Developing green technology isn’t child’s play, but children’s games can certainly inspire new ideas. Playground equipment made from old wind turbines, and a solar powered night light are just two of this week’s green tech finds.
Raise a glass of Guinness to St. Paddy… and to a couple of Irish green tech finds this week.
Social gaming app for saving energy: JouleBug, a social gaming iPhone app for saving energy, was released this week at SXSW.
ENERGY STAR certified buildings increase by nearly 60%: That’s just one finding from this week’s release of its third annual report on the top 25 cities for ENERGY STAR certified buildings.
Two days ago, Mashable published a fascinating post on gaming and social good, taking note of the rise of video games on multiple platforms that address a whole host of global challenges. While writer Melissa Jun Rowley touched on a range of issues and challenges, the idea of games as educational tools ran throughout the post. Organizations such as Games for Change, Institute of Play, and the Games for Learning Institute all touted the educational potential for video games, noting their ability to place players/learners to engage with complex, realistic systems, and to provide players with the opportunities to experiment with solutions to real world challenges.
Frustrated by the pace of climate policy in the US and around the world? Think you could do a better job of creating change that maintains economic and political stability while addressing the threat of global warming? Red Redemption, the British game maker who created the BBC’s popular Climate Challenge, is giving you a chance to prove your ability to save the planet with its new offering Fate of the World.
Remember when the digitally plugged in world freaked out over the playable Pac-Man game on the Google home page? Well, Japanese Toru Iwatani is the man responsible for the original version of Pac Man and he recently showed a few of his concept sketches and blueprints for this legendary game.
Your last green tech finds of ’09… enjoy!
The obligatory New Year prediction: 2010 will be a banner year for clean technology, according to investment bank Jeffries, and Greentech Media. Places to watch include Finland and South Korea.
Tetris meets SimCity meets urban planning: That’s the basic idea between new strategy game City Rain (and that’s a screenshot above). (via sustainablog)
Why, Steven? WHY?
Remember our post about IBM’s latest supercomputer, Watson, who (or is it which?) will be competing on Jeopardy? Not to be out done, Microsoft announced at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo their latest achievement-to-be : Project Natal. Project Natal aims to be a “controller-free gaming and entertainment experience,” hopefully making the XBox 360 and gaming overall more approachable.
While the prospect of a more immersive entertainment experience is highly appealing to many, this new chapter in technology is opening new doors for human interaction with artificial intelligence that were only possible in science fiction films such as Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Developed for years at Lionhead Studios under the pseudonym The Dimitri Project, Milo is a new brand of AI that totally blew every attendee at E3 away.
Learn more about Milo and Spielberg’s thoughts on Project Natal and how it relates to technological advancement…