In Pictures: This Week’s Most Futuristic Designs


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.

Via Ryot.


Energy Duck

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.

Via InHabitat.


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!

Via Forbes.


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.

Via designboom.


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!

Via Kickstarter.


Your car knows you are sleepy


It isn’t an common thought to think about car seats being packed with tech, except for heated seats, but now thanks to a UK university the seats are about to get smarter.

Nottingham Trent University has created smart seats which will be able to tell when the driver is getting fatigued at the wheel.

Source: Motor Authority 

Image Courtesy of Nottingham Trent University

Robot fingers

A Hungarian start-up is trying to give robots the ability to feel – and not in the sense of emotions.

By using silicone and infrared light researchers are allowing robots to sense when pressure changes on small surfaces.

Source: Wired

3D printed icecream

The 3D printing revolution has taken a chilling turn this week. 

Students from MIT have 3D printed ice cream – understandably the students have to print the icecream in a cool place so it holes its shape.

Source: The Guardian

Google’s moving into surveillance


Google has made the move into looking for more threats on the internet in a bid to make it a safer place.

The tech giant has started Project Zero which will try to reduce the number of web users who are harmed by targeted attacks.

Source: Tech 2 

Image courtesy of Gil C /

 Cat facial recognition

Pet technology has huge potential. This is shown in no better way than this cat feeder which can reconise your cat by its face and track its weight and health.

The moggy mush recogniser is currently raising money as part of a crowd funding campaign and is more than likely to hit its target.

Source: Wired