Volkswagen’s incredible transparent factory which you must see [video]

Volkswagen’s “Transparent Factory” in Dresden, Germany is like the wonderland of factories. This place would fit a million adjectives like brilliant and mind blowing. Parts are delivered to the factory via mass transit and robots take them to the production floor. The floors themselves are made of Canadian maple, but manage to power rolling workstations cordlessly, via induction. Cranes suspend cars at appropriate heights and angles corresponding to the workers, and the power tools used count the number of bolts so workers know exactly where they are in the build. In fact, the process is so safe and well managed that even car consumers can try their hand at the assembly line and build their car.

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Lego structures pop up in vacant neighborhoods in Valencia, Spain

Spanish studio Espai MGR created these conceptual images showing impossible Lego structures filling up vacant neighborhoods in the city of Valencia. The idea behind the project (and the super neat images) is to draw attention to the fact that a lot of space is left unused or underused in otherwise space-starved cities. Nothing like giant Lego bricks to fill up those space though.

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Toyota makes a roller coaster with the 2011 Prius

Toyota teamed up with engineering crew Deeplocal to create a small roller coaster from the 2011 Prius. Engineers modified the Prius to create a coaster car, and bestowed it with a 70-feet track made out of steel. The coaster car is dropped from a 10 feet high platform, where it reaches a speed of 15mph. Braking system from the car generates current at 30amps for 200 Volts, giving a total power reading of 6000 Watts. This energy is enough to light real amusement park lights and signs, and the LEDs along the track.

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Cube home has dimensions of 10ft, includes most necessities

How much space could someone need to live comfortably? We don’t know the answer, but we’d never have guessed that it could ever be a cube with 10 feet sides. This tiny cube house has a table, two chairs, full-size shower, kitchen and a 4-ft wide double bed, all in a pint-sized package. Solar panels on the roof can provide enough energy to run the cube, and apparently even generate excess energy to sell back to the grid, raking in about £1,000 (~$1600) for owners annually. Cube Project is an initiative of Dr Mike Page at the University of Hertfordshire, and focuses on having a minimum impact on the environment.

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