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Asap Water Rescue Craft makes lifeguard’s life easier

Posted: 05 Dec 2011 05:15 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

For charity-funded lifeguard stations, rescue and patrol vehicles like 2-stroke petrol jet skis are longer be a financially viable option with rising fuel prices. In such a scenario, a jet ski that can be charged using solar energy and present itself as a sustainable alternative gains prominence in terms of viability. Powered by a Lithium-Ion battery, the Asap Water Rescue Craft came into being from the designer's personal experiences in lifesaving training.

asap
asap

By precisely calculating the amount of energy required to tow a body in water and the kind of difficulties that the task requires, the Asap Water Rescue Craft allows rescuers to carry conscious and unconscious people thanks to the existing paddle boards that are integrated within the innovative product. Since most lifeguards are often under-trained or do not possess the physical strength and necessary set of skills to perform in every kind of emergency, and most lifesaving buoyancy aids currently in use across the coasts of the world are outdated, a product like Asap Water Rescue Craft become the perfect tool to help lifesavers swimmers and people enjoying the beach more optimally.

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Water rescue craft for beach lifeguards

During a beach rescue, the Asap Water Rescue Craft can help lifeguards conserve their energy for important emergency procedures like CPR after the person in trouble has been brought out of the water. Also helping to reduce the time it takes for a life guard to get to the drowning person, the Asap Water Rescue Craft allows unconscious survivors to be placed on top immediately and held with their head tilted back to help lifeguards monitor their vital stats and breathing.

The craft can be operated from any holding position via a two finger remote throttle that allows the lifeguard to hold onto the survivor with one hand if necessary while driving the craft towards a primary power rescue vehicle or towards the coast. The design is meant to serve as an alternative floatation aid and the motor assisted craft can be launched immediately by one person which makes it more efficient as a rescue vehicle than a jet ski.

Creating with inputs from international competitive sport lifesavers and experts from the RNLI, the Asap Water Rescue Craft comes with sound research and extensive analysis of existing rescue equipment and the concept has undergone rigorous tests to prove its efficiency and effectiveness. Though the Asap Water Rescue Craft currently exists only as a fully functional fiberglass prototype, its maker assures investors and potential buyers that the product would be sold for half the price of a jet ski upon official launch.

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Wacom Sketcher graphical tablet concept gives the iPad 2 a run for its money

Posted: 05 Dec 2011 05:13 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

If you thought the new iPad was the ultimate in all things tablet, think again. Though the tablet PC appears to be the pinnacle of touchscreen experience for ordinary Joes like you and me, it falls shorts on many accounts when it comes to complex illustrations and intricate designing. To allow illustrators and designers to experience the functionality and ease of a tablet, designer Max Battaglia has created the Wacom Sketcher graphical tablet. Though still a concept, the Wacom Sketcher graphical tablet offers people with special sketching needs by providing a high-tech illustration tools that comes in the form of a neat little carry-around tablet PC.

Wacom Sketcher
Wacom Sketcher

Perfect for folks who are looking for the best drawing experience but don't want to be stuck in front of a monitor all day long, the Wacom Sketcher graphical tablet functions as a as a real sketchpad that can replicate the accuracy and pressure level of a hand drawn sketch on paper on a touch-enabled screen by offering greater pressure reading and increased sensitivity.

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Wacom Sketcher
Designed by Massimo Battaglia

The Wacom Sketcher graphical tablet concept comes fitted with a jog dial that allows designers to turn or zoom the canvas without changing the orientation of the tablet while eight quick buttons allow it to be programmed with the preferred functions making it the perfect carry-around illustrator tablet.

The light weight Sketcher can be used virtually anywhere and its symmetrical design allows it to be used also by left-handed people with the same ease as their right-handed counterparts. The 360mm x255 mm x20 mm Wacom Sketcher graphical tablet concept weighs only 650 grams and comes with a standard graphic pen. Also fitted with a 5.0 Mp camera with led flash on the rear, the Wacom Sketcher graphical tablet concept comes with standard tablet fittings such as 2 standard USB ports, capacitive jog dial, Wi-Fi connectivity, a dual core CPU, and 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity. Running on Android OS, the Wacom Sketcher graphical tablet concept comes with a 12″ AMOLED multi-touch screen with led backlighting that allows the tablet to be used with ease even in low-light conditions.

