CHBL Jammer Coat
It might look like just a cosy housecoat, but this outfit has a hidden skill: it is designed to block radio waves and other signals. This prevents tracking from GPS and similar, making the coat perfect for the chilly and surveillance-averse. Designed by Architecture firm COOP Himmelb(l)au, the coat effectively functions as a Faraday cage, using a combination of metallic fabrics and a detection-confusing pattern to hide its wearer.
PocketScan wireless scanner
This nifty little wireless scanner is small enough to be carried around, enabling quick scanning and storage of a wide range of images and data. The real genius of this device its its ability to make use of existing technologies in a portable way. Scanned text can be converted for editing, which is great for research, tables can be scanned and edited in Microsoft Excel and – the tool’s stand-out use – foreign-language text can be scanned and translated, making reading guides and menus on holiday a breeze. The device is currently on Kickstarter, but has already smashed its target with almost a month left.
This is a landmark product for the motorcycle legends: the very first electric motorbike produced by the biggest name in two-wheelers. With a jet-like sound rather than the guttural bat-out-of-hell growl emitted by the company’s traditional bikes, some may struggle to accept the vehicle as a proper Harley. However, early reports of the bikes performance are positive, and the company are taking a pack of the bikes on a tour of the US and Europe to spark interest. Maybe this really is the future of the motorbike.
Bloodhound SSC cockpit
If you are going to break the land speed record, you might as well do it in style. This neon majesty is the cockpit of the Bloodhound SSC, the vehicle being primed to hit 1,000mph by retired British Royal Air Force pilot Andy Green, who is looking to break the record in South Africa next year. Made of aluminium honeycomb and carbon fibre, the cockpit features ballistic armour to protect Green from debris during the ride.
Via The Independent.
An example of the growing number of ‘gap buildings’ that we are seeing to take advantage of narrow spaces in cities, this Moscow-based office floats above the road, suspended from the two adjacent buildings. Designed by Za Bor Architects, the office is as sci-fi as its gets, with jagged shapes and panels creating an unorthodox but airy space that lights up at night to make the building glow. We’re definitely getting office envy.