Solar Powered RV that never runs out of gas!

Check out the latest motor-home innovation from Germany, showcased by RV company, Dethleffs. Never again will you have to worry about gas prices and mortgages!
These RVs, dubbed as “e.homes” are built to last and are perfect for the traveling homeowner, party crew or hippie couple!

This is not just any electric vehicle. The unveiling of the vehicle is right on point as Volkswagen announces their latest Kombi Van.
It is obvious for reasons that powering a motor-home RV is not as convenient as one thinks. Having to keep all its components powered up requires an extensive amount of energy! In order to ride through all the bumps, Dethleffs virtually covered the entire van with solar panels to ensure it never runs out of power. The RV is built on the company’s Iveco Daily Electric chassis with a 107-horsepower electric motor. The motor home should have a range just shy of 100 miles, fortunately thanks to the solar panels, this beast of a home can make up to 3,000 watts of electricity for its 228-Ah battery. In other words, you’re all good to just keep on going.

The motor-home, featuring a sleek and modern design; circular wireless charging station; infrared heating panels on interior floors, furniture and walls; windows with darkening film between the panes; and a heating system that captures outside air on days warmer than 79 degrees, then sends it into the main cabin when the evening’s cooler air sets in.

We almost forgot – a starlight projection system above the bed.

“Dethleffs know this means a lot more than just putting bodywork on an electrically driven chassis,” Dethleffs Managing Director, Alexander Leopold, said in a Victron Energy release. “By implementing a fully electric power train there are many challenges and equally opportunities for the entire vehicle. One significant opportunity is to do without any additional type of energy sources for the vehicle. This means that a motor-home with electric drive will also supply all the on-board services with electricity for the living area instead of gas, for example – and that is why solar power production becomes very important.”   

There is no news yet on pre-orders or estimated cost, but this is an amazing feat of design with steps in the absolute right direction. Imagine the endless possibilities!

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Article written by Yoji Amashiro
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The Essence of Life?

Sometimes, it’s not the song that makes you emotional, it’s the people and things that come to mind when you hear it. – Tiesto.

It is very unlikely that every human culture across time has not enjoyed the elation of listening to music. Even the secluded indigenous tribes, that has limited contact with modern society, has its own form of music performed during their rituals, invariably accompanied by dance. There is no concrete evidence to show exactly when and how music came about to be one of the most essential form of expression and entertainment within our lives. However, there are evidences of music being a part of cultures in our ancient past.

 

“Music is the easiest method of meditation. Whoever can let himself dissolve into music has no need to seek anything else to dissolve into.” – Osho

In 1995, a discovery was made deep within a cave in Slovenia that was occupied by the Neanderthals. A flute was found, made from the femur bone of a cave bear, that was dated to be approximately 45,000 years to 80,000 years old. The flute, according to musicologist Bob Fink, has four finger holes that matches four notes of a diatonic scale (i.e. Do, re, mi). The Slovenian National Museum even had a clay replica of the flute made which was played by the musician, Ljuben Dimakaroski. Archaeologists have also discovered primitive musical instruments that dated approximately 12,000 years ago that includes scrapers, which produce a rhythmic scratchy sound, and rattles. These are strong evidences of how music has played an important role in moulding our cultures even till today. Music has been used in a lot of different application throughout our past. From the call to arms, rituals, ceremonies, to just plain entertainment, music is known to be one of the most universal form of expression of being human.

In the recent article written by Clara Moskowitz from Space.com, Researchers informed, during the SETIcon in 2010, that Extraterrestrial Civilisation will most likely be interested in our arts and music rather than our technological advances. They further explained that if contact were to be made by them, their level of technology would have surpassed ours. We will probably have very little to teach them in terms of mathematics and science. However, our music and arts, which are profoundly and singularly human, would pose to be much more interesting to them. Read more on this article here.

“There are certain things that have universal attributes, like music. Something of greater magnitude is conveyed by them. They connect us with the universal storehouse of life and knowledge.” — Swami Paramananda

How about the science of music? There are a few studies done to show the benefits of experiencing and learning music. Researchers at the University of Vermont College of medicine, using a database produced by the National Institutes of Health Magnetic Resonance (MRI) study of Normal Brain Development, analysed and studied brain scans of 232 healthy children and teenagers. They are aged between 6 and 18 and the main goal is to specifically study the brain development of children and teenagers who play a musical instrument. The research team found that the more a child or teenager is trained on an instrument, the more it accelerated the cortical organisation in anxiety management, emotional control and attention skill. You can read more on this study here. Mood and Music are also closely interrelated. Listening to a certain type of music changes the mood which will not only affect how you feel, it will also change your perception. Another study, done by researcher Jacob jolij and Maaike Meurs of the Psychology Department of University of Groningen, shows that music has an even more drastic effect on perception; people sometimes will still see happy faces when they are listening to happy music and sad faces vice versa. This research suggest that the brain builds up expectations on the basis of our experiences and mood as well. Read more on the research here.

