Casa Futebol project
Now the FIFA World Cup is over, Brazil has a fair few stadiums on its hands, and has to face up to issue of the thousands of people it uprooted when it demolished several favelas in Rio de Janiero. Designed by two France-based architects, the Casa Futebol project envisions the installation of modular housing units around the outside of the stadium, between its concrete pylons. Each unit would be large enough to function as a family home, turning each stadium into its own community. The project provokes some interesting ideas not only for Brazil, but for every city with a housing shortage.
In a rather brilliant blend of art and renewables, the energy duck is designed to generate and store renewable energy using solar panels and hydro turbines. Designed for Copenhagen, Denmark, the duck will also raise awareness of the damage climate change is doing to the local population of eider ducks. The design is one of a number of entries to the Land Art Generator Initiative, a biannual competition to design and construct public art installations that also provide green energy generation.
Normal custom 3D printed headphones
In-ear headphones are great for chucking in your bag and discreetly listening to the radio while at work, but for a lot of people they can also be pretty painful to wear for long periods due to poor fit. But no longer! For $199.99, you can now bag yourself a pair of Normal headphones, which are custom 3D printed exactly to your ear shape. Measurements of your ear hole are taken from photos using an accompanying app, and team Normal use the data to produce a pair of headphones that will perfectly fit you. Music to our ears!
Taku-Tanku travelling house
This may be the coolest mini-home concept we’ve seen in a while. Designed by Takahiro Fukuda and Stereotank, this mobile home is made out of two water tanks and a variety of other prefabricated materials. The design features a solar powered fans and lights, and is mounted on a wheel system that is light enough to be pulled on foot as well as the more standard bicycle and car. The design is an entry to the ‘Little House’ competition being held in Saitama, Japan.
Acton R RocketSkates
These awesome creations are electric motorised skates that you control with your feet. A connected app allows you to map routes and share them with friends, review data about skate performance, battery levels and distance travelled and you can even mount a camera and control them remotely if you fancy creeping out your flatmates. Possibly best of all is the integration of interactive gaming, with an SDK available for developers to build on the existing game library. Definitely one for the Christmas wish list!