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October 17th, 2014 by Clement Charles

Pulse. Watch, it’s smart.

Ahhh at least something new on the smart watch discussion. 
 

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Zaha Hadid (one my favorite architect, if not my fave) and Black Eyed Peas’ Will.i.am (not my favorite musician but seems a nice guy) are teaming up to bring fashion to the smart watch market.  This was presented today at Wired14 conferences in UK.

 

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September 4th, 2014 by Clement Charles

Orange (re)lance le M2M en Suisse

 

Je reproduis ci-dessous le communiqué de presse de Orange, qui avance – à juste titre – vers le domaine prometteur et essentiel du M2M, du machine to machine.

 

Machine-to-Machine: Orange lance une nouvelle plate-forme et un grand programme de partenariat

 

Orange continue de développer ses capacités M2M et son réseau de partenaires afin d’offrir aux entreprises basées en Suisse et en Europe des services novateurs dans le domaine de l’Internet des objets (IdO). La plate-forme M2M est l’un des éléments clés de ce lancement, avec de nouvelles fonctionnalités et une interface utilisateur améliorée.

 

L’utilisation d’un accès en ligne et à distance permet d’offrir la possibilité aux personnes âgées de rester chez elles en toute sécurité, mais aussi de suivre un transport de fonds ou des électrocardiographes, ou encore mesurer et contrôler le trafic routier ou le niveau de l’eau. Les solutions de communication M2M sur mesure de Orange sont conçues de manière à optimiser les processus, améliorer les suivis et les contrôles, accroître la fiabilité des services et réduire les coûts. Les domaines d’applications M2M sont variés et font désormais partie du quotidien d’un grand nombre d’entreprises.

 

Afin de soutenir au mieux sa large gamme de solutions M2M, Orange met en place une nouvelle plate-forme de gestion de connectivité qui fait office de passerelle avec les partenaires M2M. Ce nouveau service permet aux partenaires M2M de Orange de réduire les délais de commercialisation ainsi que les coûts opérationnels. Les partenaires de Orange bénéficient en outre de solutions M2M plurinationales et multisectorielles, ce qui facilite la gestion des informations de leur compte et des cartes SIM. L’offre M2M de Orange inclut d’autres services permettant d’optimiser l’application de ces solutions.

 

Orange lance également un vaste programme de partenariat M2M afin de satisfaire la demande croissante de services de connectivité simples et faciles à gérer. Orange dispose d’un important réseau qui permettra aux entreprises qui innovent dans le domaine de l’IdO d’accélérer leur croissance et d’introduire leurs produits sur le marché plus rapidement. Tous ces facteurs font de Orange un partenaire de choix pour des applications dans le domaine des services aux personnes, de la santé, des maisons connectées et des villes intelligentes. Orange annoncera prochainement d’autres partenariats M2M qui visent à étendre son offre et sa portée géographique.

 

«Nous pensons que tout ce qui peut être connecté le sera bientôt. C’est pourquoi Orange et ses partenaires développent de nouvelles solutions complètes qui stimuleront l’innovation et modifieront les écosystèmes. Nous travaillons déjà sur de nombreuses initiatives qui changeront le marché et l’industrie tels que nous les connaissons.» déclare Johan Andsjö, CEO de Orange.

 

 

Comment les personnes âgées bénéficient des solutions M2M en partenariat avec DomoSafety

 

L’utilisation de solutions M2M a permis d’atteindre des objectifs majeurs, dont l’amélioration de la qualité de vie dans un environnement familial sûr. DomoSafety, une start-up suisse qui utilise l’IdO pour son concept de soins à domicile, a développé un système permettant d’enregistrer les activités quotidiennes des personnes âgées grâce à des capteurs sans fil installés à des endroits stratégiques du domicile. Le système identifie les risques potentiels et envoie une alerte en cas de situation inhabituelle. Une app simplifiée accessible via smartphone et tablette est mise à disposition des membres de la famille et du personnel soignant. Ceci permet aux personnes âgées de rester dans un environnement familier aussi longtemps que possible. Non seulement l’Internet des objets apporte davantage de sécurité aux clients finaux, il permet également aux entreprises de gagner en efficacité, de faire des économies, d’améliorer la qualité de leurs services et de générer de la croissance.

 

 

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June 17th, 2014 by Clement Charles

Flying in 2050

Airbus has delivered that great video on the future of flying circa 2050.Good clip.


I discovered this 2011 video through a recent article from Swiss magazine Bilan.

June 8th, 2014 by Clement Charles

A day in 2020, by intel.

In this promotional video, Intel has taken their perception, vision and predicitons on how the future of our productive lives will most likely look like. The video offers and array of scenarios that are futuristic in our time.

June 2nd, 2014 by Clement Charles

Solar Panels Roads

I loved that video on roads made of solar panels.

A huge buzz around my personal social web over the past two weeks. Great idea. Looking forward to see it live.

