In Pictures: This Week’s Most Futuristic Designs



An app for Google Glass, MindRDR performs the incredible feat of allowing you to operate the wearable headset just by thinking, instead of feeling like a berk as you yell out “Ok, Glass” in a crowded street. It uses a Neurosky EEG biosensor that identifies brainwaves involved with focusing – think hard enough and Glass will respond.

Via Tech Crunch.


Yura bartender drones

A proposal for Electrolux Design Lab by Herman Haydin, Yura is a personal bartender that hovers, flies and can create tasty, tailored diet-appropriate drinks. The concept even includes a cartridge to heat or cool the drink in question. One we’d love for our house of the future.

Via Yanko Design.


Mall of the World

Proposed for Dubai, the Mall of the World is a planned 48 million square foot covered structure, making it effectively the world’s first temperature controlled city. Inside will be the biggest shopping mall on earth and an indoor theme park with a retractable roof that would be opened in winter.

Via designboom.


Switch wireless charger

Made from sustainable materials, Switch is a rather clever wireless charger for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone. Shaped as a rather attractive walnut and ceramic stand, the charger makes for a nice working surface, but looks pleasant when not in use – an unusual feature for a charger!

Via Kickstarter.


Project Gregory

A proposal for the Slovakian city of Banska Bystrica, Project Gregory is a billboard-cum-homeless shelter. The advertising space would pay for the upkeep of the living space, providing a safe shelter for those in need. The designs have been made open source, so other cities can easily adopt the concept.

Via Inhabitat.

Round-up: The technology you missed this week

Roll up, roll up, your TV


Manufacturing giant LG has said that TVs which we can roll up are on the horizon.

It said it would be bale to create a massive 60″ HD TV which would be rolled into a 3cm diameter tube by 2017.

Source: BBC News

Image courtesy of LG 

New broadband speed record


Bell labs have claimed to have set a new broadband speed record pushing more than 10Gbps over a copper telephone wire.

At present the speeds can only be met over a distance of 30m and this drops down to 1Gbps at 70m.

Source: Ars Technica 

Giant artificial light powered farm in Japan


A giant farm has been built in Japan. The only catch is that it’s inside and uses artificial light to grow crops.

The farm uses 17,500 LED lights spread over 18 racks.

Source: GE Reports

Tech stock jumps 25,000%


Cynk Technologies’ value on the stock market is around $5bn but nobody knows if it really lives up to what it says it can do.

The website, who’s stock rapidly increased in June, is a social market place and claims to be able to sell the contact details of celebrities for a low fee.

Source: CNN Money 

Homing bullets

The army now has homing bullets. Yes, homing bullets. And they work. Scary.

The bullets, which are roughly the size of a Sharpie, have been developed by DARPA and could lead to the creation of miniature homing missiles.

Source: Motherboard