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This sommerrodelbahn alpine coaster in Mieders, Austria, has been on our Must Do list since we saw this viral video a few years ago. The video above is from the same 2.8km (1.7 mile) summer mountain coaster and follows a brave 6 year old lad down 640 meters (2100 feet) into the valley, over fields and bridges, through the woods and countless switchbacks, all at a pretty quick pace!

More rides: Coney Island Love Letter and The Centrifuge Brain Project.

With three wheels, pneumatic motors, and driven by a joystick, this ladybug of a car is compelling for both its unusual form and its power source: compressed air. The AIRPod was developed as a sustainable, zero-emission solution for urban commuting, airport vehicles, messenger services, and more. Initially conceived of in 1991 and promised for production since 2000, the car is finally expected to be on sale for around 7,000 euros sometime in 2014. Via Core77:

One tank lasts over 125 miles (200 km) and takes only two minutes to fill up again at an average price of just one euro per fill.

Bonus: the eco-friendly engine technology can be built into boats, backup generators, farm machines, and more.

In the archives, more cars and more sustainability videos, including these two jaw-dropping favorites: an air-powered LEGO carbehind-the-scenes at the Tesla factory and the Moser Lamp.

Updated video link.

Larger than your average Rubik’s Cube, Puzzle Facade is a project by Spanish artist and designer Javier Lloret that transforms this building in Linz, Austria into an interactive puzzle for passers-by to play with:

In Puzzle Facade the player interacts with the specially designed interface-cube. The interface-cube holds electronic components inside that allow for it keep track of its orientation and the rotations of each side of the cube. This data is sent over Bluetooth to a computer that runs the Puzzle Facade designed software. This software changes the lights and color of the large-scale Ars Electronica’s media facade in correlation to the handheld interface-cube.

Related watching: The LightLine of Gotham, Urban Flipper at Fête des Lumiere 2011Control, No Control at Igloofest 2012the Chandelier Tree, and more things that glow.

via DesignBoom.