Source: Giving Shape


Zesto drink warmer will warm your heart (and your coffee) this winter

Posted: 05 Dec 2011 05:11 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

With the winters right around the corner, its time once again to start browsing the markets for gizmos and appliances that would help us keep our hot cuppas warmer for longer. Though the insulated mugs have been entrusted to do the jobs for many a winters past, nobody really likes the stale tasting coffee/tea that has been sitting in a thermos for an hour or two. With the only other alternative being brewing fresh cup and drinking it before it cools down (or buying one of those Japanese inventions that recharge themselves from your PC/laptop via a USB port), it is perhaps time for us to take concepts like this Zesto Drink Warmer a little more seriously.

Zesto
Zesto

Created by designer Nelly Tackidou, the Zesto Drink Warmer uses the basics of induction to keep a mug of hot drinks warm for longer durations without using an external electricity-sucking aids. The design, which comprises of a ceramic base and a liquid-filled rubber ring, allows users to simply "dock" their mugs on the device and continue working on their PCs/laptops without having to worry about their drinks cooling down. The innovative gadget uses a basic chain reaction to retain heat and then releases it slowly back to allow a ceramic mug and the drink in it to remain warm for longer.

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Zesto
Zesto by Nelly Trakidou

The Zesto drink warmer works pretty much like an ice-pack fitted drink cooler with the obvious difference between the two being that Zesto uses a solution of water and sodium acetate-a safe food grade salt ingredient. The basic logic behind this is that once this solution is heated, the supersaturated liquid starts to "store" the heat. Once removed from heat, the solution continues to emit the heat back at a slower pace which can then be transferred to the drink in the mug and thus your coffee or tea can stay hot for longer.

To use, users simply have to remove the inner, solution-filled rubber ring from the ceramic base and immerse it in boiling water for a few minutes. Then, they can simply remove it from the water and fit it inside the base and the user then has to simply place their mugs on top of the drink warmer to keep their drinks hot. Since it doesn't use any harmful chemicals, the Zesto Drink Warmer is also completely safe to use and it can be reused an infinite number of times which makes it the perfect Christmas gift for an environmentally-conscious friend.


10 most amazing amphibious vehicles for an uninterrupted ride

Posted: 05 Dec 2011 05:01 AM PST

Tejas A:

An amphibious vehicle is one, which can be used on both land as well as water. These vehicles are still under development and many of them have been released as well after years of research and testing. They have dual types of transmission that shifts from the wheels to the propellers just at the touch of a button. The wheels retract and the vehicle is transformed into a boat and starts moving on water. They can be used for military and rescue operations as well. Few vehicles run on bio fuels and a lot of research has been going on to make them more economical and useful.

1. WaterCar

WaterCar
WaterCar

The water car is built to provide uninterrupted amphibious transportation to the masses just like the Rinspeed sQuba or Splash. The creators of this amphibious car claim that it is the fastest amphibian car, which can reach a top speed of 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds in water. The heart of this car is a Corvette’s LS engine that powers this car and is faster than the bond inspired amphibious cars. This car is priced at $200,000.00 which when compared with the cost of a car, a trailer and a boat is an acceptable deal. This car is available in more than 60,000 exterior and 4,000 interior colors.

2. Humdinga

Humdinga
Humdinga

This is a 4X4 concept car created by the Kiwi entrepreneur Alan Gibbs. The Humdinga is a 5-seater amphibian SUV. It is powered by a V8 engine pumping out 350 bhp of power, which is capable of pushing this amphibian up to 160 kph on land and 65 kph on water. All that is required to transform from the land mode to the water mode is just the touch of a button. Wheels are retracted and the drive train switches to the jet propulsion system from the wheels and the SUV gets into the amphibian mode. To develop the HSA technology, it took its creators 7 years, more than a million man-hours, and millions of pounds of money. It accelerates to a speed of 100 kph in just 9.2 seconds on land and takes less than 10 seconds in water to reach to 65 kph. Its curb weight is 2000 kg and has an independent air suspension for every wheel.

