Feel Good Introduction
- Everything is "readable"! These glasses help visually impaired users hear the world
- Don't waste the heat emitted by sweating, you can go here and replace it with "new energy"
- Refused to overdesign, libraries and theaters grew out of abandoned stone quarries
- 32 switches to call up your most pleasing BGM
- Dame: Make menstrual products non-disposable
Light up a "barrier-free blind spot"
Smartphones can read screens, but what about the real world?
Dutch company Envision has created Envision Glasses, a smart glasses that can "read" the real world, based on Google Glass.
The glasses feature an 8-megapixel camera that scans surfaces.
Then, the artificial intelligence is responsible for extracting different types of information such as printed text and handwritten notes from the images in batches, and then converts it into voice feedback to visually impaired users, and supports the use of more than 60 different languages.
It's worth pointing out that this device also features color detection, light detection, object recognition, and facial recognition. Therefore, like a voice assistant, it can give users a detailed description of the scene currently "watching" and realize "hear what you want to see".
From real-time text recognition to video calling, it can help visually impaired users in a variety of life scenarios.
For example, visually impaired people can pick red socks from white clothes faster, know if the lights in a space are still on, find personal items, quickly identify colleagues, and video call friends for advice while shopping.
Another possibility for energy
The human body emits an average of about 100 watts of heat at rest, and can even easily exceed 1,000 watts while exercising — enough heat to boil a liter of water in 6 minutes.
To reduce carbon emissions, some projects are starting to consider reusing this waste heat to partially replace electricity and natural gas.
The SWG3 Club in Glasgow, UK, this year introduced a regenerative heating system that captures body heat.
The system first collects the massive body heat generated by people dancing in the club through a heat pump, and then transports this energy to storage in underground wells about 150 meters deep, forming a large "thermal battery" that heats the entire building.
The club says the system is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 70 tonnes a year.
The Kungsbrohuset office building, located above Stockholm Central Metro Station in Sweden, also heats itself by collecting the heat generated by the crowding of the subway station.
The building draws in nearby seawater to cool itself and the subway station's ventilation system, stores the thermal energy obtained in the subway station in the water, and then uses the generated hot water to heat the district heating system.
Such a ventilation system is like a large "refrigerator", but the difference is that the "heat" emitted "behind the refrigerator" is effectively utilized.
The same goes for the Mall of America in Minnesota, USA. Since it opened in 1991, the mall has relied on sunlight and heat generated by more than 40 million visitors a year.
Considering the January temperature there is about -15.5 degrees Celsius, that's a bold choice indeed.
Although this technology still faces many problems from widespread promotion, whether it is the installation of such a heating system for human body heat or the Coldplay Band's "Power by Jump" concert, in fact, it does not require a one-time choice when ordering takeout. Like cutlery, each step towards a carbon neutral world can be more concrete and tangible.
Renovation is not about wiping the plains with everything
DnA Architects completed the renovation of three of the many abandoned stone quarries in Jinyun County, Zhejiang Province, turning them into local cultural venues.
Tourist areas in many places are "over-engineered", and DnA hopes to challenge this status quo with this project.
We have always adhered to the method of 'less intervention, micro transformation, and refined improvement', and explored the possibility of spatial transformation of Shidang with different shapes according to local conditions.
Because each stone dang has experienced artificial quarrying before, and now presents a different state, the architectural team decided to transform according to the characteristics of these spaces.
No. 8 Shidang was converted into a public library. Concrete steps were built on the basis of the original stone platform, and the rest area was surrounded by steel belts and bamboo nanmu wood.
The cone-shaped No. 9 Shidang has good acoustics and has now been converted into a performance venue, where audience seats can be set up in the sunken area.
When it rains, the rainwater will gather at the sink in the center of the interior, and the water surface will reflect the surrounding environment; under the illumination of light, the waves of the water will be reflected on the wall, and the sound of dripping water will provide a different kind of acoustic experience. .
Shidang No. 10 became a quarry exhibition hall with an almost rectangular area facing the sky.
Local stonemasons demonstrate live quarrying to audiences in the dang, an industry and craft that has long dominated the region and has faded away.
The project aims to improve ecology and restore nature. The reuse of shidang can reconnect the local thousand-year-old historical heritage and folk culture.
According to the construction team, the three stone dangs have now attracted attention and discussion about the reuse of abandoned mines and quarries.
Let more sensory triggers bring you happiness
When 32 switches without any explanation are placed in front of you, how do you turn on which one comes first?
Yuri Suzuki of Pentagram Design created The Ambient Machine for Japanese furniture company E&Y.
Although there are already too many ways to obtain and play ambient sound, whether it is streaming media or dedicated applications, Suzuki feels that the process of creating ambient sound should be more tactile, more fun, and more like a piece of furniture.
So he built this device with 32 unexplained switches. Each switch represents a sound, and users can superimpose and match the most suitable sound during exploration.
Suzuki is primarily responsible for sound design on the Pentagram team, and this experience has led him to discover that people's preferences for sound are unique – it is easier to get clients to agree on visual design than sound, usually a sound design has 30% of people nod it. It's been a success.
This product is sold in Japan by E&Y and is priced at about $850.
For convenience or hygiene reasons, most menstrual products are now disposable. British startup Dame aims to update these indispensable hygiene products step by step.
Tired of single-use plastics, one of Dame's most popular products is the reusable tampon booster.
Made of medical-grade plastic, this booster has a smooth surface and a removable cover for easy portability.
While Dame sells tampons made from organic cotton, their tampon boosters can also be used with other brands of sliver.
In addition, Dame also launched reusable sanitary pads and menstrual pants.
Speaking of reusable sanitary napkins, some people may wonder how to replace them in public environments other than at home?
To this end, Dame makes a storage bag that claims to be "sealed and airtight" for users. Users can store the used sanitary napkins here and take them home for cleaning.
In addition to gradually expanding the reusable product category, Dame, like many menstrual product startups, is learning more about menstrual hygiene.
Next, Dame also plans to create a "menarche" set to help parents and girls better understand and embrace the changes in their bodies.
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