Architects have designed a Martian city for the desert outside Dubai

 

8F52C44F-1686-485A-8633-0DC261347243

Martian city for the desert outside Dubai

 Dubai is a city where firefighters use jetpacks, archipelagos are built from scratch, and buildings climb into the clouds; a slick metropolis in the middle of a vast red desert. First-time visitors would be forgiven for thinking they had stumbled onto a film set for a sci-fi movie.

Now Dubai is set for what must be its most other-worldly architectural project yet.

In 2017, the United Arab Emirates announced its ambition to colonize Mars within the next 100 years. But architects are already imagining what a Martian city might look like — and planning to recreate it in the desert outside Dubai.

Mars Science City was originally earmarked to cover 176,000 square meters of desert — the size of more than 30 football fields — and cost approximately $135 million.

Intended as a space for Dubai’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) to develop the technology needed to colonize Mars, architects Bjarke Ingels Group were asked to design a prototype of a city suitable for sustaining life on Mars — and then adapt it for use in the Emirati desert.

Continue reading… “Architects have designed a Martian city for the desert outside Dubai”

A jetpack company just reached a major milestone in our quest to fly like Iron Man

Watch this man fly in a jet-powered suit

 (CNN)We may be closer to seeing a real-life Iron Man suit than you think.

The team at Jetman Dubai built a jet-powered wingsuit and say they just reached a major milestone with it — a pilot took off from the ground and then transitioned into a high-altitude flight.

The achievement occurred last Friday, when Jetman pilot Vince Reffett took off from a standing start on the runway at Skydive Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and then flew up to nearly 6,000 feet in altitude. He demonstrated the ability to hover, stop, turn and maneuver.

Continue reading… “A jetpack company just reached a major milestone in our quest to fly like Iron Man”

Construction completed on largest 3D-printed building in the world

B645CD04-027D-49FF-B0DA-98A297639235

Largest 3D-printed municipality building in Dubai

At 31 feet tall and 6,900 square feet, a new building in Dubai is the largest 3D-printed building in the world — and the first two-story structure of its kind.

The most impressive part of the project? U.S. company Apis Cor built the structure using only three workers and one printer.

Proving that the printer could handle a harsh environment, Apis Cor did the printing outdoors where there was no temperature or humidity control.

However, there was a logistical issue the printer did have to tackle: The square foot area of the building was larger than the printing area of the stationary machine. To solve this technological obstacle, a crane moved the 3D printer around the site.

Continue reading… “Construction completed on largest 3D-printed building in the world”

Watch a massive 3D-printed building take shape

C39FE584-2A75-4AB1-8DDF-3F48BEBDA241

Dubai is now home to the world’s largest 3D-printed two-story building.

On Wednesday, officials in the city’s Warsan neighborhood unveiled the building, which is 9.5 meters (31 feet) tall and has a total area of 640 square meters (6,889 square feet). The structure’s concrete walls were constructed in place using a massive 3D printer — and the entire building serves as a testament to the power of 3D printing in construction.

Continue reading… “Watch a massive 3D-printed building take shape”

Watch two ‘Jetmen’ fly alongside an A380 superjumbo

DE7333A6-4CDC-40B9-A7AC-5F8BE74B5FF9

We’ve seen Swiss daredevil Yves Rossy (aka Jetman) fly his carbon fiber jet wing over Rio, and above Dubai with his protege Jetman Vince Reffet. The latest video from the fearless aviators sees Rossy and Reffet share the skies with something a little bigger — an Emirates A380 airliner. Once again, the flight takes place over the Palm Jumeirah and Dubai skylines. We can only imagine the duo gives the A380 pilot constant heart palpitations as they deftly maneuver around the plane (y’know, with its jet intakes and all that).

Continue reading… “Watch two ‘Jetmen’ fly alongside an A380 superjumbo”

Dubai Police start training on flying motorbikes

097BB2B1-ED46-4736-B7B1-32F2AC7D8F8C

(CNN) — The flying motorbike is back in Dubai — and you could see the police riding one in the not-too-distant future.

A year after California-based startup Hoversurf showcased its hoverbike at tech expo GITEX in the white and green livery of the Dubai Police, the company has returned with a new model and evidence its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle might be, well, taking off.

Making good on a deal signed in 2017, Hoversurf has now gifted Dubai Police its first serial production unit of the S3 2019 Hoverbike and has begun training officers to fly it.

Brigadier Khalid Nasser Alrazooqi, general director of Dubai Police’s artificial intelligence department, described the eVTOL vehicle as a first responder unit used to access hard to reach areas. He said he aims to have hoverbikes in action by 2020.

Continue reading… “Dubai Police start training on flying motorbikes”

New hyperloop photos show capsule’s sleek, windowless interior

IMG_6973

Mock-up of a futuristic transportation pod looks a bit like the cabin of an airliner, but with a crucial difference.

The Virgin Hyperloop One mock-up has luxury touches but no windows.BMW Designworks.

If you’ve ever wondered what the inside of a hyperloop capsule might look like, you’re in luck.

Continue reading… “New hyperloop photos show capsule’s sleek, windowless interior”

The robocops are here

IMG_6281

As robotic police head out on the street of Dubai, we look at the technology that’s set to revolutionise law and order.

Visitors to Dubai’s busy shopping arcades may be surprised to find themselves under the protection of a humanoid police robot. Though it has no mouth, the expressionless bot communicates in Arabic and English, and helps tourists navigate the city, as well as connecting them directly with police services via a touchscreen.

Continue reading… “The robocops are here”

An inside look at the world’s first nation with a minister for artificial intelligence

IMG_4837

From robots that can flawlessly perform backflips to electric cars that can go over 950 km (600 miles) on a single charge, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the future is far closer than we may have previously thought. If the missteps of the industrial revolution are any indicator, we need to start planning for that future today.

Continue reading… “An inside look at the world’s first nation with a minister for artificial intelligence”

Airbus’ electric flying taxis are set to take to the skies next year

IMG_3808

Airbus has successfully completed testing on its CityAirbus’ propulsion system, putting the VTOL on track for a 2018 test flight. When its fully operational, it will be able to carry up to four people and maneuver around the city at 120km/h.

Continue reading… “Airbus’ electric flying taxis are set to take to the skies next year”

Discover the Hidden Patterns of Tomorrow with Futurist Thomas Frey
Unlock Your Potential, Ignite Your Success.

By delving into the futuring techniques of Futurist Thomas Frey, you’ll embark on an enlightening journey.

Learn More about this exciting program.