It may look like Thomas The Tank-Engine’s evil Russian uncle Boris The Bus, but it’s actually so much more! Developed by Uralvagonzavod, a high-tech tank manufacturer, this is the latest addition to the Russian public transport system. Dubbed R1, or Russa One, the street-train was revealed at the 2014 Innoprom Tech-Expo earlier this week. All […]
Architectural designer Michael Jantzen, whose vision is to ‘reinvent the built environment in order to extend the reach of consciousness’, admittedly designs structures that are fantastic and surreal. Even more extraordinary is his M-Vironment series of flexible hinged-panel houses, which are not just conceptual, but actually functional. Held together within a main frame, dwellers can […]
In case you feel that iPhones are all too common these days, go ahead and give yours a futuristic update with this nifty Aurora iPhone skin. The skin provides total 360 degrees coverage plus a sleek shine that mimics the alien beauty of the Northern Lights. Just $35, this skin is a nice gift option […]
If anyone was wondering who created the beautiful Bubble Ship and Drones in the recent Tom Cruise hit, Oblivion, here’s your answer. Daniel Simon, senior designer at Bugatti and Volkswagen, has shown his talents in the film industry before with the design of the motorcycles in Tron. Now, after working with an A-list clientele including […]
LaCie Balde Runner, designed by Phillippe Starck, is a top of the line desktop drive to make all your colleagues jealous. Its goregous design combines the hard edges of blade-like shapes with an organic, bean-like center structure. Oh, and did I mention its 4TB drive and high-speed USB 3.0 interface, which can handle the toughest tasks.
About a year ago, it was really cool for young kids to wear the turtle shell backpacks designed to make the kid feel like a Ninja Turtle. But now it’s time to grow up. This is the future of backpacks. Solid Gray backpacks are dutch designed. They’re tough, lean, and smart.
Kazakhstan’s new capital city of Astana is home to a huge, futuristic pyramid structure – the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation – created to house the triennial ‘congress of world and traditional religions’. The stunning project was designed by Foster and Partners and ate up 8.74 billion kazakh tenge (as in £35 million or US$53 […]
According to the 1980s, Xanadu is what houses looked like in 2001. That would’ve meant tearing down our houses fifteen years later in favour of giant hollow Polyurethane structures shaped like giant robots. I wish! In reality, our lame society pretty much stuck to the same old formula leaving ol’ Xanadu to be enjoyed only […]
Here’s a sneak peak from Ghost in the Shell: Arise. I don’t understand Japanese, but the intriguing scenes of a beautiful girl lifting her hands to reveal her cyber robot prosthetics captured my attention right away. Originally created in 1989 as written Manga, this cyberpunk series is getting a face-lift for modern audiences. As a […]
According to these illustrations, we should all have a personal flying machine by now. Take a step back in time and see what society was expecting life to be like by the year 2000. Each vintage image is a time capsule of thought and culture that flavors each prediction with Victorian fashion. Some of these […]
‘The future is already here; it’s just not very evenly distributed’ (William Gibson). That quote comes to mind each time I visit Brenna Murphy’s ever-changing website. The Portland-based artist always seems to be a couple of steps ahead of the game. Her otherworldly hologram-like puzzles of marbelized baroque mandalas form an intertwining ecosystem that seems so near and yet so remote. Her art manages to spark an excitement of trying to discover and access her dense and rich digital environments, which I haven’t felt for a long time. Perhaps in a few years from now I’ll understand it. Until then, I remain amazed.
We all have a vision of what we think the future will look like. So what does the ever present growth of China mean for Westerners? That is the question China-based French photographer Benoit Cezard is trying to answer through his interesting and controversial series, China 2050. The series show Westerners performing a range of “blue collar” jobs that may currently be performed by poorer Chinese migrants – cleaners, construction workers and waiters are all included. Is this the future for the Western world?