In Pictures: This Week’s Most Futuristic Designs

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Lave Water Center

It might look like a component from the Starship Enterprise, but this is actually a very nifty concept for a counter-top dishwasher, water filter and storage bay. Developed by Brazilian product designer Guilherme Lopes Pedro, the water center is designed to suit the needs of a small family, and would be perfect for homes where space is at a premium.


Image courtesy of Guilherme Lopes Pedro.


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Eiffel Tower Renovation

This first floor renovation of one of the world’s most iconic buildings brings the future to the Parisian landmark. Designed by Moatti Rivière, the update brings a welcome center, shops and a restaurant to the site, as well as finally giving the tower disabled access. Due for completion later this year, the renovation includes the installation of  solar, hydraulic and wind power.


Image courtesy of Moatti Rivière.


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Serpentine Pavilion 2014

This is the 2014 design for the Serpentine Pavilion, a temporary structure constructed each year outside the Serpentine Gallery in London, UK, that has become a showcase for radical architecture. This year’s design is by Chilean architect Smiljan Radic, and will be made of translucent fibreglass on a granite base when it opens to the public in late June.


Image courtesy of the Serpentine Gallery / Smiljan Radic.


3Public Art Depot

Designed by rock star architects MVRDV, this design for a public art space in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, was just selected for construction. At 15,000 square metres, it will tower over the park, reflecting the space in its mirrored, curved walls. Inside, visitors will be led through expanding gallery spaces to a rooftop garden and restaurant.


Image courtesy of MVRDV.


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Current table

This stylish table uses photosynthesis to charge your phone. The orange surface is actually a dye-synthesized solar cell that creates an electrical current to power up anything plugged into it. Designed by Marjan van Aubel, the table has been developed to work in ambient light, not sunlight, so it will function fine indoors.


Image courtesy of Marjan van Aubel.


Round-Up: The technology you missed this week

Become an asteroid hunter

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Space aficionados Nasa want you to help them find asteroids – from your computer. They’re offering $35,000 in incentives to those who can develop an algorithms that can be used to identify asteroids. It would like members of the public to help develop code that can spot asteroids that are close to the planet in images which have been taken from telescopes based here on the ground.

Source: Nasa

Print yourself rich

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From medieval armour for Barbie dolls to shoes it seems like almost everything can be 3D printed these days. Therefore it’s slightly unsurprising that the potential for 3D printing in the UK has a potential to be worth £2.9bn. New research has show that more than five million adults would be prepared to spend more than £500 on a 3D printer that they can use around their home.

Source: 3Ders.org 

Google’s superfast internet dream is gaining speed

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The web giant wants to make superfast internet a thing and it’s not giving up on it. Analysts have said the company’s plans should be taken seriously after it invited 34 major cities to take part in the Google Fibre project – which will see gigabit connectivity.

Source: Market Watch 

 

Rockin’ in the crowdfunded world

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Singer-songwriter Neil Young has raised $3m dollars on Kickstarter for his Pono music player. The Pono, which promises to play FLAC files, smashed through its funding target of $800,000 in an incredibly short space of time and has numerous celebrity backers. The FLAC files are lossless and should play music of a higher quality than other media players that are in the market.  Those who pledged more than $5,000 will receive a  VIP dinner and listening session with Young himself.

Source: The Inquirer 

Cats take Tim by surprise

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last week then you would have heard it was the world wide web’s 25th birthday. To celebrate the founder of the web, Tim Berners-Lee, said a bill of rights is needed to protect the independence of the web and the rights of its users. He also later said that the thing he was most surprised about the web’s use was the number of cat pictures which have been posted online.

Source: The Guardian


3D printing image courtesy of Campus Party Brazil via Flickr / Creative Commons.