March 3rd, 2014 by Clement Charles

Smart Cities: the example of honolulu

Aloa !

A nice video for IBM experiment of smart cities in Honolulu in Hawai USA.

October 7th, 2013 by Clement Charles

Transparency – the tesla motors’ way. Exemplar.

I am big promoter of transparency, in a pure and equal form. In that sense, I love the message I received on Sat from Elon Musk regarding the fires in a Tesla model S last Friday. First of all, I liked the sense of the message, and agreed with its content – in a word, shit happens, and in Tesla’s, it does not harm the driver. Secondly, I loved to see the complete email exchange between Tesla’s C-level staff and the unlucky client that got its Model S on fire. Transparency, the way we like, with exemplarity.

 

The mail is fully reproduced below:




Model S Fire | Blog | Tesla Motors



TESLA
October 4, 2013
About the Model S fire
By Elon Musk, Chairman, Product Architect & CEO
Earlier this week, a Model S traveling at highway speed struck a large metal object, causing significant damage to the vehicle. A curved section that fell off a semi-trailer was recovered from the roadway near where the accident occurred and, according to the road crew that was on the scene, appears to be the culprit. The geometry of the object caused a powerful lever action as it went under the car, punching upward and impaling the Model S with a peak force
on the order of 25 tons. Only a force of this magnitude would be strong enough to punch a 3 inch diameter hole through the quarter inch armor plate protecting the base of the vehicle.

The Model S owner was nonetheless able to exit the highway as instructed by the onboard alert system, bring the car to a stop and depart the vehicle without injury. A fire caused by the impact began in the front battery module – the battery pack has a total of 16 modules – but was contained to the front section of the car by internal firewalls within the pack. Vents built into the battery pack directed the flames down towards the road and away from the
vehicle.

When the fire department arrived, they observed standard procedure, which was to gain access to the source of the fire by puncturing holes in the top of the battery’s protective metal plate and applying water. For the Model S lithium-ion battery, it was correct to apply water (vs. dry chemical extinguisher), but not to puncture the metal firewall, as the newly created holes allowed the flames to then vent upwards into the front trunk section of the Model S.
Nonetheless, a combination of water followed by dry chemical extinguisher quickly brought the fire to an end.

It is important to note that the fire in the battery was contained to a small section near the front by the internal firewalls built into the pack structure. At no point did fire enter the passenger compartment.

Had a conventional gasoline car encountered the same object on the highway, the result could have been far worse. A typical gasoline car only has a thin metal sheet protecting the underbody, leaving it vulnerable to destruction of the fuel supply lines or fuel tank, which causes a pool of gasoline to form and often burn the entire car to the ground. In contrast, the combustion energy of our battery pack is only about 10% of the energy contained in a gasoline tank and
is divided into 16 modules with firewalls in between. As a consequence, the effective combustion potential is only about 1% that of the fuel in a comparable gasoline sedan.

The nationwide driving statistics make this very clear: there are 150,000 car fires per year according to the National Fire Protection Association, and Americans drive about 3 trillion miles per year according to the Department of Transportation. That equates to 1 vehicle fire for every 20 million miles driven, compared to 1 fire in over 100 million miles for Tesla. This means you are 5 times more likely to experience a fire in a conventional gasoline car than a
Tesla!

For consumers concerned about fire risk, there should be absolutely zero doubt that it is safer to power a car with a battery than a large tank of highly flammable liquid.

— Elon

  Below is our email correspondence with the Model S owner that experienced the fire, reprinted with his permission:

From: robert Carlson
Sent: Thursday, October 03, 2013 12:53 PM
To: Jerome Guillen
Subject: carlson 0389

Mr. Guillen,

Thanks for the support. I completely agree with the assessment to date. I guess you can test for everything, but some other celestial bullet comes along and challenges your design. I agree that the car performed very well under such an extreme test. The batteries went through a controlled burn which the internet images really exaggerates. Anyway, I am still a big fan of your car and look forward to getting back into one. Justin offered a white loaner–thanks. I am also
an investor and have to say that the response I am observing is really supportive of the future for electric vehicles. I was thinking this was bound to happen, just not to me. But now it is out there and probably gets a sigh of relief as a test and risk issue-this “doomsday” event has now been tested, and the design and engineering works.

rob carlson

  On Oct 3, 2013, at 12:29 PM, Jerome Guillen wrote:

Dear Mr. Carlson:

I am the VP of sales and service for Tesla, reporting directly to Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO.

I am sorry to hear that you experienced a collision in your Model S 2 days ago. We are happy that the Model S performed in such a way that you were not injured in the accident and that nobody else was hurt.

I believe you have been in contact with Justin Samson, our service manager, since the accident. We are following this case extremely closely and we have sent a team of experts to review your vehicle. All indications are that your Model S drove over large, oddly-shaped metal object which impacted the leading edge of the vehicle’s undercarriage and rotated into the underside of the vehicle (“pole vault” effect). This is a highly uncommon occurrence.

