What you see pictured here may not look like something you'd want to put on your head, but designer Sungak Kim is teaching humble headphones a new trick with his iHead concept: to transform from a set of cans to a pair of speakers on the fly.
Back in 2000, then-President Clinton convened a panel of leading oceanographers and explorers. That panel ultimately produced a report entitled "Discovering Earth's Final Frontier". What they actually developed, outlined in that document, was the world's first and only national strategy for the exploration of the world's oceans. What might this now defunct panel have dreamed for near-future America? Might we have ventured en masse into this vast, unpopulated frontier? Could we have set up homesteads, townships and colonies in a whole new wave (you're welcome) of manifest destiny? Could we have established a fleet of exploration vessels and colonial enterprises — a modern-day, sea-faring Starfleet? Could we still? Here are 12 sea-faring designs and concepts capable of taking us home — to the sea.
We've always appreciated Airbus' no-holds-barred approach for imagining the future of air travel, with machinations like its spectacularly improbable concept plane. But future air travel involves much more than just the planes themselves: it starts before take-off and ends after landing, and could be substantially faster, more comfortable and better for the environment than it is now. Here are five ways in which Airbus is working to make air travel better for everyone, including the planet, by 2050. And stick around after the gallery to check out a video of some of these concepts in action.
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.
So you wake up one day, turn on the TV and it doesn't work. Fine. You grab your smartphone next — no service. Odd. You dig out the ol' reliable crank radio from your disaster-preparedness kit (you do have one of those don't you?), and that's when you find out: someone's finally gone and pressed the big red button. The world as you know it is gone, and the grid has gone with it. The last radio reports you hear, before they're cut off, are of roving bands of bandits heading into the cities to loot, pillage and generally cause a ruckus. Awesome. You live in the city. Your best bet on survival is to get moving, and to keep it that way. Never fear, chums: DVICE has you covered. Here are 12 mobile living concepts for your fabulous new nomadic lifestyle.
Designing the perfect aircraft is impossible. For takeoff and landing (arguably the most important parts of flying), you want something with wide, broad wings. But to fly fast and efficiently, you want wings that are swept back and as small as possible. Variable sweep wings are a compromise, but this concept (just funded by NASA) proposes something, um, different.
I want you to stop whatever you're doing right now and check your computer for holes. Specifically, one very long, very thin hole, or a door or tray that opens up and leads to same. If you find one, do not panic. It's called a CD-ROM drive, and — at least conceptually — there's something that you can do with it.
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.
Like floppy disks and CDs before it, everybody has a mound of flash drives lying around the home. Wouldn't it be great if you could connect all of those low-capacity drives to create one mega large-capacity one? The Uniting U Disk concept is that future.
What if you could automatically get discount deals on everything from bar drinks to event tickets just by showing your face at the venue? That's the dream being promised as a possible reality by a new conceptual device called FaceDeals. Would you trade privacy for savings?