Stu is a tech writer based in Liverpool, UK. He has previously worked on global digital estate management at Amaze and headed up digital strategy for FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology). He likes cups of tea, bacon sandwiches and RSS feeds.
The winners of this year's Structural Awards have been announced. Run by the Institute of Structural Engineers, the awards aim to recognize outstanding achievement by structural engineers around the world. The overall winner was the Singapore Sports Hub, with the world's largest free-spanning dome.
Trunki's ride-on suitcases are a great way to make airports more bearable for kids, but why should they get to have all the fun? The company's new carry-on-sized Jurni does the same for grown-ups. You can sit on it to rest, ride on it when queueing and pull it along like a conventional wheeled case.
Ford is following the lead of other carmakers, like Toyota and GM, and introducing noise cancelling technology into its cars. The Active Noise Control system monitors noise and uses sound waves to block it out. It is inspired by noise cancelling headphones that minimize background noise.
Interest in tiny houses has exploded in recent years, but the idea isn't new as this tiny home from the 1960s shows. Fewer than 100 Futuro Houses were ever made, but they have become something of a design icon. Now, one is on display at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (CSM) in London.
Recently, we've seen public parks created – or planned for creation – on old railways, in old trolley terminals, on streets, bridges and piers. A new park in London, however, is more unusual than all of these. It's built inside the structure of an old gasholder.
For most people, opening a drawer in their kitchen to find it writhing with creepy crawlies would be the stuff of nightmares. For the team at Livin Farms, however, it means dinner. The outfit has created a kitchen-top hive in which users can breed mealworms for eating.
Fires in high-rise buildings can be very problematic. It can be difficult to move around the building, to quickly get equipment to where it needs to be and even to communicate with people inside. Dubai, a place with lots of towering constructions, plans to tackle this by giving Jetpacks to its firefighters.
During time spent working alongside a naval architect, Magnus Ström is said to have wondered why superyachts existed, but not superhouses. Well now, courtesy of Ström, Superhouses could become a reality. They are aimed at being "the most beautiful, unique and design-led houses possible."
Slowly but surely, devices like Philips Hue bulbs and the Nest thermostat are making our homes smarter. But just how smart can they get? To find out, Intel has created the Smart Tiny House, which explores the future of the connected home by packing a host of smart tech into a 210 sq ft (20 sq m) "living lab."
If you've ever fancied securing your home with one of those cool invisible sensor webs that you see in movies, now's your chance. The new Xandem Home system detects motion through walls and furniture. It uses a number of nodes that plug into wall outlets and create a wireless web of sensor connections.