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— Smartwatches

Blocks modular smartwatch: Like Project Ara for your wrist

By - March 6, 2014 3 Pictures
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
— Aircraft

DARPA's ARES program developing unmanned modular delivery aircraft

By - March 5, 2014 2 Pictures
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
— Architecture

Is the Y:Cube a solution to London's housing crisis?

By - February 27, 2014 12 Pictures
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

Rum Runner takes the stand-up paddle board to pieces

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
— Marine

Modular Ethos E30 easily converts into different types of boats

By - February 8, 2014 20 Pictures
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
— Architecture

Casa Flotanta "floats" above a Costa Rican hillside

By - February 5, 2014 32 Pictures
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
— Wearable Electronics

Bond Touch would allow for customized wearable gadgets

By - January 29, 2014 4 Pictures
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
— Outdoors

Powertraveller's modular charger powers up by crank, sun, wind and water

By - January 29, 2014 4 Pictures
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
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