inFORM is this dynamic surface made up of physical ‘pixels’ capable of recreating 3D forms transmitted thanks to a connection that uses kinect technology. Users are able to control and interact with objects without having to use a remote controller. All that is required is the simple use of movements to activate the pixels.
Developed by MIT’s Tangible Media Group what makes this innovative design so fascinating is that it opens the door to remote interaction in countless fields such as medicine, construction, games…
Although not everyone deals with needles and the moment they break through our skin in quite the same way, the truth is it can be very uncomfortable, to the point of causing anxiety and dizziness in some people. Luckily, we have good news for anyone afraid of needles, because they have finally invented a system to draw blood without using them.
Hemolink is a device created by American company Tasso Inc.; it is round, 10cm long, and users can place it over their skin on the arm or abdomen, where it draws blood without sticking anything into the skin. How does it work? The secret lies in microfluidics technology.
Obviously this is a tremendous step forward, not only because it does without needles, loathed by many patients, but most importantly because it frees medical centers from long queues and unnecessary waits, as patients receive Hemolink in their mailbox and then send the blood directly to the lab.
Although virtual reality is something the greater public has only recently gained access to, thanks to brands like Samsung, Microsoft, HTC, Sony, Google and Oculus, we now have the possibility of enjoying our own virtual experiences through a “simple” pair of glasses.
But some have looked to take this one step further by extending the possibility of a virtual reality system under water. This has brought us Nautilus VR. Its Spanish creator, Juan Barambones, had the idea because he thought that this would be a great way for someone living in a city without sea to experience the sensation of diving in distant and exotic waters. So thanks to these glasses, we can “enjoy” an exotic Caribbean sea, surrounded by fish and coral reefs, from our swimming pool.
This is only the beginning of what is still a prototype. Even so, this is a fantastic and innovative example of what we can dream of, and the endless possibilities offered by virtual reality.
The city we would all love to live in would surely have little details like this idea: Lampbrella. It isn’t a great innovation but it certainly is pretty original, since by taking advantage of something as present in cities as street lamps it proposes an umbrella that can protect us from the rain when we least expect it and aren’t protected.
The umbrella unfolds automatically when its integrated sensor detects rain, so that anyone in need of cover can step under it. Stop being afraid of the rain.
Another one of those ideas that leave us dumbfounded thanks to their simplicity and their enormous ̶ not to say gigantic ̶ functionality. This idea is quite simply a Velcro strap that is placed on the top of a racket so that you can pick up tennis balls without needing to bend over. Thank you! Anyone who has ever played tennis is smiling as they read this idea.
It’s calledTennis picker and it is a conceptual design that hasn’t been marketed yet, but has already won several international design awards: K-design award 2014, red dot design award 2014 and finalist in the International Design Excellence Awards 2014.
We’re used to seeing robot prototypes that clean the house or tag along to do the shopping… but this idea is completely new: a robot chef And when I say chef, I mean that the robot’s arms will literally do all of the cooking.
Designed by Moley Robotics, this robotic chef has 129 sensors that allow it to learn to cook by watching another person and incorporating movement patterns.
A fascinating glimpse into the future, perfect for people who don’t like to cook, or lack the time to do so, or for the elderly or people with some disability. It’s all really about making our lives easier.
Since we can’t always ride in well-lit areas, the best way to make yourself visible, not only in the street, can be to “wear” some of these ideas. Safety elements that make you visible to other pedestrians and vehicles are something that can save your life.
The innovative reflective paint launched by Volvo. This is a spray paint that looks completely transparent at first sight, but after spraying it on any surface (bicycle, clothes, dog leash…) it becomes reflective whenever it is lit.
The renewable energy generators we all know are faced with a key challenge in order to expand: their application in urban environments, something that is usually conditioned by their size. Working on smaller designs that can be installed in homes and buildings is essential, as this would no longer require large surfaces.
This is why today’s idea, called LIAM F1, is a great step forward. It is an innovative design for a wind turbine developed by a Dutch company. It is innovative not only because of its size, suitable for any home, but especially because of the shape of its blades, which always look for the best wind direction and achieve a greater energy yield. All this with the least possible noise, so that it does not produce noise pollution in urban areas.
LIAM F1 is capable of producing between 300 and 2,500 kilowatts a year, which would “double the annual energy requirements of a normal home”.
Luckily there are many innovative minds that don’t ever stop thinking of new ideas to improve the lives of people with less resources. Today’s is a lovely idea that combines fun and electricity. It is a jump rope called “Jumping Lighting” that stores energy while children play with it during the day, and gives off energy at night for LED lighting at home.
But the design proposed today by Triple Spin is the most innovative of all, firstly because it introduces a completely new design compared to all washing machines we’ve seen before. But also, because it would save a lot of time, water and, above all, would be far more comfortable to use.
Its design presents three washing machines in one. This means it is made up of three vertical sections that are completely independent but capable of washing simultaneously. Thanks to a small transparent window in each compartment, we can see what we have inserted into each one.
It is great that you no longer need to wait for enough colored clothes to fill the machine with, or that you don’t need to pile up white clothes so that you can wash them all together.