3. Aquada

Aquada
Aquada

Sir Richard Branson has said,

It is a great beast. It drives fantastically well on land and then it turns into the most remarkable boat on water.

It is a legend in the amphibians' category. It is a showcase vehicle of the Gibbs High Speed Amphibious technology. The Aquada is most often compared to the submarine car in the James Bond movie "The spy who loved me". The engine is a 24 valve V6 with EEC compliant immobilizer. It has a computer controlled air/hydraulic self-leveling suspension. It transforms from land to water vehicle at the press of a button in less than 10 seconds. It has a top speed of about 30 mph on water and 100 mph on land.

4. Amphibious Lamborghini

Amphibious Lamborghini
Amphibious Lamborghini

This is a real amphibious Lamborghini built by Mike Ryan of SeaRoader. This car looks like an Underwater Lotus Esprit from the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me. The car is an exact replica of the original Lamborghini Countach. It has the exact detailing and the same engine as the Countach. This car, as said by Mike Ryan, is so expensive that the windscreen glass alone cost him a hefty AU$4,250. Therefore, the car is obviously very expensive but still it is worth the price. It has a V12 engine pumping out a power of 375 bhp @ 8000 rpm. The wheels do not retract but the transmission shifts from the wheels to the jet propulsion in just the click of a button.

5. Wilcraft amphibious vehicle

Wilcraft amphibious vehicle
Wilcraft amphibious vehicle

This incredible machine is built for the icy terrains and the water. It makes the fishing trip and hunting trips across any icy terrain more adventurous than you can imagine. The Skill with which it moves over the ice is so good that it can actually be used as a rescue vehicle. The vehicle is so light that it does not put more pressure on ice and it is just about the pressure applied by an average human being. This masterpiece is powered by a 305 cc engine and weighs 205 kg. It has a 2-speed gearbox and the vehicle can reach a top speed of 20 mph. The Wilcraft has a ground clearance of just 11 inches. It has a canvas cover, which makes it convertible, and when pulled, a cabin is created over the vehicle. The Wilcraft comes with a number of options to adjust to the environment. The price of the basic version is $10,495.

6. Amphibious ice cream van

Amphibious ice cream van
Amphibious ice cream van

This is the world's first amphibious ice cream van designed to sell ice creams through the UK’s rivers and canals and all its shores. It set sail in the Thames to dominate the ice cream vans in water after land. The van is a HMS Flake 99 and has a top speed of five knots. The slogan carried by this amphibian is "licensed to chill”.

The main motto of the creation of this van was to highlight how the vans were being driven off the roads due to increasing fuel costs and council red tape during the national ice cream week. It was driven by Dave Mounfield, a stand up coming from Brighton. It finished a nationwide tour of Britain’s beaches and canals of Venice.

7. Gibbs technologies amphibious Quadski

Gibbs technologies amphibious Quadski
Gibbs technologies amphibious Quadski

This vehicle is created by the inspiration of the success of the Humdinga and it is the third in this category. This Quadski is a combination of a car and a jet ski, which is developed by the Gibbs technologies. It is the third vehicle to demonstrate the Gibbs HSA technology successfully. It is not just designed for fun but also for military and emergency rescue applications. It transforms from a land quad to a water ski in just a touch of a button. It is equipped with a powerful 140 BHP petrol driven engine that makes this Quadski a wonderful machine that can reach 50 mph on land and water as well. It is a four-wheel drive as well.

8. Amphicoach

Amphicoach
Amphicoach

This is an amphibious touring vehicle, which enables the tourists to view the city as well as the water bodies surrounding it and in this category, Amphicoach is taking it to the next level of luxury and comfort. This vehicle has a capacity of 50 seats and is equipped with the latest luxuries that you will find in any five-star touring coach. The model took six years to be developed and tested before launching its first model. It is compliant with all the E.U. rules for the safety of the passengers and can sustain prolonged submerged stays either in salt or fresh water. It has a choice of two diesel engines along with two or four wheel drive.

