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Oct 11, 2017

A Robot Can Print This $32,000 House in as Little as 8 Hours

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, habitats, robotics/AI, solar power, sustainability

Building a house by hand can be both time-consuming and expensive. Numerous homebuilders have chosen to automate part of the construction (i.e., by printing the home’s parts) instead.

A new Ukrainian homebuilding startup called PassivDom uses a 3D printing robot that can print parts for tiny houses. The machine can print the walls, roof, and floor of PassivDom’s 380-square-foot model in about eight hours. The windows, doors, plumbing, and electrical systems are then added by a human worker.

When complete, the homes are autonomous and mobile, meaning they don’t need to connect to external electrical and plumbing systems. Solar energy is stored in a battery connected to the houses, and water is collected and filtered from humidity in the air (or you can pour water into the system yourself). The houses also feature an independent sewage system.

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Oct 10, 2017

The Secrets of Google’s Moonshot Factory

Posted by in categories: habitats, robotics/AI

How the tech giant is trying to leverage the science of breakthroughs and resurrect the lost art of invention

A snake-robot designer, a balloon scientist, a liquid-crystals technologist, an extradimensional physicist, a psychology geek, an electronic-materials wrangler, and a journalist walk into a room. The journalist turns to the assembled crowd and asks: Should we build houses on the ocean?

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Oct 3, 2017

Ikea has debuted an indoor farm that grows greens three times faster than a garden

Posted by in categories: food, habitats, sustainability

Ikea is known for its flat-pack kitchen tables, islands, and cabinets.

Now the home furnishings retailer is experimenting with products that allow people to harvest food at home.

Space10, Ikea’s innovation lab, has designed a prototype of a mini-farm that can grow greens and herbs indoors.

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Sep 27, 2017

Investors should wake up to Japan’s robotic future

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, education, habitats, robotics/AI

Out of necessity, Japan has been pushing on the robotics frontier for years. As a result, the proliferation and embrace of robots goes well beyond the Japanese factory floor to include schools, hospitals, nursing homes, airports, train stations and even temples.


Unfavourable demographics are spurring innovation — and investment opportunities.

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Sep 25, 2017

Humans could soon live on the moon and Mars in LAVA tunnels

Posted by in categories: habitats, space

Two separate teams of researchers have been working on ways to exploit these lava tubes.

They are found in many volcanic areas on Earth, including Lanzarote, Hawaii, Iceland, North Queensland in Australia, Sicily and the Galapagos islands.

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Sep 24, 2017

This guy proposed to his girlfriend in a VR version of her grandmother’s house

Posted by in categories: habitats, virtual reality

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Sep 11, 2017

How the Intelligent Home of the Future Will Care For You

Posted by in categories: futurism, habitats

The intelligent home of the future is coming sooner than you think. Our future homes will not only provide us shelter, but much more than you think.

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Sep 10, 2017

‘New Home’ Habitat Proposes an Easy-To-Construct Living Solution For Mars

Posted by in categories: habitats, space travel

New home proposal for a Martian habitat, designed by marek podlaha and antónia pohanková, uses a prefabricated spaceship as the center of the structure.

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Sep 5, 2017

A futuristic 3-story house was designed and built entirely by robots

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Sep 5, 2017

Shenzhen: City of the Future. The high-tech life of China’s Silicon Valley

Posted by in categories: government, habitats, robotics/AI, solar power, sustainability

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- Technology and innovation hub, Shenzhen is known as China’s “silicon valley” and “the city of the future”.
- Once a fishing village, in just 50 years it grew into a megacity packed with skyscrapers.
- It hosts international technology exhibitions and forums and attracts creators and investors from around the world, contributing to its population boom.
- Inventors and engineers working here, create helpful robots, hybrid cars and smart car parks.

China has a saying; to see the past, visit Beijing, to see the present, go to Shanghai but for the future, it’s Shenzhen. Shenzhen has transformed itself from a tiny fishing village to a megacity in just 50 years, its population tripling since the 1990s. The city is a magnet for tech-savvy and inventive dreamers from all across China and the world, because of them Shenzhen has become the “silicon valley” of China, a true technology and innovation hub.

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