Tag Archives: urban

Shimizu’s Dream: Proposals to Benefit Future Generations

from SHIMIZU Corporation:

Shimizu continues to introduce our vision for the future.
We tackle new technological challenges and present wide-ranging proposals for the benefit of up-coming generations.

Video: GM’s self-driving pod cars of the future

from DVICE:

When we first saw GM’s EN-V (Electronic Networked Vehicles), they looked like yet another far-fetched design concept, but now the company’s rolled out a video that shows the prototypes in action.

Networking sensors could simplify finding a parking space

from MIT’s Technology Review:

Engineers at Rutgers University in New Jersey have combined simple ultrasonic sensors, GPS receivers, and cellular data networks to create a low-cost, highly effective way to find the nearest available parking space.

The Rutgers researchers say that making detailed parking data widely available via Web-based maps or navigation systems could alleviate traffic congestion by allowing travelers to decide whether to park in a central garage, hunt for street parking, or choose another mode of transportation in advance.

If drivers choose street parking, it could help by suggesting parking spaces to users through a navigation device or cell phone.

“Solar Ivy”: Solar panels that mimic ivy

from S.M.I.T. (Sustainably Minded Interactive Technology)

“Solar Ivy” is a customizable system for sustainable energy generation that mimics the form of ivy and its relationship with the environment.

Flexible photovoltaic “leaves” shift in the wind while converting solar energy into electricity, and shade the building from heat gained through out the day.

Also see: Solar panels that look like ordinary rooftop shingles

Envisioning the future of Augmented (hyper)Reality

from ronwolf.com:

According to the filmmaker Keiichi Matsuda, “Augmented reality may recontextualise the functions of consumerism and architecture, and change in the way in which we operate within it.”

And to display some less-than-optimistic viewpoints:

Augmented Reality: Pure hype or the Next Big Thing?

from Computerworld:

Augmented reality technology is getting a lot of attention these days — particularly the use of AR with smartphones. The idea is that by using certain software, you can turn your iPhone, Droid or other smartphone into a virtual heads-up display.

Aim your phone’s camera at a shop, restaurant or landmark, and information about the place, such as hours of operation, reviews or directions, appears on the device’s screen as graphics floating over the image of the place.

Dozens of developers of mobile augmented reality apps are banking on AR becoming the Next Big Thing in the mobile market. Indeed, a recent Juniper Research report predicted that annual revenues from mobile AR apps will reach $732 million by 2014, up from less than $1 million in 2009.

Also see: For when the 5 senses aren’t enough (SixthSense)

Is decentralized urban farming the future of food?

from GOOD.IS /GOOD BLOG

Growing food in dense cities like New York might seem like an oxymoron, but why shouldn’t we grow food right next to our plates to reduce the waste? Today, most Americans live in urban areas. And as the population densities have shifted around the country, we should re-examine backyards. They can be more than places to relax; they can be places to grow vegetables.

For a more centralized concept, see: Can Farming Save Detroit