Fernando Romero | Border City

Romero Presents Bi-national City At London Design Biennale 2016

BORDER CITY AT LONDON DESIGN BIENNALE from FR-EE Fernando Romero Enterprise on Vimeo.

Architect Fernando Romero has unveiled plans for a bi-national city spanning the US-Mexico border, amid Donald Trump’s calls for a wall to be built between the two countries.

Romero’s Border City presents a Utopian vision for a city with dual nationality, where people and goods could move more freely across the US-Mexico border. Read more here.


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Kailu Guan | Augmented Reality Fashion

KG Projects from Kailu Guan on Vimeo.

Digital Imagery Overlay Fashions Presented At NYC Textile Month

Parsons School of Design graduate Kailu Guan has created a range of garments that present three-dimensional shapes and moving patterns when viewed on a digital device.

Designed under the moniker KG Projects, the collection uses augmented reality – overlaying digital imagery onto the real world – to produce extra effects across the clothing on screen. Read more here.

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Boosted Boards | Electric Skateboards

Second Generation Boosted Boards

The Boosted board is an amazing riding experience with a powerful electric motor, easy wireless control and smooth braking. The 2nd generation board delivers key upgrades, including an extended range battery pack, water resistant electronics and advanced connectivity. The Boosted board still has everything you love, including the bamboo deck by Loaded , a high torque drive-train and industry leading customer support.

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Website | https://boostedboards.com/

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nanoPE | Cooling Plastic Textile

A team of Stanford scientists believe nanoPE could ease our reliance on expensive cooling systems used in buildings


A team of scientists have developed a plastic textile that could be used to manufacture clothing, and cool people who wear it.  While many breathable and moisture-wicking fabrics are available, the new nanoporous fabric, dubbed nanoPE, adds a second dimension of cooling because it uses polyethylene, which unlike other materials, allows the body’s infrared radiation to pass through. Polyethylene is the material commonly used in plastic wrap. Read more here.

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The Cave Of Adullam | Detroit

Saving Our Boys | Sharath Jason Wilson

From GoFundMe Page:

The Cave of Adullam Transformational Training Academy (CATTA) based in Detroit Michigan has been transforming the lives of boys and young men since 2008 (Videos Below).  Our mission is to create a generation of men who are physically conscious and spiritually strong enough to navigate through the pressures of this world without succumbing to their emotions. We are able to accomplish this mission through the comprehensive physical, mental and emotional stability training system of Mūsar Rū, which translates “Discipline of the Spirit”. Through Mūsar Rū, boys and young men are introduced to the root of their unresolved anger, ADHD symptoms, anxieties and fears, while being taught how to introspectively confront and conquer them daily with composure.


Just recently two of our awe-inspiring videos that were posted on our Facebook page  went viral totaling over 3 million views.  Our phones are still to this day ringing with an outpouring of support and encouragement!  Due to the demand for replication of the CATTA, many donors suggested that we start a GoFundMe campaign so that they could help crowdfund the remaining financial resources needed to replicate the CATTA nationwide

Source | http://thecaveofadullam.org/
Financial Support | https://www.gofundme.com/2h5bunw

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Neuro | Virtual Reality Fashion Design

French Fashion Designer Creates Neuro


Fashion innovator, inspired by gaming avatars, creates a virtual digital process for fashion design and alteration.

The world of fashion is famous for its fleeting trends and never-ending seasonal production. Clement Balavoine has created Neuro a three stage virtual reality computer application, that makes use of existing software to design and alter garments. Step one utilizes Daz3D, an application allowing the user to create and work with virtual mannequins scanned from real-life models. The virtual mannequins can then be posed for precise design measurement. Step two utilizes the Marvelous Designer application to facilitate digital pattern making. The last step utilizes the 3dsMax application where the designer digitally cuts patterns, applies fabric types, colors and weights to complete the design. Also, the final creations can be imported into various settings for mock photo shoots.

Balavoine was inspired to use computer design software, in this way, after seeing computer gaming developers create characters. He explains, “Once all the parts are virtually sewn together, you can instantly visualize the design using a 3D gravity simulation which will display exactly how the garment fits on the model, as well as showing how it falls and the movement of the fabric.”

This new approach has the potential to reduce production delays and enable a more sustainable design process by possibly eliminating the need for designer samples. Along these lines, consumers are currently able to virtually preview furniture designs prior to purchase. So, by using virtual prototyping along with 3D printing, the sky’s the limit for product design, production and consumption.

Source | http://www.springwise.com/
Website | www.neuro-studio.com

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Power Ledger | Blockchain Energy Marketplace

Blockchain Technology Used For Green Energy


Power Ledger, a company in Australia is set to test a peer-to-peer renewable energy marketplace.

Blockchain is the public ledger technology underpinning Bitcoin, it has also spawned other innovations including a platform to reward creators of user-generated content called steemit. Power Ledger uses a greener form of Blockchain technology called Ecochain to allow those producing excess renewable energy to sell it directly to consumers.

Recently, we covered Transactivgrid, a US community electricity market enabling users to buy and sell energy from the grid. Power Ledger cuts out the middleman allowing customers to buy and sell electricity between themselves within the Blockchain Energy Marketplace. As a result, customers able to invest in producing renewable energy will earn more from their excess. Simultaneously, those without the infrastructure who are still keen to run on renewables, can access energy at a lower cost. Also, electricity producers are able to gift excess renewable energy to whomever they choose.

blaock-chain-tech-power-ledger-2Power Ledger’s Co-founder, Jemma Green believes the increased possibility of earning through renewable energy will increase the take up of solar panels, explaining, “Presently, if you’ve got surplus solar electricity you sell it back for a low feed-in tariff and buy it back (from the grid) at a high rate. Using (Power Ledger), you can sell it to your neighbor at rate somewhere between the two.”

Very soon,Power Ledger will begin an 8-week test with 10 households at NLV’s Busselton Lifestyle Village, on the Western Power network.

Website: www.powerledger.io

Source | http://www.springwise.com/
Trendspotter | Murtaza Patel

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ZaZa Ali | Freedom Home Academy, Detroit

ZaZa Ali Supports Afrikan Centered Education in Detroit

From ZaZa Ali: On behalf of Cooperative Economics – Support Our Schools… From September 2016 – November 2016, we will be supporting Freedom Home Academy in Detroit. The school will have its grand opening in September, we have been asked to provide the following school supplies:

  • Pencils
  • Plastic folders
  • Packs Loose leaf paper
  • Spiral notebooks

Like the school on FB to follow their progress – https://www.facebook.com/Freedom-Home

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Freedom Home Academy, Detroit

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Marcus Kline | Freedom  Home Academy International, Director

Within an Afrikan centered context, our purpose is building Afrikan children to be exceptional, academically intense, driven and disciplined human beings. The curriculum’s organic approach concentrates on Reading, Mathematics, Focus, Geography, Health, and Cultural Enrichment. We are a private home school institution with specific measurable goals.



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Kate Spade Fashionable Tech Wearables

Kate Spade | Designer Fitness Tracking
Kate Spade Fitness Trackers 1

 Kate Spade adds fashionable smartwatches and fitness trackers to her activewear mix. Read the article here.



Website | http://www.katespadeandcompany.com/web/guest

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