The future is bound to be sustainable and for that, we’ve got to make moves in the present. That’s just what the Dutch Windwheel Corporation has drawn up. In an attempt to visualize the future of Rotterdam, the institution has crafted a beautiful mashup between a wind turbine and a dwelling space. It’s made of steel and glass and is decked with three inset circles, built to perform different functions. The outer ring rotates to treat visitors to spectacular landscapes, the middle one hosts 72 stationary apartments for residents within the building while the inner circle is the actual wind turbine. The ingenious waste management system ensures that the waste produced by residents is converted to biogas while the rainwater harvesting and recycling processes will keep everyone well hydrated.
Tesla Model S has done it again; it has been named for the “Best overall car of 2015”. It was given the first position in the top 10 auto list by the highly coveted Consumer Reports. Tesla Model S won the award second time in a row, in 2014 also it was on the top. The top honours were given to Tesla because of its breakneck acceleration, smooth handling, confortable ride, and versatile cabin. The Consumer Review in their in-depth analysis gave Tesla 99 out of 100 and said that Tesla Model S was the best car they have ever tested.
The concept of foldable bikes is a great one, but the ones available in the market are not so good. Most of them are heavy, uncomfortable to ride because of their small wheels. The worst thing about them can be that they don’t fold so small. But, Helix is one foldable bike different than the rest. It is world’s smallest folding bike, it can be folded down to the size of its wheels. The wheels of helix pivot on helical hinges which makes it possible for the front and the rear wheel to be folded besides the frame and between the cranks. The wheels are 24 inches and once the cycle is folded completely, Helix measures 23 × 25 × 9 inches. Helix is also very light weighing just 9.5 kg. The body is made up of titanium which makes it very durable and corrosion resistant.
The Crunch and the Butterfinger candy bars are yummy to taste, but they are loaded with sugars and artificial colours. But now they will be healthier too as Nestlé USA has announced that it will remove artificial colors and flavours from its candies and chocolates by the end of 2015. Nestlé has been striving to remove artificial colours such as Red 40 and Yellow 5, and flavourings like vanillin from more than its 250 chocolate products. The artificial colourings will be replaced by natural ones like annatto which comes from the seed of achiote tree; the real vanilla will take the place of the artificial vanilla. The good news is that the flavour and the taste of your favourite candy will not get altered and remain the same. The natural ingredients will be costlier than the fake ones, but the price of the chocolate will not be increased.
It’s a well known fact that lighting can affect our mood, sight and sleep. Some scientists also suggest that lighting affects the regulation of emotions such as happiness and sadness through our nervous and endocrine systems. So, it’s not a wonder that winter depression is so common in cold countries. Considering all these facts, a start up from Delaware has launched a new smart light called Lumi which will give you the best possible lighting for any activity. The smart light Lumi will observe your environment and adjust the lighting suitable for the activity. For example, when you are watching TV, Lumi will use the “Watching TV” preset which will give you a softer and relaxing light of 400 Ix. For activities that require more concentration, illumination will be more to facilitate better comprehension. To state the obvious, Lumi will also automatically turn on when you enter the room and vice versa.
London will soon have world’s biggest offshore farm off the Yorkshire coast. The Dogger Bank Creyke Beck Project will have an array of up to 400 turbines 80 miles of the Yorkshire coast. The project will cover 430 square miles will generate 2.4 gigawatts which is enough electricity to power about 2 million homes. The cost of the UK’s biggest offshore farm will be £6bn to £8bn, and it is likely to fulfil 2.5 percent of the country’s electricity needs. According to the government the project will also create 900 jobs near Yorkshire and Humberside. Dogger was chosen as a location for offshore wind farm because of its shallow seabed which is about only 30 metres deep. It is easier to lay foundations and construct large turbines; however, any company has not yet started the work.
In an effort to make EVs more attractive to the masses in China, Tesla will soon offer to install free electric chargers in the homes of its Chinese customers. The auto maker’s China president Zhu Xiaotong revealed these plans shortly after Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors, stated that the company’s sales in China dipped considerably during the last few months of 2014. Facts and figures haven’t pointed out just why Tesla isn’t doing as well as it expected in China, however, an add-on advantage like a home-based EV charger is bound to draw bigger crowds.
When Willis Carrier invented the modern air conditioner in 1902, little did he know that he’d be hailed as a savior and hero even a century later! The company he founded, Carrier, has now released a more futuristic take on indoor cooling and heating systems. Called the Côr thermostat, this Wi-Fi-enabled device can be operated remotely on devices like mobiles, tablets, or desktop computers. Sporting a 3.5-inch touchscreen, the Côr enables users to monitor and control the temperature of a home remotely.
If you’ve been under the impression that the Nissan Leaf is a serious head-turner, get a hold of this. The Japanese automaker has decided to give one of its electric vehicles a cool skin to grab attention after-hours. Nissan has painted one special Leaf with UV-absorbing automotive paint, which makes the car glow in the dark! The paintjob, called the Starpath, gives out a subtle glow when driven outdoors in the darkness.
Google has a knack for creating one-of-a-kind work places that encourage people to get out of bed and travel to work every morning. The search engine giant has done it yet again with its Zurich office, which also happens to be one of the best repurposed workplaces in the world. Previously a local brewery, this 12,000 square meter was turned into a full-fledged office space, Google-style! The repurposed area now hosts funky work stations, thematic rooms that use daylight extensively and lots of indoor greenery.