Now Playing Tracks


Strömkajen Ferry Terminals Marge Arkitekter

"The major challenge in this project was to create an architecture with its own identity in one of Stockholm’s most important cultural environments that yields to the existing historic urban fabric. The starting point of the proposal was to create a building that in scale and design is perceived as furniture/sculpture instead of a traditional building.”

This Spherical Solar Power Device Looks Like Nothing You’ve Seen Before

Renewable energy doesn’t have to be ugly, as this German architect shows with his efficient solar concentrating device that tracks the sun.

If the race to find alternative power was a simple beauty contest, then André Broessel’s solar ball would surely be standard on rooftops by now. Because his energy concentrating design really is elegant—much more handsome than a clunky old solar panel.

Aesthetics aren’t the only reason to like Broessel’s invention. The German architect says his system is 35% more efficient than a standard panel, and that it does even better when combined with a tool for tracking the sun. More than that, it also improves on the material footprint of conventional technology. The cell area behind the water-filled ball is 75% smaller than a panel with the same output.

Reached in Spain, Broessel explains that he first came up with the idea as his daughter played with a marble inside an egg bag. He could see the light’s focal point moving as the ball rolled around, and realized he could adapt the glass bead into an energy generating device. His prototype now sits on his Barcelona apartment building.”

Read the full article:


Telemedicine for Radiology from SixthSense MedTech

Remote support for radiology centers (CT or MRI) is provided using secure medical telepresence solutions, connecting clinicians and readers to remote centers without on-site expertise. Hub and spoke arrangements with Centers of Excellence providing centralized knowledge are reducing travel costs and increasing productivity by using real-time face-to-face communications for distance proctoring, on-demand support, and clinical support for beleaguered rural teams. Demand for clinical experts is at an all-time high, and telehealth solutions are popping up left and right. SixthSense solutions differ from PACS solutions by providing live connectivity, and offer more data than camera-based videoconferencing products from Cisco, LifeSize, and InTouch Health.

Pretty cool stuff:

From the website: 

The video output of the CT scanner is combined with 3 pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) cameras arranged in the control room and patient waiting areas, providing real-time bidirectional communication between local technicians and remote physicians and readers.  High resolution imagery and lag-free audio allow the remote expert to monitor scans as if they were physically present, and the integrated software solution provides a simple interface to move cameras and change window arrangements from the desktop.

These solutions are applicable to other operating rooms and labs as well, and have been installed in MRI facilities, electrophysiology labs, cardiac catheterization rooms, and hybrid operating rooms.


Kepler’s Dream

Project by Michael Burk is an analogue projection device to intimately view 3D printed objects  - video embedded below:

Kepler’s Dream is an aesthetical investigation, exploring analog projection technology in the combination with computationally created content that is given a physical shape through 3D printing.

Inspired by obsolete projection technologies like the overhead projector, and especially the episcope, an installation was designed that generates unique imagery and a fascinating experience.
Mixing digital aesthetics - parametric and generative shapes - with the qualities of analog projection creates an otherworldly look that seems to be neither digital nor analog.
Interacting with the installation creates a deeply immersive effect, as the instant reaction of the projection and the “infinite frame rate“ let this fantastical world come to life.

More Here


Latest Kickstarter craze - a cooler.

The Coolest Cooler is currently sitting in the position of 6th highest funded Kickstarter project of all time (see rankings here), but with 44 days to go the project could easily move up to 4th.

Features include an 18v blender, removable waterproof bluetooth speaker, usb charger, LED light, and more. Check it out or back the project here.

Inspiring project - love it, and hate that I didn’t think of it.

New Technology Could Boost Solar Cell Efficiency By 30 Percent



by Ker Than, Inside Science

Scientists looking to boost the efficiency of solar panels are taking a fresh look at an exotic physics phenomenon first observed nearly 50 years ago in glowing crystals.

Called singlet fission, the process can enable a single photon of light to generate two electrons instead of just one. This one-to-two conversion, as the process is known, has the potential to boost solar cell efficiency by as much as 30 percent above current levels, according to a new review paper published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.

Singlet fission “was originally proposed to explain some weird results that were observed in fluorescent organic crystals,” said the study’s first author Christopher Bardeen, a chemist at the University of California, Riverside. “It received a lot of attention in the 1960s and 1970s, but then it was mostly forgotten.”

Read More

To Tumblr, Love Pixel Union