Monday Marvels: Top 5 Wonders for Oct. 1-7
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B0085VB8GQ” locale=”us” height=”100″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Yc9mjcjVL._SL160_.jpg” width=”110″]1.) Objects Will Soon Materialize Before Your Eyes
Multi-Purpose Transforming Cubes created by MIT specialists are able to band together using flywheel momentum and cylindrical shaped magnets, allowing any number of cubes to find one another and connect. Researchers claim that these little robo cubes may soon take the shape of chairs or desks and could one day even help repair damaged buildings caused by disasters. Best of all, they can act “on demand”, and with proper programming, take on shapes at unprecedented speeds. Besides obvious usefulness and practicality, the sheer possibility of one day chiming the word “chair” and one simpy appearing before your very eyes seems rather exciting in and of itself.
2.) “Traditional Headphones Can Bite Me”: Wireless Earbuds
Greenwing Audio in Miami Beach, Florida has developed “Split”, the first wireless headphones controlled mainly by “bite clicks” in your mouth. Naturally other control options are available if you happen to be grabbing a snack, but these earbuds may be the first big step to going completely wireless with your Mp3 player. Compatible with Windows or Mac devices, they are programmable and chargeable through two separate USB cables. Your cordless music experience is just a bite away and going for around $155 on Kickstarter.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B004ZLV5PE” locale=”us” height=”100″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41eVAfYDANL._SL160_.jpg” width=”100″]3.) Your Next Eye Exam Performed with iPhone
Fundus or Retinal photography can be rather pricey, but thanks to researchers at Harvard Medical Eye and Ear Infirmary, a cheaper solution has been crafted using an iPhone. The FiLMiC Pro videography app was coupled with the ophthalmology-specific 20D lens and has proved effective in capturing images in both children and adults. Third-world nations will most likely benefit the most from this new and simplistic way of checking retinas; but don’t be surprised if your doc decides to check you with his iPhone at your next eye exam.
4.) Would You Live on a Floating City?
Apparently people in Holland will be the first to literally attempt living on the water thanks to Waterstudio’s architect Koen Olthuis and his team of designers and engineers. Known as the “citadel”, this water fortress will feature 60 luxury apartments centered around a courtyard; naturally, all units will offer an ocean view, and some may even have their own boats afloat in their backyard. This is the first phase of a larger development in the works for more apartments, connected to the mainland only by a floating bridge. In years to come, an entire metropolis could be built on the water; and the question becomes, would you live on a floating city?
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Yes, this film is something to marvel at ladies and gentlemen, even if only to acknowledge how far we’ve come with cinematography, 3D graphics, and special effects. This space drama stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock in an amazing and suspenseful film that takes place almost entirely in space. The breathtaking footage and artistic story-line display truly make this movie a work of art, and leaves the audience ever so grateful for that remarkable force known as “Gravity”.
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