will waste both energy and time.
A mere 5 min stop per station will result in a total loss of 5 min x 30 stations or 2.5 hours of train journey time!
Russian Roman Abramovich is a billionaire. That means he gets to buy ridiculously luxuries, from fast cars to posh estates and $52,000 lunches. He owns a Boeing 767 called “The Bandit,” and now he owns a 557-foot mega-yacht, the “Eclipse,” which cost him anywhere between $400 million and $1.2 billion.
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Infrared lasers detect the electronic light sensors in nearby cameras, known as charge-coupled devices. When the system detects such a device, it fires a focused beam of light at the camera, disrupting its ability to record a digital image.
The beams can also be activated manually by security guards if they spot a photographer loitering.
The Aptera 2e is an ultra-efficient entirely green three-wheel car that will be on sale at some point this year. Aptera Motors has been working on this battery powered electric car for many years, with a curved aerodynamic design as one of the main efficiency feature.
Designers at the Royal College of Art were challenged to create a digital design for a Bentley coupe that embraces aerodynamics and reduced energy consumption while maintaining a 21st aesthetic that suits the brand. Here are the finalists plus additional submissions and sketches.
“Explore a new Aerodynamic lead design direction for Bentley, develop a digital design for a Bentley coupe that speaks to lean mid 21st century tastes, and that truly embraces aerodynamics to both reduce energy consumption and form part of a future Bentley design aesthetic.”
Designed for a competition, the “Homeless Shelter” by designer Paul Elkins is a mobile shelter intended to fulfill the housing needs of the fast growing homeless society. Featuring a simple, lightweight (225 pounds) and watertight structure, the portable shelter not only provides refuge to the homeless at night but it can also be used to display and vend products during the day, so the homeless people could earn their livelihood. Equipping a small kitchen, toilet and furniture that folds to add extra space, the mobile unit gathers rainwater in a tank through a valve to meet water requirements of the occupants, allowing them to lead a sustainable lifestyle.
A noticed solar-powered mega-yacht has just come on the market, the luxurious WHY 37×24. Created by Monaco-based yacht maker Wally in collaboration with Paris-based fashion house Hermes, it’s 37 meters long and 24 meters wide.
It has a swimming pool and is powered by a diesel-electric engine and 390 square meters of rooftop solar panels. Its hull design makes it requires less power at cruising speed than another boat of equal size. The engine and solar panels bring down the energy consumption by up to 30 percent for propulsion and 50 percent for generation.
Original innovation with hybrid gasoline/hydraulic drive system, the IngoCar just had its design sketches released from its manufacturer Valentin Technologies based in Winsconsin. The project of a five-seater mid-size vehicle which is claimed to achieve 170 mpg fuel efficiency.
Acceleration from 0-60 in 4 seconds, a range of 1,000 miles for a full 6 gallon tank of fuel, recuperation of the energy while braking, and roomy areas for passengers and trunks. The future seems to be so near.
A perfect illustration of French innovation is the Zep’lin designed by Damien Grossemy for Renault. Scheduled for 2015, the project is today an new symbol of eco-design for the car manufacturer.
Made with hemp fiber and linseed oil based resins., The Hermes 66 Eco Yacht by Ben Mazur is a very eco-friendly yacht. Its engine uses sustainable hydrofoil and aerofoil technologies to provide performance comparable to a motor-yacht. Eat your heart out Larry Ellison.
Travellers will love this outstanding idea. The Moving Mini House by Stephanie Bellanger is a 252° living area that fans out of its trailer. It offers a bathroom, living room, bedroom, kitchen and an office. One person is enough to pull the area out of to its external shelf. The support feet will spread automatically as the floor is opened.
A 60-foot catamaran made mostly from recycled plastic, plans to sail from San Francisco to Sydney, Australia. Almost everything is repurposed plastic: the deck, the sails, the cabin. Even the two hulls are ringed by approximately 13,000 pressurized 2L bottles. After three years of research and construction the voyage will determine its seaworthiness.
The Zambezi Queen, a new 150-foot-long river boat owned by Tony Stern, is a “five-star floating boutique hotel.” It has been designed to provide all modern amenities to the passengers with minimum impact on the environment. The boat offers a luxurious new way to explore the Chobe River in Botswana, which runs through the Chobe National Park.
The luxurious boat is both luxurious and green as it is equipped with solar water heater and uses jet propulsion instead of conventional propellers for better fuel economy. Moreover, the boat doesn’t have any air-conditioners to save on precious energy. All of its 14 suites are appointed with private balconies, modern colonial-style décor and plenty of mosquito netting.
London, UK, Leading design and innovation company Seymourpowell is today unveiling full details of its visionary transportation concept, Aircruise – a giant, vertical airship powered by natural energy and designed to carry travellers in style and luxury.
Originally a self-generated project, Seymourpowell’s Aircruise is the concept design for a hotel in the sky, with low passenger numbers and huge internal spaces offering room for living, dining and relaxing, as well as scope for dramatic and inspirational public spaces. The initial design proposes a bar/lounge zone, four duplex apartments, a penthouse and five smaller apartments.
The concept subsequently captured the imagination of Korean giant Samsung Construction and Trading (C&T). Driven by its interest in new materials for building, Samsung C&T appointed Seymourpowell to refine the idea and produce a detailed computer animation of the proposed experience to illustrate this visionary approach to the future.
From the docking rig at the base to the tip, the ship is 265 metres tall. Hydrogen, the lightest gas, is used as the lifting gas, and is capable of lifting around 1.2Kg per cubic metre of volume. Large PEM hydrogen fuel cells will provide on board power and some drinking water.