“Arise and Be All That You Dreamed”
“Worrying about your own happiness is much less important than concerning yourself with the well being of those around you.”
"No one can hurt us like we've hurt ourselves. We're all architects of our own private hell."
"All of us have scars and they make us who we are today"
SonUmbra by Loop.pH is a sort of solar powered tree that is motion sensitive.
About the project:
The atmosphere of musical rhythms, harmonies and luminous patterns are composed by the visitors’ movement - either active or passive. The light emitting fabric of the umbrella is crafted into a lacework of many electroluminescent fibres. This latticed pattern is animated in concert with the generated surround sound and visually illustrates the visitors’ position within the constellation. Wandering unaware or actively gravitating towards Sonumbra each person plays a part and becomes a note in a unique composition of light, sound and space.
More than merely decorative, the tree was designed for use in remote areas in need of low cost lighting. In addition, by providing shade during the day and a light source at night, it could serve as a safe gathering place for local communities.
You can see it in motion in this video:
Here’s a smart way to reduce energy consumption: My Plug, created by French telecommunications company Orange. The concept is straightforward: It’s a power strip turned on or off by text message. The My Plug has its own phone number, which you program into your phone. Text it commands like “on,” “off,” or “etat,” to know whether it’s active or not.
There’s a lot I like about this device, which was released in June. It will let you turn on your heat while you’re on the way home, or turn it off if you forgot to do so on the way out the door. It even alerts you if your power goes out. All good stuff.
There are significant downsides, however. There are only two plugs and one USB connection, why not a few more? More alarming is the cost: 79.99 €, around $100. That’s a lot of money for a product I’m sure someone with some programming skills could make pretty cheaply. The first three years of service for the device are free; Orange doesn’t note how much it will cost after that.
The fact that My Plus is coming from Orange, a major phone provider in France, shows that there’s a mainstream demand for energy-saving devices, and that’s good news. Hopefully that will drive down the price, and make the idea more practical.