2014 Paris Motor Show highlights

Floating

City Beach NYC, by designer Blayne Ross (Image: City Beach NYC)

Designer Blayne Ross has unveiled a new concept which aims to bring a beach to New York City's Hudson River. City Beach NYC comprises a reclaimed barge topped with sand that would visit the area during summer months. To help bring his vision to life, Ross plans to launch a crowdfunding campaign in the near future.  Read More

Designer Antony Gibbon drew upon the wigwam for inspiration while designing the Nook

Native American tribes long used the wigwam as a semi-permanent shelter, and similar dome-shaped huts consisting of a simple framework covered in material serve as home for some African nomadic peoples even today. It makes sense then, that Antony Gibbon drew upon the enduring wigwam for inspiration while designing the Nook: a modern sustainable retreat that can be installed in difficult terrains, and can even float on water.  Read More

MIT proposes building floating nuclear power plants located 5 to 7 miles into the ocean, e...

The most frightening part of a tsunami hitting a nuclear power plant is what comes after – radioactive leaks that contaminate the water around the plant are exceedingly difficult to contain. The clean up of the radioactive water around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, which was struck by a tsunami in 2011, is expected to take decades. MIT researchers have come up with an alternative; they propose building floating nuclear plants, far enough offshore to simply ride out a tsunami and emerge unscathed.  Read More

Port X, by Czech architecture firm Atelier SAD (Photo: Port X)

Czech architecture firm Atelier SAD recently unveiled an interesting modular prefab home that can either be installed on the ground like a normal home, or float on the water like a (non-motorized) houseboat. Dubbed Port X, the unusual dwelling comes in several sizes, can be expanded upon to increase living space if needed, and operates either on or off-grid.  Read More

A 7,300 lb (3,311 kg) floating skateboard ramp was installed on Lake Tahoe as part of Visi...

A 7,300 lb (3,311 kg) floating skateboard ramp has been installed on Lake Tahoe as part of Visit California's Dream365 tourism campaign. The ramp took four days and 300 man hours to complete before it was lowered into the Californian lake and put to the test by pro skateboarder Bob Burnquist.  Read More

Space Replay is a floating sphere that records and replays the sounds around it

A floating sphere called Space Replay has been created that explores unusual sound signatures from transitional public spaces, moving around its space and replaying the sounds it picks up after a short delay.  Read More

goCstudio has designed a floating sauna that it plans to launch on Lake Washington, Seattl...

Saunas are traditionally places to relax and few things can be as relaxing as floating peacefully on the surface of a lake. Architecture firm goCstudio is planning to launch a floating sauna on Lake Washington, Seattle, later this year. According to goCstudio, the sauna will be accessed by kayak and will provide, "an enticing refuge from the city, a moment to escape, relax and reinvigorate."  Read More

Viewpoint is a new floating platform that will be located on Regent's Canal in London

As with any major city, the pace of life in London can be torrential and it's easy to get swept along, so it's always good to find a place where you can take a quiet moment to pause and reflect. Viewpoint is a new project due to open to the public on Feb. 10, that aims to provide Londoners with a secluded sanctuary in the peaceful surroundings of nature.  Read More

The Bluetooth 4.0 Aqua is IPX7 rated, meaning it can be immersed in water up to 3.2 ft (1 ...

With Bluetooth connectivity becoming the standard in the world of portable audio equipment of late, this year's CES was always going to be flooded with wireless speakers of endless shapes and sizes. One looking to float above the competition is NYNE's Aqua waterproof floating speaker.  Read More

A close up of a deathly lady (Photo: Bitbangerlabs)

What if creating the illusion of a ghost walking next to you was as simple as waving a light stick in front of a camera? Pixelstick is a new light painting tool developed by Brooklyn-based Bitbangerlabs, that allows anyone to create incredible images with the aid of a camera set to take long exposure photographs. Capable of reading images created in any image editing software, the digital light rod displays the desired image a line at a time, letting you create visuals in real world settings that can feature anything from floating graffiti to video game characters, blinking heads or brilliant swirls of color.  Read More

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