The Cocoon Smart Home will harvest rainwater, solar energy and organic veggies in the Caribbean

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Yves Bhar unveils new Smart Locks that make keyless entry a breeze

 
One of the worst feelings is wondering whether or not you left your house door unlocked. With August Home Inc.’s new Smart Locks, this will never again be a concern. Today, August unveiled three new product, two of which are Smart Locks equipped with brand new DoorSense technology — the first integrated sensor that tells homeowners if their doors are opened or closed. The next generation of Smart Home Access products includes two new Smart Locks and the new-and-improved Doorbell Cam…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New electric smart fortwo is ready to revolutionize car-sharing

In the not too distant future, smart is going to transition its small lineup to fully electric powertrains. Smart is giving us a preview of what the future smart fortwo could look like and how it could forever change the world of car-sharing. At first glance the outside the smart vision EQ fortwo concept looks like a more modern take on the current fortwo, but there’s more than meets the eye here.

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Pavegen unveils world’s first energy-harvesting smart street in London

An underutilized street in London’s West End has been transformed into a colorful outdoor space exhibiting sustainable technologies, and right down the center runs Pavegen’s energy-generating pavement technology. The company, which has been around since 2009, has seen their pavement that harvests power from footsteps installed in 150 projects, but now their pavement is part of what they describe as the world’s first smart street. Walkers traversing the pavement can connect to an app and see how their… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Smart to start offering electric versions of all its models in 2017

Starting next year, Smart will offer an electric version of every model in its lineup. The company, owned by Mercedez-Benz, is well known as the maker of tiny smart cars and this historic move also makes it the first car company to offer an electric option on its entire line, even if that only includes three models. Although many details aren’t available yet, this marks an exciting development in the electric vehicle industry and for Smart, a small company trying to make a big impact on automotive… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

10 smart and cheap things every college dorm room needs

Wireless Charging Furniture:

Your phone is at 5% and you’re tossing everything out of your backpack trying to find your charger, which seems to have sprouted legs and strolled away. Sound familiar? IKEA is putting an end to vanishing phone chargers with their wireless charging furniture. It works like this: set down your phone on your table or night stand. Pick up your phone once it has enough juice to for you to Snap your cat doing that cute human-like thing with her paws. Repeat. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Smart space-saving design transforms a tiny apartment in Taipei into an upscale home

Skyrocketing housing prices in Taipei have forced young homeowners into increasingly smaller houses. Like most small apartments in the city, the property the client purchased already came with a space-saving loft setup, however, the existing design made the apartment feel cramped, limited on storage, and unsuitable for entertaining guests. To maximize space and reinvent the feel of the apartment, the architects gutted the interior and inserted a new materials palette and hidden storage for a clean… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Simple but smart design transforms a concrete plaza into a lively urban park

“The project springs from the need to create a welcoming place for the citizens of Favara while simultaneously donating to the city an innovative public space shaped from the perfect combination of wood and vegetation,” write the architects. In contrast to the site’s original and muted concrete setting, Zighizaghi is filled with greenery and playful elements from its honeycomb shape to the red light fixtures that double as loudspeakers. “Thanks to its interactive character, Zighizaghi transforms… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building