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Imagining A Future City Filled With Driverless Cars And Without Any Parking Spaces

Imagining A Future City Filled With Driverless Cars And Without Any Parking Spaces | OpenDCU.org -- smart and connected homes | Scoop.it

As self-driving cars move from fantasy to reality, what kind of effect will they have on cities?

A research and urban prototyping project called Shuffle City investigates, and in the process, becomes a manifesto for a new kind of modern city--one that depends less on traditional public transportation like buses or light rail and more on creating a fleet of continuously moving automated vehicles to serve urban mobility needs.

Shuffle City looks at the new possibilities that could arise from cities transitioning to cars without drivers. If cars were put into some constant flow as a public good, and if people didn’t all have their own vehicles, there would be no need for the concrete wastelands and lifeless towers that serve as a parking infrastructure in the urban landscapes of car-centric cities like Phoenix and Los Angeles (Under the current ownership model, the average car spends 21 hours per day parked.)

The share of city space ruled by parking lots will shrink, making way for more green space, environmental buffers, workspace, housing, retail, and denser planning for more walkable cities...


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Interface between cars and homes is an interesting area of R&D. Everything from entertainment synchronising to battery management.

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Alain Coetmeur's curator insight, August 7, 2013 4:49 AM

Looks like the future of Jed Rothwell in "Cold fusion and the future" booklet.

Just add a LENR reactor as powersource, and less troubles with fuel.

José Antônio Carlos - O Professor Pepe's curator insight, August 7, 2013 8:41 AM

Um desenho da cidade de nossos sonhos. Carros sem motoristas, ruas sem espaço para estacionamento, e por aí vai.

miguel sa's curator insight, September 4, 2013 4:17 PM

Jacque Fresco has been talking about this sort of thing for awhile now, looks like its coming closer to reality~ 

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Comparing Urban Footprints

Comparing Urban Footprints | OpenDCU.org -- smart and connected homes | Scoop.it

"This is a series of infographics (or geo-infographics) created by Matthew Hartzell, a friend of mine that I met when we were both geography graduate students at Penn State in few years back..."


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Jacob Crowell's curator insight, October 14, 2014 3:25 PM

This is an interesting way to graph out the urban footprints of various cities from around the world. This also shows how the United States has a number of the largest urban centers in the world. Along the top, New York, Chicago, LA, and Miami are massive compared to cities like Hong Kong. This shows how in the United States there are massive amounts of urban growth. Even in China where their population is one of the worlds biggest, Hong Kong a major city only has 7.1 million. In the United States, for the past century cities have been growing and this graph shows that.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 14, 2014 6:40 PM

These visuals really help to show that the size of a city doesn't necessarily correspond with it's population. Many years ago the trend was the larger the city in turn it would posses a larger population than a physically smaller city. Today this no longer holds true, in fact many smaller cities vastly out populate large sprawling cities. Most of these mega-cities in Asia and Latin America are incredibly over build and densely packed surrounded by miles of slums. 

Edgar Manasseh Jr.'s curator insight, January 22, 7:16 PM

Pretty cool.

 

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Arm awarded £800,000 to bring IoT to life at its Cambridge campus

Arm awarded £800,000 to bring IoT to life at its Cambridge campus | OpenDCU.org -- smart and connected homes | Scoop.it
Arm's global headquarters in Cambridge is to become a state-of-the-art Internet of Things showcase after the company and its partners were awarded £800,000 from the Technology Strategy Board.
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This is great ... another step in consolidating Cambridge as a world leader in IoT technology.

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"Just get a Nest!" My journey into the world of connected thermostats

"Just get a Nest!" My journey into the world of connected thermostats | OpenDCU.org -- smart and connected homes | Scoop.it
Connecting my house is fun, but when it came to choosing a thermostat that worked with existing platforms, was online and learned what I liked, I was stuck. This is what I chose.
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Urbanization and Megacities: Jakarta

"This case study examines the challenges of human well-being and urbanization, especially in the megacity of Jakarta."


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Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, April 16, 2014 5:16 PM

In megacities, such as Jakarta, urbanization brings about many problems for local residents. The areas are crowded and residents get little to no income. An Australian organization works to help the people of Jakarta by giving them advice,food and helping where necessary. With this help, families are able to keep their spirits higher and hope that their children will live better lives than the ways that they were brought up.

