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Acer U.K. Presents Over-the-Top Tablet-Integrated Selfie Sombrero

by , 09/21/14
filed under: Ecouterre

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We’ve recently featured many wearable tech products, but none are as ostentatious as this giant glittery, hot pink selfie-taking sombrero designed by Acer U.K. and Christian Cowan-Sanluis, a 20-year-old designer who’s previously worked with Lady Gaga. Equipped with an Iconia A1-840 tablet that spins 360 degrees, this high-tech hat appears to poke fun at the overblown selfie phenomenon while allowing the user to take better glamor shots. The limited edition hat is only viewable by appointment and retails at £599 ($980).

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INTERVIEW: Landscape Architect James Corner On NYC's High Line Park

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NYC’s High Line is a project that exemplifies effective adaptive urban re-use in a city that is littered with structures and spaces that have since reached the end of their useful life. By turning an abandoned, elevated freight train track into a public park, this project has redefined the New York experience, affording never-before seen views of the city’s surrounding natural landscape as well as an expansive and intimate look into one of the world’s most dynamic urban environments. With the completion of the rest of the High Line currently in the works, we couldn’t think of a better time to catch up with one of the brilliant minds behind the design of this beautiful public space. I recently sat down with landscape architect James Corner, the lead designer behind the High Line, to get his personal perspective on the what it was like to take an abandoned train track and turn it into one of NYC’s best loved spots of greenery. Read on for my exclusive interview with James Corner below…

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PHOTOS: Incredible Edible Sushi High Line Replica is Made of Mashed Potatoes!

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DIY: Make your Own Refreshing Herb, Fruit and Veggie Infused Water

by , 09/20/14

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The dog days of summer are over, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t craving some seriously delicious hydration. When water has lost its sparkle, consider turning to your own homemade herb, fruit and vegetable infused drinks. There are tons of different combinations to choose from – including spicy apple and cinnamon and refreshing fennel and citrus - to give your daily hydration needs a flavorful boost.

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Rice University's Carbon Nanotube Paint Turns Any Surface Into A Solar Battery

by , 09/20/14
filed under: News, Renewable Energy

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Carbon nanotubes have been used in everything from energy-free lights to oil spill clean-up technology, and now a team from Rice University has used them to develop a paint that transforms any surface into a lithium-ion battery! This transformative paint holds the potential to create a functional, rechargeable solar battery on just about any surface.

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East River Skyway Gondola Could Get You from Brooklyn to Manhattan in Four Minutes Flat

by , 09/20/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Villa Escudero's Waterfall Restaurant Lets You Dine at the Foot of the Falls

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The 4MM Jetpack Could Give You the Boost You Need to Run a Four-Minute Mile

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A four-minute mile is just a dream for most people, but not if the US Military has anything to do with it. DARPA (the Military’s research arm) is in the process of designing a jetpack that could help soldiers run faster. The jetpack sits on the back like a backpack and propels the individual forward. In testing, even with the additional weight, soldiers were able to run faster and with less energy. While the pack may make all the difference for a soldier in a combat situation, perhaps in the future it will also be available to those of us who just want a boost on our daily jog.

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Mischer'traxler's 'Reversed Volumes' Bowls are Cast From Fruits and Vegetables

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Vienna-based Mischer’traxler captured the textures and shapes of different vegetables to create a colorful line of tablewear. Called Reversed Volumes, the long-lasting ceramic vessels are imprinted with the forms of veggies and fruits, and each bowl is as unique as the piece of produce that produced it.

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Yesterday was Park(ing) Day 2014 - Send us Photos of Pop-Up Parks Near You!

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Yesterday was Park(ing) Day, and we’d love to see your photos of the most spectacular pop-up parks near you! If you’ve never heard of Park(ing) Day before, it’s a global event where parking spaces are re-purposed into mini park spaces for people to enjoy. It’s an opportunity for people to take the streets back from gas-guzzling vehicles for a day, and interact with one another in fun and creative ways. In past years, we’ve seen little libraries, mini golf courses, yoga spaces, and even faux forests, and we’re looking forward to seeing the day brought.

If you’re joining in on the Park(ing) Day festivities in your city, send us your pics and we’ll publish them on Inhabitat! Tweet us your photos at @Inhabitat with the hashtag #ParkingDay, or email us at editor[at]inhabitat.com with “Parking Day” in the subject line. Don’t forget to tell us where you spotted your Park(ing) Day park so we can share your find with other readers!

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Benjamin Verdonck's Turned Tree House Springs Up in Belgium

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Artist Heather Benning Turns an Abandoned Farmhouse into a Life-Sized Dollhouse in Canada

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How You Can Participate in the Largest Climate March in History This Sunday

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The largest climate march in history takes place this Sunday – and if you care about the environment and securing a sustainable future for people on planet earth we hope to see you there! The People’s Climate March is expected to be the biggest march since the Civil Rights and Vietnam era, and it takes place at 11:30 a.m. ET on September 21st, 2014. Read on for everything you need to know about this important event!

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Amazing Self-Driving Stained Glass Car Lets You Sleep on the Way to Work!

by , 09/19/14

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Will Join the People's Climate March This Sunday in NYC

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In an unprecedented announcement, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon just revealed that he will be joining the People’s Climate March in New York this Sunday, September 21st. Showing his personal commitment to the issue, he told a press conference: “I will link arms with those marching for climate action. We stand with them on the right side of this key issue for our common future.” Read on for further details and to find out how you can join Secretary-General Ban!

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The Force is Strong With This Sandcrawler-Inspired Star Wars House in South Korea

The Force is Strong With This Sandcrawler-Inspired Star Wars House in…

The compact, Death Star-colored house makes the most of its limited footprint with its rhombus shape and inclined walls that slope outwards at its midsection. The first two floors house…

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Conquer the Office Rat Race With a DIY Human Hamster Wheel Desk

Conquer the Office Rat Race With a DIY Human Hamster Wheel Desk

Everyone knows that sitting at your desk for long stretches of time can wreak all kinds of havoc with your health. But treadmill desks are expensive and jogging with a laptop doesn't…

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Cowspiracy:

Cowspiracy: "The Film That Environmental Organizations Don't Want You…

Cowspiracy Official Trailer from First Spark Media on Vimeo. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a feature-length environmental documentary following a San Francisco filmmaker…

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Airbnb Unveils Four House-Shaped Pavilions in Trafalgar Square for the London Design Festival

Airbnb Unveils Four House-Shaped Pavilions in Trafalgar Square for the…

Jasper Morrison’s design was conceived as a home for a pigeon keeper. Boxes and perches with model birds are housed in blackened exterior made from plywood. The small house,…

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The Best Green Designs from Designersblock at the London Design Festival

The Best Green Designs from Designersblock at the London Design…

Artist Laura Daza is intrigued by how color has been used throughout the ages, and has used both the rituals and techniques used in ancient times to create authentic pigments. Such…

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