Gesture, Monitor, Track, Control: The Ninja Sphere

Almost all of our devices are wireless, and with enough hacking and modifications, one device controls the other that controls another. Picking-up with current technology, and anticipating the future, the Ninja Sphere commits to almost complete control of your environment. Using Bluetooth, WiFi, and Zigbee personal area network protocols, the Ninja Sphere can manage and…

Details

On the Horizon, a Tube City

Although more people are moving into cities than ever before, urban spaces tend to stick to a familiar form. But Indian designer Abhinay Sharma has planned a tube city that will hover above the Yamuna River near Delhi. Well, the tube city won’t hover; it will be supported by massive pylons. But Sharma’s intention with…

Details

The One Smarty Ring to Rule Them All

The future of technology will be wearables, and the Smarty Ring is ushering-in that future. With Bluetooth technology, the Smarty Ring controls your smartphone without ever touching it. The Smarty Ring will display call notifications, text and eMail alerts, social networking updates all without ever interacting directly with your smartphone. For those of us who…

Details

Behold, the Human Brain

Research scientists at The Institute of Molecular Biotechnology at the Austrian Academy of Sciences derived segments of a human brain from stem cells. The study was published in Nature, and it is an early opportunity to experiment using actual human brain tissue cells instead of mice or rat brains. Juergen Knoblich, an author of the…

Details

Jaws! No, just the Espy 360° ROV

For marine biologists to maintain a staff of professional divers is an expensive responsibility, so Australian industrial designer Dale Wakeham created the Espy 360° ROV, a small, inexpensive remote vehicle to monitor underwater life. Inspired by pressures like cost and the fact that human divers disturb aquatic life, Wakeham designed the Espy 360° ROV to…

Details

CLOG Investigates Sci-Fi Architecture in Latest Issue

CLOG is an seasonal architecture magazine that investigates a particular topic. CLOG issues are made up of short, usually one page articles by various architects, critics, and writers. Their latest issue points CLOG’s contributors at science fiction. Contributors are often left to cover a wide variety of subjects within that topic. Mark Durmel discusses the homegrown…

Details

Monday Marvels: Top 5 Wonders of Oct. 29 – Nov. 4

Monday Marvels: Top 5 Wonders of Oct. 29 – Nov. 4 [easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B001KPOKDC” locale=”us” height=”100″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31akCm-uXpL._SL110_.jpg” width=”100″]1. Star Trek’s Tricorder Device in the Making Scientists from University of Technology in Vienna have established a new world record: quadrupling the potential of the powerful Quantum Cascade Laser. Essentially, the laser emits terahertz radiation, invisible energy…

Details

FXFOWLE’s NYC Loop: The Urban Hub Of the 21st Century

Last year, Mayor Bloomberg launched a competition to completely redesign and re-imagine public phones in New York City. With modern technology all but completely replacing our need for public pay phones, could something once so necessary in the city be reinvented for the 21st century? [easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B0042FV2SI” locale=”us” height=”80″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41r51J9HwXL._SL110_.jpg” width=”80″]FXFOWLE’s answer is the…

Details

Electrolux Design Lab 2013 Winner: MAB

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B001PB8EJ2″ locale=”us” height=”80″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31C7DmHS6ZL._SL110_.jpg” width=”80″]Futuristic home appliances are a staple of futurist design. Dishwashers and microwaves that could ‘sense’ when your food was cooked or your dishes had cleaned were a huge part of the mid-century futurism movement. As the average household became more and more ‘electrified’, many people (including those heads of…

Details