Serious Wonder at CES 2014: The Chef Jet

3D-Printing seems to be the delight of the Consumer Electronics Show this year. Serious Wonder Editorial Director Gray Scott has been there from opening day, and he recently captured a Vine of the first 3D-printed cakes: edible, and certainly incredible. These particular printed edibles come from the 3D Systems-designed Chef Jet, a 3D printer that…

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Serious Wonder at CES 2014: Sony’s Smartwear

Life-logging, blogging, diary entries and journal records tracking our daily routines and experiences are well-worn habits. Military leaders chronicled movement and engagement well before the Industrial Revolution. Politicians made note of daily records before even a typewriter existed. So we are no strangers to the practice of keeping track of our days. But it is…

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Monday Marvels: CES, Self-Driving, Self-Flying

1.   Cars: Self-Driving to Self-Flying A study by HIS Automotive claims that self-driving cars will slowly begin to replace traditional vehicles, and by 2050 nearly all cars on the road will be autonomous. However, along with self-driving cars, there might also be autonomous flying cars as well. The first car-plane hybrid known as the TFX…

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Planning Password Obsolescence: NFC and the YubiKey

Information security is one of the most important issues of our present and certainly of our future. But the habits of writing down dozens of passwords with random asterisks and underscores are antiquated. Our on-line information is distributed across social networks, blogs and banking systems, and our security isn’t any more sophisticated. Parisa Tabriz, Google’s…

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Subway-Generated Heat Could Power Your Home

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1568983557″ locale=”us” height=”75″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61zkmYzNAWL._SL75_.jpg” width=”74″]Subway-generated heat sets a great precedence for future public transit developments and energy efficiency at home. The sweltering heat that accompanies the comings and goings of London’s Northern Line will be put to use by powering up to 500 homes in the Islington borough. The power plant, Bunhill Heat…

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CLOG Investigates Sci-Fi Architecture in Latest Issue

CLOG is an seasonal architecture magazine that investigates a particular topic. CLOG issues are made up of short, usually one page articles by various architects, critics, and writers. Their latest issue points CLOG’s contributors at science fiction. Contributors are often left to cover a wide variety of subjects within that topic. Mark Durmel discusses the homegrown…

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Monday Marvels: Top 5 Wonders of Oct. 29 – Nov. 4

Monday Marvels: Top 5 Wonders of Oct. 29 – Nov. 4 [easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B001KPOKDC” locale=”us” height=”100″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31akCm-uXpL._SL110_.jpg” width=”100″]1. Star Trek’s Tricorder Device in the Making Scientists from University of Technology in Vienna have established a new world record: quadrupling the potential of the powerful Quantum Cascade Laser. Essentially, the laser emits terahertz radiation, invisible energy…

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Electrolux Design Lab 2013 Winner: MAB

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B001PB8EJ2″ locale=”us” height=”80″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31C7DmHS6ZL._SL110_.jpg” width=”80″]Futuristic home appliances are a staple of futurist design. Dishwashers and microwaves that could ‘sense’ when your food was cooked or your dishes had cleaned were a huge part of the mid-century futurism movement. As the average household became more and more ‘electrified’, many people (including those heads of…

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