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.

Futurbanist: 10 Award-Worthy 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Designs

From 3D-printed towers of sand to garbage-powered architecture of the seas, these eVolo Skyscraper Competition entries push the envelope in every possible ...

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Sensory Reading Experience Integrates Touch and Sound

Some might say that if you aren’t experiencing the atmosphere of a story while you’re reading, the author hasn’t done her job. But ...

20-Hour House: How to 3D-Print 2,500 Square Feet in 1 Day

Combining ancient earthen-architecture approaches and cutting-edge robotic technologies, this contour crafting process promises a revolution in how we address ...

Nautical Architectures: Electrified Reefs to Waterfall Prisons

Like a speculative fiction novelist, Margot Krasojevic creates fantastical work that manages to combine real design challenges of our times with futuristic ...

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Dial it Down: Noise-Cancelling Device for City Street Sounds

The background sounds of urban environments can be invigorating when you are out and about, but enervating when you are at home and want to tune them out. Now ...

Sucking Smog: Electronic Vacuum Cleaner Clears City Skies

It sounds so preposterous and yet is sufficiently plausible that its designer is now talking to the mayor of Beijing about how to develop for urban use in this ...

Tactile Technology: 13 Off-Screen Touch Input Inventions

Touch input has already almost entirely eliminated the need for physical keyboards and mouses, but soon, it won’t even be confined to a screen. ...

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Glow in the Dark World: 12 Smart Illuminated Inventions

Glow in the dark tech doesn’t have to be limited to novelties like glow sticks – it could be used to make the roads safer, provide illumination ...

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Talking Windows: Trains Deliver Ads Directly into Your Head

Television, radio, the internet, billboards, newspapers, magazines, malls, supermarkets…wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, it’s ...

House of Hemp and Blood: 16 Futuristic Building Materials

Future buildings could be made of artificial human bone, hemp, bacterial byproducts or concrete that absorbs greenhouse gas emissions and lasts thousands of ...

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