TECH TUESDAYS w/ JTWEET VOL. 15: 2012 & BEYOND






--Michael Graves
--John Maeda




I've made a few Resolutions of my own since January 1, 2012.

I've decided that instead of approaching an article with "how much awesome can I pack into THIS one" and then having to completely out-do myself each week (no easy feat), I am henceforth and forevermore going for a more efficient approach.

I've decided that I'm going to present a series of thoughts, and then take the next few weeks to expand upon those thoughts -- versus doing so all in one sitting.

So without further ado, I give you 2012 & Beyond: A Look Ahead at the Most Tweetable Tech News of The New Year:

1. EFFIZIENHAUS PLUS 2012
2. THE DoD's GIGAPIXEL CAMERA
3. Integration of Facial Recognition into iDevices
4. The Future of Security; Changing the Way You Lock Your Doors & Hide Yo Kids
5. Wrist-Mounted Weapons: Science, or Fiction?

To kick this year off with a(n environmentally friendly) BANG, lets dive into EFFIZIENHAUS, shall we?:


EFFIZENHAUS PLUS 2012: THE INTERSECTION OF ARCHITECTURE, ENERGY, IDEALISM & REALITY

"EFFICIENT HOUSE PLUS, 2012" is a collaborative effort of the German Government, public
sector corporations such as Daimler Chrysler, and educational institutions such as Stuttgart
University's Institute
for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK).
"WHAT IS THIS 'Efficie
nt House'" you ask? It's an actual, working, livable structure designed unlike any other. Energy given off by the house is going to be REUSED BY THE HOUSE: funneled into the garage and stored in batteries in the form of an inductive charging mechanism. This inductive charging platform will allow for any one of several specially-designed vehicles to be charged simply by parking the thing.

TRANSLATION: NO MORE DRIVIN' YOUR CHEVY TO THE "LEVY". Translation: YOU JUST WIPED OUT YOUR GASOLINE BILL.

Oh, and never fear: if the Chevy Volt isn't your fancy, you can choose from an Audi, BMW, Volkswagon, Opel (ah, what I wouldn't give for an environmentally-friendly Opel Speedster!), and of course Mercedes-Benz. Each company is going to contribute their own versions of electric vehicles to be driven for a few months out of the year.

"Driven", you say quizzically?... Oh, you mean you didn't know? THIS AIN'T YO MAMA'S HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT: IT'S REAL LIFE.

That's right: FOR ONE FULL YEAR, AN ACTUAL FAMILY IS GOING TO BE LIVING IN THIS "EFFICIENT HOUSE". EATING. SLEEPING. ENTERTAINING. TRAINING. DOING LIFE WELL AND LIVIN' THE DREAM, IN VOGUE. If the Germans are truly efficient, they'll get a film crew in on this. Run an experiment, market it as another "Big Brother" on television to garner public support (while simultaneously selling ad space via commercial and turning a slight profit)... come on, now! Just gotta come up with a catchy title...

ANYWAY: While the house was completed, tested, and opened before Christmas, the Family isn't moving in 'til closer to March (the most socio-economically-correct family must be chosen. That could take a while). I myself will be personally keeping tabs on this project throughout the year, but if you're hungry for more you can visit the government's website yourself for the goods.


As if all this wasn't enough: the architects designed a SEXY PIECE O' HOUSE.

That's all for now, folks. Go do something ballsy today.

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