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The Kindle of 1935

This was the future of leisure reading as imagined in a 1935 issue of Everyday Science and Mechanics. It’s a microfilm reader mounted on a pole: It has proved possible to photograph books, and throw them on a screen for examination, as illustrated long ago in this magazine. At the left is a device for applying [...]

Inside Monsanto’s House of the Future, 1957

In 1957, Monsanto demonstrated its vision for future housing, emphasizing one word: plastics. Its House of the Future was displayed at Disneyland from 1957 through 1967, and it envisioned a future home from the then-distant future of 1986. The house featured lavish conveniences including a microwave oven, ultrasonic dishwasher (for plastic dishes, of [...]

Remote control cockroaches developed

Cyborg cockroaches that can be remote controlled may be the future for locating earthquake survivors. Researchers at North Carolina State University h…

Cheetah Robot Can Outrun Humans

(Video Link)  It’s amazing what robots can do these days–punching humans, stabbing meat, using human flesh as fuel. Truly, the future will be filled with technological marvels that will make our lives easier. Take Boston Dynamics’s Cheetah robot as an example. It can reach 29.3 miles per hour on its legs–faster than the fastest human live. So [...]

Don’t Mess With The Hob-Bot

(YouTube Link) He’s come from the future to save the Shire’s past, one goofy looking Orc at a time. It seems folks are getting impatient waiting for Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Hobbit to hit the big screen, so hopefully these ridiculous furry footed comedy videos will continue to hit the interwebs! –via Topless Robot

Michael Jantzen Deconstructs The Suburbs

Designer Michael Jantzen has an interesting idea about the future of (sub)urban renewal-let it all fall down. His photo manipulation series illustrates what our neighborhoods would look like in the hands of architects more concerned with form than function. When deconstruction becomes the latest fad in suburban architecture, we’ll all have to sleep in tents on the [...]

The Missing Links: Invasion of the Chickens, A History

The Future Is Now Because in the 1960s the future was 50 or more years from then, which could be now. So now is the future for the 1960s. The same could be said for the 1890s, when 50% of the future was 51-500 years from that point in time. But when is the future now? [...]

Welcome to Life

(YouTube link) Sometime in the future, your consciousness may be salvaged after your body dies and stored digitally in cyberspace. What could possibly go wrong? Tom Scott speculates on the computer world called “Life.” The subtitle is “the singularity, ruined by lawyers.” Link -via Metafilter

Gumball Machine Dress Has Real Gumballs Inside

But it’s not a functional gumball machine, which would be cool. Think of that as the future. Who needs flying cars and holodecks? We need gumball machine dresses, and Etsy seller Coyote Peyote has taken the first step toward making that dream a reality. Link -via Technabob

Even The Trash Cans Are Getting A Makeover For The 2012 Olympics

The future of waste receptacle technology is here, and it has an LCD screen that can tell you how your stocks are doing today, how long it will take you to get home on public transit, and what the weather looks like for tomorrow. It’s bombproof, offers a free Wi-Fi  connection, and it appears that the [...]