A wooden open-top car designed to become a family antique is the hottest new motor at Milan Design Week - but you won’t be able to drive it in public.
The polished car, crafted in cedar and birch with zelkova seating and built using Japanese joinery methods, is a world away from the highly futuristic metallic-finish concept cars typically shown at motor industry exhibitions.
While manufacturer Toyota insist the Setsuna is “not a piece of furniture”, the fact it is a concept car means it isn’t road legal and is highly unlikely to make it to production.
Toyota say the Setsuna is meant to be passed down from generation to generation, and has even built a clock into the dashboard to record its 100-year lifespan.
The vehicle’s body is made up of 86 handmade panels that will change colour with age and can be replaced.
With a top speed of about 45kph (26mph), the electric-powered Setsuna isn’t much good in a race setting, but it could steer away from the market norm in prioritising its value as a family heirloom above ‘newness’.
“When we created Setsuna, we envisaged a family pouring its love into it over generations so that the car gains an irreplaceable value,” engineer Kenji Tsuji said of his design.
“While we used wood as the main material, we also poured lots of time and passion into the car itself with our colleagues, creating a prototype and evaluating it so that the car would offer basic performance in the form of driving feel and comfort.”
The Setsuna, which means ‘moment’ in Japanese, is currently on show at Milan Design Week.
Nicknamed the “Superman memory crystal,” a new storage device made of nanostructured glass can archive 360 terabytes worth of information for billions of years. Created by scientists at the University of Southampton using femtosecond laser writing, the sliver of fused quartz coin can withstand temperatures up to 157 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit). It is an example of 5D optical data storage.
The research team from the University’s Optoelectronics Research Center first experimentally tested the technology in 2013. The final iteration encodes files in five dimensions (size, orientation + 3 dimensional position of nanostructures), writing with ultrafast, intense pulses of light.
The team selected major documents from the pantheon of human history — including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Newton’s Opticks, Magna Carta, and Kings James Bible — to be digitally stored for up to 13.8 billion years, which happens to be the approximate current age of the universe.
With this technology, the human race is now capable of storing the entirety of its history in perpetuity. Once such a device is catapulted into space, it is possible that someday an extraterrestrial species will receive a cosmic ‘message in a bottle’ containing everything from ancient Sanskrit texts and Shakespeare to Seinfeld and Breaking Bad.
Knowing how to identify your brainwave state is the first step in consciously shifting it
All of our thoughts, emotions and behaviors are rooted in the communication between neurons. Naturally occurring brain chemicals influence our moods but there is also an electrical component associated with brain wave frequency that is worth exploring. Our brainwave state controls our ability to focus and many other important functions in our lives. Knowing how to identify your brainwave state is the first step in empowering you to consciously shift these patterns as needed throughout the day.
You have your very own signature brain wave activity, unique to you. It has a rhythm and pattern – and it incorporates Beta, Alpha, Theta, and Delta frequencies at varying levels over the course of a day as your brain modulates them to match your activities. Brain Sync audio programs amplify a single frequency or a carefully balanced combination of frequencies to achieve a specific purpose. – Tools for Wellness
What happens in our brain when we see the world around us?
Understanding how we Perceive the World around us
Science greatly enhances our ability to navigate our biological existence as well as the world that we perceive around us. The places where science and spirituality converge are perhaps some of the most exciting parts about living at this time in history.
People have meditated, used music, dance, and art for millennia to alter consciousness. Thanks to a german physiologist and psychiatrist named Hans Berger we now have a device called an electroencephalogram (EEG) which has the ability to measure and record the wave frequency of electrical activity in the brain.
Each of the millions of neurological synapses in our brain operate on electrical impulses which create an overall frequency. The frequency (wave-length) can be fast or slow, harmonious or discordant but whatever it happens to be will affect your consciousness dramatically. Luckily these waves can now be measured and we are able to induce desired states of consciousness and become masters of our own biology rather than servants to it.
EEG testing is helping us understand how our brainwaves shape our reality
Biomusicology has used the EEG to show how certain external rhythms can cause entrainment of brainwaves. This idea has been applied with biofeedback, binaural beats, and other advanced forms of technology but it is basically rooted in the ancient idea of the shamans drum.
Music can alter consciousness and there are now many products on the market designed to help people acquaint themselves with different brain states if you don’t have a local shaman.
Alphais about relaxation, imagination, visualization. This slow cycle of brain wave is 7-12 HZ (beats per second) is also associated with peace, safety and is a great state of mind for relieving stress. It is also present when people watch movies or television. It is considered a gateway to deeper realms of consciousness and the Schuman Resonance which is the resonant frequency of the earth’s electromagnetic field. This state is essential to well-being.
Beta is mostly associated with concentration, cognition, alertness, and focus. This state of mind allows you to make connections quickly and come up with solutions and ideas. It is great for creative projects and also a great state of mind for sports or physical activity that requires focused attention. The Beta wave rate is between 13-40 HZ (beats per second).
Theta is the state associated meditation, intuition, memory and was first noticed when EEG was applied to meditating monks. This mystical realm is elusive and mysterious since brain activity slows almost to the point of sleep, but not quite. This state brings heightened receptivity, visions, flashes of dreamlike imagery, inspiration, and your buried memories.
You may feel like you are floating or that your spirit is reaching beyond the container of your body. It is 4-7 HZ. and 4.5 beats per second appears to be the most optimal for inducing this “shamanic” state of consciousness. This meditative state increases creativity, enhances learning, reduces stress and awakens intuition and other extrasensory perception skills.
NASA has studied the idea of putting astronauts into a Delta state for long space flights
Delta clocks in at about 0-4 HZ. and is pretty much where we go when we are in a deep sleep. This state is crucial for restoration of the body and healing. Delta has to do with the subconscious, the place where intuition arises.
Gamma is hyperspeed, above 40 HZ. and it is the most recently discovered frequency. Little is known about this state of mind, but initial research shows Gamma waves are associated with high-level information processing and bursts of insight. Perhaps we are evolving to adapt with our fast paced, technology-driven world?
Creating the Reality we Desire
As you can see, each of these states of consciousness are essential for our well-being. One thing to consider is that we don’t shift instantaneously, sometimes there are periods when we are somewhere between states.
There is a whole lot to explore when we consider some of the research concerning the ways that heart frequency affects brain states, and the ways that we can influence each others frequencies.
Science, art, and spirituality will help us raise our consciousness to address whatever challenges we may face. With these tools we can take charge in our lives and create the reality that we desire.