9. DUKW

DUKW
DUKW

This amphibian is one of the key vehicles used in World War 2 and is the most iconic amphibian in the present world. This amphibian is built on the GMC’s six by six chassis and has a 270 cubic inch engine and the same transmission as in the GMC. It can handle even the rough seas surprisingly though it has a very low seaboard. After the restoration project of the DUKW’s, they may cost from anywhere between £25,000- £30,000 depending on the condition and operation. Rex Ward is the specialist in operating and working on the DUKW and all the spare parts as well.

10. JMC amphibious pickup

JMC Amphibious Pickup
JMC Amphibious Pickup

This amphibious vehicle was designed by the JMC Amphibious Vehicle Development Co located in the Nanchang city in the province of Jiangxi. It was mainly designed to overcome the problems in China during the floods and earthquakes to travel in both water and land and to use as a rescue vehicle as well. It is powered by a 4JB1 turbo charged engine, pumping 90hp @ 4000 rpm. It is a four-wheel drive with 5-speed fully automatic transmission system and a 70-liter on board fuel tank, power drive, and AC as well. It can carry five persons and can carry a payload of 350 kg easily. It is also equipped with a GPS to ensure that the owner does not get lost in case of an emergency rescue or a holiday trip in a river or a sea.


POPI: An umbrella that can be stored in its handle even when wet

Posted: 05 Dec 2011 04:44 AM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Max Battaglia has come up with an umbrella named POPI that vows to protect you from rainfall and harsh sun rays. Apart from the protection it provides, the new age umbrella will solve all issues that crop up while using foldable umbrellas. POPI will unfurl an improved amount of comfort as well as convenience that will make it unproblematic to carry around and use.

POPI
POPI

The product is very handy and can be carried every single day. What makes POPI a great product is the handle it comes fitted with. This puts forward two major advantages in terms of usage. The amazing umbrella has a bigger handle that is comfortable and is responsible for a better grip. POPI can be stored and placed just anywhere without the fear that it is wet and will mess up the surroundings like it happens with everyday umbrellas.

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POPI by Max Battaglia
Popi has the same size of a standard umbrella.

POPI by Max is easy to operate and comes sans any additional complications. Simply drag its top cap and pull the umbrella out of the handle, just like we do while using a standard umbrella. When not in use, fold it by pushing the umbrella back in the handle and close the top cap. The size of POPI is almost same as that of regular umbrellas present in the market, but the handle housing makes it a more acceptable and unique product.

POPI is a user friendly umbrella that can be easily stored in handbags and backpacks even when it is wet because of the presence of a hermetic seal. The design is simple and a user will get additional storage benefits. It will be a little expensive than a normal umbrella, which will be a very small cost that you will pay keeping in mind its usefulness.

Via: Givingshape


Water Transport 2025 provides a ray of hope for Mumbai's population congestion

Posted: 05 Dec 2011 04:37 AM PST

Sahil Khurana:

Mumbai being one of the most densely populated cities of India needs to have a well connected transport system in place, catering to its population. Even though traveling is a major chore for the people, it has become almost necessary for everyone to commute by overcrowded trains.

Water Transport
Water Transport

Giving an alternate solution for the same, the Water Transport Mumbai 2025 concept has been designed. Water Transport Mumbai 2025 shall make use of the water bodies surrounding Mumbai, while main intention is to ferry people across from one side to the other. The concept is fairly simple, but then it's yet to see when it comes into play and provides a sense of relief to the daily commuters.

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Water Transport
Water Transport Mumbai 2025 by Ajinkya Yadav

The idea incorporates a catamaran vessel into its concept. The vessel is a good 20 m long which is further powered by 120 solar panels. So not only is this transport vehicle going to relive the congestion of Mumbai, it will even provide an eco friendly edge to it. With a capacity to seat a good 150 people in one go, even the disabled and VIP people can have a go in this vessel.

Imagine what this kind of a vehicle would do for the suburbs of Mumbai. The twin decks of the boat would not only seat a lot of people, they would even provide a panoramic view to those seated above. The areas being covered by Water Transport Mumbai 2025 would be Borivali, Juhu, Bandra, Nariman Point, Chembur, Vashi and Panvel amongst some others. The crisscross locations of these points would ensure that the east and west coast of Mumbai are locally connected with each other, thanks to the facility to commute by water.