Based on our review thus far, we believe that the Model S performed as designed by limiting the resulting fire to the affected zones only. Given the significant intensity of the impact, which managed to pierce the 1/4 inch bottom plate (something that is extremely hard to do), the Model S energy containment functions operated correctly. In particular, the top cover of the battery provided a strong barrier and there was no apparent propagation of the fire into
the cabin. This ensured cabin integrity and occupant safety, which remains our most important goal.

We very much appreciate your support, patience and understanding while we proceed with the investigation. Justin keeps me closely informed. Please feel free to contact me directly, if you have any question or concern.

Best regards,
Jerome Guillen I VP, WW sales and service


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September 9th, 2013 by Clement Charles

ZA Architects reveals Mars Colonisation Project | Design Middle East

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German architecture and design firm ZA Architects has revealed its research project at Dessau Institute of Architecture, HS Anhalt, Germany, which concerns a future human habitation of the familiar red planet.

ZA Architects reveals Mars Colonisation Project | Design Middle East.

September 2nd, 2013 by Clement Charles

Buildings in the Netherlands by year of construction

Both as regular visitor and amateur of geography, I have always been impressed by the Netherlands as the first nation wide experiment of terraformation. For sure, when we will building off earth city on the ice of Encelade or the waters of Europa, there will be some dutch involved. ; )

I am sure you will enjoy this interactive map on the evolution of the Netherlands from early 17th-18th century until today, showing Buildings in the Netherlands by year of construction.

It is also a good example of usage of big data to generate a new type of visual intelligence of facts.

 

August 28th, 2013 by Clement Charles

Zaha Hadid, Snøhetta and UNStudio compete to design Expo 2017 | Design Middle East

Zaha Hadid, Snøhetta and UNStudio compete to design Expo 2017 | Design Middle East.

Whaooouh . Zaha Hadid and UNStudio are the ones that made me develop my love for architecture and design. There are really companies/talents that shape the future today. Looking forward to see the 3D animations and then the buildings. Hope they will be selected.

 

August 23rd, 2013 by Clement Charles

20 predictions for the next 25 years | Society | The Observer

A nice piece to understand the future already today.

20 predictions for the next 25 years | Society | The Observer.

August 22nd, 2013 by Clement Charles

Animation of an IOT supported day

Currently discussing with some IOT companies such Wulian  to integrate pre-embeded content on domotic appliance, I came across that video, a rather good animation of an IOT supported day. Enjoy.

August 13th, 2013 by Clement Charles

The Internet of Bins

I just discovered Renew, a smart bin with LED screen, with a great article from The Independent.

Here is a short video showcasing their product.

 

The article had a rather bad opinion of the product. Not the screens on the bin, but the tracking of users’ phone without their consent. On Twitter, the company is getting trashed by most commentators very heavily.

 

 

July 8th, 2013 by Clement Charles

Future Cities (4): Masdar – doing it right from the start

Of course, it is always easier to do things right from the start. Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates has heavily invested in building and showing to the world a really fully sustainable city in the middle of the Arabian desert.

To begin, discover what’s already built and what’s planned for the short term, check that Al Jazeera report.

To continue, check that other report on this city of the future.

And for the one who doubts that the future is happening just right now, check that real videos about

Superbus, a new clean energy public transport vehicle, filmed in Masdar city in Abu Dhabi.

 

July 5th, 2013 by Clement Charles

Future Cities (3): Smart is better than stupid (… unlike now?)

The future of cities is to be smart. To measure, to control, to adapt, to balance. Big internet and telecom players are heavily investing in such techs but also in communicating / lobbying to reach such goals.

IBM is clearly a leader in such communication and visions. This a basic video to start with.

July 4th, 2013 by Clement Charles

Future Cities (2): let’s float !

What will be the future of cities ? Maybe, floating. Not surprising for people living in the Netherlands, but surely new and exciting for the rest of us.
To grasp the topic, check that video from our partners Reuters news.

In more specific view, you may enjoy this great video. Architect Vincent Callebaut proposes his futuristic concept, titled “Lilypad”, would essentially allow a city to reside on water. The metropolis would float and house as many as 50,000 people.

 

 

To conclude with some “design concept”, I am sure you will enjoy this 2009 videos on current project on floating / underwater cities.

July 3rd, 2013 by Clement Charles

Future Cities: part 1 – TEDx Talks by Tobias Wallisser

To start this series of curated video on Future Cities, I think you’ll enjoy this 2010 TEDx Talks  Tobias Wallisser, from UNStudio in Amsterdam. UNStudio is my perspective one of most innovative architecture firm around – I discovered them through Taschen books.

 

After studying architecture in Berlin, Stuttgart and New York, Tobias Wallisser worked in the United States, Netherlands and Germany. For 10 years Tobias was Associate Architect at UNStudio in Amsterdam, where he was responsible for a series of high profile projects like the Stuttgart Mercedes-Benz Museum which has attracted worldwide attention for its innovative spatial concept.