Tiny house designer and Associate Professor at University of Oregon, Erin Moore has realized the construction of two dwellings amid a 300 year old solidified lava landscape in Hawaii. Named as Outside House, these pair of cabins are considered as place to connect with the land without any effect upon it.
The Outside House consists to two structures Mauka and Makai. Keeping in view the client’s interest to preserve the land, these have been designed for modest living and can be installed without leaving a footprint and re-installed at any desired location.
“The center of the Outside House is the uneven, ever-changing ground between the pavilions,” says Erin Moore. “The unbuilt areas of the Outside House – lichen on the lava, a curved rock wall, a growing endemic mamane tree – are the essence of daily living in this place and what the client values most.”
Mauka is fully enclosed cabin as it has been designed as a comfortable place to sleep and to enjoy the views of lush Hawaiian landscape. It features a cozy double bed, seating and desk area, large glass sliding door and stunning wooden finishing throughout. The house is accessible via rear staircase.
The Mauka tiny house has been built with light wood-frame construction elevated above the lava ground through four concrete pillars. North and south sides of cabin are covered with a reflective film while the east and west sides are clad with western red cedar. For optimum air flow, the home is fitted with screened vents whereas the roof features polycarbonate sheathing to keep it protected from island rains.
Makai is outdoor shelter designed as a place to enjoy outdoor, installed several feet away from Mauka tiny house. Makai features a large sheltered open terrace with a basic outdoor kitchen and hidden open shower. The outdoor shelter is built with galvanized steel frame.
Both cabins, Mauka and Makai have been designed with a concept easy to install home kit and being light enough so that two people can carry it easily.
Outside House is this year’s first place winner of the University of Hawaii’s Building Voices Design Competition.
Lalish is a mountain valley village in Shekhan District of Nineveh Governorte in Northern Iraq near the border with Iraqi Kurdistan. There is temple of Sheikh Adi ibn Musafir which is considered the holiest temple of Yazidi faith. As the temple is since Ancient times therefor many archaeologists and historians say that this temple was part of Sumerian and other ancient Mesopotamian civilizations and from as early as the 25th century BC through to the 7th century AD the entire region of northern Iraq was an integral part of Assyria. Later it became the location of the tomb of Sheikh Adi ibn Musafir, who is a central figure of the Yazidi faith. The Lalish village is situated above the town of Shekhan which was the 2nd largest population of Yazidi prior to the persecution of Yazidis by ISIL. The distance from the Mosul is about thirty-six miles in northeast.
Yazidis are expected to make a six-day pilgrimage to Lalish to visit the tomb of Sheikh Adi and other sacred places at least once in their lifetime. The other sacred places are dedicated to other holy beings. There are two other sacred springs called Zamzam (in the cave below Sheikh Adi’s sanctuary) and Kaniya. There are also Pirra Selat (Serat Bridge) and a mountain called Mr. Arafat in Lalish which are significant in other faiths. Yazidis living in this area are expected to make a yearly pilgrimage to attend the autumn seven-day Feast of the Assembly.
UK-based firm Podmakers has introduced its Escape Pod imagining it as a garden retreat for workers, visitors or anyone in need of a little time out. Escape Pod is a versatile backyard dwelling that has many options to adapt even it include changing orientation to enjoy afternoon sun.
The Escape Pod is built from birch ply and European however finished in cedar shingles giving it a strong fairytale feel and rustic look. If you are curious about interior of Escape Pod then listen, its interior features a number of configurations including an office space with integrated storage space, a bedroom with a view of the stars through the domed skylight, a studio with a day bed or a meeting space with room for ten.
However it comes with insulation and heating with different options like underfloor or by way of wood burner, having curved windows that can be placed at the buyer’s discretion. If the owner want to make full use of these windows, the pods must be placed on a platform around half a meter (1.6 ft) off the ground enabling to rotate to maximize the light shining through.
Price of Escape Pod begins at Euro 19800 varying as it depends on the configuration and style options.
GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali 4WD has been turned into a snow-munching monster as company has replaced the wheels with 4 grippy tank tracks. Now this Mountain concept vehicle looks like an absolute blast as it tears its way up the ski slopes of Whistler in a promo video.
It’s simply enough monster crew cab kit out for full winter duties, having capability to handle deep snow and serious gradients. Otherwise you’d normally need a helicopter or snowmobile to explore in the winter months. Nissan has been also introduced similar concepts as unveiling the Rogue Warrior in Montreal last January.
The gigantic All Mountain concept rocks a monster 6.6-liter turbo diesel good for 445 horses and a stonking 910 lb-ft of torque. It drives its four red-finished Mattracks 150 series tracks through a six-speed auto transmission.
GMC Sierra is equipped with bunch of Thule snowboard and luggage racks, as well as giant light bar, underbody LED lights, having a leather interior along with Bose stereo speakers. Looking like a blast as it rips its way up the ski slopes at Whistler same watch in promo video.
