technology Category

Making sure we are comfortable without the need for air conditioning

Computer processing power, open source design and some blimin clever people now mean we can predict and proactively design for thermal comfort in indoor, outdoor and semi-outdoor environments in about a third of the time it took us in 2005. This means that we can now provide analysis, feedback and alternative designs within the design […]

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Sunday Morning – Disruptive Efficiency Technology – Jevons Paradox

I’m not sure this could be classed as a disruptive technology, maybe more a distractive technology. But one thing we need to make sure of is that we don’t follow Jevons Paradox – as we become more efficient at something we use more of it. This one from treehugger is a classic example – why […]

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Positive planned obsolescence

I first heard of design obsolescence in “Design and Technology” class at school in the late 1980s. It is a concept that has stuck in my mind since – design products that are planned to fail after a certain time. It stuck in my mind because at the age of 16 I couldn’t understand the […]

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What would the equivalent for a hand drier be?

A great initiative from WWF to highlight the disconnect between the consumption of our everyday lives and the distant impacts we don’t see. We need more of this type of impact awareness building. I wonder what the equivalent would be for the hand drier? A lump of coal falling out of the hot air funnel […]

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Sunday Morning – Disruptive Technology GravityLight

A great disruptive technology that will provide lighting for essential needs in developing countries in a renewable way. The GravityLight is one of those great design solutions that combines existing technologies in a new way to solve many problems – education, health, environment and economic. Featured on treehugger.com the designers are of course using the […]

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Will 3D printing reduce our products eco-footprint?

Staples will be offering in store 3D printing in Europe early next year. You’ll be able to upload your 3D design to the Staples server and pop into the store later on to pick up your 3D object. It will cut out the need for distribution, logistics, storage, and lots of middle men. But it […]

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