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Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week’s most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us — it’s the Week in Green.
Eyes in the design world turned to New York City this week as New York Design Week officially launched. We hit the floors of International Contemporary Furniture Fair today to bring you the best new green designs from one of the largest contemporary design shows in the US — including Blackbody’s gorgeous OLED light trees and Tat Chao’s ethereal LED lamps made from recycled wine glasses. We also checked out the locally focused BKLYN Designs show, where design duo Bower unveiled an awesome magnetic LED lamp, made from discarded pieces of scrap wood. Lighting designer Adam Frank unveiled three inspiring new designs at BKLYN Designs: the LED Lumen lamp, which casts tree-shaped shadows from a little candle holder; the incredible Reveal Projector, which projects an image of outdoor foliage and sky through a window on a blank wall (good for tiny NYC apartment dwellers); and the 3D Hologram-ish LUCID Mirror, which displays a 3D image of illuminated clouds over your head!
GTA: Liberty City Stories – Mission #38 – Cam-Pain, recorded in high definition. ○ Platform: Sony Playstation 2 (Also available for Sony PSP) ○ Recorded usin…
It’s starting to look like Google has kicked off a small but growing gigabit internet crazy in the US — ISP CenturyLink has just announced plans to bring gigabit internet speeds to Omaha, NE. CenturyLink says it’ll be upgrading its existing fiber-based network in West Omaha to to achieve these speeds, which should be available to select customers starting next week. By October of this year, the company plans to have gigabit speed available to all of its 48,000 customers in the area.
Omaha is just the latest city to be promised gigabit internet, either from Google or a different provider — Kansas City was the first to receive Google Fiber back in November, but there has been a bit more action lately. Both Austin, TX and Provo, UT…
As a man who spends most of his time in his attic, it’s nice to hit the open roads, feel a little wind in your hair, and run over crack vials as you motor through downtown Manhattan. That’s exactly what I did yesterday as when I tried to ride an Hero Eco A2B Metro electric bike from Bay Ridge to our offices on Broadway, thereby cementing my love for electric bikes and this electric bike in particular.
The Metro, made by German manufacturer Hero Eco (formerly Ultra Motor), is a brutalist electric bike with a built-in battery and maximum speed of 20 MPH. It has pedals and a 7-gear shifter so it is technically considered a moped and does not require a motorcycle license and a built-in limiter ensures you don’t go roaring down the streets on this 80 pound machine.
The company has had these bikes in the US for a few years now but they are working on a complete rebranding – although the bikes will remain the same. You can see the brand new bikes on this absolutely awful webpage they’ve made. This particular model costs about $ 3,000 online but the build quality is excellent and the equipment – from the fat Kenda tires to the Shimano shifter – is acceptable enough. I noticed some bad reviews on Amazon complaining of damaged motors or tires and, although I didn’t experience these issues over the past week, I cannot speak for extensive use. In my 15 mile ride I saw solid performance and no skidding or fishtailing while accelerating. I did, however, experience a low battery and riding this thing home, even for a mile, on pedal power wasn’t great.
The bike is bit big but it’s still thin enough to ensure you don’t get entangled with other riders in tight paths. I found it worked great in tight quarters and, because it is in actuality just a bicycle with a hub motor, the other cyclists didn’t give me that much of a stink eye.
I’ve avoided looking at electric bikes of late because most of them look like motors strapped to 10-speeds. This is far different and, if I were to describe it in any way, it is the exact opposite of those foldable city bikes folks are riding. My kids, in fact, have taken to calling it Super Bike.
Hero Eco is finding its footing right now and also has sub-$ 2,000 models available, including their own version of the folding electric called the Kuo which retails for $ 1,599. The company is also now calling itself HeroEco and was formerly called Ultra Motor, so you may see a bit of confusing until their full rebranding.
What are you paying for? Well, you’re paying for a solid, welded frame, solid components, and excellent acceleration. The range isn’t too shabby and for a bit more you can add on a second battery for 20 miles of range. I could also imagine a user removing the governor – though I’m sure Ultra Motors doesn’t condone this. This isn’t a sport bike. I could really see it more as a bike for folks with a 10-15 mile commute who want to hit the open air a little and don’t want (that much) of a carbon footprint.