Its not going on sale as its only as concept however there are aftermarket alternatives for regular ol’ truck owners like the TruckTracks Track n Gosystem costing around US$25000. It takes only around 15 minutes to most 4WD vehicles. Watch more in below video.
We’ve seen video doorbells enabling us to see who’s at the door via an app installed on our smartphone. We’ve also seen smart door locks that enables us to digitally control to allow a person to the home. Thanks to Gate Labs combining the two ideas in one device and introduced a Gate Smart Lock.
It includes a deadbolt cylinder that replaces the existing deadbolt lock in just a few minutes using only two screws. Then it connects to home Wi-Fi network.
When someone presses the lock call button or even he just approaches the lock and trigger its motion detector, it’ll notify about it via the Gate Door App installed on the owner’s smartphone. Then the home owner can engage with the visitor in two way-video conversation with the person using lock’s built-in camera, mic and speaker. The second way is to unlock the door to let them enter if they seem trustworthy.
The Gate lock also has a traditional key slot with a LED keypad enabling the user to unlock the door using a passcode. One-time passcodes can be issued to people such as couriers dropping off packages, while time-bracketed passcodes (which are good for multiple successive days) can be given to houseguests who need access when you aren’t home.
The Gate Smart Lock has been priced at US$349. Watch the below video.
Josh Wynne has built a small tiny house to accommodate his old aged father, Mike Wynne who has some health issues that limits his mobility. Incorporating many features, Mr. Josh has built this house stylish, functional and sustainable-small in size, less maintenance and cleaning and easier to get around. The house has been built on his rural property on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
“All favor a retiree on a fixed income who is inevitably going to have changing needs through the course of ownership,” Wynne says. He dubbed what he calls the “tiny-ish” house “Mike’s Hammock.” After Hurricane Irma came through recently and left the house unscathed, it confirmed to him that he’d built a structure that could withstand a big storm.
The house is 604 sq ft (56 sq met) in size having one bedroom, one bathroom while outdoor porches and mechanical/utility space adds 436 sq ft. Due to Sabal palms in surrounding, the house has been cantilevered above its foundation that look like floating in the trees. The house has been efficiently built with mostly local and recycled material. He says that only one dumpster of waste is enough this entire project of house built from recycled material. He says that “The Southern yellow pine for the framing material is lumber from the construction site of a nearby housing development and was treated with boric acid for termite control”.
Engineered wood has been used for roof framing requiring no crane to install. “It minimizes impacts by utilizing trees that are younger and using them more efficiently than solid-sawn lumber,” says Wynne. Wood paneling inside the home is the same Southern yellow pine as same used for framing. There is an energy-efficient central cooling and heating system in the home- custom-made and said the energy bill averages only $25 a month, even in summer. “We designed a smart, double-wall exposed metal duct to distribute the air efficiently while simultaneously adding to the interior decor.”
Kitchen layout has been designed keeping in mind to accommodate the possibility of mobility impairment. There are IKEA cabinet bases with only full-extension drawers for easy access.
Teardrop trailers are super fit for those who want to spend a lot of time outdoors but a little nighttime comfort. It’s simple Spartan interior keeps you motivated and spend your whole day outside however it’ll surely force you to enjoy cooking under the sky. Not only this, you’ll enjoy the softness of a mattress and security of four walls- no leaking or flapping tent fabric or poking rocks and twigs to deal with. By offering a teardrop with large, wide doors and picture windows to keep you connected while you’re in bed. In this way Canadian start-up Droplet further enhances this mix of indoor-outdoor living.
Droplet says that its Teardrop was inspired by Scandinavian design. Looking at the trailer, we can see enough functional simplicity to make IKEA proud. Although Droplet doesn’t reinvent the wheel yet its trailer has its own personality promising a trip into the great outdoors.
Its body is boxier than a true teardrop shape but not than all designed from different trailer manufacturers like-Moby1 and Bundutec popping in mind. It provides enough comfort while sitting up and reading, sipping a cup of coffee or enjoying the view outside as having straight walls for interior headroom. For unchecked view of the stars at night and plenty of golden natural light throughout the day, try and enjoy this outdoor trailer. Click the doors open for brighter and airier feel.
There is a 6-inch thick (15-cm-thick) 80 x 60-in (2 x 1.5-m) queen-size mattress, cabinets and shelves are installed on the wall opposite of picture window. Further felt pockets are there on the door interiors for easy-access night storage plus two touch-activated LED reading lights.
Cooking area is below the lift-gate outside that includes a slide-out 12V fridge, dual-burner stove and sink. If we talk about its construction than Droplet has an aluminum composite skin, structural wood fiber frame, closed cell aluminum laminated foam insulation and finishing wood laminate interior. The trailer full length is 12.5 x 6.6 x 5.5 feet (3.8 x 2 x 1.7 m, L x W x H) while it weighs in at 950 lb (431 kg).
