What was once the only portable way to store music has quickly been outdated with the birth of digital media. If you haven’t guessed already, we’re talking about cassette tapes here which we used to adore. However, with the birth of CDs and then the MP3 file format, cassette tapes were soon replaced by digital storage media, which offered users to easily re-write media on the same portable and easy to use device.
Though it took too long for Volkswagen to enter the electric vehicle market, but now it seems to catch up for its late entry. For after introducing its e-Co-Motion electric van concept and the revolutionary XL1 hybrid, the auto manufacturer has introduced its first electric production car called the “e-up!” that offers a range of up to 93 miles (150 km) on a single charge. Introduced at Volkswagen’s Annual Press and Investors Conference, the four-seat electric car operates with nearly zero noise and zero local emissions to ensure sustainable commuting for city dwellers.
After Sandy devastated the structures on New York’s beaches, architect Jim Garrison of Garrison Architects has been given the task to develop about 50 lifeguard stations and other beach structures to replace the damaged ones. However, the architect was given the task to complete all work within five months, so that the new structures could be opened to the public on Memorial Day weekend.
While there is no dearth of air fresheners available on the market, you don’t usually opt for something which is being claimed to be made from fermented cow dung. However, two Indonesian high school students have come up with just that and state that it doesn’t smell as expected, but it actually is quite plant-like in fragrance.
Plastic as we all know isn’t the greenest material around, however, when used in solar panels, the same material can revolutionize clean energy generation. Working on the same lines scientists at CESM Brasil have come up with a new technology to produce plastic solar panels, which resemble transparent sheets of plastic with stripes where it has been printed with carbon-based organic polymers.
Environment is degrading day-by-day all over the world, thanks to rapid deforestation, pollution, industrial waste and urbanization of small towns and villages. Addressing the issue, British designer Jorge Prieto has come up with a compact and portable greenhouse system dubbed the “Green Pill” that will compensate the dearth of green zones in urban areas and reprocess the harmful gases around us.
While nobody would like to have sandwiches or a cup of coffee while being in the restroom, two Englishmen Pete Tomlinson and Ben Russell came up with the idea of designing a one-of-its-kind café inside an abandoned Victorian toilet in London. After seeing the “To Rent” sign for an underground toilet, the Englishmen didn’t want to take up the toilet as it was, but did everything they could to transform the toilet into a café and hence The Attendant was born.
While some electric cars don’t have enough speed and others don’t have enough electric range, Exagon Motors has tried to give you the best of all worlds with the launch of the Furtive-eGT, though this time the company hasn’t tried to put a check on its cost. The vehicle, which earlier made an appearance at the Paris Motor Show is back again at Geneva, though this time it comes with a lot more bold appearance.
With parking lots all over the world getting congested than ever before, automotive designers are placing their bets on a future where cars will be able to alter their shapes to suit the traffic conditions. Working on the same lines, auto designer Heesang Ahn has conceptualized the MONO concept electric car, which he believes will be a much easier vehicle to drive on the highways of tomorrow.
With billions of plastic water bottles being thrown away after just a single use in all parts of the world, environmentalists are trying to encourage people to ditch bottled water and make use of filtered tap water, which is just as safe. American company Vapur is now trying to make that shift even easier with the launch of its all-new water bottle, dubbed the Vapur Microfilter.