When design and function get together – everything is possible. Located Just north of Thessaloniki, Greece - Henning Larsen has designed a hybrid office building/solar panel factory that is almost 100% self sufficient - solar of course! Built for Kilkis (an industrial city), the 100,000 square meter factory is the pinnacle of straight forward design, meeting the needs of the local communities and also the energy thirst of a growing economy.
“…The construction materials and coloring selected to mitigate energy loss also improve the building’s aesthetic appeal. Unlike some factories that are dull and mechanized, the solar panel production and administrative areas are bright and welcoming thanks to a series of large daylights that let in plenty of natural lighting…”
While solar technology is still advancing and improving at a startling rate, it seems almost ridiculous that more Mediterranean countries aren’t implementing a wider policy on factory energy use – giving large tax breaks or subsidies to companies willing to invest in energy saving solar power solutions. With long hot summers and plenty of scorching sunlight, a solar solution is essentially, a low cost sustanable energy source. Read the whole article over at inhabitiat – click here.
What kind of camera do you get for $58,000 – The handmade Red Epic-M Digital Cinema Camera!
Hot on the heels of Jobs and Company’s iPad 2 unavailing, Samsung is hosting an event of its own on March 22nd and many believe it’ll be for the next Galaxy Tab. Sammy has done its best to get our mouth watering, with teaser posters and graphics, especially a new one (shown after the break) showing an ultra slim bezel, most likely from the Tab. While Sammy hasn’t hinted at specs or further details, we have heard that it was second guessing itself, especially after the ipad 2 unveiling. See for yourself and let us know what you think.
Did you like the design of the 1st Gen iPhone? Well, looks like Apple is going retro and bringing back the aluminum casing for the iPhone 5 – at least that’s what the rumor mill is churning up. 9To5 Mac is reporting, via Macotakara, that the boys at 1 Infinite Loop are making it so, with a somewhat unibody feel to the exterior casing. Additionally, it looks like the ridiculousness of “Antena Gate” stories and crazy article like ilounge’s “Cave Man Grip Videos“, have made Jobs and company move the antena internally, for the upcoming iphone.
I personally love the black exterior of the iPhone 4 and the aluminum design of Apple’s goodies, is starting to take its toll. Anodizing any of Apple’s aluminum cases, would add a welcomed aesthetic change and would hinder scratching and external damage. Another possible case design would involve carbon fiber, instead of the gorilla glass used for the iPhone 4. Why the sudden change of heart? Another reason for the move could be the difficulty Apple has experienced pushing white iphones off the assembly line. The glass exterior has proven next to impossible to color white, as it causes photos taken from the rear camera, to be washed out and discolored. June is but a few months away – we’ll soon see.
Everyone needs help sometimes – Designers, mount up!
Everyone was waiting, speculating and predicting but Apple made it so at 10am Wednesday morning at their San Francisco iPad event. iPad 2 is official and what an update it was! Same display 9.5in x 7.31in but only .34in thin – dual cameras – AT&T and Verizon versions – 16GB/ 32GB/ 64GB Storage Versions – A5 Dual Processor – 10 Hour Battery Life – 1080p Video Out - Video Mirroring & Video Out Support & so much more..
720p video recording at 30fps from the iPad 2′s back camera with still camera 5x digital zoom – yes please. Front camera does video recording, VGA up to 30 frames per second with audio; VGA-quality still camera. That not enough, how about having your iPad essentially turn into an Apple TV – throwing audio/video from your TV to the iPad and from the iPad to the TV. Huge!
While storage stays the same 16GB/32GB/64GB – the new A5 dual processor is twice as fast and has 9x the graphics power. That’s perfect for the new iMovie, Photo Both, Garage band and ibooks apps coming in with the new iOS 4.3, which will ship in 11 days, when the iPad 2 is available. Still not that impressed and just want the first iPad, you’re in luck, especially since the price has dropped to $399 for the 16GB wifi model. Check out the full specs at Apple.com – just click here.
Apple OS X Lion: Since Apple released the beta of OS X Lion last Thursday, information has started coming out about the OS’s features and what we can expect when Lion get released later in 2011. One of the most striking/obvious tweaks has been to OS X’s core applications, with significan changes to the Finder, Mail, Address Book and iCal – all of which have taken from Apple’s iOS. The “Finder” can now be resized from all corners, offers additional sidebar configuration options and overlayed scrollbars.
“Mail” has essentially morphed into the iOS version, with a tri-columned appearance for better navigation and organization – as well as a “Full Screen” mode. Additionally, “Address Book” and “iCal” have done the same – both shifting to “Full Screen” options and a more iOS appearance. A combination of “Full Screen” mode and Apple’s newest implementation of “Expose” should make work flow much easier to handle, as well as application switching, much more navigation friendly.
SSD TRIM: While Apple has made SSD hard drives optional on many of its hardware products, OS X has not had native TRIM support – preventing many from spending a significant amount of money on an SSD drive that can not be managed correctly. Hints within OS X Lion now support claims that Apple’s next gen OS will indeed support TRIM.
” …In computing, a TRIM command allows an operating system to inform a solid-state drive (SSD) which blocks of data are no longer considered in use and can be wiped internally. While TRIM is frequently spelled in capital letters, it is not an acronym; it is merely a command name.” - WIki
IPhone 5 Parts: It was only a matter of time until we had some leaks concerning Apple’s next gen iPhone and it looks like “iDeals:China” is tossing out the first photo. Below, is a rumored picture of the iPhone 5′s digitizer, similar to the one found on the current generation iPhone. iDeals claims that the actual dimension size of this digitizer is slightly larger than the iPhone 4′s, which would go along with rumors stating that the iPhone 5 will move to a 4inch display – up from the current 3.5in. Time will tell.
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Sick of traditional silicon microprocessors? Well IMEC has just created the world’s first organic, plastic based (not silicon) microprocessor – high tech clothing is quickly becoming a reality. So what are the great benefits to this? PRICE! Having microprocessors made out of this new organic composite, instead of silicon, could produce microprocessors at 1/10th of todays prices.
The 8-bit logic circuit with 4000 transistors executed 6 instructions per second and while this isn’t ground breaking, it will eventually lead to incorporating high powered microprocessors within everyday materials like clothing. From there, tech fashion houses could create clothing powered by movement (friction) that could completely expand the traditional use/functionality of clothing. The future is looking stylish. NEXT!
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“…I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today…”
Irina Werning’s time traversing photo project is simply put, stunning. How much we change and how much we stay the same always amazes me – especially with photography being the medium. Irina’s full project can be found at her site – Click Here.
It’s still early but that hasn’t stopped the die-hard photoshop geeks from putting together mock-ups of the so called iPhone 4 Nano. The image above was posted on 9 To 5 Mac and if anything Apple is planning comes close to his, they’re going to sell a crap-load! Especially if they can sell it for $199 off contract, 8GB Storage, 3G with front/back cameras – lights out! This is the device Apple needs to concentrate on, to push into the low end range market – where Android is absolutely killing them. Make it happen Jobs. NEXT!!