‘Roll Charge Light Protect’ project keeps wheelchairs safe at night

from DVICE by Kevin Hall

'Roll Charge Light Protect' project keeps wheelchairs safe at night

While it may look like it belongs on the lesser-known reality TV show, Pimp My Wheelchair, Min-Goo Kim’s “Roll Charge Light Protect” wheelchair is all about safety, not bling. The rims are equipped with LEDs that get their charge from the motion of the wheels, which helps in two ways: it helps the occupant see the terrain around them, as well as making them visible to others and motorists in the dark.

Curiously, each wheel also has an LCD on it, which allows one — uncomfortably, we imagine — to check the amount of charge the LED lights have stored up.

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gramazio & kohler: pike loop

from Designboom – Weblog

pike loop is a robot-built installation conceived by swiss architects gramazio & kohler
which will be shown as part of the ‘digital materiality’ exhibition at
storefront for art and architecture in new york. situated on the central mall on pike street
between division street and east broadway, pike loop will be the first architectural project
in the US to be digitally fabricated on site, at a 1:1 scale. the installation will be constructed
by an industrial robot which is normally used to assemble automobiles and complete other
high-precision tasks.

Custom Camera Rig Makes Stunning Vertical Panorama Of Redwood

from Gizmodo Australia by Adam Frucci

Wildlife photographer Michael Nichols wanted to photograph a 90-metre tall redwood in a dense forest with no clear lines of sight. So he built a custom camera rig to take tons of close-ups to stitch together. (more…)

Amazon Says Goodbye to World’s Largest Meat Exporter

from Green Options by Zachary Shahan

Last month, I wrote about the world’s largest leather exporter leaving the Amazon. This week there is even bigger news. The world’s largest meat exporter is leaving.

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Robotic Lunar Lander Part Of NASA’s Next-Gen Space Plans

from Gizmodo Australia by Danny Allen

This amazing shot comes from recent tests at the Marshall Space Flight centre, where the robotic lunar test bed is helping NASA develop a new generation of multi-use landers to explore the moon, Mars and asteroids. (more…)

Nissan Gets Schooled With Fish-Inspired Cars

from Wired: Autopia by Keith Barry


Nissan’s latest concept promises that following fish logic can eliminate traffic jams and collisions.

Drawing inspiration from schools of fish that can maximize available space while traveling around obstacles in tight packs, the Nissan EPORO is a robotic vehicle that communicates with its counterparts in order to squeeze as many cars as possible into a small space, all the while avoiding collisions.

According to Nissan, fish are ideal models for safe transportation because they “demonstrate extraordinary ‘anti-collision’ abilities, navigating instinctively and intelligently through challenging terrain by detecting and avoiding obstacles.”

Substitute 18-wheelers and telephone poles for sharks and coral, and we can see their point.

Nissan sees three elements of fish behavior that they say robotic cars of the future must emulate. First, they’re able to change their direction without colliding with their fellow fish. Second, fish are natural lane-splitters, able to travel fin-to-fin while matching each others’ speed. Finally, fish can (literally) tailgate safely without hitting each other.

Using Ultra Wide Band radio signals and laser measurement technology, one EPORO can communicate with fellow car-bots in order to follow fish behavior. The technology will be on display this week at the CEATEC Japan conference in Chiba.

“We, in a motorized world, have a lot to learn from the behavior of a school of fish in terms of each fish’s degree of freedom and safety within a school and high migration efficiency of a school itself,” principal engineer Toshiyuki Andou said in a statement. “By sharing the surrounding information received within the group via communication, the group of EPOROs can travel safely, changing its shape as needed.”

While a fleet of bug-eyed robo-cars that look like the villains from Revenge of the Egg Timers might never hit city streets, the patented technology behind EPORO might make its way into future generations of Nissan’sSafety Shield anti-collision technology that first debuted in 2004.

Images: Nissan. The EPORO concept uses communication technology to avoid collisions by following fish logic.

Fish logic ensures the EPORO doesn't end up as sushi

Fish logic ensures the EPORO doesn’t end up as sushi

RMJM architects: duke university – national university of singapore

from Designboom – Weblog

duke university – national university of singapore
image courtesy of RMJM architect

2014 Incheon Asian Games, Main Stadium Design by Populous

from Bustler.net News by Vanilla Hustler

The competition-winning design of the main stadium for the 17th Asian games in Incheon, in South Korea, illustrates a new level of sustainable design in stadia in Asia. The stadium will hold 70,000 people for the main event in 2014 and will reduce down to a single sided grandstand for 30,000 afterward as a People’s Park for the city of Incheon. The global architecture firm, Populous, formerly HOK Sport Venue Event, is designing Incheon stadium with local firm Heerim Architects and Planners.

2014 Incheon Asian Games, Main Stadium by Populous

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The 2014 Incheon Asian Games, Main Stadium by Populous: Aerial View at Night

Phantom City

from BLDGBLOG by Geoff Manaugh

[Image: Museum of the Phantom City by Cheng+Snyder for the Van Alen Institute].

A fantastic new iPhone app by Irene Cheng and Brett Snyder has come to market in New York City this autumn. Sponsored by the Van Alen Institute, Museum of the Phantom City is “a public art project that allows individuals to browse visionary designs for the City of New York on their iPhones.”

Toronto Urban Design Awards 2009

from Archinect.com Feed

image The winners of the 2009 Toronto Urban Design Awards, the 6th since amalgamation, were recently announced. Bustler

New York City’s 10 Worst Bridges – A Horror Picture Show


The General Contractors Association of New York today named the 10 worst bridges in New York City. They’re definitely a shabby lot. But it’s actually a little unfair to present this as a case of city government falling down on the job. The Bloomberg administration has actually been very attentive …

Update: Honda Skydeck, the DeLorean for soccer moms (sorta)

from DVICE by Kevin Hall

Update: Honda Skydeck, the DeLorean for soccer moms (sorta)

Behold, the chariot of the McFly clan. If Doc Brown had to design a time travelin’ auto that could (comfortably?) seat six instead of two, we’d probably end up with the Honda Skydeck up above. While the Skydeck tradessleek curves for the DeLorean’s boxy bulk, it has the same gull-wing doors similar scissor doors up front, with sliding doors in the back.

It’s just a concept at the moment — one that Honda is showing off in its native Japan. It’s pretty, for sure, but we’re glad that McFly was too young for a minivan. Check out more of the Skydeck in the gallery below.

Update: The doors on the Skydeck are indeed scissor doors and not gull-wings as the article originally stated. Thanks for the catch, guys!

Microsoft’s 224,000 Servers Only Take Four People To Set Up

from Gizmodo Australia by Rosa Golijan

There are 2000 in that container. And there are 112 such containers in Microsoft’s $US500 million Chicago data centre. It may seem somewhat ridiculous, but this container-based data centre design is absolutely brilliant (and environmentally sustainable to boot). (more…)

GOCE Delivering Data For Best Gravity Map Ever

from Space News From SpaceDaily.Com

goce-worldwide-gravity-gradients-sm.jpgParis, France (ESA) Oct 01, 2009 – Following the launch and in-orbit testing of the most sophisticated gravity mission ever built, ESA’s GOCE satellite is now in ‘measurement mode’, mapping tiny variations in Earth’s gravity in unprecedented detail.

Africa fears neo-colonialism with China’s foray: analysts

from Earth News, Earth Science, Energy Technology, Environment News

china-africa-sm.jpgAddis Ababa (AFP) Sept 30, 2009 – China’a growing influence in Africa in recent years, initially welcomed with enthusiasm, has started to cause concern, with some experts speaking of the risk of neo-colonialism Chinese style.