I'm sure the Government of India would be the happiest when it comes to launching and funding the Water Transport Mumbai 2025. Keeping in mind the kind of decongestion capabilities which would come to the fore, the idea of this transport vessel would be a great boon for Mumbai.


Seven delightfully scrumptious iPhone 4 cases

Posted: 05 Dec 2011 04:34 AM PST

Arunima Srivastava:

Thinking about whether you should buy a cover for your iPhone or not. You must be in dilemma, as the cover will hide the sleek beauty of you iPhone. But if you want to save your treasured possession from scratches and unwanted dent, then covers become an essential item to buy. Here is a description of a range of iPhone 4 covers from which you can chose one for yourself.

iPhone 4 Case
iPhone 4 Case

1. Survivor case

Survivor iPhone 4 Case
Survivor iPhone 4 Case

This cover is most suitable for the people who use their phones in a very rough manner due to their work conditions or any other reason. This cover is made to meet and exceed US and UK military standards. This is one of the most protective cover for your iPhone 4. The cover includes screen protection, hybrid frame, and sealed ports. This cover is tested for its durability, and is shock and waterproof. The cover is also vibration and sand dust proof.

2. CapsuleRebel iPhone 4 case

CapsuleRebel iPhone 4 case
CapsuleRebel iPhone 4 case

This cover is famous for its distinct look and over all protection that it provides for your iPhone 4. It provides a tough protection for your iPhone 4. It comes in very different and impressive looks. It may look like a little heavy but it is very light to handle. The above model is available in different colors, from which you can choose your favorite one. There is a protective edge of the cover which protects the edges of your phone’s screen too when you keep your phone front side down.

3. Trident Cyclops iPhone 4 case

Trident
Trident

This is another tough cover with style for your iPhone 4. This cover gives your iPhone 4 over all protection, it has a rubber ring on its outer edge. And Apple logo shines through back of this cover. The cover comes in varieties of colors.The best part is that it is Light weight and easy to handle hard case.

4. Realtree Camo iPhone 4 Cases

Realtree Camo Cases
Realtree Camo Cases

It is very stylish cover for your iPhone and will surely impress art lovers, outdoor lovers, and quench the thirst of creative people. There are variety of designs featuring wild life, aquatic life, and exotic outdoors on the back of the cover, which will surely tempt you to buy this cover. This cover is very suitable for people with creative vein in their body. It is not only stylish but also provides complete package of protection for your iPhone 4.The starting price range for the cover is $35.

5. Grove bamboo case

Grove Bamboo
Grove Bamboo

This is another iPhone cover for distinct art lovers and creativity admirers. This cover’s attractive designs will impress you for sure. The case is made from a bamboo, which is shaped afterwards to create attractive designs. The design on back of your phone cover has four layers of natural oils and protective coating. It is one of the best options for people who admire style and art.

6. Gasket brushed aluminum iPhone 4 case

Gasket Brushed Case
Gasket Brushed Case

It is an ideal phone cover for geeks and gear heads. There are features that will make you crave for this cover. The cover has a distinct look, and is made from real brushed aluminum with a suede inner lining. The protective carbon back skin of the cover has anti-residue adhesive. The cover is available in different colors and provides ultimate protection to your iPhone 4 from nicks and scratches. The cover comes with crystal-clear screen protective film (front).

7. Hampton Flip iPhone 4 case

Hampton Flip
Hampton Flip

It is an ideal phone cover for people who want very professional and formal look for their iPhone. The cover comes with full grain leather case. This cover comes with one of the most luxurious and stylish look that you will love for sure. There is a protective front flap, which will protect your front screen from scratches. This cover is available in four very elegant and lovely colors for you to choose. Last but not the least, the cover also has two credit card pockets, which you would not be able to find in any other iPhone case.


Altigen eFusion Professional iPhone 3Gs Smartstation smartens up the workplace

Posted: 05 Dec 2011 04:30 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

The advent of the iPhone has been a real boon for most tech savvy professionals around the world who embraced the little miracle as a business power tool. But most office secretaries and assistants still have to make do with drab multiple line office phones that look like they leapt right out of a stereotypical '80s sitcom about working women! To counter this lack iPhone-readiness in the workplace, designer Jules Parmentier has come up with a stunning new professional iPhone 3Gs Smartstation called the Altigen eFusion.

