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!
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.
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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.
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.
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.