Inhabitat’s Week in Inexperienced: rain lamps and photo voltaic-powered pod houses

Every week our associates at Inhabitat recap the week’s most fascinating inexperienced developments and clear tech information for us — it is the Week in Inexperienced.

Inhabitat's Week in Green: rain lamps and solar-powered pod homes

All the things about Tesla is groundbreaking, together with its direct-gross sales mannequin. Legal guidelines in New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and Michigan have sought to stop the electrical carmaker from bypassing third-celebration dealerships and promoting automobiles on to clients. Final week, Tesla scored an enormous win in Maryland, when the state’s governor signed a invoice permitting the corporate to function its personal dealerships within the state. In different inexperienced transportation information, a 28-yr-previous lady is getting ready to row all the best way from Japan to San Francisco in a rowboat, with no help vessel. Airplane producers have but to unlock the potential of 3D-printing airplane elements, however the engineers at GE Aviation lately carried out a check, providing a potential glimpse of the longer term. The group created a mini jet engine that may roar as much as 33,000 RPM, and it comes proper out of a 3D printer.

3D printing can be utilized to create rather more than simply jet engines; the rising know-how can also be getting used to assist injured animals. An injured sea turtle acquired a brand new, customized-made 3D-printed jaw, giving it a second probability at dwelling a traditional life. The French cosmetics firm L’Oréal lately introduced plans to start 3D printing human pores and skin. The corporate is partnering with the San Diego–based mostly startup Organovo to ramp up the manufacturing of lab-grown pores and skin. People have by no means been content material with simply letting the pure world do its factor. Scientists in Italy have been experimenting with spraying spiders with graphene, creating tremendous spiders that may spin webs which might be six occasions stronger than regular ones.

Sony has produced a brand new power-environment friendly LED lightbulb that doubles as a Bluetooth speaker. However in the event you’re interested by shopping for one, you will need to dig deep: The LED bulbs retail for $200 apiece. In different inexperienced tech information, YiREGO introduced pre-orders for Drumi, its $129 foot-powered garments washer, and designer Matt Dalio has developed a brand new gadget that transforms your loved ones TV into a pc. On the design entrance, this week Inhabitat reported reside on the perfect new merchandise from New York Design Week — together with 28 inspiring lighting designs. We additionally featured eight reworking furnishings that do double obligation, a brand new line of thoughts-bending 3D wallpaper and an superb water-crammed lamp that makes it rain inside your home.

Concrete is likely one of the strongest and most resilient constructing supplies on the planet, however there’s all the time room for enchancment. A workforce of Dutch researchers has been engaged on creating a brand new sort of concrete that makes use of micro organism to restore its personal cracks. In different structure and design information, Airbnb celebrated a brand new regulation permitting Londoners to lease out their houses by floating a two-story home down the River Thames. In case you favor a extra out-of-this-world lodging expertise, there is a lodge in Slovenia that options levitation fits that droop friends from the ceiling, making them really feel like they’re in a zero-gravity setting. But when staying in motels is not your factor, you may attempt Travelbox, which lets you carry round your personal pop-up lodge room in a field. The field weighs in at simply 132 kilos, and it unfolds right into a mattress, chair, desk and even a motorcycle. Or take a look at the Ecocapsule — a tiny, photo voltaic-powered pod home that allows you to reside off-grid anyplace on the planet. Because the world’s inhabitants continues to develop, meals scarcity is a really actual challenge. To cope with the issue, Spanish design agency Ahead Considering Structure proposes to construct floating farms to advertise lengthy-time period meals safety and resilience.

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