Altigen eFusion
Altigen eFusion

An all-in-one professional communication network provider, the Altigen allows companies to replace their fixed phone network with a high-tech solution that comes complete with iPhone integration option to allow users to set up a professional-level communication network that is compatible with mobile phones of the new generation. To enable smartphones to become office extensions, Altigen developed an app that can connect to a company PBX communication server and allow professionals to stay connected to their office even on the go.

The eFusion Smartstation allows user to dock their compact and slim iPhones into a traditional looking multi-line phone and use them as an office desk phones that is perfect for long conversations and conference calls. The users can thus use the mobile phone when they are on the move, and still get all the functionality of a bigger desktop phone when they are at their desks. With high sound quality speaker for conference calls, the Altigen eFusion gives users the access to a full-duplex microphone with an EMR free ergonomic handset that is perfect for long conversations.

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Altigen eFusion
Professional iPhone 3Gs Smartstation

The Altigen eFusion also allows users to have access to their iPhone's phonebook on their desk phone and also allows them to play their iTunes playlists via the desk phone as well. The Altigen eFusion can also charge their iPhone and users can sync it to the desk phone with a single button.

Via: Behance


PET Tree Project recycles old water bottles into a vertical garden

Posted: 05 Dec 2011 04:30 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

In a world increasingly threatened by freshwater shortages and environmental imbalances resulting in lack of rain and flooding, it has become paramount that we as a civilization pay more attention to the way we use water not only in the course of our daily lives but also in other activities like gardening. The Pet Tree project was created by the Hakan Gursu Foundation which uses the expertise of Turkish environmentalist and green-design innovator Dr. Hakan Gürsu. The project basically aims at allowing people to reuse their disposed PET bottles and reuse them to create a vertical garden in their backyards or terraces. The system uses 5 liter PET bottles as flower pots and planters to create a vertical garden or an alternative organic plantation growing system that uses drop watering to maximize water resources.

Pet-Tree
Pet-Tree

To form a multi-leveled geometrical setup as an alternative to regular, space-hogging planters, the PET Tree projects uses PET bottles sliced in half to serve as the main planter pots while the other half of the bottle is recycled and used to create other plastic components in the design. one mm thick stainless steel is used to craft the main support body of the system while the protective membrane is fashioned out of welded CA (cellulose acetate).

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Pet-Tree
It aims of encouraging the use of waste 5 lt PET bottles.

The vertical pot arrangement allows the system to use an innovative irrigation cycle which can help keep many levels of pots and planters hydrated using a smaller amount of freshwater. By using a dripping system, all the PET planters can be irrigated using the same water which filters down to lower level, is collected at the bottom and then pumped to the top level again to be reused in the drip. This allows plants to optimally soak up all the nutrition in the soil that is otherwise wasted and helps gardeners extend their water sources and feed more plants using a little amount of water.

By extending a garden vertically instead of horizontally, the PET Tree system also allows users to make the most of the space available to them and the system thus allows people to transform their backyards, balconies, terraces and spare rooms into vertical farms that can be used to grow seasonal veggies and herbs. The system, when used on a larger scale, can be used to promote the production of organic groceries in cities short on space like New York, Hong Kong and Singapore which have to import a large part of their vegetables and herbs from other places. When incorporated on a larger scale, the PET Tree system would enable producers to reuse plastic PET bottles that would otherwise end up in landfills while maximizing their city's water resources and producing organic vegetables and herbs for sale in local markets.


