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Not everybody sees the scenery of their dreams when they look out of the window, but thanks to technology, we might all be able to do that pretty soon. The Winscape technology pictured here allows users to have virtual windows that can be controlled by a Wiimote, detecting your movements and also offers you fancy head-tracking vistas. The technology is currently under development and isn’t the finished product yet, but we wouldn’t mind being able to look at our window and see the pyramids tonight and a beautiful beach the next morning.
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Being locked in a car with General Motors representatives for the better part of a day gave us plenty of time to talk about… well, just about everything. On the list of topics was discussions about what’s next for the company in the Volt space. Back then they said there’d be more of the things coming, and now they’re giving a little more information, confirming that a hatchback and crossover SUV will be similarly electrified sometime within the next three years. A little further down the road GM will roll out its next-generation battery technology, currently under development at Argonne National Laboratories. These mixed-metal oxide batteries add nickel and cobalt to the battery cathode mix, while the cells themselves remain lithium-ion. This is said to double capacity of any given battery, meaning the Volt could go just as far with half the weight. Or, you know, twice as far with the same weight. Isn’t math fun?
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Watch me figure the Zayed National Museum out: its metallic sails are obviously supposed to represent the wingtips of some enormous super-insect whose head happens to be burrowed underground while it’s taking a nap.
OK, no, that’s not quite right, but it’s close! The museum, a monument to Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding president of the UAE, is supposed to reflect Sheikh Zayed’s love of nature, its wings a nod to one of Zayed’s favorite pastimes: falconry. Hey, see, I wasn’t that far off. And the wings don’t just look cool, they keep things cool, too:
The towers heat up and act as thermal chimneys to draw cooling air currents naturally through the museum. Fresh air is captured at low level and drawn through buried ground-cooling pipes and then released into the museum’s lobby. The heat at the top of the towers works to draw the air up vertically through the galleries due to the thermal stack effect. Air vents open at the top of the wing-shaped towers taking advantage of the negative pressure on the lee of the wing profile to draw the hot air out.
The museum is currently under construction on Saadiyat Island, just outside of Abu Dhabi, and will eventually house shops, cafes, performance venues and more. Here’s what it’ll look like during the daytime.
And from the back:
Hopefully it stays grounded. ArchDaily
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