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Masdar City, Abu Dhabi: Zero-Waste, Carbon-Neutral & Car-Free

Masdar City, Abu Dhabi: Zero-Waste, Carbon-Neutral & Car-Free | smart cities | Scoop.it

Rising in the desert outside of Abu Dhabi, Masdar City will be the world’s most sustainable metropolis with no cars (or skyscrapers) allowed. The development is a project of the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company and has been largely designed by Foster & Partners.

 

Solar, wind and geothermal sources will fuel the city – sun-powered desalination plants will provide fresh water for inhabitants, which will in turn be recycled. Practicing what it embodies on multiple levels, this new urban area aims to be the definitive region for developing green energy and researching clean technology.

 

The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology has already been built and more structures are on the way. By 2025, the target population should be up to 50,000 within the walkable 2.3 square-mile perimeter currently planned for development.


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Norm Miller's curator insight, July 25, 2013 11:55 AM

Interesting experiment, but starting a city from scratch has always been a challenge.  Still we may gain some insights on what to do or not do based on Masdar.

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Google adds London to its growing list of 3D-mapped cities

Google adds London to its growing list of 3D-mapped cities | smart cities | Scoop.it

Google Maps has now added London to an impressive roster of 3D-mapped cities that also includes Paris, Rome, New York and Los Angeles. By piecing together 45-degree aerial imagery, the Google mapping team has been able to recreate entire cities.


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The Future of Web and Technology [Infographic]

The Future of Web and Technology [Infographic] | smart cities | Scoop.it

Infographic on The Future of Web and Technology describes on the trending products and innovations growing rapidly year by year. Augmented reality and its products being the core of advanced technologies in the future. Google glass, augmented reality based wearable gadgets, 3d printers, cloud computing, educational technology, leap motion, another AR product Oculus Rift, AR contact lenses, agent smartwatch and related gadgets, all contribute to the web and technology.


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Orlando Delgado's curator insight, July 4, 10:46 AM

Wearable gadgets and other trends taking off...

Triangle Software's curator insight, July 6, 4:44 AM

With so many technology innovations being developed and implemented - what do you see as the next innovation for your industry?

Jeremy Cooke's curator insight, July 16, 4:05 AM

Another interesting area for games and generesal digital creativity.. now where did I put that Bamzooki ?

 

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How do you build a smart city? Start with energy, tech, water

How do you build a smart city? Start with energy, tech, water | smart cities | Scoop.it
“ The series "Previewing the possible for smart cities" begins, starting with the basics: energy, water and information and communication technology.”
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judycurtis's curator insight, May 22, 9:17 AM

This is the first in Sue Lebeck's four-part series "Previewing the possible for smart cities.

Standards, prestandards and potential future standards relevant to the smart cities of the future are emerging — through new paradigms, city-centric networks, alliances and consortia and certification bodies. The best practices and more that arise from these efforts will provide or inform the standardization which will lead us to our 21st century new normal for cities.

 

This brief compilation of emerging standards reveals the breadth of the smart city subject, the value of collaboration, the opportunities for innovation and the potential for 21st century transformation.

 

Starting with the ICT enablers that drive smart cities, this multi-part sampling will touch also upon energy, water, transportation, the built environment, carbon and climate, resilience, community, materials and food, finance and economic development, city business and measurement indicators.

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The Internet Of Things Meets Hydroponics: How To Grow A Better Vegetable

The Internet Of Things Meets Hydroponics: How To Grow A Better Vegetable | smart cities | Scoop.it
“ Fujitsu built a factory completely sealed off from the world, which turns out to be a world-class greenhouse.”
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Ken Forster's curator insight, June 26, 11:11 PM

Innovation can be driven from dire circumstances and fueled by common technology components. Well done Fujitsu!

Enrico Bazan's curator insight, June 27, 8:22 AM

The profit will be gravy, since when they announced the project officials originally stated the main goal was simply to showcase their technologies.

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Por qué la impresión en 3D es importante para las Smart Cities - Smart Cities Online

Por qué la impresión en 3D es importante para las Smart Cities - Smart Cities Online | smart cities | Scoop.it
“ En el reciente evento de Ámsterdam, que congregó a más de 450 personas de los sectores de actividad más diversos (consultores, creativos, gestores, ingenieros de TIC, urbanistas, arquitectos, administradores, emprendedores y políticos), la parte final del segundo día estuvo dedicada a las excursiones temáticas para mostrarnos ejemplos de buenas prácticas, soluciones e innovaciones que se …”
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Smart cities need two things to thrive : People + speedy Internet ...

