ANT: Ant-Inspired Vehicle for Disaster Relief
In another nod to biomimicry as a frontier of design innovation, industrial design student Brian Lee has just won Australia's Target 2020 competition for envisioning the car of the future with his Aid Necessities Transporter (ANT) – an ant-inspired vehicle designed to transport supplies and aid shipments to areas struck by natural disasters, and even transforms into temporary housing.
ANT is designed to reach disaster victims as quickly and efficiently as possible, delivering food, water and medical supplies, returning to the base and repeating all over again, much like ant colonies behave as they gather food.
Target 2020 is run by the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce and invites high school and university students to design the car of the future. Lee was a freshman at Monash University when he entered the competition and now works full-time for Ford Australia. He was inspired to create ANT as a response mechanism addressing the inevitable apocalyptic effects of climate change and empowering humanitarian aid organizations to deal with these problems more efficiently.
Maria Popova is the editor of Brain Pickings, a curated inventory of miscellaneous interestingness. She writes for Wired UK, GOOD Magazine, Design Observer and Huffington Post, and spends a shameful amount of time on Twitter.
Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.
No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.
China's Chang'e 4 biosphere experiment marks a first for humankind.
- China's Chang'e 4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the moon on January 3.
- In addition to a lunar rover, the lander carried a biosphere experiment that contains five sets of plants and some insects.
- The experiment is designed to test how astronauts might someday grow plants in space to sustain long-term settlements.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
Arranged marriages and Western romantic practices have more in common than we might think.
In his book In Praise of Love (2009), the French communist philosopher Alain Badiou attacks the notion of 'risk-free love', which he sees written in the commercial language of dating services that promise their customers 'love, without falling in love'.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.