Seven self-sufficient underwater structures

Posted: 05 Dec 2011 12:15 AM PST

Reeyankee Das Choudhury:

With the rise in sea level on account of climatic changes threatening coastal cities worldwide, need for underwater or floating architectures and cities is presently being felt more compared to ever before. Keeping in mind that water covers 71 percent of the surface of the Earth, which in the future is likely to augment because of environmental changes, underwater cities or skyscrapers enter the picture and provide ray of hope for sustaining life on earth. Underwater skyscrapers water oriented location, self-sustainability and volumetric attributes can serve humanity aptly in post-apocalyptic circumstances. Here is a list of 7 underwater structures that are self-sufficient:

Underwater structures
Underwater structures

1. Water-Scraper: Underwater Architecture

Water-Scraper
Water-Scraper

The water scraper functions as in the sea as self-sufficient ambassadors. It is an independent floating unit of functional, self sustaining and livable space that will function as floating city in collective manner. Being self sufficient, it produces its own power by means of wave, current, wind, bio, solar among others. It also produces its own food via farming, hydroponics and aquaculture. The Water-Scraper programme's main components comprises of resource generation, work, living, waste treatment, play and maintenance. The building has been kept upright with the help of balancing tanks and ballast system.

2. Gyre – A self-sufficient underwater tower to boost eco-tourism

Gyre
Gyre

Zigloo's Gyre is an abstract floating development designed in the form of an underwater skyscraper. It will collectively bring vacationers and scientists for understanding the ocean, that too devoid of polluting its subtle ecosystem. The development peeking at 400m depth will offer space for working environment and comfortable living including space for restaurants, shops, recreation and gardens. The unique design of the Gyre will allow integration of systems for harvesting renewable energy via sun, wind and tides. The Gyre will also generate solar energy through windows via glass printed range of solar cells.

3. Dubai's Blue Crystal Floating Iceburg lodge

Blue Crystal Floating
Blue Crystal Floating

Following Russia and Canada, Dubai too is getting its first ice lodge called Blue Crystal. With respect to the total energy required for keeping man made iceberg in scorching summers less than 32 degrees on Persian Gulf, the Blue Crystal hyped as sustainable is indeed amusing to hear. Dubai architectures growing trend seems being the creation of utmost in luxury yet of the improbable, impossible and downright outrageous. The arid desert climate in Dubai does not lend it easily to ice sculptures particularly luxury entertainment with 6 stories including underwater ballroom and lounge. The Blue Crystal has been claimed by German design duo Sven Sauer and Frank of harnessing the natural energy sources of the world thereby keeping them self-sufficient.

4. Great Pacific Garbage PatchUnderwater Skyscrapers

Great Pacific Garbage
Great Pacific Garbage

Water bodies and oceans on planet have off late turned dumping grounds as has been evidenced by Great Pacific Great Patch. Luckily an awakening is taking place with people becoming conscious of both the ecology and the environment. Underwater skyscraper will majestically float in water and collect all garbage it can locate. The lowest section of the tower will store the collected garbage and then send the garbage for recycling at middle portion.

5. Self-sufficient AQVA habitat

AQVA habitat
AQVA habitat

The AQVA habitat designed by Theodora Christoforidou and Abel Patacho is an exclusive structure which weaves a good relationship among upper environment and the underwater via water dynamics cycle. This habitat behaves like double structure machine designed to function as both space generator as well as water purification system for adjusting, characterizing and modifying an environment. Being energy-efficient, this habitat includes hexagonal components which combine together for creating an area of social interaction. The AQVA habitat is a space which is both aesthetically appealing and sustainable for urban living.

6. Sub-Biosphere 2: Self-sustainable underwater habitat

Sub-Biosphere 2
Sub-Biosphere 2

Phil Pauley, UK-based designer inspired by USA's Biosphere 2 project has designed a self-sustainable aquatic habitat called Sub-Biosphere 2. This underwater city comprises of 8 living biomes adjoining a big central biome that houses equipment to sustain all life support systems like air, water, electricity, food and other resources by means of innovative control of alternative atmospheric pressure on all depths including ocean floor.

7. Self-sufficient Undersea Scraper harmonizes with nature

Undersea Scraper
Undersea Scraper

Spanish architects Ifigeneia Arvaniti and Higinio Llames have come up with an autonomous underwater tower called Undersea Scraper. This habitat understands the necessity to live in harmony along with nature in sustainable ways. This self-sufficient tower produces energy from renewable sources for interacting with surroundings for generating tidal power. The top dome produces renewable energy by means of wind turbines and onboard photovoltaic generators. This tower has been designed for submerging or floating by means of its double skin which acts as ballast tank, to control the weight by allowing air as well as water out.


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