Future studies or futurology is the science, art and practice of postulating possible, probable, and preferable futures and the worldviews and myths that underlie them. Futures studies seeks to understand what is likely to continue, what is likely to change, and what is novel. Part of the discipline thus seeks a systematic and pattern-based understanding of past and present, and to determine the likelihood of future events and trends. A key part of this process is understanding the potential future impact of decisions made by individuals, organisations and governments. Leaders use results of such work to assist in decision-making.
Motorcycle // Icare Bike Concept
For those of you searching for the ultimate bike or just want to pretend to be the Dark Knight, then the Icare motorcycle concept is made for you. Conceptualized by Enzyme Design in France, the Icare motorcycle is meant to be the Aston Martin of the two-wheeled world with a six-cyclinder 1.8 Honda engine. No words on whether if it will ever go into production, but let’s definitely hope so.
Car // Peugeot HONEY-B
We know you’ve always secretly dreamed about a car that looks reminiscent of a garden honey bee. What, you haven’t? Oh, this is awkward. Well this is what we’ve been waiting for, anyway – the Peugeot Honey-B.
This bizarre SUV-type vehicle is powered by hydrogen fuel cells, has four-wheel drive and steering and sports full panoramic windows so everyone can see just how cool you are as you drop your kids off at the hive.
Computer // B-Membrane Computer
Some highlights of this Kubrick inspired mother ship computer include a membrane keyboard that appears when needed, integrated optical drive and when not used as a computer, the projector can beam ambient light effects on any surface you desire.
House // Fallingwater Cottages
Patkau Architects’ winning design for six small, efficient, sustainable cottages will serve as the basis of a final design, to be implemented following regulatory approval and fundraising.
“In its subtlety, it is provocative and it carries forward the discourse about where architecture can move,” the jury said of the winning design. “Its strength is not just in what is included, but in what is left out.”
Airplane // The Airbus Cocept Plane
Future-gazing by Airbus created radical blueprints for concept planes and aircraft interiors. Learn more about the technologies and innovations that will make these concepts a reality and step into an engineer’s dream.Longer and slimmer wings better glide through the skies, as the flow of air over the wing surface reduces drag and in turn, improves fuel efficiency.
New lightweight ‘smart’ materials sense the load they are under, making for a lighter aircraft that draws less fuel and curbs emissions.
Home Appliance // The Bio Robot
The Bio Robot fridge works by cooling biopolymer gel through luminescence. Odorless gel encapsulates each piece of food individually.
Army // Drone That Hunts F-35s
At the MAKS air show in Moscow last week, Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation unveiled a model of what appears to be a drone that hunts F-35s.
The drone’s body most resembles America’s X-47B, an experimental unmanned autonomous aircraft. While not actually built for combat, the X-47B’s slick, gray, rudderless body and sharp angles suggest a future of stealthy and deadly autonomous machines. Except the body of UAC’s drone model is transparent, revealing instead the electronics systems inside. In addition, it appears the drone’s body has a lift fan in each wing, letting it in theory take off vertically.
Medicine // Electric Underwear
We know, we know, but hear us out—electric underwear really can save thousands of lives. See, when a patient is lying in a hospital bed for days, weeks, or months, they can develop bed sores—open wounds formed by a lack of circulation and compressed skin. And believe it or not, bed sores can be deadly. Roughly 60,000 people die from bed sores and resulting infections every year, draining $12 billion from the U.S. medical industry.
Energy // Beta Ray Generator
In the future, civilization will be forced to research and develop alternative energy sources. Our current rate of fossil fuel usage will lead to an energy crisis this century. In order to survive the energy crisis many companies in the energy industry are inventing new ways to extract energy from renewable sources. While the rate of development is slow, mainstream awareness and government pressures are growing.
he beta.ray comes with a hybrid collector to convert daily electricity and thermal energy at the same time. While reducing the silicon cell area to 25% with the equivalent power output by using our ultra transmission Ball Lens point focusing concentrator, it operates at efficiency levels of nearly 57% in hybrid mode. At nighttime the Ball Lens can transform into a high-power lamp to illuminate your location, simply by using a few LED’s. The station is designed for off grid conditions as well as to supplement buildings’ consumption of electricity and thermal circuits like hot water.
Fuel // Butanol
There have been various methods tried for reducing fossil fuel dependency and containing carbon footprints for a healthier and more eco-friendly future. Corn-produced ethanol has been used for mixing with gasoline but there have been side effects like corrosion from ethanol. Also huge tracts of precious farmlands need to be diverted for corn production. But now new research has thrown up results that show common algae can be used for biofuel production.