Emergent Futures Tumblelog

This is the Tumblelog of Paul Higgins and Sandy Teagle - Futurists from Melbourne and Brisbane in Australia. Go to Emergent Futures to see more or follow on Twitter at FuturistPaul . If you right click on the pictures, titles or links in these posts you will be able to go to the original story on the web. If you click on comments for each post you can either read what others have said or add your own comment via Disqus. If you click on the date of a post it will take you to a single post view where you can copy the web link if you want to send it to someone else. If you click on the tags it will take you to other stories from Emergent Futures with the same tag.

Mazda Envisions Creating Their Future Car Today



It’s a new bold design idea of a car that weighs less than 1,000 pounds, yet still packs a punch as far as being comfortable and useful. 


Full Story: Bitrebels

Posted at 1:14pm and tagged with: transport, design, future,.

Mazda Envisions Creating Their Future Car Today


It’s a new bold design idea of a car that weighs less than 1,000 pounds, yet still packs a punch as far as being comfortable and useful. 

Full Story: Bitrebels

Startup of the Week: DesignCrowd

Paul Higgins - make sure you read the comments at the bottom - very critical.

Via @rossdawson

Full Story: Wired

Posted at 5:54am and tagged with: crowdsourcing, tech, technology, design,.

Startup of the Week: DesignCrowd

Paul Higgins - make sure you read the comments at the bottom - very critical.
Via @rossdawson

Full Story: Wired

Paul Higgins: Is this for real?

futuramb:

IKEA is building a complete London neighborhood | SmartPlanet

Forget tiny apartments, IKEA’s bringing their simple and affordable design to a neighborhood in East London. LandProp, the investment arm of IKEA, will develop the 26-acre neighborhood near the city’s Olympic Park.

Posted at 7:16am and tagged with: design, cities,.

Paul Higgins: Is this for real?

futuramb:

IKEA is building a complete London neighborhood | SmartPlanet
Forget tiny apartments, IKEA’s bringing their simple and affordable design to a neighborhood in East London. LandProp, the investment arm of IKEA, will develop the 26-acre neighborhood near the city’s Olympic Park.

szymon:

Credit Counselling Society business card by Rethink

Posted at 6:13pm and tagged with: just because, design,.

szymon:

Credit Counselling Society business card by Rethink

springwise:

LED lighting system for bicycle wheels to revolutionize safety

Regular Springwise readers may remember our coverage of two recent bike related innovations focusing on functionality and style: MAIK’s Bike Crate and the lock that can be worn around the waist. Now Californian start-up Revolights are focusing on cycle safety with their new bike lighting system. READ MORE…

Posted at 3:06pm and tagged with: innovation, startups, Business, lights, lighting, design, cycling, bicycle,.

springwise:

 
LED lighting system for bicycle wheels to revolutionize safety
Regular Springwise readers may remember our coverage of two recent bike related innovations focusing on functionality and style: MAIK’s Bike Crate and the lock that can be worn around the waist. Now Californian start-up Revolights are focusing on cycle safety with their new bike lighting system. READ MORE…

$1,000 house a step closer for world’s poor


MIT architects have produced the first prototype “Pinwheel House” in an effort to see if low-cost homes can be constructed for $1,000, total.

Full Story: ZDNET

Posted at 7:31am and tagged with: innovation, design, competition, housing,.

$1,000 house a step closer for world’s poor

MIT architects have produced the first prototype “Pinwheel House” in an effort to see if low-cost homes can be constructed for $1,000, total.
Full Story: ZDNET

smarterplanet:

As revolutionary as the mobile ecosystem is, it’s the interactions of more intelligent connected devices with people outside of the context of phones or computers that will drive more innovation, says Mark Rolston, chief creative officer at Frog Design. Rolston, speaking at the Mobile Future Forward conference Monday in Seattle described a future where devices become more contextually aware thanks to embedded and connected sensors.

Instead of thinking about the buttons on a phone or a laptop, manufacturers and designers need to think about what will happen when computers are embedded in everything and connected all the time. Instead of computing confined in a box on a desk or in the hand, computers will be everywhere pulling data from a variety of places. Understanding how those computers will pull information about their environment, relay that data to users and then interpret what users want them to do creates a web of interaction that will require new ways of thinking and design.

Posted at 4:43pm and tagged with: internet of things, design, products, Mark Rolston, Frog Design,.

climateadaptation:

Forget the blimp and pay attention to the key phrase: “Arctic mines and oil rigs.” The Arctic will be drilled.

To resupply Arctic mines and oil rigs, roads are expensive (if not simply out of the question). A new company is building fast and efficient helium-fueled blimps to get the needed supplies to workers up north. Read more.

Posted at 7:21am and tagged with: Discovery Air Innovations, air blimp, blimp, design, news, tech, arctic, drilling, oil, gas, russia, denmark, canada,.

climateadaptation:


Forget the blimp and pay attention to the key phrase: “Arctic mines and oil rigs.” The Arctic will be drilled.

To resupply Arctic mines and oil rigs, roads are expensive (if not  simply out of the question). A new company is building fast and  efficient helium-fueled blimps to get the needed supplies to workers up  north. Read more.

smarterplanet:

Japanese breakthrough will make wind power cheaper than nuclear
A surprising aerodynamic innovation in wind turbine design called the ‘wind lens’ could triple the output of a typical wind turbine, making it less costly than nuclear power.

via mothernaturenetwork:

Posted at 7:45am and tagged with: energy, engineering, wind, wind lens, design, innovation,.

smarterplanet:


Japanese breakthrough will make wind power cheaper than nuclearA surprising aerodynamic innovation in wind turbine design called the ‘wind lens’ could triple the output of a typical wind turbine, making it less costly than nuclear power.

via mothernaturenetwork:

Napkin Labs Turns IDEO’s Innovation Process Into Web Apps For All


An off-the-shelf crowdsourcing platform will let companies create “challenges” to gather insight, and guide users with a series of design-focused exercises

Full Story: FastCompany

Posted at 2:12pm and tagged with: design, applications, social networking, innovation, tech, technology,.