Glass Tube

Dulles Airport’s Aerotrain’s stations has a special element, glass enclosure for the train tunnels.

The AeroTrain at Dulles International Airport in Virginia was opened Jan. 26, 2010. This was one of their improvement planning and construction projects (more than $3 billion since 2001) that brought a significant change in passenger’s experience of the terminal. It may elongate the trip to a flight with different levels for gates and security checkpoints, but the pictures and walkthrough videos on Youtube seem to be delightful and fast (42 mph for max. speed and only 2 minutes wait time with 72 seconds for travel time between stations) as far as I can see.

You can find more information about the Dulles Airport’s Transformation projects:

It is interesting to see the different takes on the stations from different design firms with similar concept I would like to call, ‘glass tube.’ Responsible architects are SOM: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (Main Terminal Station), HOK: Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum (Concourse A-B Train Station), KPF: Kohn Pederson Fox Associates (Concourse C East Train Station), and HNTB Corporation (Tunnels and Vehicle Maintenance Facility).

As one can see from the pictures, these glass enclosure for train tunnels is very clean, minimal and see-thru transparent! Typical automated sliding doors on train stations usually don’t look pleasant due to all the supporting hardware, signage, maintenance and safety reason like the image below.

Even from the train car view, interior of the glass tunnels are consistently clean and all the hardware and doors are designed flushed like in the linked YouTube video above and the photo below

I am not quiet sure about the whole experience of the space, but as far as floating-like translucent floor glass panel bridge and translucent glass enclosure of trains go, the Main Terminal Station by SOM looks really nice- especially when they are lit. You can find more great photos on Flickr.

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Goggle or Lens?

When I was a kid enjoying reading  Dragon Ball, one of fascinating gadgets that captured my attention was a ‘scouter‘ that can be worn/attached to one ear for reading and calculating the individual’s power level/ ‘ki’. It also can serve as a communication device with gathering information capability.

It remained as one of my wish list items for a while.

Then, I watched ‘Dennō Coil (電脳コイル)‘ or ‘Coil – A Circle of Children’, Japanese science fiction anime that showed AR (augmented reality) technology. I am sure the series became the current inspiration for lots of AR industry projects.

Through AR glasses children used, the director Mitsuo Iso showed the half-real, half-internet city by application of various ‘tool’ programs/software, techniques and digital pets.

And when I saw the film, ‘Augmented City 3D‘ created by Keichi Matsuda, it was a great envisioned project. You may want to have 3d glasses to watch 3D version.

Couple days ago, Google finally came up with their version of goggle called ‘Project Glass‘ with animated video showing how it might look from one point perspective.

Great thing about the video was that it seemed more realistic approach with a first person view perspective.

Now, if eye ware is a device that triggers and show half-digital world, lens should be able to do it as well.

If you prefer direct wear this might be a solution for Augmented Reality in a Contact Lens. You can find the post about the details at

fascinating – but can’t imagine having ‘spammers’ lying all over the place…who should we call? digital cop?

‘Control’ along with ‘Patrol’ should become critical as with everything else.

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