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High-Tech, Kevlar-Clad House Transforms to Avoid Disasters

High-Tech, Kevlar-Clad House Transforms to Avoid Disasters

A prototype, to be sure, but what a beautiful design and brilliant idea. A combination of formal choices and built-in technologies recognize the awesome power of nature, and attempt to adapt to rather than defy environmental conditions on the ground (or in the sky).

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Dinner Party Without a Table = Better Guest Conversations?

Dinner parties are a traditional way to introduce acquaintances to one another, but the main element of the dinner party is its biggest hindrance: the table itself. Closer is a project from Marco A. Guadarrama that seeks to bring people physically nearer to one another while they mingle.

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Hide + Seek Champ: RFID Tracker is a Remote Bloodhound

Hide + Seek Champ: RFID Tracker is a Remote Bloodhound

If you’re one of those people who regularly misplace your keys, your TV remote, your wallet and anything else that’s small enough to disappear, you need a way to keep track of your stuff. The Finder is an RFID location device that uses a transparent touchscreen device and a sheet of locator stickers to help you find all of your little lost things. Just peel a sticker off of the sheet and stick it onto your stuff, then the handheld device can tell you just where it is.

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Shoot! Slingshot Cam Lets You Catch Friends Looking Scared

Shoot! Slingshot Cam Lets You Catch Friends Looking Scared

Who says candid pictures always have to be nice? Wouldn’t it be more fun to catch your friends’ faces at their most startled? You definitely would accomplish that with the Sling Shot Camera. As you can infer from the name, it looks just like a slingshot – but instead of flinging spitballs or pebbles with the elastic string you can snap hilarious portraits of your friends looking surprised.

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Let’s Go Fly a Trike: Awesome Scooter/Glider Concept

Let’s Go Fly a Trike: Awesome Scooter/Glider Concept

One of the reasons that activities like skydiving and paragliding are so popular is that humankind has been trying to fly since the first time one of us saw a bird take off. What an amazing feeling it is to zoom through the air, heart pounding, while watching the ground so far away below. The ParaMoto Trike concept is a whimsical kind of vehicle that would let you zip through the sky and then zip around on the streets once you land.

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Bike Centipede? Circular Bike Gets You + 8 Friends Nowhere

Bike Centipede? Circular Bike Gets You + 8 Friends Nowhere

People who frequent gyms often complain that running on treadmills and riding stationary bikes may be good exercise, but they feel pointless since you don’t get anywhere. The Circular Bike by artistRobert Wechsler can get you out of the gym and into the fresh air…but you still won’t get anywhere riding it.

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World’s First True 3D Display Projects Pictures in Mid-Air

World’s First True 3D Display Projects Pictures in Mid-Air

There’s been a lot of hubbub about 3D displays for the past few years, but those 3D televisions and movie screens are really just optical illusions. This display prototype developed by Burton actually displays images in three dimensions. Named the True 3D Display, the device uses a laser to illuminate points of light either in water or in the air. Smaller displays like this one use a tank of water with the laser rising up from below. But larger displays can be created to view 3D objects in mid-air by creating plasma excitation of environmental nitrogen and oxygen. The images created by the display can be viewed naturally by simply moving around them and looking at all sides.

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