The Ecofriendly House Tech of the Future [Infographic]

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Productivity seems to be the number one priority for developers of technology as you will see in this infographic. The technology therugseller shows you below regarding productivity allows you to do things without the modern hassles of having to for example, get up from wherever you’re seated to turn something on/off. There’s also a lot of new apps that can get things ready by the time you arrive such as boiling a kettle or prepping the oven.

Security is also a major player in modern day technology. Soon our walls, ceilings and floors will all be able to track our movements and detect when things don’t seem right. We will also have technology to boost our healthiness with self-cleaning refrigerators and self-sterilizing door handles to name a few.

And finally we have new eco-friendly technology the keep the planet healthy. These new piece of tech reduce our energy consumption and recycle what we already have to power something else.

All of these points will be explored in more detail as we look at a teched out house of the future.

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Smarter and Greener: The Future of Building [Infographic]

The future of construction could involve swarms of robots and 3D printed houses. Microalgae could help buildings generate energy and provide shade. Futuristic insulating materials could lower energy needs for buildings.

This is an exciting time to be in construction. The challenges of a growing world population and increased economic development across the world are putting an increased strain on our resources and the environment. This challenge is being met across the globe by engineers who are developing new methods of construction and perfecting materials to improve lives and help the environment.

Some of these breakthroughs are still very much in the research and development phase, while others are already starting to be used in ground-breaking projects.

Robot swarm construction methods are being developed at Harvard and could have huge implications on construction in the future. The idea for robot swarm construction actually comes from how termites are able to build their elaborate termite mounds. The beauty of swarm construction is that, rather than having different robots with specific instructions, each member of the robot swarm can combine to finish a project. In theory, this means that, should a few robots breakdown, the project should be able to be completed with minimal disruption.

The 3D printing is a little further along the line, and has even been tested in China, where the company ‘WinSun’ have built houses using this method, and by DUS architects in the Netherlands. As with robot swarm construction this method could be used, in the far future, to build on the moon and possibly even planets.

It is not just building methods that are being developed; considerable research has gone into utilising new materials. These include Microalgae, (which provides shade while producing renewable energy), Aerogel Insulation (which is as light as air and has super-insulating properties) and the ultra-strong transparent aluminium.

In the infographic below we learn more about these materials and methods and also look at some buildings that are showing the way. These include the world famous Edge Building in Amsterdam and the Crystal in London.

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What is the Future of Meat? [Infographic]

“The demand for meat is outgrowing our ability to supply meat and has a negative impact upon the environment. At present, 30% of the Earth’s surface is used for livestock production, and an alarming 44% of the world’s grain harvest is diverted to industrialized meat production. Not only that, but the livestock farming industry is responsible for emitting 14.5% of greenhouse gasses into our atmosphere.

With the demand for meat set to rise and not fall, scientists have begun turning their attention to alternative sources of protein. In 2015, a team of Dutch researchers at Maastricht University grew the world’s first burger in a laboratory which – despite costing more than €250,000 to produce – could be cheaper than conventionally farmed beef in the long run. Other scientists have chosen to focus on insect meat as a sustainable protein alternative, with at least 2 billion people worldwide already enjoying insects as part of their diets. Other alternatives include plant-based substitutes to chicken and ground beef and egg whites without the need for hens.”

To find out more about the two main contenders – lab grown meat and insect-rich diets – check out the full infographic below.

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Electric vs Hydrogen: The battle to fuel the future of cars [Infographic]

The best and brightest minds in the automotive world are going head to head to decide how you will power your car in the future. Will the car you drive run on hydrogen (as championed by Toyota) or will it be powered by a battery, possibly made by the market leading Tesla?

The aim of both is to provide the world with cars that run as well as traditionally fuelled models, while reducing the carbon footprint of the automotive industry as a whole. Both hydrogen and battery electric vehicles currently produce zero emissions, but that does not necessarily tell the whole story as the energy they run on has to be produced somehow.

Proponents of hydrogen point to how ubiquitous the element is and how much more power a hydrogen fuel stack can produce when compared to a battery. They will also point out how limited battery technology currently is and how this is a limiting factor in the performance of battery electric vehicles.

Fans of electric cars will retort by saying how much more mature, and green, the infrastructure for electric cars is when compared to hydrogen powered vehicles.

If you are still trying to decide which fuel will be dominating the future of driving, then why not read this infographic to find out the facts about both?

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Is Cohousing the Future? [Infographic]

“Cohousing communities are communities organised collaboratively. Residents have their own private spaces but band together to share meals and facilities, organise activities and look out for each other.

The focus is on community. All that’s required is a neighbourhood where people want to band together, take care of one another and collaborate for the good of all.”

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