Originally the Droplet was designed by the founder Pascal Pillon and his partner Diane Bissonnette for their personal use but then rented out their original model in their home of Vancouve, BC. But now they treat this as business.
After getting feedback from renters, now production will be started while deliveries are expected in spring at an estimated price CA$17950 (approx. US$14000).
Google Maps is really amazing and sometime terrifying. Starting from your doorstep, close enough to read the numbers on the letterbox, enabling to zoom right out to your neighborhood, then your area, city, state, country and even entire earth planet with just a scroll of your mouse wheel. If yet you are not happy with this even you can zoom on every corner of the Earth then relax as Google is now going to add the ability to explore 12 other worlds in our littler corner of the galaxy.
As already allowing us to explore the Moon, Mars and the Universe for a few years but now this list has been extended to a range of other planets and moon in our Solar System. It includes the planets Mercury, Venus; dwarf planets Ceres and Pluto; Jupiter’s moon lo, Europa and Ganymede; and Saturn’s moons Mimas, Enceladus, Dione, Rhea Titan and lapetus. Not only this, curious world can now take a tour of the International Space Station as well.
The Google team has stitched together and created a high-resolution mosaics of the images of the bodies which were gathered and sent back by missions from NASA, ESA and other agencies. Now you can zoom right down and inspect specific mountains, valleys and other geological features where closer images are available but maps show a general overview of the surface in some areas.
You can explore new worlds on Google Maps right now. Watch the video.
Kicking the pavement to speed through city streets was the past because today’s skaters can move easily with the help of electric motors and wireless remotes. Even some boards don’t require handheld controller to know when to speed up and slow down because now onboard sensors detect rider intent. StarkBoard by Stark Mobility is equipped with weight and motion sensors that keep you rolling.
The company says that it takes only 3 minutes to learn its sensor-packed electric skateboard, and simply involves stepping on, leaning forward and moving off-“the StarkBoard is completely controlled by your body’s natural movements.”
A combination of a gyro and 4 weight and motion sensors have been used in StarkBoard electric drive setup. Motion sensors control the speed while monitoring system keeps watching over the ride, feeling the changes movement and then adjusting the ride accordingly.
Stark Mobility says that its electric board’s hub motors is enough capable to handle 15% inclines and rough terrain while the intelligent braking system will stop your rolling back down the hill if it proves too steep. To extend their journey, now riders can carry a fully charged spare battery pack in their backpack as the battery pack is removable.
Made from maple ply, ABS and steel, having handy carry holes in the deck, the StarkBoard features LED lighting front and back for after hours cruising. A mobile app has been developed by the makers to teak ride modes, check battery status and log ride stats so now it’ll come ready to ride out of the box.
Stark Mobility is currently raising production funds over on Indiegogo to bring its electric skateboard into production. Price of StarkBoard starts at US$499 but delivery will be in Feb 2018. Watch the below video for more.
Keeping in mind the fanciful concept of air traffic, now there are so many big names investing money into the development of flying cars. The big names are very serious to put more into future air transportation technology. Recently an agreement has been made with NASA to work out how to manage incoming air traffic.
Last year Uber revealed plans for flying taxi service named as Uber Elevate. Initially it was decided to use vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft to change how people move around cities because there are many forward-thinking aviation companies which are working on similar projects.
One of these projects is the CityAirbus project by Airbus which is being expected to begin flight testing next year-the eighteen-rotor Volocoper that took its first unmanned flight over Dubai in September and the recently announce Autonomous Passenger Drone that has undergone flight testing in Europe.
Whether all or few of these projects come to fruition, it look like that the skies are going to much busier with air traffic. So come the topic that where NASA comes in it. According to CNBC, a deal has been finalized between space agency NASA and Uber on Wedbesday. The purpose of this deal is to develop a system for “unmanned traffic management” to deal with the aerial influx.
NASA has been already working on a similar system for unmanned drones and tested it last year. The idea behind is that corridors of airspace may be sectioned off for specific unmanned application. As there will be a lot of air traffic like video drones, high-speed delivery drones. Despite of all these, Uber wants that its flying taxis will do their things.
After announcing plans to start testing its flying taxi service in Dubai and Dallas in 2020, Uber has also now added Los Angeles in the list. Named the service as UberAir, the company imagines that passengers call its flying taxis just by pushing one button and travel along fixed routes between city hubs called Skyports.
“UberAir will be performing far more flights on a daily basis than it has ever been done before,” Jeff Holden, chief product officer at Uber, said in a statement. “Doing this safely and efficiently is going to require a foundational change in airspace management technologies. Combining Uber’s software engineering expertise with NASA’s decades of airspace experience to tackle this is a crucial step forward for Uber Elevate.”