My favorite science fiction quote is from Arthur C. Clarke: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. That's what immediately came to mind when I found this QR Code sculpture that uses the Sun to deliver discounts.
Apparently the popular life-sized Gundam robot< standing guard over Japan has inspired a trend. Now another popular robotic character from Japanese anime has received the real-life treatment.
Over the past year, we've enjoyed getting to know Philips and its increasingly wacky design concepts. But hard on the heels of the totally serious L Prize Bulb comes FreeStreet, an innovative outdoor lighting solution that has (or should have) a place in every single city.
Looking at cool concept designs for super yachts may be fun, but nothing beats the real thing. It took five years and $15 million dollars, but the ultimate seafaring vessel that looks like a spacecraft is finally here.
Sequestering ourselves in sonic bubbles of MP3 music players can make a crowded city suddenly seem a lot less social. But now a clever designer has come up with a possible solution for our high fidelity-driven isolation.
Some dreams do come true: A bakery in Los Angeles has actually deployed what may be the world's first cupcake ATM!
Every year, Fentress Architects sponsors a global challenge for students to explore "future design possibilities in public architecture," where the winner gets cash, a paid internship and a part in a major museum exhibition. The 2011 challenge asked students to share their ideas for airports of the future, and the results are in, featuring floating islands, circular runways and zeppelins.
The unlikely pairing of a chemist and a fashion designer has led to the creation of air-purifying textiles. The duo will debut a catalyzed denim kilt at the Edinburgh International Science Festival at the end of March.
The modern phone booth as we know it may be an endangered species, but one clever designer has repurposed them in way that may actually lead to a evolution in urban public spaces.
Some of the best futuristic depictions of cars include not only self-driving vehicles, but cars with unique takes on simple functions. Such is the case with the Disappearing Car Door.