Learn More About The World With Journey North

Learn More About The World With Journey North

Wading through educational websites to find the quality ones can be time consuming. Journey North is a terrific, nature and earth focused resource for teachers, homeschool families and children. From The Annenberg Foundation, it offers a global-wide study of the seasons and wildlife migration for students, grades kindergarten through high school, and is also open to the interested public. The goal is to gather and encourage proactive learning within the community of online citizen scientists. Learners can share actual field experience and observations with other students in different parts of the world. The network of classrooms all work together to track… read more

Stay On Top Of Your Home’s Energy Use

Stay On Top Of Your Home’s Energy Use

Love green construction and want to make your own home as energy efficient as possible? Get instant feedback on existing features and how to make them more effectual with energy focused apps and tools for the home. The following are examples that can make it easier to track progress and record patterns. To check out personal greenhouse gas emissions, use the EPA’s household carbon footprint calculator to find out current emission levels, how to reduce emissions and potential savings. Free for iPhone and iPad, GreenWave Reality lets users who set up an account observe and regulate their home energy use from anywhere, and can… read more

Design For All

Design For All

Being design school educated may not be in the cards for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t update your own space with style. The following apps and resources can assist in those times where an extra eye or creative flair can make all the difference. If you’re in the market for wallpaper or murals, or just want to get an idea of how a certain design will look in a space, Glamora Design Studio has a free app to help picture what a vision will actually look like on the wall. Available as an iPad download, users can take a picture of… read more

The Zeb House In Norway Produces Its Own Energy

The Zeb House In Norway Produces Its Own Energy

A construction in Larvik, Norway can actually generate 2 times the energy that it uses. Named the ZEB Multi-Comfort House, the home was designed by Snøhetta. It is an experimental housing project that was created for the Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings. Going beyond responsible, this home is not only off the grid but can also contribute energy back to it. This design goes further than delegating smart power, but takes the excess energy generated from the house and actually puts it to work. The roof is slanted and positioned at an angle in order to collect the most sunlight, as… read more

Juice Box Wants Energy For All

Juice Box Wants Energy For All

Juice Box is a concept design that was created last year by Artefact. This year the design has achieved an award winning status, and has gained some impressively popular sponsors. Juice Box operates as an open energy system. Energy can be collected from various sources, then stored and routed to where it can be used. This allows people to charge and power up devices, as well as lighting and electrical necessities, even in distant and isolated areas. The system offers a sustainable way for off the map locations to receive electrical power. Developed for a project that concentrated on parts of… read more

Tech Travels Back To The Fashionable Future

Tech Travels Back To The Fashionable Future

Ever evolving technology is hard to keep up with, and many say gadgets have lost some of the appeal and character of finely crafted devices. The following are 2 designs that bring back some oldschool charm to updated devices. From Instagram, the Projecteo is a kickback to the days of the oldschool projector. The micro-projector uses actual wheels of 35mm film and each Instagram slide can hold 9 photographs. Users can create their own film slides online and once placed in the Projecteo the images can be projected onto a surface for a personalized slideshow. Successfully funded on Kickstarter, the… read more

Solar Umbrella Home Is A Smart And Sunny Build

Solar Umbrella Home Is A Smart And Sunny Build

1953 saw the premier of the Umbrella House. Designed by Paul Rudolph, the mid-century style home was made to utilize the shade and winds by using a trellis construction, creating a thermal shield from intense climates. A modern update that pays homage to this significant architectural project is called the Solar Umbrella home. Located in Venice, California, the space was designed by Lawrence Scarpa and Angela Brooks of Brooks + Scarpa Architects. Applying the knowledge from their shared field, the architects were able to create a super-efficient, intelligently designed home with a sunny side. Both passive and active solar designs are fully… read more

Alarm Clocks For Coffee Addicts

Alarm Clocks For Coffee Addicts

If you can’t start the day without a cup of coffee, the following designs may be of interest. The Barisieur is a dream come true for those who have to have their morning coffee before functioning. This alarm clock can be set to brew a cup of fresh coffee, ready right when you wake up. Developed by by Joshua Renouf for a graduate project, this concept product may just be genius. Stainless steel ball bearings work to boil water with induction heating. Renouf has thought of everything, as the unit is complete with coffee and sugar compartments. There is even… read more

Wearable Tech Turns Sustainable

Wearable Tech Turns Sustainable

If you love wooden jewelry and are no stranger to wearable tech, this new line may just be for you. The team at Linou have created a collection of wearable technology, and along with their functional applications they also sport a bit of character. The new designs include a watch and necklace that more resemble pieces of art, with their wooden forms and organic feel. The products just launched on Kickstarter, and the company claims to be breaking ground in this niche in the industry as the first collection of wearable technology that is also sustainably produced. The Wood Tech Watch and… read more

Jewelry – Transposed

Jewelry - Transposed

Whether a reflective statement piece or an artistic addition to a wardrobe, jewelry and the art of crafting it are treasured by many. Though it can be representative of many things, the following designers have completely reworked what jewelry can do. Their creations are totally unexpected and out of the box, and one is even a little avant-garde with a touch of disturbing. Although many may not necessarily be wishing to wear these pieces, they are definitely worth visiting just for their sheer shock factor that normally isn’t included in the jewelry box. Jewelry designer Ewa Śliwińska developed The Living Points Structure, a project… read more