Bathroom Module

Purposes and Targets

The NewVistas Bathroom Module project seeks to develop a small and efficient prefabricated bathroom for use in homes, apartments, and commercial buildings.

Targets

Modern bathrooms sometimes incorporate fixtures and appliances that consume large amounts of water and energy.  The overall function of the bathroom has received relatively little innovation over the years, but we believe significant improvements are possible.

Targets:
1. Less than half of the water consumption of conventional bathrooms.
2. Efficient space usage.
3. 100% manufacturable off site.

Bathroom

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Elevator

Purposes and Targets

Targets

Traditional level-to-level transportation options are complicated, expensive, and use a lot of electricity, which makes them impractical for many living and working facilities.  NewVistas seeks to design a simpler, less expensive, elevator that can be used in a wider range of applications than are currently available.

Targets:
1. As safe and reliable as traditional elevators.
2. Less than half the cost.

NewVistas Elevator

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Purposes and Targets

The purpose of the lift module project is to design and prototype a lifter that efficiently transports people and goods between floors of a building.

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Challenges

One of the things that makes elevators expensive and energy intensive is their speed.  If users can accept a slower speed, both costs and energy consumption can be reduded dramatically.
Glass Wall

Purposes and Targets

Targets

Walls made of glass can be made transparent or non-transparent and can be made "smart" for energy efficiency and optimum comfort.

Targets:
1. Automatically adjusts to block or allow heat and light at different times of day or in different conditions.
2. Twice as energy efficient as traditional exterior walls.
HVAC

Purposes and Targets

Targets

The most effective use of wind energy is direct heating and cooling of spaces with moving air currents.  Significant energy efficiencies are achievable if natural air flows can be optimized.

Targets:
1. Little if any required powered assistance to keep a building at comfortable temperatures.

NewVistas HVAC

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Universal Workstation and Kitchenette Module

Purposes and Targets

Targets

The workstation transforms into whatever you need by converting the counter-top to a desktop or vice versa. The worktop can move up-or-down to whatever height is best for the current task. The sink disappears too when you don’t need it out.

Specific to kitchen features: replaces fixtures and appliances that consume large amounts of water and energy.  Significant improvements are possible.

Targets:
1. Low-water and low-energy - less than half of the water consumption of conventional kitchens.
2. Efficient space usage.
3. 100% manufacturable off site.

Kitchenette

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Rolling Wall

Purposes and Targets

Targets

Moveable walls will enhance the flexibility and usability of space by enabling a given area to be transformed into different configurations in minutes.

Targets:
1. Can be operated with a smart phone.
2. Sound transfer comparable to a traditional sheetrock wall.
3. Attractive; can be decorated.
4. Repositioning possible in less than a minute.

Rolling Wall

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Current Design

Motor and Spool

The motor and spool for moving the roller wall are key components.  The NewVistas concept utilizes a spring loaded spool with minimal torque requirements.

Experiments

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