MIT created cheetah robots that can “see” targets and jump over targets autonomously. “The algorithm’s first component enables the robot to detect an obstacle and estimate its size and distance. The researchers devised a formula to simplify a visual scene, representing the ground as a straight line, and any obstacles as deviations from that line. With this formula, the robot can estimate an obstacle’s height and distance from itself.” Read more here.
Bruno, a Green School student, recently went to Nusa Lembongan. Here’s a short video he did about exploring during low tide. Watch and let him introduce you to some of the coolest inhabitants of the shoreline.
Water contained in edible membrane made out of seaweed- just pop a blob of water into your mouth and get hydrated. This innovative product is called Ohoo! and is made by Skiping Rocks Lab. Their plan is to make packaging disappear using natural material extracted from plants and seaweed. Ohoo! is only their first product. What’s next?
This young man is the bamboo future of Réunion Island, where bamboo is illegal. Did you know that you can’t use bamboo as a building material in France? This young man is from Réunion Island and even though bamboo is readily available there, they can’t use it because of the government regulations. Listen to the conversation between him and John as they discuss the issues.
An update on Peace Boat as they strive to build an eco peace ship— 40-60% off the grid with articulated sails and solar. More good news from this incredible project- they found a Finnish shipbuilding company to collaborate with and realize their dream. “We have agreed with Arctech to build the Ecoship, the most innovative and ecologically friendly cruise vessel ever. We believe this ship will be a game changer for the shipping industry and will contribute to the protection of the environment. It will be a flagship for climate change. We are very happy to work together with a Finnish shipyard, and look forward to exploring clean and sustainable technologies with partners throughout this region, which is known for its environmental leadership,” said Yoshioka Tatsuya, founder and director, Peace Boat. Read more here.
An amazing new Google product. Forget using projectors in classroom to create schema for students. Imagine if students are learning about DNA and they can play around and see it from different perspective. Expeditions AR bring the world into the classroom to help engage students with immersive lessons. Watch how it’s done below.
In December, Sampah Jujur was featured on Make a Change Bali— a project consisting of 30 videos about people leading the way to a more sustainable world in Bali. Gary Bencheghib, the founder of Make A Change Bali, expanded his vision and created Make A Change World, bringing inspirational and uplifting stories of people around the world making a change in their day to day lives. After his Pura Vida series, Gary released his first episode on Organic featuring Rizal Abdulhadi—a musician and a bamboo instrument builder. Watch his video below. https://www.facebook.com/makeachangeworld/videos/1322095767845637/
Brothers from Bali are paddling down Indonesia’s toxic Citarum River on two kayaks custom-made from bamboo and discarded plastic bottles. Watch the video below.