In Pictures: This Week’s Most Futuristic Designs

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Dragon V2 Manned Space Capsule

On Thursday SpaceX, the private space company founded by Elon Musk, unveiled its new and improved Dragon V2 space capsule, which will be used to shuttle astronauts and cargo between Earth and the International Space Station. The capsule offers improvements over its predecessor, including an autonomous docking system and a helicopter-style landing system.


Image courtesy of SpaceX.


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Bubble Air Dome

Designed by London-based architecture firm Orproject, this is a proposal for a bubble filled with clean air for people living in Beijing, a city notorious for smog problems. Plants growing inside the bubble would maintain the air quality, making the space a kind of enclosed park for residents to come and breathe freely.


Via BBC News.


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Strooder 3D Printing Filament Extruder

3D printing is the hot new thing, but plastic filament makes the whole process an expensive business. Enter Strooder, a nifty plastic filament extruder that is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter. Pour inexpensive plastic pellets into the hopper at the top and the machine turns it into 3D printing-ready filament.


Via Kickstarter.


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BMW Motorrad Roadster Concept

This futuristic roadster concept from BMW is a one-off design unveiled at the 2014 Concours d’Elegance Villa d’Este, a yearly motor show renowned for its showcasing of historic and concept cars alike. The roadster has a 1,170cc boxer engine and a light tubular frame, and boasts an impressive 123 horsepower at 7,750rpm.


Via DesignBoom.


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MiCoach Smart Ball

Tech and football are getting ever closer, and this training ball by Adidas is a classic example. Packed with sensors to identify how players interact with the ball, the MiCoach sends data to a paired iPhone via Bluetooth. The ball features some clever design touches, including a charging pad to negate the need to a cable to power it up.


Via Silicon Republic.


Round-Up: the technology you missed this week

3D printed fruit

Popping to the shop for a banana could well be a thing of the past with this brand new 3D printer that can print fruit.

The machine combines droplets of liquid – using a technique called spherification – to create fruit imitations that can be eaten.

Source: Inhabitat


Apple’s moving to the Beat

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Finally after weeks of speculation Apple has confirmed that it will purchase headphone company Beats for $3bn.

The headphone brand were first established in 2008 and have stormed to success across the world and been featured in many big PR and advertising campaigns.

Source: Tech 2


Self-driving cars to be sold

Smiling to themselves as they drive down the street Google’s self-driving cars are set to be given a lease of life as the company builds 100 prototypes.

It has said the prototypes will be built later this year and will be tested by ‘safety drivers’ and it says it would like to have a small pilot program in California in the next couple of years.

Source: Google


Turning air into water

This device has been designed to collect water from condensation and its design, based upon a fig tree, allows it to produce up to 26 gallons of drinkable water a day.

The device was dreamed up in 2012 but the creators are now working on an ugraded version which may include solar pannels and LED bulbs to provide light at night.

Source: NPR


Travelling at the speed of light

Here’s a man smoothly flying around the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington D.C using a jetpack.

The demonstration took part as part of Smithsonian magazine’s second annual The Future is Here Festival.


A real time Skype translator

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Skype has announced it will soon be integrating a real-time translation service which it has been testing between German and English.

The translator will be rolling out on Windows 8 before the end of the year and then to other platforms in coming months.

Source: The Guardian