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Magfloat and flexup by hankook tires are a realistic alternative to future driving


the hankook design innovation project has proposed a series of innovative tire proposals including the ‘mayfloat’ and ‘flexup’. the initiative is the result of a discussion between creative and realistic alternatives to future driving. combining design and technology in relation to the urban landscape, these mind blowing ideas introduce a whole new driving experience.

https://www.designboom.com/technology/magfloat-flexup-hankook-tires-07-05-2017/

The ‘living concrete’ that can heal itself


(CNN)It’s the world’s most popular building material, and ever since the Romans built the pantheon from it some 2,000 years ago, we’ve been trying to find ways to make concrete more durable.

No matter how carefully it is mixed or reinforced, all concrete eventually cracks, and under some conditions, those cracks can lead to collapse.

https://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/14/tech/bioconcrete-delft-jonkers/index.html

The $12 “Gongkai” Phone

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The $12 “Gongkai” Phone

How cheap can you make a phone?

Recently, I paid $12 at Mingtong Digital Mall for a complete phone, featuring quad-band GSM, Bluetooth, MP3 playback, and an OLED display plus keypad for the UI. Simple, but functional; nothing compared to a smartphone, but useful if you’re going out and worried about getting your primary phone wet or stolen.

Also, it would certainly find an appreciative audience in impoverished and developing nations.

http://www.bunniestudios.com/blog/?page_id=3107

No Longer a Dream: Silicon Valley Takes On the Flying Car

This isn’t science fiction. A number of start-ups as well as big aerospace
firms are trying to build personal aircraft you could fly around town.

CLEARLAKE, Calif. — On a recent afternoon, an aerospace engineer working for a small Silicon Valley company called Kitty Hawk piloted a flying car above a scenic lake about 100 miles north of San Francisco.

Kitty Hawk’s flying car, if you insisted on calling it a “car,” looked like something Luke Skywalker would have built out of spare parts. It was an open-seated, 220-pound contraption with room for one person, powered by eight battery-powered propellers that howled as loudly as a speedboat.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/24/technology/flying-car-technology.html

We Met the Mind Behind the Rubik's Cube — Mashable Originals
Have you even given up, helplessly, on a Rubik’s Cube? What was meant to be a tool that helped students learn about space and design is now a competition to see who can finish it faster with their eyes closed. Love it or hate it (because you can’t complete it), the cube has become a staple of human culture. This is Erno Rubik, the man behind the legacy. 

 

Academics Unpack Cuba’s Weekly Internet

A detailed look at Cuba’s ‘offline internet:” the weekly assembly, organisation, and distribution of ‘El Paquete Semenal‘.

 

Most Cubans have terrible access to the Internet — estimates suggest only 5-25% of the populace can regularly get online. The government made it a bit easier in recent years with paid wifi hotspots, but they require dough, and they’re super slow. So Cubans have instead, in the last decade, evolved a complex, massive sneakernet.

(Courtesy Boing Boing)

Previously on The Bubble:

DIY Inventions from Cuba: Necessity Is A Mother
and
Your Weekly Internet

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