Inhabitat's Week in Inexperienced: A VW bug made out of timber

Six years in the past a Beijing firm proposed an insane lane-straddling bus that would soar over congested freeways. The challenge simply took a step nearer to actuality, because the Transit Discover Bus is about to start testing this summer time. In different transportation information, Airbus simply unveiled the world’s first 3D-printed motorbike, which has a variety of 37 miles and a prime velocity of fifty mph. Hyperloop Transportation Applied sciences introduced plans to construct transit pods from Vibranium, which takes its identify from the fictional metallic used to create Captain America’s indestructible defend. A Bosnian retiree handcrafted a stunning VW bug exterior from over 50,000 items of oak. Vanmoof launched the SmartBike — a subsequent-gen cycle that’s nearly inconceivable to steal — and Google partnered with Levi’s to create a sensible jacket for city cyclists.

Google’s Challenge Sunroof is a free software that determines the photo voltaic power producing potential of your own home, and this week this system expanded to succeed in forty three million further rooftops throughout forty two states. In the meantime, MIT developed a new photo voltaic cell that breaks theoretical power conversion limits by turning warmth into mild. Japanese scientists discovered a brand new method to generate power utilizing ocean water and daylight. IKEA introduced plans to supply extra power than it makes use of inside the subsequent 4 years. And the world’s largest floating wind farm is about for completion in 2017.

Constructing applied sciences have come a great distance up to now 10 years, and this week Dubai debuted the world’s first constructing to be absolutely produced by a 3D printer. Danish agency EFFEKT has designed a utopian off-grid city that may produce all of its personal meals an power, and a brand new Inexperienced Village in South Africa might be photo voltaic-powered and one hundred pc automotive-free. Apple launched its newest retailer in San Francisco this week: It is crammed with timber and topped with photovoltaic panels. And an excellent new design for freeway interchanges takes a diamond form to remove harmful left-hand turns.