Smart cities need two things to thrive : People + speedy Internet ... | smart cities | Scoop.it
This week's Smart City roundup features a more affordable way to transition into smart cities, America's “first” smart city, and a few ideas on the areas in which smart cities should be focused. smart city downtown kodak speed ...
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Apple, Google, Samsung to take on diabetes with wearables #mhealth #wearabletech #iot

Apple, Google, Samsung to take on diabetes with wearables #mhealth #wearabletech #iot | smart cities | Scoop.it
The companies are seeking ways to integrate health sensors and apps into their wearable devices, including those to measure glucose levels in a non-invasive way.
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LEGO Fusion Allows Virtual World Building With Actual LEGOs

LEGO Fusion Allows Virtual World Building With Actual LEGOs | smart cities | Scoop.it
Load The Game LEGO Fusion Allows Virtual World Building With Actual LEGOs Load The Game A senior design manager behind the project, Ditte Bruun Pederson, noted that while researching a new project to pursue, the LEGO team discovered that children...

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, June 20, 4:12 AM

I´ve gotta check this out! 

Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, June 20, 11:57 PM

Seems interesting :-)

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How the rise of the megacity is changing the way we live

How the rise of the megacity is changing the way we live | smart cities | Scoop.it
“ The rapid increase in the number of cities home to more than 10 million people will bring huge challenges … and opportunities... ”
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Al Picozzi's curator insight, September 9, 2013 9:06 AM

More and more people are moving to the cities than ever before.  As a result I believe there are more megacities on the way.  However I think there is a limit to these cities.  How are they going to be powered?  How are the people going to be fed? Where will they work?  how will these cities impact the environment?  Where is all the fresh water going to come from?

Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 30, 2013 4:40 AM

 It's not just that more people now live in cities than in the rural countryside (for the first time in human history).  It's not just that major cities are growing increasingly more important to the global economy.  The rise of the megacities (cities over 10 million inhabitants) is a startling new phenomenon that really is something we've only seen in the last 50 years or so with the expectation that the number of megacities will double in the next 10 to 20 years (currently there are 23).  This reorganization of population entails wholesale restructuring of the economic, environmental, cultural and political networks.  The urban challenges that we face today are only going to become increasingly important in the future.       

Kenny Dominguez's curator insight, December 11, 2013 9:26 PM

It is a good thing that there is more megacities being created because you can see more people move in which will help the city function better economics wise. When it comes down to the population that is a different story because there is more people to worry and deal with. The increase of people could go both ways because it can be good but at the same time it can go bad because people will start arguing in which it can get physical which means city ratings going down.

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floats mobile house for calming water retreat

floats mobile house for calming water retreat | smart cities | Scoop.it

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Google Seeks to Integrate Cameras Into Contact Lenses

Google Seeks to Integrate Cameras Into Contact Lenses | smart cities | Scoop.it
“ Google announced in January that it was developing a smart contact lens that could continually monitor blood glucose levels of Type 2 diabetics. It has been announced that Google is also working to create a contact lens with an integrated camera that would help people with visual disabilities. ”
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Wireless networks are getting a big upgrade for the smartphone generation: Multi-user beamforming

