background preloader

Cameron Sinclair: A call for open-source architecture

Cameron Sinclair: A call for open-source architecture

http://www.ted.com/talks/cameron_sinclair_on_open_source_architecture.html

Related:  open hardwareopen everything-du libre

Puzzlebox Orbit: Brain-Controlled Helicopter by Puzzlebox For the past two years Puzzlebox has been producing brain-controlled helicopters for classrooms and television. Now comes the chance to fly your own. The Purpose Join the experiment. We are building and selling this crazy new toy. Then we show everyone how we made it.

Why public education must be preserved - The Answer Sheet Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 10/04/2011 Oct 04, 2011 08:00 AM EDT TheWashingtonPost This was written by Peggy Zugibe, a member of the Haverstraw-Stony Point (N.Y.) Board of Education. Architecture Brunelleschi, in the building of the dome of Florence Cathedral in the early 15th-century, not only transformed the building and the city, but also the role and status of the architect.[1][2] Architecture (Latin architectura, after the Greek ἀρχιτέκτων – arkhitekton – from ἀρχι- "chief" and τέκτων "builder, carpenter, mason") is both the process and the product of planning, designing, and constructing buildings and other physical structures. Architectural works, in the material form of buildings, are often perceived as cultural symbols and as works of art. Historical civilizations are often identified with their surviving architectural achievements. "Architecture" can mean:

Orbit Mobile Edition The Puzzlebox Orbit is a brain-controlled helicopter. Operated with an EEG headset, users can fly the Orbit by focusing their concentration and clearing their mind. Colorful visuals and physical feedback help provide positive reinforcement while developing skills of attention and mental relaxation. What makes the Puzzlebox Orbit truly unique however is the open release of all source code, hardware schematics, 3D models, and the step-by-step hacking instructions which are published freely online. Puzzlebox seeks to aid the pursuit of science and education by inviting its users to modify their products and make them their own. Is your phone or tablet compatible?

Underground Home Designs - Swiss Mountain House Rocks! Like this article? Share it: In underground home designs, this unusual house plan is the collaboration between the Netherlands architects at SeARCH and Christian Muller Architects. Residential Shipping Container Primer (RSCP™) Action It. Building a house is no small feet. Even a small one. There are thousands of materials, pieces, and tasks involved. Openknit: a Reprap-inspired open source knitting machine The Openknit project is a Reprap-inspired, open source hardware knitting machine that can produce an adult-sized garment from yarn and a digital file in about an hour. The project includes plans for the machine, free/open software for designing clothes, and a promise to deliver STL files so you can print out the parts on your 3D printer. Knitting, crochet, and other textile arts are, of course, a longstanding form of 3D printing -- using machines to deposit, align and interlock a feedstock to form 3D objects. The Openknit garments are rather beautiful, as you can see from the Flickr set.

Plastic Bottle Homes and Greenhouses Homes made from Plastic Bottles + Greenhouses, too! plastic bottle house plastic bottle house Eco-Tec's Ecoparque El Zamorano, Honduras. Ecological House: Constructed with 8,000 bottles with composting toilets and a solar water heating system. The green roof can weigh 30 tons when wet and has been supported by the walls without any extra reinforcement. proposal for L'Oreal Products Company in Stockholm, Sweden. Developer : L’Oreal products company Area(sq.m) : 100 X 6 floors Designer : IAMZ Design Studio Website : www.iamz.org Architect : Ahmed Elseyofi Website : www.seyofi.info Technical Supervision : Dilman Majid

AngelBlocks : Lifestyle Automation For Everyone by Steve Montgomery Unlike normal home automation that only works with lights and appliances, AngelBlocks works with all of your things, from your kitchen lights to your bathroom trash can. AngelBlocks are tiny, battery powered, wireless building blocks that can be attached to your things giving them the ability to sense and control the environment around them and to communicate with you using messaging and popular social media. Push an AngelBlock into your plant and it will text you when it gets thirsty. Stick one on your washer and get notified the instant your laundry is done. Place one in your car and it can automatically shut your garage door, turn off lights and appliances, and enable your home's security when you pull out of the driveway.

Public Support for Free Learning: A Policy Framework [All Presentations] Public Support for Free Learning: A Policy Framework October 24, 2011 Keynote presentation delivered to VLHORA - studiedag 'The Education Highway', Flemish Parliament, Brussels, Belgium. In this talk I make the case for a community-based model of learning, where courses are structured as connectivist networks, describe some of the thinking behind the model, and outline a policy framework for the support of free learning. [Slides] [Audio] [Conference Link]

Poppy, a 3D-printed humanoid robot that defies conventions A new 3D-printed robot called Poppy is helping a team of French researchers study bipedal walking and human-robot interaction. They were able to design, fabricate, and assemble a relatively large robot for around €8,000 (US$11,000) including servo motors and electronics. That's about a third the cost of commercial robots in the same size category like the RQ-TITAN, and is still cheaper than smaller humanoids like the Aldebaran Robotics NAO.

Related:  Open-Source technology