Yonder Biology’s Dino Pet Teaches Children About Bioluminescence

Yonder Biology’s Dino Pet Teaches Children About Bioluminescence

Bioluminescence has recently given way to many new and exciting lighting designs. There are many reasons why it has recently emerged into the lighting market, including the its mystical glow and ‘green ‘ components. There is something quiet magical about using components already here on earth to establish something that most believe is only possible via electricity. Taking it one step farther, the San Diego design crew Yonder Biology has created a Dino Pet Lamp that allows the youth to have a hands on chance at seeing and experiencing the inner working of bioluminescence. Yonder Biology explains that, “The Dino Pet redefines the whole Plant-Pet paradigm. It’s a living pet that requires indirect sunlight during the day and gives you a wondrous light show when you play with it at night.” For more information visit their Kickstarter page and watch the video below. Video:...
Studio Roosegaarde’s Glow-in-the-Dark Road

Studio Roosegaarde’s Glow-in-the-Dark Road

Studio Roosegaarde’s Smart Highway project’s primary goal is to make roads more sustainable and interactive. With the use of light, energy and road signs, the Smart Highway project aims to create roads that can automatically adapt to everyday traffic situations. In hopes of redesigning the future of the infamous Route 66, the designers Daan Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure are working towards developing new designs and technologies that include the ‘Glow-in-the-Dark Road’, ‘Dynamic Paint’, ‘Interactive Light’, ‘Induction Priority Lane’ and ‘Wind Light’. In 2012 this project was awarded with the Best Future Concept by the Dutch Design Awards. For more information on the project watch the video...
The Lunar Cubit: Combining Art & Solar Energy Production

The Lunar Cubit: Combining Art & Solar Energy Production

Upon driving south on California’s 405 Freeway, a new solar array has popped up over the last years or so. Large in size and definitely noticeable, and even though it may be creating energy what about its overall appearance? What if this large solar display was both nice to look at and a source for clean energy? The award winning designers of ‘Lunar Cubit’ have merged a sustainable design with a creative display. This solar plan will consist of solar pyramids that will be used to generate renewable energy for the homes of Abu Dhabi. Once completed this site specific proposal will be one of the world’s first zero carbon urban designs. The ‘Lunar Cubit’ consists of nine exotic glowing pyramids that mark the lunar phases. During the day the pyramids collect energy and at night the glass structures become glowing sculptural recreations of ancient Egypt. The Lunar Cubit’s large structures are made of glass and amorphous silicon, the exterior is a polished onyx that gives the entire exterior a shimmering mirror finish. For more information on their project visit: Lunar...
Soccket: The Soccer Ball Lamp

Soccket: The Soccer Ball Lamp

30 minutes of play with this soccer ball can create up to 3 hours of light, but how? It’s just a soccer ball. The creators of Soccket have figured out how to harness the kinetic energy created within the soccer ball as is it kicked around. Five Harvard graduates invented the initial patent with prototypes of the first Soccekt ball appearing in the media in early 2010. Uncharted Play, Inc. is the enterprise now in charge of the soccer’s balls patent and mass production, this was founded by two of the original inventors, Jessica O. Matthews and Julia C. Silverman. If you live in a well developed area you may be wondering how you would convince your computer and TV motivated kids to go outside and kick the ball around so that they could have light during the evening hours to do their homework, the chances may be slim. Soccekt was actually created for that 1/5th of the world that has limited access to light at night. Yahoo news reports that: “The ball is distributed in six countries through local nongovernmental organizations, who are making sure it gets to the communities that can benefit the most. Yahoo! followed the ball to the small village of Yohualichan in Puebla, Mexico. Besides having a shiny new ball to play with, the indigenous kids used it to do their homework. The women used it to cook and sew after sundown, helping them sustain their main source of income. From the kick of a ball, the reality for these families was flipped around and their lives were forever changed for the better.” Video:...
Glowing Plant Kickstarter Project: Can plants replace street lighting?

Glowing Plant Kickstarter Project: Can plants replace street lighting?

Street lighting is like a silent energy drain that no one pays attention to except when they are not lit. Street lighting costs the United States and other countries billions a year in maintenance, replacement of old bulbs costs and the energy to run them through the night. Without them our streets could become unfriendly and a place where accidents triumph. In effort to rethink the street lighting situation, and go past traditional lighting and even past the new solar, wind, turbine street lights and LED replacements, way past that to a place where trees and plants illuminate, via the power of nature’s natural lighting. An enthusiastic group of out of the box thinkers has rethought and redesigned the way we think about lighting our streets. Over the last few years bioluminecense, the naturally occurring pigments found in plants, have been popping up all over the design world. And although we all have gotten used to many of the new options for energy saving and production, like solar, wind and hydro, is this going too far? “What if we used trees to light our streets instead of electric street lamps?” asks Anthony Evans, one of the creators of the Glowing Plant project. “Inspired by fireflies and aquatic bioluminescence…our team of Stanford-trained PhDs are using off-the-shelf methods to create real glowing plants.” Decide for yourself after watching the video below and keep this in mind – “Imagination and innovation are the forces that have advanced our civilization throughout history.” – Anthony Evans, Glowing Plant Kickstarter Project – To help fund their project or for more information visit: Kickstarter Video: Glowing Plants:...