Project Yerka: The world’s first unstealable bike

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Engineering students design a bike that cannot be stolen.

Three engineering students at Chile’s University of Adolfo Ibáñez have designed a bicycle that cannot be stolen. More than a novel idea, Project Yerka solves a very common problem. This innovative cycle will be a game changer.  (Videos)

 

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Top 14 architectural trends for the future

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How do you envision the future of architecture?

The great architect, Frank Lloyd Wright said, “every great architect is — necessarily — a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.”  His visions of harmonious design and innovating urban planning amounted to his own brand of organic architecture. We’d argue that Wright wasn’t just an interpreter of his time — he was able to foresee the needs and desires of ages ahead of him. The architect is — necessarily — a visionary capable of seeing into the future. (Pics and videos)

 

 

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MIT creates wearable set of robotic arms to give a helping hand

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Supernumerary Robotic Limbs

MIT creates robotic limbs that, when worn, give you more limbs than you’d normally have. The Supernumerary Robotic Limbs (SRLs) are not designed to replace biological limbs that you might be missing, but rather robotic limbs designed to augment the number of limbs that you have already. (Videos)

 

 

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Financial services ripe for disruptive innovation

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Richard Branson

Technology is having a profound impact on so many sectors, creating opportunities, speeding up development and leveling the playing field so that leading companies can no longer take success for granted. It is an incredibly exciting time for innovation across the sector. (Videos)

 

 

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Shapeshifting furniture of the future

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The inFORM

The inFORM–a shapeshifting display that you can reach through and touch–was meant to be a sort of digital scrying pool through which MIT could imagine the user interfaces of the future. Currently on display at Milan’s Design Week, the inFORM’s successor (called, appropriately enough,the Transform) is a scrying pool too, but instead of helping us imagine the interfaces of the future, it’s here to teach us what the polymorphous furniture of tomorrow will be like instead. (Videos)

 

 

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Mobile video viewing increased 719% between 2011 and 2013: Ooyala

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Mobile viewership will double by end of 2015.

TV isn’t just a box in the living room anymore, it also includes smartphones and tablets. A new report from video services company Ooyala provides more evidence of that trend. By analyzing viewing data from 200 million people, the Global Video Index report found mobile and tablet viewing increased 719% from 2011 to 2013. In 2013 alone, the share of videos watched on mobile phones increased by 10 times.

 

 

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11 futuristic forms of transportation we could see soon

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ET3 – Evacuated Tube Transportation

Planes, trains, and automobiles is transportation that has carried us through the 20th century, but these days, they’re old news. The transportation of the future will be more along the lines of magnetic levitation, jetpacks, and zip lines that fit in a backpack—and they could be here sooner than you think.

 

 

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Drones are the future of sports photography

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Drones allow the filmmaker to get much closer to his subject.

At the Winter Olympics in Sochi, drones were used to film ski and snowboarding events. But the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for sports photography is far from a passing gimmick. In fact, you should expect more and more athletic events to be filmed by drone. (Videos)

 

 

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Evolution Door: An ingenious door that opens and closes with two rotating panels

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Evolution Door

A clever folding door from Austrian artist Klemens Torggler has been making the design blog rounds the past few days. It’s the kind of poetic reinvention of a familiar object that makes you wonder why nobody thought of such a radical innovation before. (Videos)

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Bill Gates crushes 3 myths about foreign aid

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Bill and Melinda Gates

Bill and Melinda Gates have released a letter in January outlining the work the foundation has done in the last year and they have done this for the past five years. This year, they took a bit of a different approach. They were concerned by virulent myths that programs funded by the Gates Foundation are useless, are not effective, or are potentially dangerous, the couple’s letter focuses on dispelling what they call the three main myths of foreign aid. (videos)

 

 

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