Stu is a tech writer based in Liverpool, UK. He has previously worked on global digital estate management at Amaze and headed up digital strategy for FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology). He likes cups of tea, bacon sandwiches and RSS feeds.
An upcoming indoor vertical farm is not only claimed to be the world's largest, but to use cutting edge growing technology. AeroFarms' new 69,000 sq ft (6,410 sq m) facility in Newark, New Jersey, will be based in a converted steel factory and will incorporate a new corporate HQ for the firm. It's expected to grow high-quality and healthy produce all year round.
A new residential community in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, will be raised high above the street and wrapped in a huge living wall. Designed by MAD Architects, 8600 Wilshire will also feature a lush hidden garden for its residents. MAD says it will "coalesce nature and community into a living environment among high-density cities."
We may still be some way from having lifelike humanoid robot helpers,
but there's no doubt robots are getting more helpful, friendly and
domesticated. Blue Frog Robotics' new Buddy robot is designed to be an
affordable family companion. It can help with communications, home
security, edutainment and even elder care.
An organization in which Paypal founder Peter Thiel is an investor is
aiming to build a floating city-state by 2020. The Seasteading Institute
says semi-independent floating cities would provide an opportunity to
try out new modes of government and could also tackle a number of other
Honda has claimed a new Guinness World Record, for the "Lowest fuel consumption – all 24 contiguous EU countries (all cars)." Although that's a bit of a mouthful, it simply means that the carmaker achieved the highest fuel efficiency ever recorded while traversing all 24 adjoining EU countries.
Philips has opened a new facility for developing tailored LED "light recipes" for indoor farming. The GrowWise City Farming research center in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, will be used to study how light can maximize the quality and yield of different crops. The aim is to help producers grow tasty and healthy food indoors all year round.
Students from Canada have designed and built a car that is capable of achieving a fuel efficiency of 2,098 mpg (0.11 l/100km). The team from Quebec's Université Laval (University of Laval) was competing in the 36th SAE Supermileage competition. It is the university's second straight win at the event.
Revised designs have been released for 22 Bishopsgate in London. The tower will sit at the center of a cluster of high-rises in the City financial district, which includes high profile buildings such as the Leadenhall Building and 20 Fenchurch Street, and will become the second tallest building in the UK behind the Shard.
A new development of 33 private luxury floating homes is to be built at The World artificial archipelago in Dubai. Designed by Waterstudio.NL and Jean-Michel Cousteau, they will be part of the Oqyana World First, which forms the Australasian portion of The World.
Dutch students have developed a new family car that is not only powered by the sun, but generates more energy than it uses. Stella Lux seats up to four people and is designed to be efficient, intelligent and comfortable. It will compete in the World Solar Challenge in Australia later this year.