Suburban Utopia

Architects, You Better Design Cars!

Throughout the history of transports there have been moments that redefined the paradigm of the car. It can be the way of going from point A to point B, a machine to break velocity records and impress the audience, or your own business. The automobile has also shaped our cities and our culture, it made our streets wider, turned fields and forests into parking lots and made the air unbreathable. A new vision by Hyundai is set to redefine the paradigm of what a car is, and with it the shape of our houses and furniture may change radically. The funny thing is that it seems quite obvious, why didn’t we think of this sooner?

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Can a drone take your selfie?
Image Consumption

The Selfie Drone

We all know that selfies are self-taken digital photographs. With the arrival of the selfie-stick we have extended the length of our arms with a piece of hardware, to keep taking photos ourselves. What about drones, can they take selfies? According to the IoT Group, they can. Their fold-up flying selfie drone, called ROAM-e, uses a facial recognition software to follow the subject once it takes off. It even shoots 360-degree pictures. Thanks to this drone we will no longer suffer from selfie elbows!

Find more about new drones applications in our What’s Flying There? coloring book.

Next Nature

NANO Supermarket at Facility for Future 2017

Start the year full of fresh ideas and pay a visit to the Facility for Future 2017, in ‘s-Hertogenbosch from Wednesday 18th to Friday 20th of January. We will be there with the NANO Supermarket bus, ready for you and glad to take part in this event surrounded by out-of-the-box visions. Join us and discover new products designed to provoke discussion and help us decide the future we want. More info: Facility for Future

Recreation

Color Lessons from the Cotinga Bird

You don’t need to be a birdwatcher to appreciate the magnificent colors of the feathers of the male spangled cotinga flaunt. This bird finds its natural habitat in the canopy of the Amazonian Rainforest and has captivated the curiosity of scientists and bird fanatics for decades. Its dazzling blue body and deep red throat contain no pigment. The color effect is created by the shape of the material. This is known as structural coloration. Now researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) together with Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have found a way to imitate these biological nanostructures and potentially replace the pigments we use today.

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Wild Systems

Lego Bricks Come Alive

The future of toys is robotic. Danish toy manufacturer Lego recently announced the next generation of building bricks features a series of interactive motors and programmable bricks that can be added to existing Lego kits, bringing the creations to life.

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Meat the Future

Old Cows and New Ideas

It is a well-known fact that cows are not very environmentally friendly. In fact they have one of the largest carbon footprints of anything we consume on a day-to-day basis, using 28 times more land and 11 times more water than eating chicken or pork. With new food technologies just around the corner such as in vitro meat, will cows still have a place in our fields? One native Dutch cow named Dieuwertje thinks she does.

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