Tag: Urban

University of Washington studies future of urban package delivery with lockers and street sensors

This locker in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood is part of a larger study of deliveries and urban mobility. (University of Washington Urban Freight Lab Photo)

Fed up with porch pirates snatching your packages? Missed yet another delivery that requires a signature because you couldn’t hear the delivery person knock over your umpteenth video meeting of the day? Property manager at your apartment or condo building sending yet another nagging note to pick up packages because the mailroom is full?

The newly installed. bright blue Belltown Lockers tucked into a parking lot at Fourth Avenue and Bell Street in Seattle may offer a safe haven for your deliveries — and chart the future of urban package delivery.

The lockers, which arrived in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood in late August, come courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy, which awarded the University of Washington’s Urban Freight Lab $1.5 million over three years to study

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New Urban Combat Drone Is a Shotgun Toting Hexacopter

  • The United Kingdom has developed a new drone devoted strictly to battlefield combat.
  • The drone uses sensors and machine vision technology to detect targets.
  • Once located, the drone can blast away at the target with twin shotguns.

    The U.K. has developed a new fighting drone designed to help soldiers breach urban defenses. The i9 uncrewed aerial vehicle can navigate indoors, locate and identify targets, and then open fire with not one but two shotgun barrels. Like all weaponized drones, a human operator must make the decision to shoot or not shoot.

    The drone, revealed by the Times of London, was developed for the British armed forces. The drone is meant to act as a breaching weapon, flying into a small room or house occupied by enemy troops and neutralizing them from within.

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    Tenders awarded to turn 9 HDB carpark rooftops into urban farming sites, Singapore News & Top Stories

    SINGAPORE – Parked cars will make way for growing vegetables as tenders were awarded for urban farming at nine carpark rooftops by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) on Wednesday (Sept 30).

    The sites, which are rooftops of Housing and Development Board (HDB) multi-storey carparks, have been awarded to six tenderers for the five single sites and two cluster sites of two sites each.

    Each site is up for tender for a term of up to three years.

    The highest tender of $90,000 for annual rent was awarded to IT Meng Landscape and Construction, for a cluster site at Jurong West, with one site spanning a total area of 3,311 sq m – three-fifths of a football field – and the other at 2,974 sq m.

    Other carpark locations included Choa Chu Kang, Tampines, Hougang, Ang Mo Kio, Toa Payoh and Sembawang.

    Mr Lim Kok Thai, chief executive of SFA, said:

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    Wellness app Urban just raised $7.6m in seed funding

    • Fitness and beauty marketplace Urban just raised close to $8 million in seed funding from BNF Capital and crowdfunders on Seedrs. 
    • Urban pairs users with fitness and beauty professionals though its app, with the wider wellness economy valued at as much as $4 trillion.
    • Speaking to Business Insider, cofounder Jack Tang revealed how the firm had coped with the “huge hole” left in its revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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    Beauty and fitness startup Urban has raised close to £6 million ($7.6 million) in a seed funding round backed by family office BNF Capital. 

    Founded in 2014, Urban markets itself as the “wellness app for busy people”, providing customers with a platform to book hairdressers, fitness experts, and other wellness professionals to their own homes.

    The concept is similar to another UK beauty marketplace, Treatwell, which allows users to book salon appointments in

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