Growin Up Speaker System

by Ally

If you’re tired of all of your speakers lacking any organic gadget feel, then this speaker system should be a nice change.  Instead of trying to look like every other cutting edge speaker system out there, these take a cue from the trees.  This system makes it so that it looks like a bright white trunk is slowly growing up from the floor and the speakers sprout out of the …

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Philips Sustainable City Lights concept project

by Mark R

What you are seeing here is the Sustainable City Lights concept project from our friends at Philips. Yes, Philips has given us many terrific products in the past few decades, and I cannot help think that this one seems really obvious. You see, our streets just have to be lit at night, right? Of course, these streetlights have to be powered by something, so why not the power of the …

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Tamtam Flash by Designaffairs Studio puts directions on any flat surface

by Mark R

I have never used a GPS while walking, but if I did, I would want to use a Tamtam instead of a TomTom. This is the Tamtam Flash from Designaffairs Studio, and it is designed to make it easy for the average pedestrian who is traveling on the sidewalk instead of on the highway. As you can see, the Tamtam works as a flashlight which will enable it to work …

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Comploo shelter from Bakoko is heated by compost

by Mark R

Someday, we will all have to live in these tiny little saucer-shaped homes! Yeah, I know, I say that like that is a good thing. In fact, this shelter/living quarters is probably the home of choice during the apocalypse, whether it be caused by robots or zombies. This structure is from Japanese company design-firm known as Bakoko. Granted, there doesn’t appear to be a lot of room on the inside, …

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Artificial foot harnesses kinetic energy while walking

by Mark R

It’s pretty amazing what they can do with prosthesis these days, but these mechanical arms and legs tend to drag a little as the human walks. In order to make these prosthesis parts more in sync with humans, people from the University of Michigan and Delft University in the Netherlands are conducting some new experiments. These researchers are tying to create an artificial foot that can recycle the kinetic energy …

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Leech Plug Unplugs Itself

by Ally

If you’re worried about power being consumed while your A/C adapters are plugged in, this Leech Plug is one solution.  A normal adapter will suck up a little power even when your portable electronics are not being charged.  This plug will actually unplug itself once the device has received a full charge, which would take care of that problem.

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Flyfire Swarming Display: Top Secret MIT Project?

by Mark R

I’ve always thought about how cool it would be if bees could swarm into shapes, like they do on cartoons. Think of that one school of fish in Finding Nemo. With the bees example, I would imagine it would be a cross between the nano-swarm in Michael Crichton’s Prey or the smoky monster from Lost. Apparently, some people are working to create a swarming display over at MIT’s SENSEable City …

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Spokeless bike made by Yale students, in one semester

by Mark R

Remember that latest Star Trek movie, where James T. Kirk goes to register for the Starfleet academy on a motorcycle? In all honesty, I thought that there wouldn’t be motorcycles in the twenty-third century, but the film did everything it could to make futuristic. In fact, if you look close enough, you will see that the wheels have no spokes! How is that possible? Probably with the same dilithium crystal …

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