PlanetSolar's TÛRANOR is currently on its way to becoming the first solar-powered boat to circumnavigate the globe. Driven by a silent, pollution-free electrical engine that is powered exclusively by solar energy, the PlanetSolar team has two goals in mind. The first objective is to show that current technologies aimed at improving energy efficiency are reliable and effective. The second is… Continue
Russian firm Orbital Technologies plans to open the very first space hotel in history by 2016. The space hotel, or "Commercial Space Station," as it's officially called, will float 250 miles above Earth. The hotel can accommodate a maximum of seven people at one time.
To prepare, tourists will have to undergo special training that can take up to three months, depending on the type of spacecraft they fly to the hotel. The firm says that stays can range from three days… Continue
After putting up considerable resistance, Apple executives finally let the Metropolitan Transportation Authority release renderings of the Apple store planned for New York's famed Grand Central Station. As expected, Apple makes good use of the monumental space, keeping things clean and simple, and not taking anything away from the station's classic architecture.
Reminiscent of roughed up combat veterans reuniting, NASA's retired shuttles Discovery and Endeavour had a rare nose-to-nose encounter last week, while trading places at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
According to NASA: "The space shuttle fleet began setting records with its first launch on April 12, 1981 and continued to set high marks of achievement and endurance through 30… Continue
Today marks an important day in LEGO history. Three LEGO figures just successfully launched off towards Jupiter aboard a rocket carrying Juno, a space probe that will explore the planet for the duration of a year. A joint project by NASA and LEGO created these mini figures, which were modeled to resemble the famed Italian… Continue
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In honor of Wi-Fi day, which was earlier this week, Mashable asked their community to respond with the best Wi-Fi network names they’ve ever seen. With a staggering number of responses, they created a list with their top picks. The real gems include: GET…Continue
What a cool illusion! Accessories for the iPhones and iPads are now just as exciting as the products themselves. We just featured the incredibly cute panda cases, and now we have incredibly cool faucet stands! Designed by Japanese studio… Continue
Do you remember looking out the back seat windows as a kid? Now, imagine if you were given augmented reality tools on those windows that allowed you to draw, zoom in, and even learn about the objects that you were looking at. This is the future that the engineers and designers of Toyota Motor Europe and Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design envision for… Continue
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More than one out of every five people in the world lives without any access to electricity. Yet, out of those 1.4 billion people living without modern energy, many play the most popular game in the world, soccer.
Four Harvard students created a project for the American Express-sponsored Take Part program. Using the sport, it's a creative… Continue
If you're one of the millions of people who love Flipboard's iPad app, you'll know about their sweet new update. In case you don't know what Flipboard is, it's a digital social magazine that aggregates web links and then displays the content like a magazine. My Modern Met was one of the first ones to be…Continue
What a sleek-looking yacht! Adastra was born after five years of design and discussion between a Hong Kong couple and West Sussex-based John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs. Very experienced at voyaging the ocean, the couple wanted to create a trimaran that was designed for efficient long range cruising. The super yacht boasts a maximum speed of 22.5 knots and can cover 4000 miles at a range of 17… Continue
Astoundingly, in a population of less than 50 million, South Korea has more than 10 million smartphone users. That's one in every five! To cater to this constantly moving, tech-savvy demographic, Tesco Homeplus created a virtual store in Seoul subway stations. It's there where you'll find both virtual displays and merchandise that look exactly as the same as if they… Continue
Australian inventor Chris Malloy has built a hoverbike from motorcycle parts and claims it can fly up to 173 mph, at an altitude of 10,000 feet. The designer says the one-person vehicle could replace conventional helicopters for tasks over rugged terrain, such as aerial surveys, search-and-rescue missions and cattle roundups.
Along with two Tasmanian Oak propellers, the 240 pounds… Continue
Even though the hovercraft never really caught on with the mainstream public, this futuristic concept by 21-year-old Chinese designer Yuhan Zhang will surely turn some heads. The entry was recently shortlisted in the CDN Car Design Awards in China.
The Volkswagen Aqua is an all-terrain hovercraft that has more than one engine. The primary motor, which is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell,… Continue
Sometimes, technology is totally mind-blowing. You'll be amazed to see how functional this bionic hand is. It will be fascinating to see where this bionic technology goes in the next five years...
Patrick, a 24-year-old Austrian, decided to have his dysfunctional hand amputated and replaced with a bionic hand. After being electrocuted at work, he lost the use of his left hand. As he demonstrates the extra movement in his new bionic hand, we see him him open… Continue
Even if you're not a gearhead, you have to admit, the recently released Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 is one sexy beast.
Limited to just 600 vehicles worldwide, the latest 911 packs a 4.0-liter flat-six engine derived from the 911 GT3 RSR racer and features forged pistons, titanium connecting rods, and a crankshaft pulled directly from its track-bred descendant. With 500 horsepower peaking at… Continue
Sir Richard Branson pushes the envelope like no other. Having already launched a successful commercial venture into space with Virgin Galactic, Branson aims to explore the deepest points in each of the world's five oceans with Virgin Oceanic.
The eight-foot long craft, made of carbon fiber… Continue
I'm a firm believer that we'll be seeing touchscreen technology a lot more in the future. Corning Incorporated, best known for their Gorilla glass technology, released an interesting promo video laying out its vision for the future of displays. From refrigerator doors to shop windows, the five minute clip, titled “A Day Made of Glass” shows a wide range of applications that could be soon within our reach.
Russian artists Alexei Lyapunov and Lena Ehrlich of Art Lebedev Studio present a new way of making flash drives. Using cardboard, they've created disposable thumb drives, which have biodegradable housing and are environmentally friendly.
They are also inexpensive to produce. Cardboard is a more cost-effective material than plastic, wood or metal. It wouldn’t require using costly inks… Continue