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Will this be Apartment Living in 2080?

Monday 01.14.2013 , Posted by

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The future of the human species always seems to hang perilously between excitement and destruction. Excitement for the future of technology, and the improvements it can bring to our lives; and destruction, because every week there seems to be another disaster. Our hope and determination to survive against all odds will bring about an exciting new way of life. As technology continues to advance, will we begin to see all types of changes come our way, transforming our living spaces into scenes out of 60s retro futuristic drawings? Imagining what apartment living in 2080 will look like is a great way to daydream about the future. [Read more...]

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Amazing New Book Scanner Reads 250 Pages/Minute

Sunday 12.16.2012 , Posted by

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As libraries around the world are moving towards the future and digitizing their collections, this has been no easy task. The fastest scanning method up until now involved cutting books up to feed them through a quick scanner, which seems blasphemous to do to rare editions, but the alternative of manually scanning each page would be far too tedious. But low and behold BFS-Auto, a robotic book scanner that can digitize books at the rate of over 250 pages/minute without damaging the book in any way! [Read more...]

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Smart Highways: Safer Roads Coming Next Year

Friday 10.26.2012 , Posted by

For anyone who has had the pleasure of driving through a seasonally cold area in the hot summer time, you were probably treated to one of the funny anomolies of such areas: road signs warning of icing on a hot day. It might be a scorcher outside, but that sign is still warning every car going by to watch out on the next curve… it could be icy ahead. Now, as part of the first prototypes for his ‘Smart Highway‘ project, Dutch designer and innovator Daan Roosegaarde has come up with an interesting solution for alerting drivers of a cold road – and it’s far smarter than the signs of the past. [Read more...]

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Digital Connectivity and the Future of Communication

Tuesday 10.02.2012 , Posted by

In our technology obsessed world, people are becoming more and more connected than ever before. The world has seen an explosive growth in connectivity over the last five years, and the next five look to see an even further expansion of communication and digital oneness. History has shown that a new medium will take shape and become a standard every few decades, but since the mid-20th century, there has been a rapid-fire evolution of how communication technology advances and connects people around the world.  [Read more...]

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The Not-So Distant Future

Tuesday 07.31.2012 , Posted by

With Google’s Project Glass underway and expected to be released to the public as early as 2014, it’s fun to imagine where technology will take us. For their graduation project from Jerusalem’s Bezaleal Academy of Arts, Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo made a highly entertaining short film showcasing their predictions of what the future will hold. Once we can do everything that we do on our laptops on Google Glasses, the only logical next step would be to have them embedded into our eyes. The students highlight what augmented reality might look like, showing both the benefits and the potential vulnerabilities. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #223> The Future Is Near

Thursday 06.28.2012 , Posted by



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25 of the World’s Coolest Concept Cars

Monday 04.23.2012 , Posted by

They’re radical, exotic, and they come directly from the imaginations of the best engineers and designers in the world. Unfortunately though, most concept cars never see the production line. They are usually so groundbreaking or “futuristic” that mass production is either unfeasible or impossible. Nevertheless, car companies make good use of them in trying to gauge customer reactions, especially to new, radical designs. These are 25 of the world’s coolest concept cars.
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The Robot With a Human Structure

Thursday 04.05.2012 , Posted by

The field of robotics is exploding with new innovation, from the recent hydrogen powered jellyfish robot to a jumping sand flea, but what happened to the idea of creating humanoid robots that look, act, and move like us? Besides a few shining examples of good design, most humanoid robots have been decidedly lacking in realistic human-like movement, placing them a bit at odds with a world designed around humans and making them far less familiar for us to interact with. [Read more...]

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It Is So Not Cool To Be Cool: Future Hipster

Saturday 02.11.2012 , Posted by

Here at Visual News we love to keep up with the trends. Some may call it “Hipster”…but we’d rather not label ourselves. This YouTube video, “Future Hipsters,” has received over 300,000 views since it was posted on February 7th…so we decided to get in on the action. If you haven’t already seen the video, you need to. It is a hilarious prediction of what will come of the hipsters in the year 2062! If shockingly enough you are not familiar with the term, Urban Dictionary might help you understand: [Read more...]

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The Battle Between Your Present and Future Self

Wednesday 12.21.2011 , Posted by

Pictured above is an aged, and slightly freaky looking Mark Zuckerberg. Why? Because today we bring you a Ted Talk by Daniel Goldstein that explores the battle between your present and future self, looking at ways we look at the future and how those ways of thinking have power over our lives. We’ve also included a video from Goldstein’s co-author Hal Hershfield talking about wrinkles and your wallet. [Read more...]

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