Simulating an amazing array of natural environments and phenomena, this dynamic playspace turns ordinary hand-sculpted sand into vividly colorful landscapes in the blink of an eye.
A real and working augmented reality sandbox, the system is designed to help educate students about earth sciences with a uniquely responsive and intuitive interface.
A team of data visualization and earth sciences experts, mainly from the University of California, created the setup using a Microsoft Kinect camera coupled with topographic visualization software and a 3D data projector.
From rough prototypes to its present state, the project has come a long way in terms of the level of rendering detail and response speed.
Tapping into a familiar form of childhood play, the project “allows users to create topography models by shaping real sand, which is then augmented in real time by an elevation color map, topographic contour lines, and simulated water. The system teaches geographic, geologic, and hydrologic concepts such as how to read a topography map, the meaning of contour lines, watersheds, catchment areas, levees [and more].”
Of course, one can imagine an array of applications of this technology beyond classrooms and science museums, from Minecraft-style, construction-centric games to simulators and modeling tools for landscape architects and urban designers.
More about this amazing project: “UC Davis’ W.M. Keck Center for Active Visualization in the Earth Sciences (KeckCAVES), together with the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, Lawrence Hall of Science, and ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, is involved in an NSF-funded project on informal science education for freshwater lake and watershed science. The sandbox hardware was built by project specialist Peter Gold of the UC Davis Department of Geology. The driving software is based on the Vrui VR development toolkit and the Kinect 3D video processing framework, and is available for download under the GNU General Public License.”
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Modern hotel designed by Zaha Hadid architects will become an iconic building in Cotai, Macau. City of Dreams Hotel Tower project has been unveiled by Melco Crown Entertainment, a developer and owner of casino gaming and entertainment resort facilities in Asia, this tower will become the 5th tower of this company’s flagship property. This unique building features 40 floors with a gross floor area of 150,000 square meters, this tower will house 780 guestrooms approx. 780 guestrooms, suits, and sky villas. It also includes wide variety of facilities such as meeting rooms, lobby atrium, restaurants, gaming rooms, spas, and sky pool.
Designer : Zaha Hadid Architects
The back part of house areas can be used as secondary facilities. This tower has been designed to contain many complex programs for the hotel in a single interconnected structure. The main idea of this tower is to combine dramatic public spaces with generous guest rooms, together with innovative engineering, it creates beautiful cohesion.
City of Dreams Hotel Tower’s exterior features a monolithic block with a series of voids, carved through its center of the tower. It blends traditional architectural elements of roof, wall, and ceiling in order to create artistic sculptural form that usually defines many hotels located in public spaces.
Tuvie has received “City of Dreams Hotel Tower” project from our ‘Submit A Design‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their design/concept for publication.
City of Dreams Hotel Tower by Zaha Hadid Architects is originally posted on Tuvie
P-One modular concept phone was conceived at the IT university Lahore, Pakistan by Bilal Khan. There are many features equipped within this phone in order for both low literate and ill-literate people can benefit from the phone. One important focus for this project in the re-design process is to ensure the technology of this phone can be used by tech-shy people, it shouldn’t be ridden with heavy features that might confuse them even more.
P-One is envisioned to have interchangeable modular knobs to modify basic phone performances such as additional battery, storage, processor, enhanced camera, etc. This phone also has some basic features such as Wi-Fi, radio, and low hierarchy menus.
Designer : Bilal Khan
One cool feature of P-One is its hand written text recognition ability. This phone is also designed to mimic a pen, in this way, even tech-shy people can start using the device without feeling intimidated. The idea here is to make use the most intuitive form of input and this device will recognize the text and gestures. One of modular knobs is crank charger, just in case you’re running out of battery and there’s no electricity nearby, simply use this tool to re-charge the battery.
