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    Honda revamps the ASIMO; makes him less awkward and more human-like

    honda-asimoHonda’s ASIMO robot has been the company’s favorite brainchild and the development has been shown off by its makers since quite a while now. Most recently, this four feet tall robot received cool new upgrades, making it behave nearly like a human child! The 115 pound ASIMO now has a more realistic running gait, enabling it to move faster, with better balance. The robot is also now capable of climbing stairs, without the usual awkward numb-footed steps.
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  • ICEdot helmet crash-sensor recognizes crashes and alerts emergency services

    icedot-crash-sensor-1Helmets were created to keep bicycle-riders, folks on motorcycles, skateboards and everything potentially unsafe to the skull, safe. This is why, helmets with a dash of technology, can be made to protect wearers a little more than the average helmet can, before and after a crash. One little device, called the ICEdot, can turn a conventional helmet into a safer option. The add-on sports a crash sensor that recognizes crashes and alerts loved ones and emergency services, by hooking up to a smartphone application.
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    Rufus Cuff wearable smart-device will replace your smartphone, tablet, camera… everything!

    rufus-cuff-wearable-smart-deviceWhile most people love carrying more and more technology with them, everywhere they go, a few prefer keeping it simple. For folks as such, the Rufus Cuff concept is a dream come true. This wearable wrist communicator sports all you’ll need from a smartphone, a music player and a watch. The Rufus Cuff packs a built-in microphone, a speaker as well as a camera, enabling you to make and receive voice and video calls. The device also sports a full web browser, enabling a wearer to log on to social networks, check mails and run searches!
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    The ROOM Collection Furniture System sports customizable “blocks”

    room-furniture-system-0Furniture doesn’t need to necessarily be conventional, particularly for those who like a little bit of uniqueness in the pieces they bring home. The ROOM Collection Furniture System by Erik Olovsson & Kyuhyung Cho recently caught our eye, for the very fact that these furniture concepts are as eccentric as ever. In essence, this concept replicates building blocks and users can have 25 stackable blocks arranged however they wish!
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    Solar Impulse 2, the predecessor to the world’s first solar-powered airplane, to fly in 2015

    solar-impulse-2-1The Solar Impulse, also crowned to be the world’s first solar-powered airplane to attempt a circumnavigation of the world without fossil fuel, has etched a place for itself in the history of mankind. Following this, an updated version of the plane called the Solar Impulse 2 will take to the skies in 2015, attempting to fly around the world once again. The updated plane sports thin solar panels that cover its 236-foot-long wings. These charges up the plane’s battery in sunshine and provide juice for the electric motors, which in turn keep the plane up in the air.
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    Yves Béhar’s Bubble Lounge installation enables guests to personalize soda machines

    bubble-lounge-sodastream-1For those who haven’t heard of the SodaStream line before, these home appliances are well-designed soda makers that enable users to churn out a fresh glass of soda at home. Swiss-born designer Yves Béhar recently graced the occasion of the Milan Design Week 2014 with his interactive installation called the Bubble Lounge, an assembly line that enables those interacting with it to create their own personalized SodaStream machine! Users can select from six interchangeable colors across the product’s three core components, including the carbonating block, the hollow support stand and the base.
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    The Balloon Chair promises to make you cheerful and feel elevated!

    balloon-chair-1Why settle for the same old tediously boring furniture when you can bring home something that’s interesting, eye-catching and completely out-of-the-box, right? That’s exactly why this unconventionally cheerful chair that seems to have been inspired by the animated film Up was created. Director Satoshi Itasaka of Japanese studio h220430 created this concept, called the Balloon Chair. The chair has attached to it 10 helium balloons, that give it the illusion of floating. Instead, these balloons are hooked onto the ceiling with invisible anchor cords.
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    Altergaze concept enables users to enjoy virtual reality tech using conventional smartphones

    virtual-realityAnd just when we’d begun to imagine that Facebook’s newly acquired Oculus Rift is the epitome of virtual reality technology, Liviu Berechet Antoni and his creation, the Altergaze, made us think twice. Antoni developed a way to enable tech-lovers like us to use our smartphone displays for a fantastically brilliant virtual reality experience! The Altergaze is in essence a smartphone accessory that is constructed using a series of 3D-printed rubber layers, some screws and a pair of optical lens. This contraption has a 110-degree field of view and uses the phone’s gyroscope to track motion in as many as 9 different axes.
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    Land Rover unveils the technologically-possible Transparent Bonnet concept

    land-rover-transparent-bonnet-1Thanks to cameras, manufacturers and designers around the world have successfully been turning solid surfaces transparent. Most recently, the jolly folks at Land Rover used cameras and a little bit of innovative technology to create the ‘Transparent Bonnet’ concept for their future cars. The technology literally enables drivers to see through the bonnet of their cars, with the cameras attached on the car’s grille that relay a view of the terrain ahead and beneath the front of the car.
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    The incredible inflatable Japanese-fan-inspired pillow called the Soufflet unveiled

    inflatable-soufflet-pillow-1Kiss that pain in your neck goodbye. We weren’t talking about your spouse; we meant the real pain in your neck. Here’s a pillow that’s completely unconventional and promises to give you a good night’s sleep, sans a painful neck. Called the Soufflet, this inflatable pillow was designed by Paris-based Bina Baitel studio in collaboration with textile designer Luce Couille, and is designed to support a users head, neck and shoulders.
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