In Pictures: This Week’s Most Futuristic Designs


Oscillating Platforms

A proposal for the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative competition, this concept combines snazzy aesthetics with energy generation. Designed as a floating installation, the sails would be used to harvest wind energy while the platform itself would generate tidal energy, resulting in an art piece that could actually offset the energy needs of more than 1,500 people.

Via InHabitat.


Queen B (Bioshielding) 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Mars Apartment

The winner of NASA’s collaborative competition with 3D printing heavyweights Makerbot, this is a proposed design for a human home on Mars. Designed by Noah Hornberger, the apartment is intended to shield its occupants from radiation using depleted uranium-cladded walls, while hot water would be created using an underground exothermic reactor.

Via Thingiverse.


Origami Solar Panels

The result of a joint project between NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Brigham Young University, these solar panels resolve the head-scratching challenge of how to transport large solar panels into space. Although the example version is not that large, the scientists plan to create a version that can unfold to 82ft (25m) wide from only 8.9ft (2.7m) when folded.

Via Engadget.


LED Observation Tower

Designed for the riverside district of Chinese city Shenzen, this design by RMJM is intended as a symbol to mark the intersection of two rivers. With a facade of aluminium backlit by LED lights, the 100m tower is topped by a viewing area offering panoramic views of the surrounding region.

Via designboom.

Omote Projected Virtual Makeup

We are breaking our pictures rule by including this, but such a remarkable project has to be seen. Using a projection mapping system that can identify the dots on the model’s face, Omote precisely projects an array of makeup styles to transform her before our eyes. Make sure you watch to the end to see some outrageous transformations.

Via Geek.

Round-up: The technology you missed this week

3D printed organs getting closer

The ability to create 3D printed organs has come a lot closer to reality thanks to scientists who have made a major breakthrough in printing vascular network.

The breakthrough saw them, for the first time, print capillaries which means that 3D printed cells can sustain themselves and survive.

Source: The Guardian

Favourites in sight


Much to the outrage of Twitter users the ‘favourited’ tweets of those they follow are now appearing in their timelines. 

The change by the social media giant reduces the point of having both Favourites and Re-Tweets if both are going to be displayed at the same time. 

Source: City AM

Image courtesy of Twin Design /

What a difference two years makes


NASA’s Curiosity Rover has been on Mars for two years and that times has taken its toll on the vehicle.

These before and after shots show how the conditions on the surface of the red planet have weathered the robot.

Source: The Verge

Image courtesy of NASA

Reversible USB for the iPhone 6


The iPhone 6, when it is finally released, may have a cable that can be used either way round.

This would save, literally, seconds each time the phone needed charging.

Source: Mashable

Firing fish

Flying fish are becoming more common in California as researchers are firing them through a vacuum. 

The fish, which can now travel at speeds of up to 22mph, are being put through a vacuum to help them get over dams which have been built in their natural path.

Source: Fast Commpany