Below is the info-graph of the different parts of the brain on music.

Even with the explanation above, it creates only a generalised view of how music affects a person’s brain. Music typically also affects the mood, emotions, creativity and also personality of a person.
Here is an article written by Bell Beth Cooper on some of the amazing effects of music to our brains.

There are a number of musicians that truly believed that their composition, were guided by the divine. Ludwig Van Beethovan was a great and inspiring composer and pianist. His hearing started deteriorating during his 30s and he became almost totally deaf in the last decade of his life. However, he continued composing and many of his most admired work was composed within the last 15 years of his life. He typically refused to take credit for his music. “I have a gift that people say comes from god. I believe it to be true” – Ludwig Van Beethovan. Music has also been known to have a healing effect toward psychological disorder. Research have shown that by adding music therapy to mental health treatment, it improves the symptoms and social functioning among schizophrenics. Read more on the research here. Music therapy has also demonstrated efficacy as an independant treatment for reducing depression, anxiety and chronic pain.

“Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.” – Ludwig van Beethoven

If broken down to the most simplest form, music is basically vibrations that occur or are created in variations of different patterns composed as a form of human expression. Our ears are indeed only a part of the highly complex vibrational processing system. Just like every other sense, we tend to filter and examine these vibrations on the lower level of operations within our brain, before advancing into our consciousness as sound or music. As defined in Wiki, Music is an art form, social activity or cultural activity whose medium is sound and silence. This shows that music, is basically interpreted, individually and its effects on an individual differs from the various reality of experiences and perception. Music is indeed a form of human expression that has enveloped our known reality, and within its vibrations, patterns and sequences, lies a deep understanding of our profound self which connects us to a higher form of understanding and being. Music is everywhere yet nowhere to be found. It is in our essence of life, a vibration that not only resonates infinitely within, but throughout the cosmos as well. In it we find sadness, grief, despair, hope, understanding, beliefs, dreams, aspirations and even divinity. All matter is a vibration in a structure of space and time and our lives are just notes within the symphony of life.

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” – Plato

Article written by Fariq Yusoff

Gaming is a Lifestyle

Playing video games has evolved from being “just a game”, to not only an online social platform, but also to make money. However, for most people, it remains an idle hobby. It is a time-consuming and expensive habit. Gamers develop niche expertise; games influence their “real” lives, and has become an encompassing lifestyle for generations to come.

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In the past decade, video games have almost dominated the mainstream society, and its infiltration is growing. Graphics are better, stories are more engaging, playing experiences have also become more interactive. This has drawn more and more people towards the gaming arena. Additionally, the popularity of handheld consoles like Nintendo Switch and PlayStation Portable, which allows people to play video games on the go, allows the young and old alike to gather and interact more naturally, bringing even more people into the world of gaming.

What’s popular now is Mobile Gaming.
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This has completely revolutionized the gaming industry. Groups of people can be seen crowding in an estate or local shopping mall to play PokemonGo!. For hardcore and next-generation gamers, MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) has become a trend on handheld devices, cell phones to be specific. The power and reach of the gamer life continues to infect our society. A word of caution, however: computer-hosted MMORPGs are seriously addictive and it has the influence to turn any person into a stay-home geek. Graphics and user interface is ever advancing beyond typical games; featuring full length movies, exciting storylines, engaging characters, and mind-blowing cinematography. You can play and explore forever: there are entire alien worlds to discover, risky missions to accomplish, mystical treasures to unlock, and worldly records to beat.

Gaming tournaments and Comic Conventions are ever growing in popularity, not only influencing the entire realm of the gaming lifestyle, but tourism as well. The top competitors from all over the world, travel to the major tournaments and compete against one another for huge cash prizes. These players devote their lives to honing their skills on a select few games; encompassing their skillsets and it’s their craft, their job, and their passion. At the trade shows, the major & minor gaming companies tempt their fans with the latest technologies, attracting the media and fans on a global scale. It’s an extremely lucrative business.

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YouTube and Twitch.tv are the leading online streaming platforms. G4(United States) television network, also covers major tournaments and E3(Electronic Entertainment Expo), including line-ups entirely filled up with programs devoted to gaming: review and preview shows, technology shows, walk-through shows, and more.

With all this media attention: TV stations, tradeshows, tournaments, games with broad demographic appeal, sophisticated systems which turn into home entertainment centres, it’s a culture shock that enabled gaming to spread across the globe and continue to influence the lifestyles of future generations.

 

 

Written by Yoji Amashiro
Photograph by Yoji Amashiro