By 2023, Turkey wants to dig itself a new canal connecting the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. It'll involve moving a billion cubic meters of dirt from somewhere to somewhere else, and if that somewhere else ends up being a new island like one Turkish developer wants, it would form a beautiful, sustainable paradise for hundreds of thousands of people.
We love how these design competitions that Electrolux puts on have absolutely no basis in reality. Levitating washing machines? Sure, why not! Smoothie blender kinetic harvesting bouncy toys? Bring it on! This year's top 10 competition finalists don't disappoint, and we'll show you all of them in a nice big gallery of impossibility.
This mashup up of appliances — half shower, half washing machine — could be a tough one to move in the showroom at the local Sears. The idea behind the Washit is to save water by collecting the water used when you shower and then use it to wash your clothes.
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.