Wireless networks are getting a big upgrade for the smartphone generation: Multi-user beamforming | smart cities | Scoop.it
Wireless networks are getting a big upgrade for the smartphone generation.Beamforming was part of 802.11n, the previous Wi-Fi version, but 11ac defines it in more detail, making interoperability between access points and end-user devices more likely. Separately, beamforming plays an important role in "WiGig," which is based on the 802.11ad specification and can send up to 7Gbps transmissions over very short distances.“Traditionally, access points have been equipped with omnidirectional antennas, which are so named because they send energy in all directions,” wrote Wi-Fi expert Matthew Gast in the book, 802.11ac: A Survival Guide. (Gast also oversees development of the software that powers Aerohive Networks’ equipment.) “An alternative method of transmission is to focus energy toward a receiver, a process called beamforming. Provided the access point (AP) has sufficient information to send the radio energy preferentially in one direction, it is possible to reach farther.”The first 11ac products implemented single-user beamforming, sending one transmission to a single receiver. Multi-user beamforming, coming in the next wave of 11ac products this year and next year, enables MU-MIMO and its simultaneous transmission to multiple devices.“Prior to the introduction of multi-user beamforming, all 802.11 devices could send a transmission to only one device at a time,” wrote Gast, who also led development of 802.11-2012.The first 11ac access points could generally send 1.3Gbps over three streams of 433Mbps each. But as we mentioned, it could only send those three streams to one device, and only if that device could accept three streams. Thus, a 1.3Gbps access point can end up sending a 433Mbps stream to one device, a second 433Mbps stream to a second device, and a third stream to a third device, switching from one to another without ever transmitting to all three at once.“Don’t get me wrong, 433Mbps is nice,” Gast told Ars in a phone interview. “But there's an unused capacity because the AP is capable of transmitting three 433Mbps streams, but my phone can only receive one. You lose two-thirds of the capacity when this happens.”MU-MIMO should bring big improvements to public Wi-Fi networks that serve hundreds of people at a time, though. And in a few years, home networks could be serving surprisingly large numbers of devices.“We can support up to 512 clients” with top-end gear designed for heavily used networks, Todd Antes, VP of product management for Qualcomm Atheros, told Ars. “If everybody's device was MU-MIMO-capable, our scheduling algorithm would serve them three at a time. It would go through that client population, in theory, 2.5 to 3 times faster in the same network capacity as would today's AP.”Even devices that aren't MU-MIMO-capable could benefit, since MU-MIMO should free up more time and bandwidth for networks to serve older gadgets. Qualcomm announced its 802.11ac chips with MU-MIMO in early April. Quantenna, another chipmaker, announced silicon with MU-MIMO technology nearly a year ago, and Asus said in January that it would use Quantenna’s chips to offer a 1.7Gbps, four-stream home router. The Asus router isn’t for sale yet, but it's expected to come out in the middle of this year.
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Gestural computing: the other #CES2014 breakthrough?

Gestural computing: the other #CES2014 breakthrough? | smart cities | Scoop.it
Asteroids barreled towards Earth from every direction, and my only defense was my eyes. I looked at one asteroid. I looked at another. Boom. Boom. Lasers from Earth had blown them into smithereens. And I didn’t lift a finger.
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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, January 14, 11:43 AM

A good summary of all the innovation in gestural computing that were introduced - someitmes as prototypes - at CES this year. Minority report is getting closer but as Ellis Hamburger reports, the main applications are likely to be gaming and safe driving for the next few years. Just like Leap Motion's example is showing. 

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I'm currently testing the Leapmotion at home... Basically, i agree with the statement (not there yet) but things are progressing very fast on this one, and huge opportunities are emerging.
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40 Maps That Explain The Internet

40 Maps That Explain The Internet | smart cities | Scoop.it

The internet increasingly pervades our lives, delivering information to us no matter where we are. It takes a complex system of cables, servers, towers, and other infrastructure, developed over decades, to allow us to stay in touch with our friends and family so effortlessly. Here are 40 maps that will help you better understand the internet — where it came from, how it works, and how it's used by people around the world.


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Shyamal Bose's curator insight, June 21, 11:53 PM

please visit my blog and get all traveling spots in the world.It is one of the Tourist guide which is help all of the visitor. So, Please visit :

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Farid Mheir's curator insight, July 21, 5:24 AM

no explanation required here.

Vincent Lahondère's curator insight, July 22, 11:31 AM

Une remarquable série de cartes qui expliquent l'évolution géographique et historique d'internet, qui nous expliquent comment les réseaux fonctionnent. Remarquable notamment lorsque les enseignants traitent de la question de la mondialisation et notamment des réseaux. En anglais

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Smart cities need two things to thrive : People + speedy Internet ...

