Round-Up: The technology you missed this week

Real-time cyber attack tracking


This – slightly hypnotic to watch – interactive view of the world shows cyber attacks zooming from country-to-country in real-time – well, when they are detected.

The clever tool, made by Russian security company Kaspersky Lab, lets you look at individual countries and see the number of attacks in each region of the world, with different malware attacks being shown in different colours.

Source: Motherboard / Vice

3D printing stronger than steel but lighter than water


These bone-like structures created by scientists using 3D printing are stronger than steel but also lighter than water.

Researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany have created a few objects that are only tiny in size, but in the future the technology might lead to a range of neo-lightweight materials.

Source: 3d Printer World

Solar panels could be grown from bacteria


Solar panels and conductive materials could one day be made from bacteria thanks to researchers at MIT.

Using E. coli, the researchers found we could, at some point in the future, have conductive materials that can grow and self-repair – at least they won’t be self-aware. 

Source: Quartz

The internet unlocking life’s mysteries


From identifying dead bodies to time travelling, the internet can be used by large groups of people to help solve the problems that life throws at us.

This list trawls through some of the best crowd-sourced investigations where strangers have come together to answer such questions.

Source: Mashable

Google Glass to get some Italian style 


Google has teamed up with infamous Italian sunglasses firm Ray-Ban to try and help bring some style to their wearable technology.

Often criticised for its obvious and at times ugly look, Google Glass is now trying to make itself blend in with other glasses. Hopefully this move will give it some big-name street credit and much needed style.

Source: TechCrunch

Image courtesy of Aurimas Adomavicius via Flickr/Creative Commons

Get DOS download for free


The infamous (and slightly dated) Microsoft DOS has had its source code made available for free to the public.

The version of the code was made when Microsoft had fewer than 100 employees and DOS had less than 300KB of source code.

The source code for early versions of Word for Windows was also released.

Source: Microsoft

Image courtesy of Tony Case via Flickr/Creative Commons Licence 

First 3D printed Kayak

Coming in at a production cost of just under $500, the world’s first kayak is more than competitively priced and it’s certainly a lot more visible than traditional kayaks.

The kayak has been made of 28 different sections and silicone is used between the sections to ensure that is is watertight.

Source: Grassroots Engineering

Blob of water

This blob of water isn’t just a blob of water, it could help to put a stop to a serious wastage problem.

The water droplet is actually an edible bottle and has been made by three of London’s best design students.

The container holds water in a double membrane, which provides hygienic protection, and works like an egg yolk

Source: Fast Company

In Pictures: This Week’s Most Futuristic Designs


Finger phone

This concept from designer Issam Trabelsi sees your index finger acting as a phone and the Nokia FIT. The device is crafted from silicone and flexible rubber and the phone is waterproof. Notifications are received through vibrations and it could even be worn while swimming.

Image courtesy of the Issam Travelsi via Yanko Design.


The 30m telescope

Hawaii is being lined up for the ‘thirty meter telescope’ project which is being led by a team of engineers and scientists and overseen by TMT observatory corporation. The telescope, due to be complete in 2020, will be within a 60m dome which will give a full range of moments

Image courtesy of the TMT observatory corporation via Design Boom.


The Serpentine hotel

This planned hotel for Norway has been given a distinctive serpentine-shape to allow hotel guests and residents views from every location inside the building. The hotel is intended to bring new guests to the beautiful Lofoten area as they try to relax. The hotel will also include apartments, a spar and outdoor sport facilities.

Image courtesy of Snøhetta architects via Inhabitat.


Helicopter of the future

This helicopter is what will be used to repair power lines in the year 2028. Well, that’s the thoughts of the designers Felix Schumacher and Lino Lehner who came up with the idea. The helicopter will be propelled and lifted by four rotors and be flexible to all the repairs needed on power lines. Although goodness knows why the two men in the illustration are looking away from the helicopter.

Image courtesy of designers Felix Schumacher and Lino Lehner via Tuvie


Trontium Reactor

It’s claimed this power pack will be able to charge your laptop using USB technology. The device has enough power to charge the latest iPhone 50 times and there are three USB ports to allow multiple devices to charge at once. It also has the coolest name of anything on this page.

Image courtesy of Trontium