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Innovations Expo

26 Mar

Blog Post by Christian Rayson Ildesa



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A wallet that’s worth more than your money inside it.

26 Mar

Blog Post, Fatima Cipriano

Would one seriously invest in a $825-worth of wallet?

Sure, it’s got features like being “virtually indestructible”, an alarm that sets off your mobile phone when the wallet’s five meters away, and can open only with your fingerprint.

Back in my last year of high school, I lost two wallets with my driving permit and a chunk of cash. But honestly, I won’t really buy this one. Sorry , Dunhill. But I think it’s the first of its commercial kind. So maybe someday, companies can produce a better and less cheaper one. 😛

Source: Biometric wallet is ‘virtually indestructible,’ opens with your touch

Egg House

26 Mar

Blog Post #7 by Christian Rayson Ildesa

For some people, a good house means a big mansion in exclusive villages, or a moderately sized house in moderately exclusive villages.

But for a young Chinese architect, who can’t pay his rent, a house is an egg. Or an egg is a house. Whatever.

Images (c) Oddity Central

 

Image (c) Mother Nature Network

So, for a few months, Dahai Fei, slept on the sidewalks in his humble egg house. And he survived!

 

And according to Oddity Central,

“Using very cheap materials the designer built his wacky-looking egg house, and after two months of living in it, he says his quality of life greatly improved. He doesn’t have to worry about paying any rent, he has enough money to go out for coffee or a soda, occasionally, and since he’s moved his egg-house right across from his workplace, he doesn’t spend anything on bus fair. If you’re wondering about Daihai’s hygiene, you should know he’s very careful with his earnings, making sure he always has enough to go swimming, every day after work, where also takes a shower.”

Sources: Oddity Central, Mother Nature Network

Transformer Tractors

26 Mar

Blog Post #6 by Christian Rayson Ildesa

Engineers feeding the world. This episode looks at how designers make farm equipment to plow, mow, plant and dig. As always, every story is delivered with Allison and Vince’s wry humor. (Engineering.com)


Sky City 1000

26 Mar

Blog Post #5 by Christian Rayson Ildesa

Since we’re a roll about great buildings envisioned to be part of the recently calamity-struck Japan, here’s another one.

Sky City1000 is a tall building, and a green one, that was envisioned by Japanese engineers and architects as a solution to bigtime congestion in Tokyo.

The Sky City 1000 would have the following:

  • 1000 m tall
  • 196 floors
  • 400 m wide at the base
  • can house 35000 residents
  • green space interior.

Sources: Wikipedia, Skyscraperpage.

Tokyo’s Great Pyramid

26 Mar

Blog Post #4 by Christian Rayson Ildesa

Due to frequent earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan, Tokyo architects and engineers designed a pyramid, in the heart of Tokyo, that would solve all their building worries and problems.

 

The article and picture is from this article.

The tallest building ever fully envisioned

26 Mar

Blog Post #3 by Christian Rayson Ildesa

 

After the intense earthquake that plagued Tokyo, none of their tall building collapsed? (Though according to news, some of them swayed.)

You really have to give credit to their engineers, architects and their government for their great building designs that withstood that earthquake.

Another thing you have to give them credit for is envisioning a 2.5-mile high building in the heart of their city.

Yep, you read it right. X-Seed 4000, according to Wikipedia, is the tallest towers ever fully envisioned. It is a eco-friendly high-rise (very very high-rise, IMO) building to be built in Tokyo Harbour. It was even planned to house around 500k-1 million people!

Unfortunately for us and the rest of the human race, this building still is a vision. The company that envisioned and planned it in 1995, Taisei Corp, never really planned it for future use. They did it though, for recognition, and that was what they got.

Sources: Wikipedia, Inhabitat, Funny Potato.