Smart cities need two things to thrive : People + speedy Internet ... | smart cities | Scoop.it
“ This week's Smart City roundup features a more affordable way to transition into smart cities, America's “first” smart city, and a few ideas on the areas in which smart cities should be focused. smart city downtown kodak speed ...”
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Santander acoge el lunes el lanzamiento mundial de un programa de la ONU sobre innovación

Santander acoge el lunes el lanzamiento mundial de un programa de la ONU sobre innovación | smart cities | Scoop.it
“ Cincuenta representantes de 21 países de todo el mundo han confirmado ya su participación en el lanzamiento mundial en Santander del proyecto de la ONU...”
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Smart Cities -- A $1.5 Trillion Market Opportunity

Smart Cities -- A $1.5 Trillion Market Opportunity | smart cities | Scoop.it
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “India is to be found not in its few cities, but in its 700,000 villages.” Though that may at one time have been true, it is no longer the case.
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Smart Cities Should Be Social Cities

Smart Cities Should Be Social Cities | smart cities | Scoop.it
“ We need to build future communities for future cities. Technology can help.”
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Sony XBR85X950B The Ultra HD TV Of The Future | 3D Smart LED TV

Sony XBR85X950B The Ultra HD TV Of The Future | 3D Smart LED TV | smart cities | Scoop.it
Nowadays, you can hardly find any household with no TV. At the present, the rage is all about Ultra HD and Sony XBR85X950B is one of them.
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Urbanization and the evolution of cities across 10,000 years

About 10,000 years ago, hunter-gatherers, aided by rudimentary agriculture, moved to semi-permanent villages and never looked back. With further developments came food surpluses, leading to commerce, specialization and, many years later with the Industrial Revolution, the modern city.

 

Vance Kite plots our urban past and how we can expect future cities to adapt to our growing populations.

 


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The 7 characteristics of a digitally competent teacher

The 7 characteristics of a digitally competent teacher | smart cities | Scoop.it
Being a proper digitally competent teacher is not as simple as picking up an iPhone and tweeting. You need to be a good digital citizen, understand privacy, and more. In an effort to clarify and explain some of the most important characteristics that a digitally competent teacher must have, we whipped up this fun visual. [...]

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Vilma Galstaun's curator insight, June 12, 4:34 PM

Some important issues to consider when preparing for becoming ICT literate and competent.

Enrique Robles's curator insight, June 13, 7:36 AM

very very good

Library@NYP's curator insight, June 13, 7:57 AM

The teacher has to be digitally savvy to engage next generation students.

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What you need to know about Solar Energy

What you need to know about Solar Energy | smart cities | Scoop.it
Right now, you can install relatively cheap technology on your own roof and power your house, gadgets and even your car. For free! Sorcery? Not so much. The Earth receives more energy from our sun in about one hour than humans consume in an entire year. That's why solar power was the second leading source of new energy last year, and why companies like Google and IKEA are now in the solar panel business. However, many argue that the drawbacks -- cost, environmental pollution, etc. -- outweigh the benefits (free energy!). Getting onboard is also tricky with things like tax credits, the grid and the complexity of solar panel installation to consider. But that's why we're here, right?
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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, May 29, 4:43 AM

Solar energy is becoming more established. Many countries are offering rebates for installing solar. Check it out. It may be a good investment for you.

Maine Solar Solutions's curator insight, May 29, 7:50 AM

This is why you should consider the sun!

Green technology's curator insight, May 29, 8:01 AM

What you need to know about Solar Energy. #solarenergy #greentech

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Kawasaki built a time machine and stole a bike from the future

Kawasaki built a time machine and stole a bike from the future | smart cities | Scoop.it

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Richard Platt's curator insight, November 21, 2013 12:53 PM

This is sweet, Kawasaki  what drove you to do this?

Luis Carlos Peña Gordillo's curator insight, November 21, 2013 1:37 PM

Nueva moto.

Séjourné Morin's curator insight, January 21, 6:39 PM

Pour les amateurs...

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Scientists create bionic particles 'inspired by Terminator'

Scientists create bionic particles 'inspired by Terminator' | smart cities | Scoop.it
“ The particles, a blend of inorganic technology and organic matter, are designed not to advance a machine race but rather to create biofuels”
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Wearable Technology Market Set to Explode, Could Reach $50 ...

Wearable Technology Market Set to Explode, Could Reach $50 ... | smart cities | Scoop.it
“ LONDON, United Kingdom — On Friday, Credit Suisse issued a report on the rise of wearable devices — personal accessories with embedded sensors, displays and other digital technology, such as Nike's FuelBand, ...”
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