OpenBook chair is like a personal library of yours, you don’t need extra space to have a nice library in your small apartment, simply use this chair. Book lovers would understand, regardless technology advances, books are still loved, there’s nothing like holding a physical book and open the page one by one. Let’s celebrate printed form with this chair. This furniture has built-in shelves that you can use to keep your favorite books or “must read books” list. This chair offers a comfortable reading space for anyone who enjoy quiet moment without hiding from other people, the openness of this chair design allows you to enjoy serendipitous interaction.
Designer : TILT
OpenBook Chair : A Nice Little Library for A Book Lover is originally posted on Tuvie
While other gadgets have gotten smaller and more streamlined, printers have generally remained space-hogging behemoths. Seemingly ignored in the quest to make computers and their accessories compact and ultra-efficient, most modern-day printers look like relics of the circa-2000, oversized beige PC era. One new concept aims to challenge that with a tiny mobile design that moves across paper of any size like a Roomba.
The Mini Mobile Robotic Printer makes it possible to take printing capabilities on the go with you along with your laptop, cell phone and other mobile devices. It prints from any device, including phones, and isn’t constrained by the paper size accepted by a conventional printer. It consists of a printhead on a set of small wheels that travels across a sheet of paper to print. An omni-wheel system enables the printer to turn in any direction.
Powered by a battery that can be recharged via USB, the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer has a small inkjet that lasts over 1,000 printed pages. Once charged, the battery gets an hour of printing time. While the first version will be grayscale only, Jerusalem-based ZUtA Labs aims to create a color version in the future.
Measuring just over 4.5 inches in length, the printer connects to gadgets wirelessly via Bluetooth. A Kickstarter campaign is currently raising production funds, and the first printers will go out to backers of the project in January 2015.
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You can’t exactly fault ancient architects for building structures that were unable to withstand stone-shattering earthquakes, or simply experimental in nature – failure is part of the learning process, after all, and engineering methods were obviously less advanced back then. Big ambitions led to taking big chances, which often resulted in faulty construction and, occasionally, deadly collapses. Here are 13 examples of mistake-riddled churches, statues, lighthouses, stadiums and more from the period between 2600 BCE and the Renaissance.
Bent Pyramid of Egypt
Why does Egypt’s Bent Pyramid, an unusual example of early pyramid development created around 2600 BCE, have a sudden change in angle about halfway up? Archaeologists believe that what we see today is basically a mistake created during the learning process, in which the builders realized that the steepness of the original angle would be unstable and prone to collapse. The lower portion of the pyramid inclines at an angle of 54 degrees, while the top is a shallower 43 degrees. Another 54-degree pyramid is believed to have collapsed while this one was under construction, leading the builders to suddenly change their plans. Subsequent pyramids in the area were constructed at the 43-degree angle instead.
The Colossus of Rhodes, Greece
One of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the towering Colossus of Rhodes was a statue of the Greek Titan Helios that stood over 98 feet high on a pedestal in the city’s harbor. Erected by Chares of Lindos in 280 BCE to celebrate Rhodes’ victory over Antigonis I Monopthalmus of Cyprus, the statue was among the tallest of the ancient world. The statue stood for 56 years until the 226 BCE Rhodes earthquake, which brought it crashing down. After the oracle of Delphi stated that the Rhodians had offended Helios, they decided not to rebuild.
It’s certainly not surprising that seismic activity would have caused the statue to collapse, given that it was built long, long before any real understanding of earthquake-resistant engineering. But the fact that such a tall structure could have been built in the first place during that time is a wondering itself; modern engineers have speculated about the bronze plates and iron bars that would have been attached to the feet to reinforce them.
The Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt
Another ancient wonder, the Lighthouse of Alexandria stood somewhere between 393 and 450 feet in height, making it among the tallest structures on earth for centuries. But the limestone structure, completed between 280 and 247 BCE on the island of Pharos, couldn’t stand up to three earthquakes spread out over four hundred years. It likely lost its upper tier before the first one struck in the year 956 CE, and by the third disaster in 1323, it was abandoned. What was left of it was covered with a medieval fort in 1480.
