For decades crop circles have been the subject of conspiracy theories about aliens leaving maps and coded messages on our planet. But one new crop design that looks otherworldly is actually the world's largest QR code.
Rubik's Cubes are loads of fun, but near impossible for puzzle-solvers who can't see the colors that make up each of the sides. So, how do you translate the way the puzzle plays?
So far the only look at Google Glass most of us have had is through the company's Google+ page, and via the Google I/O conference. But Google took a giant step toward mainstreaming the device this weekend by allowing it to become a part of New York Fashion Week.
We've seen futuristic airport ideas for London before, and now here's a proposal to create a floating airport on the surface of London's River Thames Estuary. The proposed "London Britannia Airport" would not be built on reclaimed land added to the center of the river, but rather with buildings and runways tethered to the seabed.
This kitchen concept washes the dishes and eliminates the need to put them away, as the overhead innovation serves as both a dishwasher and a cabinet. Plus, it works without water. Consider us interested.
As designer Gabriele Diamanti discovered during his travels through developing countries, fresh water is hard to come by. This inspired him to create a solution that could use local materials, was easy to use and utilized what resource these locations often have in abundance — lots of sunshine.
Ikea's not the only company that knows modular design. The latest invention from social-design site Quirky is a modular storage system that seems like a dead ringer for an Ikea, Container Store or Target product. Well, that last part is true: since July 1, Target has been selling Crate and its accessories in the company's brick-and-mortar stores. Crate is Qurky's most ambitious project to date. It's a system of modded milk crates that can be paired with nine different accessories, some of which can dramatically alter the crates' function. But even more impressive, every single part was made here in the U.S. of A. — a dramatic move for Quirky, which has in the past relied on Chinese manufacturing. The decision was partially driven by timing, but it is also one that will lay the groundwork for more domestic production, the company hopes.
As 3D printing matures, designers can build more complexity and flexibility into their ideas. It's part of what makes the incredibly detailed and lovely Bloom Table Lamp work. This 3D printed lamp with multiple petals actually opens up as a flower would to offer more light.
Back in the stone age, Fred Flintstone would drive his car along using his feet, so why not get rid of a bike's pedals and gears and drive it along in the same way? The Fliz Bike concept from Germany does just that, and even has you hang your body from the frame in a harness.
If you don't want to leap over barrels while looking for a cool place to stash all of your retro video game stuff, consider this Donkey Kong shelving unit from designer Igor Chak, styled to look just like the screen layout in the original Donkey Kong.