• Theme: Electricity, Smart Buildings, Access Control

    OpenVSP is a parametric aircraft geometry tool that allows users to create a 3-D model of an aircraft defined by common engineering parameters. This model can be processed into formats suitable for engineering analysis. Beginning in the early 1990s, J.R. Gloudemans and others developed for NASA what we now know as the...

    Aircraft Design Software (ADS) offers a way to make a complete conceptual design of a single or multi engine aircraft of different sizes, from the small UAV to the light commuter aircraft. It was developed 20 years ago by Didier Breyne, founder and managing director of OAD, but first put on the market in 2009. It’s...

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    Experts are now explaining what’s in store for the future of IoT and how to get there. “Where design today focuses on physical products, design of the future will be about data-driven products and experience. Where innovation today is about creating new products, innovation of the future will be focused around...

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    Recently, Peter Taylor had an epiphany. He was at a restaurant with his young daughter who was annoyed that the lights were too bright. At home she was used to controlling the lights with her voice using Amazon Echo so she shouted: “Alexa, lights off!” The waiter was perplexed as to why a girl would talk to the...

    In the wake of the 2008 U.S. housing crisis and Great Recession, people had to rely on resources other than money, and the movement of autonomous and collaborative initiatives was born. In a 2013 Ted Talk, Wikihouses founder Alastair Parvin asks, “Who are the people that make cities?” Around the same time, resourceful...

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    Andrei Speridião designs connections. He moves beyond and between fabrication, technology, interactive objects and conceptual exchanges, developing innovative networks of people and things using digital thinking. The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. The Brazilian designer was raised by a designer mother who...

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    Smart kitchen technology has become increasingly prominent, relevant and accessible, as evidenced by the availability of smart fridges, plates, coffee makers, scales, cookers and more. Our relationship with food is continually evolving. As an example, in the Table for Living—a Concept Kitchen 2025 prototype—a camera...

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    In 2014 a team of designers kick virtual reality in design up a notch. It’s called Gravity, the perfect solution to visualize your ideas from the first sketch. Composed only of a pen, a pad and augmented reality glasses, Gravity puts designs in 3-D form while drawing.   Click here to read a past issue on 3-D...

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    Only a few years ago, the concept of a “smart city”—or one that uses a complex network of wireless devices to facilitate communication between buildings and infrastructure, residents, service providers and administrators—seemed like science fiction. Today fiction is rapidly becoming reality. A recent report from...

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    BIM was under discussion at Batimat 2015 in Paris, a leading biennial construction exhibition. One pertinent BIM presentation was made by Agence Qualite Construction (AQC), a Paris-based organization. To examine the performance of BIM, AQC launched a study in 2010 that would follow the construction processes of 40...

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