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9 Forgotten NASA Concepts For Space Stations That Never Flew

The ISS has been around for 16 years now, and we’re used to the idea of having a permanently-manned station in orbit. But in the decades leading up to its creation, NASA floated dozens of other ideas for a station — some of them prescient, others seemingly ridiculous to our eyes.


This Compact Microwave Is A Must-Have For Your Car

Designer Jake Rich has come up with a better design for the microwave that no longer requires a permanent parking spot on your kitchen counter. His Mediumwave concept has a footprint about the size of a dinner plate, and the traditional metal box form factor of microwaves of old has been improved with a removable dome lid that makes it easier to monitor and stir food as it’s being heated.


It Would Be Amazing If This iWatch Concept Was Real

The iPhone 6 is said to be bigger than its forebears, and, if the latest rumours are to be believed, the iWatch won’t exactly be petite either, with a screen said to measure 2.5 inches diagonally. Armed with that snippet of possible information, SET Solution has put together a (fairly) plausible-looking iPhone concept.


20 Beautiful Yosemite App And Icon Concept Designs

Apple announced OS X Yosemite along with iOS 8 last Monday and designers are already coming up with beautiful app concepts and gorgeous icon designs for some existing Mac apps. In OS X Yosemite, along with the overall design changes, the apps are also overhauled to match the flat interface.


This Cool Concept Will Let You Escape A Fire Like A SWAT Commando

Jonathan Lowe — a product design student from Staffordshire University in the UK — came up with Xitus, a clever gadget that helps you escape from a building on fire when the only way out is trough the window. Place it on the edge of the window, climb over and a controlled descent device will take you to the ground gently.


Augmented Magnifying Glass Identifies What You're Studying

It’s obvious that the great Sherlock Holmes doesn’t need any help, but the Augmented Magnifier designed and built by Anirudh Sharma and Pattie Maes from MIT’s Fluid Interfaces Group could help him instantly recognise clues and solve cases even quicker.


The Jedi Putter's Constant Feedback Makes You A Master Of The Green

Mastering the perfect golf swing is a lot harder than it looks, and putting is even harder than blasting a golf ball down the fairway. So while it will probably never be approved for use in PGA tournaments, the Jedi Putter — designed by students at Rice University — provides real-time feedback helping an amateur golfer master their putting game.


A 3D-Printed Ultrasound Cast That Looks Awesome And Heals You Faster

Old-fashioned casts are nasty, a festering stinksleeves that you wear like a medieval torture device for what seems like forever. 3D-printed casts take care of the smell and itch issues, and now Deniz Karasahin has designed the next step: a custom cast with an ultrasound device to speed up bone healing.


Electronic Monocle Uses Biofeedback To Track Your Favourite Websites

The internet is a fire hydrant of content. Keeping track of the pages you enjoy is a pain. A team of UK design students has a conceptual solution: Amoeba, an electronic monocle that files away the pages you find most interesting, as measured by your biofeedback response. It’s the emotion-tracking Google Glass you always wanted!


Volvo's Inflatable Child Seat Concept Fits In A Backpack

At one time, the military actually tried to develop inflatable planes that were strong enough to fly but easy to transport. Those never materialised, but the technology involved — a drop-stitch fabric that can be inflated to very high pressures — has enabled Volvo to create an inflatable child car seat that’s just as safe as everything already on the market.