In Pictures: This Week’s Most Futuristic Designs


Finger phone

This concept from designer Issam Trabelsi sees your index finger acting as a phone and the Nokia FIT. The device is crafted from silicone and flexible rubber and the phone is waterproof. Notifications are received through vibrations and it could even be worn while swimming.

Image courtesy of the Issam Travelsi via Yanko Design.


The 30m telescope

Hawaii is being lined up for the ‘thirty meter telescope’ project which is being led by a team of engineers and scientists and overseen by TMT observatory corporation. The telescope, due to be complete in 2020, will be within a 60m dome which will give a full range of moments

Image courtesy of the TMT observatory corporation via Design Boom.


The Serpentine hotel

This planned hotel for Norway has been given a distinctive serpentine-shape to allow hotel guests and residents views from every location inside the building. The hotel is intended to bring new guests to the beautiful Lofoten area as they try to relax. The hotel will also include apartments, a spar and outdoor sport facilities.

Image courtesy of Snøhetta architects via Inhabitat.


Helicopter of the future

This helicopter is what will be used to repair power lines in the year 2028. Well, that’s the thoughts of the designers Felix Schumacher and Lino Lehner who came up with the idea. The helicopter will be propelled and lifted by four rotors and be flexible to all the repairs needed on power lines. Although goodness knows why the two men in the illustration are looking away from the helicopter.

Image courtesy of designers Felix Schumacher and Lino Lehner via Tuvie


Trontium Reactor

It’s claimed this power pack will be able to charge your laptop using USB technology. The device has enough power to charge the latest iPhone 50 times and there are three USB ports to allow multiple devices to charge at once. It also has the coolest name of anything on this page.

Image courtesy of Trontium


Round-Up: The technology you missed this week

The 350mph model car 

A group of students from London, UK, have created the world’s fastest model rocket car. At its peak, virtually turning it into a small missile, the model hit 344mph. The pupils tested it on a drag strip in Northamptonshire, and four of their vehicles exploded on test runs.

Source: Get West London 

You spin me right round 

Blink and you’ll miss it. But this robot has broken the record for the fastest time to solve a Rubik’s Cube in just 3.253 second – after taking 18 months to build. The aptly-named Cubestormer 3 managed to shave two seconds off its predecessor Cubestormer 2’s time for solving the puzzle.

Source: CTV News

Written by robots


Continuing the robot theme, when an earthquake shook Los Angeles this week the first ‘journalist’ to report on seismic action was a robot. An algorithm which automatically creates a short story about the event managed to post an article just three minutes after the tremors. As well as the earthquake, it also generates stories about crime in the city.

Source: BBC News 

Chinese drone spying 


China’s pollution problem has reached such a level that the government has taken to spying and it’s a high tech form of spying – they’re using drones. The flying UAVs have taken to the skies to try and catch businesses which are contributing the most pollution to the smoggy atmosphere. They can cover 70 sqkm during a two hour flight.

Source: The Guardian

Oculous Rift Dev kit goes on sale

The next generation of virtual reality technology has gone on sale in the form of the Oculus Rift DK2 – developer kit. The updated headset promises precise, low-latency position tracking which will open up new possibilities for gameplay opportunities.

Source: Oculus VR 

A swimming robot

This little robot has donned its waterwings and taken to the pool. The adorable fish is a lot more technically advanced than it first looks as roboticists have been using the fish, made by MIT, is agile and safe for operations near humans. It intelligently can move around its environment and can perform a 100-degree turn, if any predators are lurking, in one-tenth of a second.

Source: Singularity Hub 

When did your country adopt the internet? 


The web might have turned 25 a couple of weeks ago but this doesn’t mean every country adopted it as soon as it was created. There was a time before anyone had ever been poked on Facebook. Ersi have created an interactive map that highlights how the web was spun across the world.

Source: Mashable

Bebo’s back 

Bebo, the social network that everyone loves to hate, is making a return. So far more than 700,000 people have registered to join the revamped website. All the old photos and insightful blog posts of users have been safely stored and will be available for download in the coming months. The website is promising a new re-launch but for the time being at least it keeping the exact details under wraps.

Source: Bebo