The Future is in Seeing the Past

Do you ever agonize over that moment when you saw something that made your heart beat faster than normal? A stunning bird swooping through the forest canopy. A sunny, mid-Spring day in Central Park. These instances tend to inspire nostalgia, that melancholy feeling of remembering what you no longer have. To preserve these rich memories,…

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The Future of Underwater Breathing

In The Phantom Menance, the maligned but nevertheless influential first episode of the Star Wars space opera, there is a scene in which Qui-Gon Jinn and Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi bite down on respirators that will allow them to breath as they swim below the surface of Naboo to the Gungan city. For those of…

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A Concept Car for the Future of Preservation

How much attention do we pay to the wildlife or national park rangers? They are important posts for an individual, especially if you’re surveying many threatened and endangered species in South Africa. With these rangers in mind, South Korean designer Dong-woo Nam created the Incubator concept car. Winner of the Michelin Design Challenge, this concept…

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Is Space the Final Frontier?

Commercial movement in space is on the horizon. Space X continues to improve their Falcon and Dragon series of rockets. And Brooklyn-based Final Frontier Design is working on making a better spacesuit. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Final Frontier Design set out to build their 3G (Third Generation) spacesuit designed for commercial enterprises. The suit…

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Augmented Reality is Coming to Your TV with InAiR

Minority Report was obviously a huge inspiration to budding augmented reality designers. Another group has engineered a gesture-full viewing experience. SeeSpace is well on their way to raising enough money to produce InAiR, an augmented reality setup for 3d and 2d televisions. Although it can be used with basic HDTVs, InAiR is best experienced with…

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Build Your Own Computer with Kano

Computer mechanics and programming are no longer the domain of specialists. The folks at Kano created a build-your-own computer that young children can program themselves. With inspiration from LEGO and the open source pocket computer Rasberry Pi, Kano is designed to make basic programming and hardware maintenance easy for a child while enabling deeper learning.…

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The Open Source Brain-Computer Interface

When you say “I think…” wouldn’t it be interesting to see what’s happening in your brain before you even think of saying “I think…”? When you listen to a song, would you like to see the data of your neural behavior while you’re listening? Currently, Electroencephalography (EEG) and fMRI equipment that report our neural data…

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There is Power in a Window Socket

The first distributors of electricity had no idea that solar panels would be a future technology. Or maybe they didn’t want to imagine a world in which electricity was free. South Korean designer Kyuho Song is designing a product that takes full advantage of the voluminous source of free energy that is the Sun. The…

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