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After testing service at six lucky subway stations, New York City is now introducing Wi-Fi and cell service at 30 stations around the city as part of an effort to get the entire underground connected by 2016. The city didn’t have to spend a dime: Transit Wireless and the carriers are covering the cost of the entire project, estimated at up to $ 200 million. AT&T, T-Mobile USA, and Boingo Wireless joined in to provide the service. Verizon and Sprint have committed to provide service to their customers as well, although those contracts are still being finalized. In the meantime, anyone can hop on the Wi-Fi network for free thanks to a sponsorship from HTC. The service is only available in the stations and does not include tunnels, although…
Provo, Utah’s plan to sell its cost-plagued fiber network to Google has been approved by the municipal council, meaning it’ll soon become the third Google Fiber city. However, while still not receiving any money upfront as earlier reported, it’ll now have to advance $ 1.7 million in equipment and engineering costs not part of the deal before, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. In exchange, each Provo resident will get a free 5-megabit internet connection for seven years and Google will have to upgrade the network to connect all the city’s homes. It’s not quite free, however, as the city’s 120,000 residents must still pay a $ 39 million bond for building the network — meaning they’ll shell out $ 3.3 million for each of the next 12 years.
Source: Salt Lake Tribune
The men at ZBoard made quite the splash at SXSW Interactive earlier this week– riding an electric skateboard around the streets and conference halls of Austin will get you all kinds of attention, after all. Still, for all the love they got at the occasion, the startup decided to hold its most current announce until the kickoff of Expand– for an essential reason: this electric skateboard is a tribute to the hillsides and winding streets of the city by the bay. ZBoard’s San Francisco Special ups the game for the Kickstarted company, extending the board’s range to 20 freeway or 14 city miles. The wheels likewise got an upgrade to high-traction 110mm designs, while the braking system got a nice bump, as well.
Naturally, with along all those renovations comes a bit more weight– the currently large board now appears at 32 pounds. Those who were wishing for a lighter-weight solution akin to the Boosted Board will need to try to keep holding their breath– baseding upon the ZBoard’s creators, its area stated it wouldn’t mind adding a couple of pounds to increase variety, and as such, there’s a four-pound jump from the ZBoard Pro. But, you know, if all goes baseding upon strategy, you should not be carry this thing around too much. For when you do, however, there’s that padded handle.Com ments
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Have you see this drone?
The drone probably doesn't look like this.
Image by Kirsty Wigglesworth, File / AP
A pilot for Alitalia airlines flying into New York’s JFK airport told controllers he spotted a drone.
“We saw a drone, a drone aircraft,” the pilot was heard telling the control tower on radio calls according to ABC News.
“The FAA is investigating a report he saw a small, unmanned or remote-controlled aircraft while on final approach to Runway 31 Right,” FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said in a statement to CNN.
And now the FBI is looking for help investigating the incident, asking for tipsters with information to come forward.
The press release reads:
On Monday, March, 4, 2013, at approximately 1:15 p.m., the pilot of Alitalia Flight #608 spotted a small, unmanned aircraft while on approach to John F. Kennedy International Airport. The Alitalia flight was roughly three miles from runway 31R when the incident occurred at an altitude of approximately 1,750 feet. The unmanned aircraft came within 200 feet of the Alitalia plane.
The FBI is investigating the incident and looking to identify and locate the aircraft and its operator. The unnamed aircraft was described as black in color and no more than three feet wide with four propellers.
“The FBI is asking anyone with information about the unmanned aircraft or the operator to contact us,” said Special Agent in Charge John Giacalone. “Our paramount concern is the safety of aircraft passengers and crew.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 212-384-1000. Tipsters may remain anonymous.
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In a bid to bolster its bottom line, Sony’s been selling properties like a desperate monopoly player, and the latest space on the board to go is the Sony City Osaka building for 111.1 billion yen ($ 1.2 billion). That follows the sale of its NY headquarters for a similar sum, and the move of its global HQ from Sweden to Tokyo. The Osaka building has been purchased by a Japanese holding company who will lease the building back to Sony for a period of at least five years, which seems to be the trend for electronics companies lately. The Japanese conglomerate said all the property deals are being made to “transform its business portfolio and reorganize its assets.” Translation? Sony needs the cash, natch.
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