In Pictures: This Week’s Most Futuristic Designs


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.

Via designboom.


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.

Via Kickstarter.


Harley-Davidson LiveWire

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.

Via Wired.


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.


Parasite Office

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.

Via InHabitat.

Round-Up: the technology you missed this week

Going green


More than one fifth of the world’s energy came from renewable energy sources last year.

The figures came from the Renewables 2014 Global Status report which said the percentage would increase in coming years.

Source: Wall Street Journal

The terminators are coming


Elon Musk has revealed his fears of a robot uprising as the quality of artificial intelligence keeps improving.

He said that robots offer many scary outcomes if they are not controlled and could be dangerous.

Source: Mashable 

Image courtesy of Stephen Bowler via Wikipedia/Creative Commons Licence  

A bus that charges in 15 seconds

Electric transport is becoming more and more popular as it becomes more reliable and these buses are able to charge up, at a stop, in the time it takes for those riding the bus to get on.

The charge is enough to get the bus to the next stop as officials in Switzerland try to work out the best way to utilise electric vehicles.

Source: CNET

House building robots

3D printing buildings has been a hot topic among those in the artictecutre technology world for some time now and many dismiss it is something that will not happen.

However, a research group has now created a series of minirobots that can work together to 3D print large objects that could one day include buildings.

Source: EnGadget

Printing with light

Sticking with 3D printing researchers from MIT and Lawrence Livermore have created a material that can carry 160,000 times its own weight.

To create it they made 3D lattice moulds and then covered them with metal then removed the lattice material to leave the ultra-strong metal in place.

Source: Gizmodo