The Water-Scraper: I would live on it without a huge eco-disaster

by Mark R

In case you don’t want to live in this Gyre Floating city, you might want to live in this building here, which has been known as “waterscraper” or “seascraper”. I believe that the formal name is the hO2+ scraper. It is an attempt at making a skyscraper underwater, but I think we can emphasize the word “scrape”. After all, those weird tentacles that come out of this structure look like …

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Waterpebble tracks water used

by Ally

I’m one of the many who’s a bit notorious for just letting too much water go down the drain.  It’s not that I mean to, it’s just when I’m half awake in the morning, I’m not that worried about water consumption.  If you’re not ready for a device that just shuts off the water when you’ve used too much, then this Waterpebble is a nice happy medium.  Instead it goes …

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O Kitchen designed for portability, small spaces

by Mark R

This particular gadget is known as the O Kitchen, a concept device created by a team of Brazilian designers. I suppose it is named the O Kitchen because it can fold up into a large ball. Yet without a hole in the middle, I wouldn’t call it an “O”. I guess they didn’t like the name “Ball Kitchen”. I’m not even going to allude to what that sounds like. This …

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Berlin Brain Computer Interface lets you play pinball, with your mind

by Mark R

This is an odd way to play pinball, don’t you think? Shouldn’t this man be standing in front of the machine? And what’s with that wired bathing cap? This is probably what I would have said if I was at CeBIT 2010 and passed by this display of the Berlin Brain-Computer Interface. As it turns out, this man is playing this game of pinball with his brain. I’m not saying …

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COOL LEAF could change the face of mobile devices

by Mark R

I don’t know about you, but what I see in these pictures is the future of mobile devices. This is actually the COOL LEAF, a new series of input devices designed by Minebea, a Japanese company. As you can see, the surfaces of this keyboard, calculator, and remote control have a mirrored surface to them that is just as good as a real mirror. You may notice that there isn’t …

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Skinput: Get your whole body into your interface

by Mark R

What you are seeing here is not some sort of modern art, but it may make some statement about our society today. This is Skinput, a conceptual technology that can recognize a user’s taps of a finger on the skin, but it seems to be limited to the hand and the rest of the arm. This tech is under development from Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft, and requires that the …

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Mebot lets you talk to the little one on your desk

by Mark R

It would appear that when MIT isn’t working on top secret Flyfire Swarming Displays, they make Mebots. What is a Mebot? Think of it as a way of being in the same room with someone, even though that other person is far away. Unfortunately, that other person has to take the form of a crab-like creature. As you can see, the screen is made so the transmitted person’s head is …

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Faceless Watch

by Ally

Of all the watches I’ve come across, this is probably one of the strangest out there.  It has straight forwards hands, and convenient notches to help you read the time.  Really, while it is strange, it is extremely straightforward as far as reading the time goes.  Which to me is perfectly fine.  I wouldn’t want to deal with a watch that you can barely read on a regular basis.  The …

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