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?
It's been a big week for NASA, but just because Curiosity is (incredibly) now safe on the surface of Mars doesn't mean that the agency gets to take a break. Instead, it's looking ahead. Far, far ahead, by funding 28 advanced technology concepts ranging from submarines for Europa to robots for the Moon.
Bridge design can be so bland when it's just about building it longer. Toss in some imagination and a plain bridge can become entertaining. Add in a giant loop-de-loop and visitors will flip out....
In order to send a spacecraft to another star in an amount of time that would strike the average person as reasonable — like a generation — we're going to need new ways of propelling the aforementioned spacecraft that would strike the average person as nuts, like using solar-powered lasers to coax antimatter fuel out of the quantum vacuum of space.
SpaceX's Elon Musk wants to take astronauts to the International Space Station. He wants to take humanity to Mars. You'd think he would forget all about Earth by now, but here's one for us terrestrials: Musk calls it the Hyperloop, and it's a system that never crashes, ignores the weather and is twice as fast as your average plane.
Only by letting go of all established conventions can new innovative designs shine through. This power strip concept throws the boxy rectangular shape out the window in favor of a shape-shifting soft plastic that allows electrical plugs to be attached from any position.
Here at DVICE, we've made an executive decision that it's not The Future until everything, everything can fly. Flying cars? Sure. Flying people? Totally. Flying washing machines? It simply won't be the The Future without them.
Remember SeaOrbiter? No? Well, you should, 'cause we wrote about it six years ago, when plans were underway to create the ship and set it afloat "in the near future." And the near future is now here! Nearly!