PhoneBloks Wants to Make a Modular Phone - And Needs Your Help

PhoneBloks is a conceptual smartphone which is modular - making the individual major components replaceable and offering customization like no other phone on the market today.

There are many reasons, of course, why the big manufacturers aren’t putting something like this on the market - e.g profit, but the concept is a great one and if anything the message about tech waste needs to be spread.

You can help Dave (the guy behind this concept) out by donating your social reach on Thunderclap (which is crowdsourcing for social messaging - this site in itself is pretty neat so if you haven’t been there yet head on over). https://www.thunderclap.it/all

What do you think? Would you buy a phone like this?

'Genesis' 3D Printed Concept Car Can Assemble Itself!

Royal College of Art graduate student Nir Seigel recently unveiled plans for a 3D printed concept car that actually assembles itself! Seigel’s Genesis vehicle explores next generation manufacturing techniques for the auto industry, and it was awarded the Pilkington Design Award for best design interpretation.

Read more: 'Genesis' 3D Printed Concept Car Can Assemble Itself! | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building 

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Window Socket Makes Any Window An Outlet

Inventions like these will change the world. Go Solar Power! NOTE: This is just a concept but knowing what technology is out there - it is totally feasible.

Source: http://www.yankodesign.com/2013/04/26/plug-it-on-the-window/

timgspears:

Window Socket - Kyuho Song & Boa Oh

So this is an absolutley brilliant idea! Just attach the plug on to a window and it will harness solar energy. A small converter will convert it into electricity which can be freely used as a plug when you are in the car, on a plane or outside.

Love this design and I really think it has a great potential.

(via thescienceofreality)

In the Future Your Bathroom Towels Will Always Be Dry

Ok Future Geeks - hang on to your hats. This post ended up being pretty deep.

A while back I wrote a post on Dyson and how they are innovating the bathroom. The concept below of a towel rack not only drying our bathroom towels but disinfecting them, reminded me of the dual sink/dryer faucet Dyson already has on the market.

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I value coming across these concepts and ideas that illustrate how all aspects of our everyday lives are evolving from advancements in technology.  We are innovating so quickly that I expect one day to wake up in my house and realize that my life is nothing like it was at all. 

Seriously, I expect to close my eyes tonight and then wake up and BAM - we ARE the Jetsons!

I also really value the idea of technology helping to rid us of the more mundane tasks of life - freeing us up to give us the liberty to be more creative, tell more stories and dream rather than focus on tasks and chores that keep us busy and distract us from who we are supposed to be. 

This rack may just be drying towels - but it represents so much more, well at least to me.

iOS 7 Concept Video

Who doesn’t love a good mock-up video?

With iOS7 just around the corner we are sure to see many of these flying around the internet.

I love the Quick Reply and Widgets shown in this vid. But I am hoping that more UI changes are coming with iOS7 including the removal of the app tray which seems antiquated. 

What do you think? What are you hoping for the most in the new iOS?

parislemon and iheartapple2:

Mock-up porn. But I like a lot of what I see here (though not all of it).

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Erik Schlangen: A “self-healing” asphalt

Paved roads are nice to look at, but they’re easily damaged and costly to repair. Erik Schlangen demos a new type of porous asphalt made of simple materials with an astonishing feature: When cracked, it can be “healed” by induction heating. (Filmed at TEDxDelft.)

Erik Schlangen is a civil engineer and pioneer of experimental micromechanics, who focuses on making industrial materials more durable

This bookless public library concept looks a lot like a souped up, shiny, cleaner version of the internet cafes I frequented in the late 90s/early 2000s but could be a valid evolution of our public libraries as more and more reading is shifted to eReaders and tablets.
In Bexar County Texas, this vision will become a reality in Fall of this year called the “BiblioTech” 
According to ABC news, this 4,898 square foot space “will have 100 e-readers available for circulation and to take out, and then 50 e-readers for children, 50 computer stations, 25 laptops and 25 tablets on site. Library goers will be able to take out books on any of the devices in the library, take out one of the 50 e-readers for a period of time or bring their own e-readers to the library and load books onto their own devices. The library will also be partnering with e-book providers or distributors to provide access to over 10,000 titles.”
Image Source: Conceptual renderings of Bexar County’s digital-only BiblioTech library. (Bexar County Commissioners Court) via ABCnews.go.com

This bookless public library concept looks a lot like a souped up, shiny, cleaner version of the internet cafes I frequented in the late 90s/early 2000s but could be a valid evolution of our public libraries as more and more reading is shifted to eReaders and tablets.

In Bexar County Texas, this vision will become a reality in Fall of this year called the “BiblioTech” 

According to ABC news, this 4,898 square foot space “will have 100 e-readers available for circulation and to take out, and then 50 e-readers for children, 50 computer stations, 25 laptops and 25 tablets on site. Library goers will be able to take out books on any of the devices in the library, take out one of the 50 e-readers for a period of time or bring their own e-readers to the library and load books onto their own devices. The library will also be partnering with e-book providers or distributors to provide access to over 10,000 titles.”

Image Source: Conceptual renderings of Bexar County’s digital-only BiblioTech library. (Bexar County Commissioners Court) via ABCnews.go.com

In years to come, people may live lighter yet, suggests Gerd Leonhard, CEO of the Futures Agency. These personal devices, with all their cloud-based functionality, will have moved into our minds. If we require energy on the move, our clothes will harvest it through integrated photovoltaic or piezoelectric generators… We’re witnessing the rise of the modern nomad, “defined not by what they carry but by what they leave behind.” That’s the definition The Economist proposed nearly five years ago, in a feature written in anticipation of a wireless world, called Nomads at Last.