Ocean Wings: Aqua Lung Wetsuit Lets You Fly Underwater | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

Inhabitat is on fire these days.

Video of a prototype suit by Guillaume Binard, based on the same principles of a wing-suit for skydiving. My favorite part is at the end, when he uses an inflatable to rise to the surface–it is exactly the same pose as Green Lantern flying.

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Unstable Matter by Tommi Grönlund and Petteri Nisunen, a moving table covered in thousands of ball bearings.

Hypnotizing and beautiful. Brings to mind all the hundreds of particle effects we’ve seen in movies.

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Damien Chivialle’s Urban Farming Units Transform Old Shipping Containers into Greenhouses for Organic Produce | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

Read more about the idea here:

The Farming Technique That Could Revolutionize the Way We Eat

Aquaponics is a method of combined fish and vegetable farming that requires no soil. The farmer cultivates freshwater fish (aquaculture) and plants (hydroponics) in a recirculating water system that exchanges nutrients between the two. Wastewater from the fish serves as organic fertilizer for the plants, while the plants clean the water of fish feces and urine. The net result: a 90 percent reduction in freshwater use compared with conventional fish farming, and a significant reduction in added nutrients such as fossil fertilizers. The system can be run without pesticides and, because the fish environment is spacious and clean, without antibiotics.

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Trend List.

A cold hard look at contemporary graphic design, cataloged by trend (e.g. Slash, Staircase, Circle, Hyphens…) To hammer it home, a DIY generatorCynical? Missing the point?

Read this before answering:

STUDIO NEWWORK

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Mu Thermal Imager by Mu Optics.

Pretty great Kickstarter idea. You buy the high resolution infrared sensor (somewhere between $200 and $325) and let your phone do the hard part.

What other computationally intense devices can we port to the iPhone? Well, until we get specific, just buy a bunch of these NODES:

Variable Technologies

Meet NODE, a handheld sensor powerhouse with Bluetooth 4.0 Smart (Low Energy), a 9 degrees-of-freedom motion engine, a gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer, in addition to two interchangeable modules you can add to either end. Attach any of the modules listed below to enhance your NODE.

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Everpurse – The Purse That Charges Your Smartphone.

Put iPhone in purse, rest purse on charging pad. Good idea. Not sure how they arrived at the name, though. The styling could be a whole lot better, too.

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Ivanpah: The World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Passes First Solar Capacity Test | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

More about the project here.

Has anyone else noticed we’re solving more problems through building many little things (solar fields, drones…) rather than one big thing (nuclear plant, nuclear bomb)? Object-oriented programming, algorithmic facade design–it’s as if we are compelled to create mini-multitudes, not just a single Frankenstein. I’m sure this will all end well.

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Steelcase Study Concludes Were Sitting Differently as a Result of More Objects. Time for a New Kind of Chair? – Core77.

SNL-like but not-a-parody video from Steelcase for their new Gesture chair. Designed for us as we slouch our way to oblivion. It’s  this kind of thinking that brought us the beer helmet.

Compare/contrast:

In Silicon Valley, Sitting Is the New Smoking | Wired Business | Wired.com.

People spend 9.3 hours per day on their derrieres, eclipsing even the 7.7 hours they spend sleeping.

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Soccket: Amazing Energy-Generating Soccer Ball Launches on Kickstarter! | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

Nifty. They should get together with the One World Futbol Project, if they haven’t already.

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