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Water from thin air

Water from thin air

France’s Eole Water has created a turbine that can condense water in the air and make it safe for drinking.

Aside from the obvious environmental benefits a wind turbine offers, the company’s WMS1000 sucks in passing air that goes through a cooling compressor in the generator compartment, which then condensates passing airborne moisture. The water is then collected, filtered to World Health Organization drinking standards and delivered through a tap at the bottom of the turbine. According to Eole Water, the turbine can produce up to 1,000 liters a day.  
 

Why it matters

Today, 150 million of people worldwide live in remote areas without any access to safe drinking water. For communities situated in regions where there are low water supplies, the turbine could prove to be a vital resource. When it comes to social causes, should brands partner with existing sustainable innovative company to be more efficient?
 

France
One World
Well Being
Social Cause

Say it in video

Say it in video

Mobile network operator Orange has launched Short Message Videos in partnership with Dailymotion. They are likely to compete with SMS and MMS in the years to come as Orange plans to release the full application in 2013 when its 4G networks will be up and running.
 

Why it matters

Video is fast becoming a popular way to express oneself digitally, through Facebook and Twitter. With services such as Vine (http://vine.co/),  SMV may be the way for telecomms operators to follow the video trend. Could SMV create a new video language, such as animated gifs did for pictures?
 

France
Enhancement
Telecommunications

State of the art

State of the art

The Centre Pompidou for modern arts in Paris is one of the most visited museums in the world and it has just released a new version of its website.


The approach of the Virtual Centre Pompidou is innovative one; it goes beyond a simple digital version of the museum to offer a real search engine “linking” of all the museum’s assets.  The entire art collection, archives and documentation have been digitised and can be searched.

Why it matters

As everything goes digital and Google’s aim of “compiling and organizing all the information of the world” is becoming a reality, it is interesting to see how the museum led its digital strategy. If everything is available to everyone, could curation and making personal links between things – with the Centre Pompidou custom semantic search for example - be a true value-added service?
 

France
Connectivity
Experience
Stores & Spaces
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