Physicist and artist Todd Johnson makes shockfossils, lightning-style sculptures, created with a 5 million volt particle accelerator.
Created by Chris Youn, the iPhone 6 design is based on 3D sound and 3D hologram interaction and it comes with a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display.
Passing Cloud by Tiago Barros is a recently submitted project for the international ideas competition: Life at the Speed of Rail, promoted by Van Alen Institute and the Department of Cultural affairs of New York City. Although it wasn’t one of the winning proposals, Passing Cloud reveals a strong conceptual approach that is worth noting: It is a new vision on travelling, based on the old Zeppelins.
Solar Powered COM-BAT Spy Plane
The concept was conceived by the US military as a means to gather real-time data for soldiers, and the Army has awarded the University of Michigan College of Engineering a five year $10-million dollar grant to develop it.
Light Blue Opitcs has won the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Innovation Awards 2010 prize for Product Design with its Light Touch – an interactive projector that turns any flat surface into a touch screen. Light Touch™ not only frees multimedia content from the confines of the small screen, but also lets users interact with that content in the same way as they expect to on their other hand-held devices – using touch technology.
Coffee Time alarm – The idea is to wake up with the smell of coffee. You pre-set your favorite coffee capsule into the hour-glass shaped alarm. At wake-up time, the steaming brew just pours into a waiting cup and the strong aroma of coffee arouses you. Designer: Elodie Delassus
From Yanko Design and designer Anna-Karin Bergkvist comes this concept of a tree planting robot. The eco-friendly four legged machine can plant trees with the help of its long planting arm and the planting head. The legs reduce the pressure applied on the floor of the forest, enabling the robot to be smaller and move through rough terrain. By using hot steam to destroy competing vegetation (choking vines that kill trees, for example), it poses no threat to the animals that afterward come upon planting spots.
Petr Kubik has designed this all-in-one-piece that includes the glasses, intuitive stylus and expandable screens. The screen can be enlarged by sliding out the display from the center, and there are solar panels at the back of the display. The 3D apps support 3D movies and camera plus allow you to make surreal calls with family and friends that pop out of the screen!
Aiptek is set to release the world’s first camcorder and digital projector. The device will be able to project content up to 65 inches diagonally. It generates power from a LED light and captures still images at 5 megapixels and HD video to be stored in a built-in 2GB of memory. The Z20 will be launched in Europe in April for 349€ . Check out the video.
Inkjet Printed Solar Cells
Massachusetts-based Konarka Technologies has developed and successfully demonstrated the ability to print solar cells with an inkjet printer. By using the inkjet printing process in the manufacturing of solar cells, the need for “clean rooms” is eliminated, and manufacturers can work with a number of different substrates, including plastics, and different colors.
A very interesting concept design by Hoyoung Lee. This printer changes laser printer of ink powder to pencil powder. It grinds stubby pencil lead and mechanical pencil lead inside a cylinder. Then the stubby pencil lead burns by electricity, so pencil’s wood and lead can be separated.
The printer even contains an eraser cartridge that can erase the “print” on your documents.
Design and innovation company Seymourpowell has designed a giant, elegant “clipper in the clouds” airship, called “Aircruise”, that heralds a new era of luxury transport. Lifted by hydrogen and powered by solar energy, the Aircruise concept has obvious environmental benefits. Seung Min Kim, design director at Samsung C&T commented, “This was a dream concept project for us, helping to realize a future of sustainable buildings combined with innovative and luxury lifestyle. In an age where environmental impact is a key for architecture, we are keen to extend this vision of the future by searching for solutions that can be realised by 2015 – the year that many futurologists foresee as the turning point for the future.”
With a cruising speed of around 90mph, theoretically, it could ferry 100 people from London to New York in a leisurely 37 hours or from Los Angeles to Shanghai in just under four days .
Russian designer Anastasia Zharkova has come up with an innovative cellphone that invariably becomes an integral part of your daily activities. The “Leaf Phone,” as depicted by its very name, resembles a natural leaf and flaunts an organic structure that is carved out of eco-friendly plastic.
Touch Hear is a futuristic concept developed by the Design Incubation Center, that would probably make pocket dictionaries a thing of the past. By touching a word or phrase in a particular piece of reading material, the user will be able to listen to its related information, like its pronunciation or its meaning. Totally useful whether you’re reading in your native language or learning a foreign language.
Seth Putterman and colleagues from the University of California, Los Angeles used a motor to unwind a roll of sticky tape and recorded the electromagnetic emissions. Ripping the tape from its roll at 3 centimetres per second generated X-ray bursts of 15 kiloelectronvolts – each lasting one-billionth of a second, and containing over a million photons.
The researchers were able to prove the presence of the X-rays by producing pictures of their finger bones. Even peeling ordinary sticky tape can generate bursts of X-rays intense enough to produce an image of the bones in your fingers.
The Norrkoping VIsualization Center and Center for Medical Image Science & Visualization (CMIV) have collaborated on a new product called the “Virtual Autopsy Table”, allowing interactive visualization and manipulation of Dual Energy Computed Tomography and MRI datasets.
Visitors control the autopsy table presentation on a small satellite screen attached to the table. Each step of the medical examiner’s procedure is outlined, from the external exam to opening the body and organ dissection. As a medical examiner explains the examination process, tools, technologies, and techniques are introduced and the life-size projected body is dissected before the audience surrounding the table. The 3-D visualizations were made possible through the use of the data in the Visible Human Project.
The Virtual Autopsy Table from NorrköpingsVisualiseringscenter on Vimeo.