This 4 minute video is just too good not to share. TED Fellow Marcin Jakubowski has developed open source hardware – that means he and others have built sustainable tools and machines at a fraction of the cost of commercial versions. His Open Source Ecology group identified 50 important machines that they think are essential for modern life to exist, things like tractors, bread ovens, circuit makers, etc. Then they set out to design an open source, DIY version of each that anyone can build and maintain. They call it the Global Village Construction Set.
Using wikis and digital fabrication tools, Jakubowski is open-sourcing the blueprints for 50 farm machines, allowing anyone to build their own tractor or harvester from scratch. And that’s only the first step in a project to write an instruction set for an entire self-sustaining village (starting cost: $10,000)
The Solar Roadway is a series of structurally-engineered solar panels that are driven upon. The idea is to replace all current petroleum-based asphalt roads, parking lots, and driveways with Solar Road Panels that collect energy to be used by our homes and businesses. Our ultimate goal is to be able to store excess energy in or alongside the Solar Roadways. This renewable energy replaces the need for the current fossil fuels used for the generation of electricity. This, in turn, cuts greenhouse gases literally in half.
When multiple Solar Road Panels are interconnected, the intelligent Solar Roadway is formed. These panels replace current driveways, parking lots, and all road systems, be they interstate highways, state routes, downtown streets, residential streets, or even plain dirt or gravel country roads. Panels can also be used in amusement parks, raceways, bike paths, parking garage rooftops, remote military locations, etc. Any home or business connected to the Solar Roadway (via a Solar Road Panel driveway or parking lot) receives the power and data signals that the Solar Roadway provides. The Solar Roadway becomes an intelligent, self-healing, decentralized (secure) power grid.
Erin sings The House God Made for Us at the Roger Tomhave & Friends CD Release concert, accompanied by Dan and Carole Tomhave. The song was written by Dan, Roger, Dhruva Stephenson and Haley Manochi, based on a true story.