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.
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.
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.
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.