Joseph Thacker 's curator insight, April 18, 2014 8:10 PM

Jakarta is the capitol of Indonesia and now has a population of over 28 million. Urbanization is bringing serious problems to Indonesia’s only mega city, such as poor access to clean water and housing, and overpopulation. Some people, including the young woman in this video are living with 16 or more people in one house. It seems the city is not providing enough affordable housing for its residents.

Tracy Galvin's curator insight, May 1, 2014 2:25 PM

It is nice to see an organization that is not just blindly giving resources to people in need but actually empowering them and training them to be able to get the things they need through work. The women in this story describe how they have learned to make and sell things in order to take care of their families and they describe how empowering that feels.

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Tech City – believe the hype?

Tech City – believe the hype? | OpenDCU.org -- smart and connected homes | Scoop.it
Technology clusters in areas such as Cambridge, Newcastle and Brighton may have a better case for getting exposure – and cash. By Jay McGregor

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Kevin Coleman – Alliantus Limited's curator insight, May 2, 2013 5:23 AM

Is the Cambridge message is getting across? Interesting comments about other tech. clusters too.

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One thing that concerns me is that the more tech "hubs" we get, the more we're diluting the magic. And I think that a high concentration is actually the only magic...
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On Computers: Wireless signals collide as devices increase - Canton Repository

On Computers: Wireless signals collide as devices increase - Canton Repository | OpenDCU.org -- smart and connected homes | Scoop.it
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On Computers: Wireless signals collide as devices increase
Canton Repository
There's a traffic jam amongst us, and it's only getting worse.
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It seems the mainstream is catching up with the limitations of wireless -- a subject I've been waxing lyrical about for at least a decade. :-)

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User-Friendly Raspberry Pi Wireless Communication

User-Friendly Raspberry Pi Wireless Communication | OpenDCU.org -- smart and connected homes | Scoop.it
A Raspberry Pi wireless configuration that broadcasts an ad-hoc network and allows you to easily connect with computers.

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ZigbeeIP webinar

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The webinar to go with the slides introducing ZigbeeIP

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Alberta Smart Meters - Ideal customer surveillance tool. Warrantless wiretap of Alberta homes now possible through smart meters, enabling extensive data-sharing with government and NGO's.

Alberta Smart Meters - Ideal for customer monitoring and surveillance. Alberta smart meters have wireless capability which can access customer wireless devices in the home. Smart Meters provide full customer asset inventory.
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Electric Imp aims to make the Internet of Things devilishly simple

Electric Imp aims to make the Internet of Things devilishly simple | OpenDCU.org -- smart and connected homes | Scoop.it
Electric Imp, which is building out a cloud service and Wi-Fi module that will plug into any device to get it online, is betting that the internet of things will be based on Wi-Fi.
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Mad, but interesting. WiFi has a role to play in the IoT universe, but it won't be the central one.

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Smart electricity meters used to spy on private homes

Smart electricity meters used to spy on private homes | OpenDCU.org -- smart and connected homes | Scoop.it
Smart electricity meters used to spy on private homes Smart electricity meters provide power companies with an accurate and streamlined method of monitoring, reading and controlling a home's power ...
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Another piece of evidence that security and ownership components are a vital (and under-researched) element of the future IoT infrastructure

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Kindleberry Wireless: Using a Raspberry Pi and Kindle Paperwhite as a portable ... - Liliputing

Kindleberry Wireless: Using a Raspberry Pi and Kindle Paperwhite as a portable ... - Liliputing | OpenDCU.org -- smart and connected homes | Scoop.it
Kindleberry Wireless: Using a Raspberry Pi and Kindle Paperwhite as a portable ...
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A Rasberry Pi is a $35, hackable mini-computer. An Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is a $119 eReader with long battery life and an outdoor viewable display.

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Imagining A Future City Filled With Driverless Cars And Without Any Parking Spaces

Imagining A Future City Filled With Driverless Cars And Without Any Parking Spaces | OpenDCU.org -- smart and connected homes | Scoop.it

As self-driving cars move from fantasy to reality, what kind of effect will they have on cities?

A research and urban prototyping project called Shuffle City investigates, and in the process, becomes a manifesto for a new kind of modern city--one that depends less on traditional public transportation like buses or light rail and more on creating a fleet of continuously moving automated vehicles to serve urban mobility needs.

Shuffle City looks at the new possibilities that could arise from cities transitioning to cars without drivers. If cars were put into some constant flow as a public good, and if people didn’t all have their own vehicles, there would be no need for the concrete wastelands and lifeless towers that serve as a parking infrastructure in the urban landscapes of car-centric cities like Phoenix and Los Angeles (Under the current ownership model, the average car spends 21 hours per day parked.)

