In Pictures: This week’s most futuristic designs

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Avo: self-cleaning fishtank

This fish tank gets a lot of points for style, but better is the fact that it also doesn’t need it’s filter to be cleaned or water to be changed. It has a self-maintaining system that combines a sustainable bacteria-laden filter and plants growing in the bowl to form  a cycle that keeps the bowl clean. It also features automated light and heating to keep your fish well cared for. If you fancy one, you may be in luck: a white version is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter.


Via Noux.


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Blunt: umbrella

Climate change is bringing more wind and rain to many of our streets, so we need an umbrella that can handle it. Step in Blunt, a Chinese company that makes ultra robust umbrellas that look decidedly high-tech.  Tested for aerodynamics in a wind tunnel, these umbrellas feature an array of patented technologies to help you endure the storms without fighting with an inside-out mess.


Via Blunt.


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The Unseen: colour-changing coat

This rather dramatic coat’s glistening colour scheme is more than just eye-catching. It changes colour in response to changes in an array of environmental conditions, including heat, UV, pollution, chemicals and sound. As well as looking impressive, the jacket could be used to determine the presence of dangerous chemicals or gases, making it ideal for hazardous areas.


Via Discovery.


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Windwaker: wind energy capturing public park

Designed to sit on Copenhagen’s seaport, this array of structures are designed to capture wind energy while providing shading to visitors of the park below. It’s an exciting idea for green energy, leading with the aesthetic approach in a way other projects fail to.


Via designboom.


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Iceberg: housing project

This stark housing project in Denmark is designed to mimic an iceberg, with more than 10 ‘peaks’ making up the whole development. The jagged shape angular windows also serve another purpose – to let as many people have view of the adjacent ocean as possible and provide maximum daylight.


Via Inhabitat.


Round-Up: The Technology You Missed This Week

What Wikipedia will take down

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Online encyclopedic giant Wikipedia has revealed what it has been asked to take down by governments and officials.

The organisation released its first transparency report this week which covered from 2012-2014. Then there was a controversy about a monkey. 

Source: Wired


Bees move into large-scale construction work

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This is probably the wackiest idea we’ve heard this week. If we can hack into a bee’s genetics and make it able to produce concrete, instead of honey, then it will be possible to use them to make buildings.

The idea involves using the bees as 3D printer printheads to create structures and may be isn’t quite as far-fetched as it first sounds.

Source: Inhabitat


Retina display coming to eyes in the near future

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The wonders of graphene just keep on giving. Now physicists have produced the key elements of an artificial retina.

It paves the way for a potential development of artificial retina implants.

Source: Phys.org


Image courtesy of Natalia Hutanu / TUM


New download speed record

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Is it possible to download files too quickly? If there’s anyone that does know it will be a group of Danish researchers who have transferred data at 43 terabits per second.

The group built the previous record of 32 terabits per second, which was held by a German team.

Source: Times of India


Self-assembling robots are here

Researchers in the US have created a robot which can assemble itself and then walk off.

Source: Science Daily