In Pictures: This Week’s Most Futuristic Designs


 3D Printed Micro House

You’d hardly believe this was a house: from the outside it looks like an oversized jelly tin, but this 50ft² structure is a mobile micro home for young people who spend very little time at home.

Designed by 3M futureLAB students, the structure manages to cram in a bathroom, kitchen and bed as well as a space for media projection.

Via Designboom.


Reversed Chair

When is a chair not a chair? When it’s a desk. This rather nifty chair-desk hybrid (let’s call it a chesk for now) is the creation of architect Pierre Louis, and is currently on French Kickstarter equivalent Kiss Kiss Bank Bank.

The chesk is designed to easily flip from lounger to office surface, although it’s probably not the best place to set up your desktop computer.

Via Kiss Kiss Bank Bank.


Baobed Treehouse

This egg-shaped sleeping pod is for adventurers who like a little luxury.

Measuring 13ft long and 6.5ft wide, its design is based on the fruit of the baobab tree, which dominates central African landscapes.

It can be rigged up for any travel scenario, with space for a double bed if needed, and the option of tree suspension once it has been transported by trailer.

Via Inhabitat.


Hualien Residences

This residential development in Taiwan achieves the remarkable feat of combining futuristic design with mountain imagery and a grass roof.

Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, it combines residential units with commercial spaces to create a stunningly landscapes community. Simply put, we want to live there.

Images courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group.


Lucio Table

As a side table topped with solar panels, this piece of furniture is designed to charge your tech using just natural light.

Designed by Italy-based Studio Natural, the table is intended to be used as an island piece without the need for tethering to the nearest wall, banishing the standard mess of cables once and for all.

Images courtesy of Moco.


Round-up: The technology you missed this week

Amazon’s magic wand


Online sales giant, and want to be drone maker, Amazon has this week announced it’s aluanching what is a effectively a magic wand for ordering products.

Amazon say the device, called ‘Dash’ is to make shopping easier and when it is rolled out it will allow shoppers to say or scan a product to put it in their basket.

Source: Amazon

A 30 second charge

If you’ve ever been waiting around for your phone to finish charging so that you can leave the house, now you’re in luck.

A Tel-Aviv based start-up has created a prototype charge that promises to charge your phone in 30-seconds.

Source: Wall Street Journal 

Ocean powered cleaning


A teenager has come up with a way to clean plastic from the ocean and save thousands of years over current methods.

The idea comprises of using static collectors and allowing the power of the ocean to collect the plastic by itself. It would save man-power, time and funds if proved to be completely feasible.

Source: Clean Technica

Image courtesy of Boyan Slat

As clear as mud

British manufacturer Land Rover has unveiled the latest augmented car technology which it could introduce for its vehicles – the ‘see through’ bonnet.

The device is early in the concept stage but the company thinks it could be used as an aid when climbing steep hills in one of its off-road vehicles.

Source: Land Rover

Around the world in five days


A new solar-powered plane that could fly for up to five days straight has been unveiled.

The Solar Impulse 2 is as big as a 747 jumbo jet but only weighs the same as a car.

Source: Ars Technica