The share of city space ruled by parking lots will shrink, making way for more green space, environmental buffers, workspace, housing, retail, and denser planning for more walkable cities...


Via Lauren Moss
Kim Spence-Jones's insight:

Interface between cars and homes is an interesting area of R&D. Everything from entertainment synchronising to battery management.

more...
Alain Coetmeur's curator insight, August 7, 2013 4:49 AM

Looks like the future of Jed Rothwell in "Cold fusion and the future" booklet.

Just add a LENR reactor as powersource, and less troubles with fuel.

José Antônio Carlos - O Professor Pepe's curator insight, August 7, 2013 8:41 AM

Um desenho da cidade de nossos sonhos. Carros sem motoristas, ruas sem espaço para estacionamento, e por aí vai.

miguel sa's curator insight, September 4, 2013 4:17 PM

Jacque Fresco has been talking about this sort of thing for awhile now, looks like its coming closer to reality~ 

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Home automation kit includes Arduino, RasPi dev boards - LinuxGizmos.com

Home automation kit includes Arduino, RasPi dev boards - LinuxGizmos.com | OpenDCU.org -- smart and connected homes | Scoop.it
The WigWag home-automation kit combines a router running embedded Linux with sensor units running Contiki, and includes Arduino and Raspberry Pi shields.
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This looks like a project OpenDCU should liaise with.

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Comcast's connected home now has smart thermostats, efficient light bulbs

Comcast's connected home now has smart thermostats, efficient light bulbs | OpenDCU.org -- smart and connected homes | Scoop.it
Now part of the cable connected home experience from Comcast: a learning thermostat service and remote-controlled LED light bulbs.
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Connecting Things to the Internet Does Not an Internet of Things Make

Connecting Things to the Internet Does Not an Internet of Things Make | OpenDCU.org -- smart and connected homes | Scoop.it
The Internet is about shared information, and it's hard to share from inside a silo.
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Great to find a blog post be someone who really groks the IoT

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Mobile Vital Signs Monitoring: Everyone, Everywhere

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Software-defined medical devices offer an opportunity to address the growing burden of healthcare and access inequities world-wide through ultra low-cost design.


Utilizing a proprietary analog-to-digital AC-coupled bridging framework called the Vital Signs DSP™, inexpensive medical sensors can be connected to virtually any mobile device through the universal audio port"

Kim Spence-Jones's insight:

Hmm. Seems like they've re-invented analog modem technology. :-) But connecting devices such as dataloggers via a smartphone's audio jack is a cute idea.

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How Smart Do We Need Our Homes to Be?

How Smart Do We Need Our Homes to Be? | OpenDCU.org -- smart and connected homes | Scoop.it
Comments… (Reducing food waste and tracking closet eaters, cloud media is invading the kitchen space. Value TBD. http://t.co/0OXhE1yN91)
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HD Android Media Streamer from PATRIOT PCMPBOA ALPINE - Scan.co.uk

HD Android Media Streamer from PATRIOT PCMPBOA ALPINE - Scan.co.uk | OpenDCU.org -- smart and connected homes | Scoop.it
Buy from Scan - Patriot PBO Alpine HDMI 1080p All in one Media Player using Android 2.2
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at £40 retail, this stuff is getting scarily cheap!

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ZigbeeIP presentation slides

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Is this madness or is it important? IPv6 to your doorbell? I really don't know yet.

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How can eco homes be Smart Homes? | Eco Blog, Eco News and Updates from Oliver Heath

How can eco homes be Smart Homes? | Eco Blog, Eco News and Updates from Oliver Heath | OpenDCU.org -- smart and connected homes | Scoop.it
As some of you may know we have previously touched on the subject of Smart Homes, but now we aim to bring you the true definition of exactly what a Smart Home (This.
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Like it or not, the web knows about your life

Like it or not, the web knows about your life | OpenDCU.org -- smart and connected homes | Scoop.it
Cambridge researchers have highlighted just how much we might be inadvertently revealing about ourselves online. Chris Elliott reports.
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Google taps 'white spaces' for broadband in South Africa

Google taps 'white spaces' for broadband in South Africa | OpenDCU.org -- smart and connected homes | Scoop.it
The Web giant hopes to prove that unused TV broadcast spectrum can be utilized without interfering with licensed spectrum. Read this article by Steven Musil on CNET News. (RT @stshank: Spectrum is ever more valuable.
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White space definitely looks interesting as a secondary broadband connection to residential premises.

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