Fidenae Amphitheater Collapse, Italy
20,000 people were killed or wounded in the worst stadium disaster in history, which occurred in 27 AD at the Fidenae Ampthitheater about 8 miles north of Rome. The structure was cheaply built of wood and not up to the task of accommodating the 50,000 people who amassed to watch gladiatorial games after a ban on them was lifted. The Roman Senate decided that too many lower class people were ruining everyone’s fun, so they banned anyone with a personal worth under a certain amount from attending the events.
Circus Maximus Upper Tier Collapse, Italy
Built in the 6th century BCE, the infamous Circus Maximus was an ancient Roman chariot racing stadium capable of holding 250,000 spectators who gathered to watch the Roman Games and gladiator fights, and later, the races. The oldest and largest public space in Rome, and has been in near-constant use every since, with its latest incarnation as a public park and space for events like concerts and festivals. But in 140AD, it was the site of a major disaster: the upper tier of seats collapsed under the weight of too many spectators. 1,112 people were killed in what remains the deadliest sports-related incident in history.
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If you love Kisai Quasar stainless steel version, you probably would love Tokyoflash Kisai Quasar Silicone LCD Watch. It still features the same simple hexagonal design with cryptic geometrical pattern display, but this time, this watch is housed in lightweight silicone case along with matching strap. This compact watch has been designed to be comfortable to wear for both men and women.
The durable silicone comes with a clean matte finish, the watch face is encased by mineral crystal glass lens. You can choose between black or white silicone and blue,red, mirror, or green LCD display.
The mysterious cryptic symbol is hypnotizing, but you can easily read the time at a glance. This watch offers 3 user-selectable time display modes which are explained in the images below, for each mode, you can choose to use 12/24 hour clock. Besides display the time, this functional watch also offers date, alarm, stop watch, and EL backlight.
The first mode is number mode where you can read the time normally in regular digits. But if you like mysterious thing, you might want to go with pattern mode camouflages where those time digits are hidden in a web of lines that follow the shape of the numbers. The last mode is animation mode, it pulsates between 1 and 2 modes to create attractive zoom effect. The adjustable strap makes it suitable for small to large wrists.
Tuvie has received “Tokyoflash Kisai Quasar Silicone LCD Watch” project from our ‘Submit A Design‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their design/concept for publication.
Tokyoflash Kisai Quasar Silicone LCD Watch With Cryptic Geometrical Pattern Display is originally posted on Tuvie
Remember when you were a kid and had your own trike for drifting? Well, Local Motors company has come up with Verrado Drift Trike, an adult tricycle for drifting downhill. It’s an electric powered drifting tricycle with sturdy construction, you don’t even need hillsides to ride this vehicle.
Drift Triking can be considered as one of rapidly growing sports around the world, in order to make trike drifting possible on flat ground, Local Motors’ engineers tried to combine a hub motor and battery pack using one of LM’s e-bike prototypes. After extensive researches and testings, Electric Verrado was born. It takes advantage of a BMX fork with a 20-inch heavy duty front wheel along with an aluminum casting around the brushless hub motors. This vehicle also features 2 rear karting wheels which are lined with PVC pipe, a strong disc brake, and a powerful programmable electric motor.
From : Local Motors
You can drift anywhere, even on flat surface like asphalt. With some practices, we’re pretty sure you can control this vehicle completely. Its Lithium Cobalt Manganese battery is easy to recharge and it takes only 3 hours. This vehicle is able to run for 45 minutes or up to 12 miles when the battery is fully recharged, however, the mileage and duration are also vary based on the amount of drifting you do.
Equipped with 5-inch steel rear wheels and 10-inch karting tires with sturdy ⅞-inch thick PVC wheel sleeves, Verrado Drift Trike is easy to drift on both flat surface and hillside. The high quality disc brakes are combined with a motor to create regenerative braking, it gives you the power to stop the vehicle when you really need to. This makes Verrado as one of safest drift trikes in the market, even the front wheel features textured custom pegs for extra traction and stability. Cushioned seat makes it comfortable to ride this vehicle, even for long period of time.