In Pictures: This Week’s Most Futuristic Designs

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Floating City

Designs for floating cities seem to coming thick and fast at the moment, and the latest is a design from AT Design Office. The city, which was commissioned by Chinese construction company CCCC would use the company’s bridge technology to create a stunning floating habitat made from connected floating hexagons.

With land-based space becoming increasingly rare, floating cities are starting to become a serious prospect, and we’re hoping this zero-carbon, self-sustaining design is taken on. A smaller test version is being considered for construction next year, so fingers crossed!


Via Architecture & Design.


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Laurel Tree 3D Printed Sandal

This 3D printed sandal, which is made from urethane with a silk ribbon tie, has just gone on sale. Available from Continuum for $250 plus shipping, the sandal is one of the first commercially sold shoes to make use of the technology.

No word yet on how comfortable it is, but the company says that the sole provides “excellent traction” to avoid slipping. Other designs are in the works, which is a good thing because the first run will be extremely limited, at only 25 pairs.


Image courtesy of Continuum.


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Electree Mini Solar Pot Plant

Based on a bonsai tree, this pot plant features curved solar panels instead of leaves. It is designed for areas without mains electricity, and soaks up power during the day to offer a white or coloured light at night. It can also power up your mobile phone: a built-in usb cable will provide energy for most mobile devices.


Via DesignBoom.


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Fly Citycopter

Hate your commute? How about arriving to work in style in your own personal helicopter? Designed by Brazil-based Eduardo Galvani, this helicopter runs on a 320hp electric engine that is partially recharged with roof-mounted solar panels. It’s remarkably light for a such a vehicle, weighing in at only 1,110kg, and can travel 300 miles when fully charged.


Via Examiner.


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Biophotovoltaics Moss Table

Designed as a demonstration of the potential of biophotovoltaic (BPV) technology, this table features clusters of plants with built-in conductive fibres that capture excess energy given off during the moss’ photosynthesis process. Although in its infancy, the technology is tipped to be a key player in future localised energy generation, and could be eventually used to power up laptops and other devices.


Via InHabitat.


Round-up: The technology you missed this week

Very handy

The Food and Drug Agency (FDA) in the US has approved the DEKA Arm to be used as a prosthetic.

The artificial limb is a mind-controlled prosthetic and is from the company founded by Segway inventor Dean Kamen.

Source: The Verge


Antarctic ice sheet will melt 

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Scientist have said that the melting of the Antarctic ice sheet is going to be inevitable.

The study found that many regions of the sheet have already started melting and as more and more of it does there will be a 3m sea-level rise.

Source: Reuters 


Google needs to delete history

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A European court ruling has announced that Google needs to let internet users have the right to be forgotten.

Google and all other search engines are now in the scenario where they must remove links to websites containing certain types of personal data when someone tells them to.

Source: Wired 


Taste the rainbow

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A company based in Switzerland has developed a way to imprint holograms on to chocolate – without using additives.

The company started developing the technology in 2012 and are now working on bringing it to market.

Source: New Scientist


Advertising on the moon

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A Japanese drink maker is sending a can of Pocari Sweat to the moon in what will be the first private moon-landing mission.

There might not be many visitors passing by but it is certainly a very good PR stunt for the company.

Source: The Verge