In Pictures: This Week’s Most Futuristic Designs


Mink Makeup Printer

Makeup is expensive, particularly if you are after an unusual colour or shade. But Grace Choi, the inventor of the Mink printer is set to change that. Supply the printer with a sample colour from the web and it will produce eyeshadow, lipstick, foundation or pretty much any other makeup required by combining makeup substrates and base colours. This could be an industry killer.

Via Pocket-lint.


Opus Office Tower

The interior of Dubai’s soon-to-be-opened Opus Office Tower is as futuristic as they come. Designed by architectural megastar Zaha Hadid, who is known for incorporating organic shapes and flowing lines into her designs, the tower includes luxury hotel rooms that look like they’ve been borrowed from 2050. The outside is pretty incredible, too, resembling a glass cube with a light-filled chunk taken out of it.

Via Designboom.


SoftWheel Wheelchair

Wheelchairs on uneven ground can result in a pretty uncomfortable ride, and no amount of conventional suspension is going to completely mask a potholed or broken pavement. This genius redesign of the wheelchair is set to change this – by completely redesigning to wheel to swap out spokes for compression cylinders, the SoftWheel team has made a wheelchair that gives the feeling of floating on air.

Via The Guardian.


The Drinkable Book

It might not look futuristic, but the pages of this book are laced with silver nanoparticles to enable it to function as a safe and reliable water filter. Each half page can be torn of and inserted into a special tray that polluted water can be poured through. The result is water on a par with US tapwater, making it ideal for areas when clean water is a scarce resource. The book can also be read, providing tips on water safety.



Travel Buddy, Caddy

This is an extremely cool concept design for a smart suitcase by Seoul-based Jihyun Seo. With a transparent OLED display covering the top and front panel, the suitcase can provide valuable information such as currency conversion, local time zones, weather and even the layout of the airport. With a customisable screen the suitcase is instantly recognisable, and options include a digital nametag, pattered finish or badges showing off where you’ve been.

Via Behance.

Round-up: The technology you missed this week

The ‘sexbots’ are coming


One in six people living in Britain would have sex with a robot, according to the results of a survey asking people about their views on the electronic devices.

Twenty-nine percent of all the people asked said they have no problem with robots being used in this way.

Source: The Week 

Powering your computer with ‘blood’


Tech giant IBM has created what it is calling ‘electronic blood,’ in an attempt to try and make the computer as efficient as the human brain.

A fluid is charged with an electronic current, which then flows to the computer’s processors, simultaneously cooling and charging them.

Source: CNN

You’re in the army now


Tank drivers in Norway are now getting a helping hand, or eye, from the VR headset Oculus Rift.

They have been kitted out with an early development version of the software that gives the operators a 360 degree view, courtesy of cameras fitted around the vehicle.

Source: TU TV 

Image courtesy of TU TV

The biggest game in the world


In more Oculus Rift news, the company’s CEO Brendan Iribe told an audience that they would like to build a massive one billion person online multiplayer game.

The company was purchased by Facebook earlier this year, and could now have access to the resources they need for massive development.

Source: The Verge 

The future’s not so bright


Hackers seem to be striking major companies more often, and this week mobile phone operator Orange was hacked and 1.3 customers’ personal data was taken.

The hackers apparently have access to the names, email addresses and phone numbers the company’s French customers.

Source: BBC News

Taking over the moon


Russia is planning to colonise the moon in the next 16 years, according to sources in the country.

The plan to get men and women living on the moon is said to involve three steps – we would think it would take a few more than that.

Source: Moscow Times