Avik Kumar Si – Instagram overtook Twitter this week in terms of monthly active users. 300 million people are active on Instagram each week. This is a striking figure, coming so early in Instagram’s lifecycle. So, what does this inflection tell us about Instagram, Twitter and more importantly: about us?
At the Pioneers Festival in Vienna last month, AeroMobil, a Slovakian startup, unveiled the thing that we have all been dreaming about since we saw that first episode of the Jetsons while still wearing diapers: The flying car. (Pics and video)
The Markthal Rotterdam is an enormous new market hall that has opened its doors in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and it’s turning quite a few heads. The market hall is a curiously elongated horseshoe of a building, has a 36,000 square foot mural covering its rounded ceiling. (Photos)
Aral Sea August 25, 2000
A massive environmental disaster dubbed “the quiet Chernobyl,” is shown in series of NASA satellite images that reveal the shocking decline of water levels in the Aral Sea. (Photos)
Library designed by architectural firm Snøhetta.
Shaunacy Ferro: Hanging out at the library might just become cool as Calgary, Canada has plans to build a new lending library. The library will be designed by Snøhetta, an architecture firm. The library will have a 240,000-square-foot center and will be more than just a repository for plastic-protected books. Twice as large as Calgary’s existing public library, it’s designed to be both a circulating public library and a community gathering space, a combination bookstore/computer lab/cafe/event space/social hub that provides a pathway between two disconnected neighborhoods. (Photos)
An innovative bicycle designed by Schiller allows people to safely ride on water. It is the world’s most advanced water bicycle with a responsive steering mechanism, multi-speed drive train, twin propellers, and dual chamber pontoons. (Video and pics)
The Contour Crafter could 3D print housing on the surface of the Moon using concrete made from lunar rock.
Imagine it’s the year 2045, and you open the curtains in the morning and instead of grey skies and rain, you are looking out at a rust-colored rocky panorama. You have just woken up on Mars.
Recently, the travel world has gone into a frenzy over the knee defender, a little $22 device that caused quite the scuffle on a United Airlines flight. The plastic attachment clips onto the seat, and prevents the person sitting in front of you from reclining. It is banned by most U.S. carriers, yet a man tried to use it on a flight and really annoyed the woman in front of him. Words were exchanged, drinks were thrown, and eventually the plane was diverted to Chicago and the two offenders were taken off of the plane.
The Segway offers transportation solutions that would reduce congestion, pollution and other environmental problems. The unique design and function of the Segway has a fresh idea and excites the imagination of several people, designers included. If we fast forward a few years, we will see quite a number of concept vehicles entering the market with the same vision. Here are some of these futuristic models Segway lovers would need to look out for in the near future. (Pics)
Brain-operated bionic hand.
We are living in a time where the concept of robotic healthcare isn’t as foreign as it might seem. In regard to healthcare, the surge of innovation is supported by a strong attention to the world of technology and robotics. The evolution of the healthcare market is astonishing. We are becoming more accustom to the idea of automation and exploring the possibilities with open minds rather than anxiety. (Photos and videos)
David Rose with the Ambient Orb.
David Rose, an Inventor and M.I.T. Media Lab researcher, coined the term “enchanted objects” to describe ordinary objects with extraordinary functions. These objects are not only fun but also may hold the key to a better way for humans to use new technology — as opposed to what Rose considers a bleak future in which every tool will be crammed into a computer screen.
As always, if your airline seat is not comfortable, just get up and walk around!
Quote of the Day: “The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.” – Marcel Pagnol