Check out this utopian eco village

by Mark R

It has been a while since I reported on a futuristic concept of a city or building, but I like this particular one by Vincent Callebaut. This utopian eco village, or Callebaut’s Coral Reef, is an artificial pier resting on seismic piles in the Caribbean Sea. I believe that the vision of this is to create new housing projects for people of Haiti that have been left devastated by the …

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The IQ alarm clock

by Mark R

I don’t know about you, but I can’t really figure out at what point in time to I become truly awake. We once covered devices like the SleepTracker that find the primary “wakeup point” of the user, but this IQ Alarm has a different idea. Imagine if you had an alarm that puts you in a mentally ready state so that you will want to get up, because you are …

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Pods at Masdar City are made to get around

by Mark R

For those who are not familiar with Masdar City, it is a planned city currently being built by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company that relies on solar energy and other renewable energy sources with sustainable, zero-carbon, zero-waste technology. The plan is that the city host the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Some of you might remember when we reported on the Personal Rapid Transit system at …

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Bluetooth Game Gripper needs your help to be realized

by Edwin

Whenever a good idea comes along, some of you might wonder, “How come nothing is done about it?” Well, one of the main reasons would be the lack of finances, and it is a good thing that there are some ways to go about the situation. The Bluetooth Game Gripper is one interesting project that might just materialize in time, although it will definitely need your help and support – …

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BrainDriver allows you to drive with your mind

by Mark R

Imagine getting behind the wheel of your car, and no hands were required on the wheel. This is the technology of BrainDriver which is under development at Freie Universität Berlin by professor Raul Rojas. BrainDriver uses a head cap with 16 sensors that allow the driver to have control over the wheel. This is electroencephalography in action, and it is technology that is getting better every day. We have reported …

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RoboEarth is a “World Wide Web” for robots

by Mark R

You know how the Internet has become a place where billions of people are coming together and learning all sorts of things they never heard of before? Now, imagine that system of interconnected computers, but for Robots. This is the basic concept from RoboEarth, which its creators are saying is a “Wikipedia that’s just for robots”. So, if a robot is having trouble doing a certain task, it can essentially …

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Pelican Imaging’s Plenoptic camera for camera phones

by Mark R

This is a prototype for camera phones known as the Pelican Imaging’s array camera. Pelican’s array works on the same principle as those antennas that work together so that they can see things light years away. Have you ever seen photos of the VLA (Very Large Array)? If you’ve seen movies like 2010, Contact, and Terminator Salvation, then you have seen at least one of the 27 giant antennas in …

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Chinese Amusement Park to have sub-parks devoted to Starcraft and WoW

by Mark R

What you are seeing here are plans for a park known as Joyland World, and these are some of the sub-parks. You know how Disneyland has Tomorrowland and Adventureland? Well, Joyland World has Universe of Starcraft and Terrain of Warcraft. In case you are wondering, Blizzard Entertainment, actual makers of the games that these sub-parks are obviously emulating, are not officially endorsing these attractions. I can’t imagine why. Then again, …

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