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.

First “Drawn in Place” Architecture Made with a 3D-Printing Pen

A group of students from the University of Tokyo have created the world’s first work of 3D pen-drawn architecture, extruding thermoplastic filament to ...

The Droids You’re Looking For? 10 Amazing DARPA Robots

No need to get too concerned about a robot uprising just yet, if the finalists at last year’s DARPA Robotics Challenge are any indication, but that ...

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Power Plants: Scientists Grow Conductive Wires in Living Roses

A group of Swedish scientists has developed a successful method for integrating conductive wire systems into plants, naturally soaked up from a gel into leaves ...

Space Architecture: Astronomers Sight Alien ‘Megastructures’

Scientists and alien life seekers alike are all looking to solve the mystery of a distant star, activity around which, according to astronomers ...

Reversible Concrete: 3D Printing for Easy Deconstruction & Reuse

Reinventing one of the world’s most ubiquitous building materials, this concrete alternative developed at MIT can be 3D-printed then disassembled ...

Frontier Finalists: 30 NASA 3D-Printed Mars Habitat Candidates

A set of 30 candidates have been selected for final consideration by NASA in the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, including robot-constructed buildings, ice ...

Floating Blue: Bold Plan to Expand Dense Cities into Open Seas

Ocean cities are a longstanding Utopian dream, but the majority of such schemes fail to address the immediate need of cramped urban centers, many of which ...

Tube Travelators: Replacing London Trains with Moving Walkways

A proposal by an international architecture firm would reduce travel time in the London Underground, not with faster rail cars but by using people movers of ...

Hive Habitats: Modular Floating Survival Shelters Band Together

Providing secure enclosures and other critical safety features in the face of tsunamis, floods and accidents at sea, this system of survival pods adds another ...

Bye Bye Big Brother: Airplane Mode House Severs Signals

The curtain of the future might filter out not just light and prying eyes but also electronic signals to give us peace and privacy of another kind. The RAM ...

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