In Pictures: This Week’s Most Futuristic Designs


Fibre Optic Dress

This jellyfish-inspired fibre optic dress changes colour as the wearer moves, with the light trails creating the impression of a full skirt. San Francisco-based designer Natalie Walsh has shaped the dress’ skirt fabric to create pouches that hide the power sources – a clever solution to a common problem in clothing with embedded electronics. While the dress would be amazing at a club, rave or festival, whether we embrace it as everyday clothing remains to be seen.

Via io9.


KOR-FX Gaming Vest

Video games are getting increasingly immersive, with VR headsets and audio bringing us further into our favourite gaming universes. But physically feeling the explosions, knocks and bullets experienced by your character has always been out of reach, until now. This vest, which is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter, features haptic feedback to create precise physical responses to experiences in the game, making use of your chest cavity to let you feel the environment across your whole body.

Via Kickstarter.


Cue Home Medical Testing

This little object might look unremarkable, but could be the start of a revolution in healthcare. It allows users to perform lab-quality medical tests in their own home using a small amount of blood, saliva or a nasal swab, with the results sent within minutes to a Bluetooth-connected smartphone app. When it ships in 2015, users will be able to test for inflammation, influenxa, vitamin D, fertility and testosterone. What they do with the resulting information is up to them.



Buzz Building Insect Farm

Designed as a city-centre insect farm, this design by Belatchew Labs tackles the argument that in the future insects will be a key component in our diets. It has been developed for Stockholm, Sweden, and has been calculated to match the insect needs of the city in 2018. By locating 9 of these farms on roundabouts throughout the city, the required 500,000m² of space for insect farming can be provided.

Via designboom.


Warp Drive Starship Concept

The warp drive used in Star Trek may not remain science fiction forever. Dr Harold ‘Sonny’ White of NASA has been giving the subject some serious thought, and his mathematical research is now far enough along to produce a concept of what a warp drive-equipped starship would need to look like. The result, produced by 3D concept artist Mark Rademaker, shows a ship built at the centre of two giant rings, which together create the warp bubble that should one day allow for interstellar space travel.

Via Sploid.

Round-Up: the technology you missed this week

Google says computers will be like humans in 15 years

One of Google’s directors of engineering has said that computers will be like humans by the year 2029.

Ray Kurzweil made the bold prediction that the devices that dictate large parts of our lives will be able to read at human levels within just fifteen years.

Source: CNBC

Apple ‘flexing’ solar muscle


In an idea that sounds as potentially brilliant as it does bonkers Apple has patented solar panels which would be built into flexible touch displays.

If the idea becomes a reality then it could see the future of mobile phones and tablets that do not ever run out of battery power.

Source: TechCrunch

You give me that electric feeling


Head of Telsa, Elon Musk, has said that his company are going to release all of their patents to the world in a bid to help the advancement of electric vehicle technology.

It is a move that could help to drive up the levels of innovation in electric cars, which will hopefully increase the number of number of vehicles produced and brought.

Source: BoingBoing

Image courtesy of KarstenH68 via Flickr/Creative Commons Licence 

Blink and you will miss kick

As the FIFA World Cup kicked off in Brazil this week the opening kick was made by a 29-year-old paraplegic using an exoskeleton.

However, in what was a very bad move,  most of the international TV broadcasters didn’t show the first kick.

Source: io9