In Pictures: This Week’s Most Futuristic Designs

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City of Dreams Hotel

Designed by architectural superstar Zaha Hadid, this tower is a hotel design planned as part of a major development in Macau, East Asia’s answer to Las Vegas. The webbed shape encompasses two towers connected by a roof section and two walkways, and is designed to be a statement building in a development for luxury gambling and boutique shopping.


Image courtesy of Melco Crown Entertainment.


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BAT-Buoyant Airborne Turbine

This is a helium-filled wind turbine that will be deployed over Alaska to provide electricity and Wi-Fi access to remote areas. Developed by MIT startup Altaeros Energies, the turbine will sit 1,000 feet in the air, meaning it will capture energy from far stronger air currents than ground-based turbines.


Image courtesy of Altaeros Energies.


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True Player Gear VR Headset

After Oculus VR was sold to Facebook this week, many gamers were despairing that their virtual reality dreams would be ruined by the social media behemoth. But never fear, a rival has appeared. After nine years of development the Canadian True Player Gear was announced, boasting high technical specs and strong engine support. Plus with that design anyone wearing it is probably going to look like a Cyberman.


Image courtesy of True Player Gear.


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Wind Turbine Loft

For some this will be the dream home, while for others it would be the ultimate nightmare. This is a design for a secluded loft built into a wind turbine, which could be used as a luxury getaway, as a place for turbine maintenance workers to stay, or as a unique town built into an offshore wind farm. With cities becoming increasingly crowded, we reckon some people would love to live here.


Image courtesy of Morphocode.


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Digital Paper System

Sony has previewed its answer to the Kindle before, but only now has it revealed the price – an eye-watering $1,000 (£660). Nevertheless, with PDF support, the ability to annotate and sync documents and the thickness of 30 sheets of paper, as well as built-in Wi-Fi and a 3 week battery, this does seem like the dream gadget for office work on-the-go. Sony are pitching this to businesses, so here’s hoping it becomes a must-buy for companies.


Image courtesy of Sony.


Round-Up: The technology you missed this week

Real-time cyber attack tracking

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This – slightly hypnotic to watch – interactive view of the world shows cyber attacks zooming from country-to-country in real-time – well, when they are detected.

The clever tool, made by Russian security company Kaspersky Lab, lets you look at individual countries and see the number of attacks in each region of the world, with different malware attacks being shown in different colours.

Source: Motherboard / Vice

3D printing stronger than steel but lighter than water

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These bone-like structures created by scientists using 3D printing are stronger than steel but also lighter than water.

Researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany have created a few objects that are only tiny in size, but in the future the technology might lead to a range of neo-lightweight materials.

Source: 3d Printer World

Solar panels could be grown from bacteria

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Solar panels and conductive materials could one day be made from bacteria thanks to researchers at MIT.

Using E. coli, the researchers found we could, at some point in the future, have conductive materials that can grow and self-repair – at least they won’t be self-aware. 

Source: Quartz

The internet unlocking life’s mysteries

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From identifying dead bodies to time travelling, the internet can be used by large groups of people to help solve the problems that life throws at us.

This list trawls through some of the best crowd-sourced investigations where strangers have come together to answer such questions.

Source: Mashable

Google Glass to get some Italian style 

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Google has teamed up with infamous Italian sunglasses firm Ray-Ban to try and help bring some style to their wearable technology.

Often criticised for its obvious and at times ugly look, Google Glass is now trying to make itself blend in with other glasses. Hopefully this move will give it some big-name street credit and much needed style.

Source: TechCrunch


Image courtesy of Aurimas Adomavicius via Flickr/Creative Commons


Get DOS download for free

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The infamous (and slightly dated) Microsoft DOS has had its source code made available for free to the public.

The version of the code was made when Microsoft had fewer than 100 employees and DOS had less than 300KB of source code.

The source code for early versions of Word for Windows was also released.

Source: Microsoft


Image courtesy of Tony Case via Flickr/Creative Commons Licence 


First 3D printed Kayak

Coming in at a production cost of just under $500, the world’s first kayak is more than competitively priced and it’s certainly a lot more visible than traditional kayaks.

The kayak has been made of 28 different sections and silicone is used between the sections to ensure that is is watertight.

Source: Grassroots Engineering

Blob of water

This blob of water isn’t just a blob of water, it could help to put a stop to a serious wastage problem.

The water droplet is actually an edible bottle and has been made by three of London’s best design students.

The container holds water in a double membrane, which provides hygienic protection, and works like an egg yolk

Source: Fast Company