Archived Articles: Conceptual & Futuristic

The future is now, but beyond that are some incredible concept technologies and designs that are much closer than most people realize. Here you will find some of the most exciting soon-to-be-innovations ready to make the leap from virtual to actual reality.

Vehicular Hives: Envisioning Urban Commutes in Compound Cars

Imagine a future where driverless vehicles transcend their expected role in transit, becoming modular hubs that can link up for meetings, gatherings and ...

H2O to Go: Bike Bottle Makes Water from Thin Air as You Cycle

Using air flow and solar energy, this ingenious device creates up to 16 ounces (a half-liter) per hour of drinkable water via condensation as you ride, ...

Hoverboards are Here! Design Floats Above Metal Surfaces

Twenty-five years after ‘Back to the Future’ convinced an entire generation that we’d soon be able to zoom around the city on wheel-less ...

3D-Printed Columns Use Ancient Technique Against Earthquakes

Bringing together cutting-edge technologies and an ancient approach to resisting earthquake damage, the so-called Quake Column marries tradition and high-tech ...

Shape-Shifting Architecture: Material Morphs with Heat & Air

This project asks a question that goes to the heart of how we think of buildings, asking: what if architectural shapes and structures could be more than just ...

See-Through Solar: Crystal Clear Panels Are 100% Transparent

Applied to anything from the surface of your smartphone to the the sides of a skyscraper, the possible uses of this innovation for everyday surfaces are ...

The Ferrari of Rail: Ultra-Luxurious Train Design for Japan

Japan is set to get a new luxury sleeper train with spacious modern cabins designed by Ken Okuyama, who’s best known for his work with Ferrari. The $50 ...

Smart Bricks: Life-Size LEGO-Style Blocks for Human Habitats

Aiming to revolutionize the most basic material units of construction, these building blocks snap together like LEGO bricks while leaving space for insulation ...

SkyTran: 2-Person Maglev Monorail Could Replace Cars

Two-person monorail pods zoom down from the sky at a command from your smart phone in a futuristic commercial transit system set to be installed in Israel. The ...

Almost Human: 15 Frighteningly Realistic Robots & Androids

How would you react if you were chased down the street by a sprinting android wearing head-to-toe camouflage and a gas mask? Probably about the same way ...

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