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Archive for February 19th, 2012
Inhabitat’s Week in Green: ‘Plantscraper’ vertical farm, new wave energy and a battery-powered iPhone case
'Plantscraper' vertical farm. We also marveled at artist Yayoi Kusama's dazzling Infinity Mirror Room, which shines with the reflections of thousands of LEDs, and we shared the bubbly modular AMPS living wall system. Meanwhile, the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program announced that HWKN's bright blue spiky sea-urchin shaped pavilion will be popping up this summer, PinkCloud.DK unveiled plans to transform oil refineries into giant energy positive communities and the UK granted planning commission for its first amphibious house.
We also showcased several amazing applications for LEGO bricks this week: a NYC apartment renovated with 20,000 plastic bricks, a gigantic LEGO-inspired church in the Netherlands and a remarkable fully articulated prosthetic LEGO arm. Speaking of next-gen prosthetics, this week Israeli scientists demoed a real-life "Star Trek" VISOR that enables the blind to see, and Nike took the wraps off a prosthetic running sole for amputee triathlete Sarah Reinertsen.
This also marked a heated week for energy news as solar power heavyweight Sunpower sued Solarcity over stolen data, and Aquamarine Power geared up to connect its new wave energy generator to the UK's national grid. We also got ready for rough days ahead with the waterproof, armageddon-ready, solar-charged, battery-powered iPhone case, and we got things cooking with Biolite's brilliant new camping stove, which converts waste heat into electricity for USB gadgets. Last but not least, we were wowed by several amazing new applications for discarded tech: Sean Avery's astounding animal sculptures made from shattered CDs and Paola Mirai's elegant jewelry fashioned out of discarded computer circuits.
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Inhabitat's Week in Green: 'Plantscraper' vertical farm, new wave energy and a battery-powered iPhone case originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 19 Feb 2012 20:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
VLC 2.0 now available, offering faster decoding, a refreshed UI and experimental Blu-ray support originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 19 Feb 2012 19:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | VideoLAN | Email this | Comments
"Can Anyone Recommend a Truly Better Alternative to iTunes for Apple Devices? [Ask The Commenters Roundup]
- Can anyone recommend a truly better alternative to iTunes for Apple devices?
- Does anyone know a definitive way of getting VNC to work from Windows to OS X 10.7 Lion?
- Does anyone know of a easy way to send texts to a large group of people using a mobile app or website?
- When I log into the Amazon app on my mobile device (iOS or Android), can Amazon track other things I'm doing with my device outside the app?
- Are sites advertised on the radio to improve my computer performance like DoubleMySpeed actually do anything? Are they worth trying?
- I have a .info personal domain that I can't access through my desktop computer even thought it works on many other computers. Any ideas?
- Does anyone know of any good resources or tutorials for learning how to use Windows Server?
- Please recommend a great new Android phone on the Verizon network.
- Any recommendations for sites or books to help me become a power Microsoft Office user?
- Does anyone know a way to download the entire US for Google Maps/Navigation?
The iPad, launched in 2010, kicked off the post-PC era. The combination of a multitouch display and keyboard-less design enabled mobile computing in a way not done before. On the other hand, maybe the IBM Simon, launched in 1992, kicked off the post-PC era. Widely considered to be the first smartphone, it enabled mobile computing in a way that was not done before. Then again, maybe the Osborne I, launched in 1981, marked the beginning of the post-PC era. After all, it was widely considered to be the first portable computer, enabling mobile computing in a way that was not done before.Permalink | | Email this | Comments