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The Blocks smartwatch takes the modular concept from Google's Project Ara, and transfers i...

Remember back before computers were sexy, and you only bought a new PC once every three or four years? Have you ever stopped and wondered whether buying the latest iPad, Galaxy, or Surface every single year is just a little bit ridiculous? Google is certainly questioning that line of thinking with its modular Project Ara smartphone, and now someone has a similar aim with wearables. Meet Blocks: the first modular smartwatch.  Read More

DARPA's ARES consists of a VTOL flight module capable of carrying several different types ...

Helicopters are an invaluable military resource for transporting supplies, carrying out surveillance and reconnaissance, and evacuating casualties from rugged terrain. Unfortunately, they are also a finite resource. That's why DARPA is looking to share the load with the Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System (ARES) concept, a compact, high-speed and highly-automated delivery system with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities.  Read More

Y:Cube is the result of a partnership between YMCA London South West and architectural fir...

Rising house prices and changes to the UK's housing benefits system have resulted in rent becoming too expensive for many London residents, leading to an increasing number of people living on the streets or in shared hostels. YMCA London South West and architectural firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners have joined forces to provide a potential solution to the burgeoning housing crisis. Dubbed the Y:Cube, the tiny home is built using mostly renewable materials, and offers residents independence and privacy that exceeds what can be offered in a shared hostel.  Read More

The Rum Runner prototype hits the water

There are at least two things that you can say about stand-up paddleboards, or SUPs: they're popular, and they're big. This means that while a lot of people may want one, they might not have room to store or transport it. That's why Sweden's Point 65 is introducing its Rum Runner modular SUP, that can be taken apart in seconds when not in use.  Read More

The Ethos E30 hits the water

Most water lovers would be happy to own a single boat, but in order to enjoy the many activities of the sea – fishing, water skiing, pleasure touring, etc. – they'd need an entire fleet ... or they'd need the all-new Ethos E30 from Milano's Azure Embark. Billed as the "first hybrid crossover boat," this innovative vessel uses a modular design to transform for all kinds of purposes.  Read More

Casa Flotanta is located in Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica (Photo: Benjamin Garcia Saxe Ar...

Following the Gooden-Nahome family's decision to purchase a plot on a steep slope in Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, they then tasked Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture with building a house upon it. The result is the recently-completed Casa Flotanta: a home which boasts an attractive design that both reduces the structure's impact on the local environment, and lends the appearance of it "floating" above the hillside.  Read More

The Shoretrax system in use

Although people all over the world enjoy mountain biking, not everyone has year-round access to decent trails. That's why a group of British cyclists invented the Shoretrax modular track system. It ships flat-packed in the back of a truck, and can be assembled into different configurations on the spot.  Read More

Bond Touch is a modular wearable system that lets you wear just the features you want, in ...

Bond Touch originated as a wearable device that shares touches between you and your loved one and the world. After launching an IndieGogo campaign and failing to obtain enough pledges, its designers have expanded their vision to modular components with features such as USB storage that can be attached together to create a perfect wearable device individualized to anyone’s requirements.  Read More

Expedition users can switch between the turbine, solar and hand crank power

Powertraveller adds an ultra-versatile portable charger to its gadget charger line. Not only does the new Powermonkey Expedition include standards like a clamshell solar panel, AC adapter and crank charger, it complements them with a portable wind/river turbine. Carry the kit on your adventures and simply connect the generator component that's most suitable for the current conditions.  Read More

Minimod, by MAPA Architects (Photo: Leonardo Finotti)

Though embracing small footprint living doesn't always require one deal with a challenging interior layout, a compact home that's designed to be flexible certainly bodes well for a harmonious lifestyle. It would appear that MAPA Architects had this in mind with its Minimod (or Minimal Modular) prototype home, which sports an adaptable interior layout comprising four living spaces.  Read More

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