We may not be able to send scientists gallivanting around in time to right the wrongs of the past (yet), but physicists at the University of Queensland in Australia have discovered that the peculiar quantum phenomenon of entanglement applies not only through space, but through time as well . Entanglement, famously referred to as “spooky” by Einstein, is the quantum property that involves two or more particles so closely linked that any changes to one also occur in the other(s). The Queensland physicists believe that thinking about the universe as consisting of one dimension of space and one dimension of time can begin to demonstrate how entangled atoms can span time as well as space. Looking at the above graph, the x-axis represents spatial dimension and the y-axis represents time.
Most concept cars seem to be rich in style but somewhat lacking in function. The Volkswagen eT! concept is brimming with both. The concept delivery/courier van was dreamed up by a group of designers and developers from Volkswagen Group Research, the German Post Office and the University of Art at Braunschweig. The idea was to imagine what light commercial vehicles will look like in the near future.
The Electronic Pen concept from designer Jang Hyung-Jin is a small gadget that packs a lot of functionality into its pocket-size design. The pen’s internal sensor measures the speed and number of rotations the ball point makes, measuring the exact distance your pen draws and eliminating the need for a ruler. This isn’t the first measuring pen concept to see the light of day, but it does have an intriguing difference: no batteries.
If there’s one thing just about every office could use, it’s more fun, right? Sitting in front of a computer for eight (or ten, or twelve…) hours a day just isn’t natural. For optimum mental and physical health it’s important to take frequent breaks.
You probably wouldn’t think of carrying around a pen without ink, so why do we all carry around toothbrushes that we have to load up prior to use? This invention from Kawamura Ganjavian makes perfect sense: it’s a toothbrush with a toothpaste reservoir right in the handle. When you’re going on a trip, you pre-load the reservoir with the appropriate number of toothpaste servings. Then, simply twist the handle to squeeze some paste onto the bristles and get to brushing.
If you’ve ever ridden on a city bus, you know what an…um, “interesting” assortment of people you’ll find there. And that’s just on a regular city bus – imagine how many more extreme personalities could fit on the SuperlinerÂ Youngman JNP6250G , the world’s largest public transport bus. At 82 feet long (39 feet longer than standard buses), the monstrosity can fit 300 passengers. With two accordion ribbed sections, the bus can turn on the same radius as a regular, non-gigantic bus. It was designed to make up the entireÂ Bus Rapid Transit service in both Beijing and Hangzhou, cities with large and ever-growing populations that demand sensible public transportation solutions.
You can see some pretty strange things on the streets of London on any given day, but recently city commuters were treated to a whole new kind of weird sight: a 1.5 metric ton blue Chevrolet Orlando MPV made entirely of Play-Doh. It’s the biggest Play-Doh sculpture in the world, and it’s a meticulously detailed replica of the seven-seat car. The Play-Doh car was a promotional project to celebrate the UK release of the new car, but it was also an acknowledgement of Play-Doh’s title as the world’s most-loved toy from yesteryear. The children’s modeling clay took the title in a recent poll, garnering 19 percent of the vote. The car has been attracting lots of attention from everyone who passes by, even the traffic wardens who seem a bit amused by the sight of the gigantic sculpture. The life-size model took eight model makers more than two weeks to complete.
There was a time in Earth’s history when life exploded into a veritable carnival of bizarre shapes, weird forms and totally unbelievable animals. This one, referred to by one expert as a “ walking cactus ,” is particularly remarkable. Three examples of this incredible creature were discovered by Jianni Liu in three separate fossils around Chengjiang, China. They’re approximately 520 million years old, and they’re giving scientists a glimpse into a wild and wonderful part of Earth’s history.
We all know how important brushing is for healthy teeth, but it’s not easy to know if you’re brushing as well as you should. The Tooth Guardian concept integrates a tiny camera into a toothbrush to let you see exactly what’s going on with your pearly whites. Designed by Yu-Hsin Lin, Chu-Che Chang and Shang-Hsuan Lu, the Tooth Guardian is a conceptual design that would help cut down on dentist visits by giving you a good look at potential problem areas.
If you’ve ever wanted to learn to play the piano or dance the tango but couldn’t be bothered to practice, the future is the place you want to be. A study published in Science Magazine suggests that the type of instant download-type learning seen in the Matrix movies really is possible. Using decoded functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to tweak a subject’s brain waves, scientists can match brain waves to a previously-determined target state.
When summoning a taxi in a busy urban center, waiting for a driver who is available, paying attention and willing to pick you up can get frustrating…not to mention the annoying “upstreamers” just waiting to snag that ride before you. This curbside taxi communication system was created by a group of design students at the Xi’an University of Design and Technology and recently won the Red Dot Award for a public space concept. It uses a system of lights, tactile curbside buttons and driver interaction to make hailing a taxi quick and easy.
City buses can be both a blessing and a curse as far as urban traffic is concerned. They can take a number of cars off of the road by offering an alternative means of commuting, but they can also hold traffic up with their low speeds and frequent stops. In an effort to clear up urban Chinese streets, a company called Shenzhen Hashi Future Parking Equipment Co. came up with this strange-looking futuristic bus concept. The 3D Fast Bus is a massive elevated two-lane-wide vehicle that actually straddles the lanes, with the main bulk of the vehicle riding well above the cars on the road. Cars can move freely below the bus, just like passing through a tunnel, and the bus has special sensors that send alarms when vehicles too tall to pass beneath start to get close.
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Although we’ve seen plenty of wacky mouse designs and concepts, this one deviates so much from the familiar form factor that it would be easy to miss the fact that it’s a mouse at all. It looks more like a battery with buttons – but it could in fact be the future of input devices. The wireless MENDO Kandenshi Mouse is a small cylinder that you grasp with your thumb on top and index and middle fingers wrapped around the side. The left and right buttons occupy one side of the cylinder while the top houses a hidden USB plug, which is presumably the dongle that pairs the mouse with the computer. The Kandenshi Mouse really does look just like a large battery, complete with the little nubbin on top.