Half of the magdas Hotel in Vienna offers unique designer rooms for tourists, while the other is home to parentless orphans seeking asylum
If you’re looking to remove yourself from reality on your next vacation, magdas Hotel is probably not your best option. But for a socially and globally conscious getaway, this hotel in Vienna—which both houses and staffs young parentless refugees—is hard to beat.
CydeKick uses zero-friction pedal power to charge USB devices
Generating electricity with a bicycle seems like a natural combination: tap some of the energy that goes into turning the wheels and convert it to power to light your way. Miami startup Spinetics takes that idea to the next level with the CydeKick, a generator that not only powers lights, but also charges USB devices such as phones, cameras and GPS units on the fly.
Luxury hospitality venture Villa Stephanie encourages guests to "power off" during their stay
For travelers who desire a digital detox but require a third party motivator to power off their phones, a German hotel has implemented an Internet kill switch in each guest room. At Villa Stephanie, silver switches can be turned on to activate a Wi-Fi grid blocker. In off mode, the rooms’ walls keep out 96 percent of Wi-Fi signals, greatly limiting the ability to inundate all free time with Web surfing.
Lantern, a project from Eugene Gao, would use an app and bluetooth beacons to guide the blind from station to station
Navigating New York’s subway system is a challenge—even more so if you’re blind. But a recent project, Lantern, could help blind New Yorkers get around underground with a little more ease.
Students from Design Academy Eindhoven repurposed materials from the interior of KLM airplanes to create a range of travel items
When KLM introduced its new World Business Class interior, they wondered what to do with all of the old materials. Their ‘Plane to Product‘ project gave 14 students from Design Academy Eindhoven the opportunity to craft new products from the seats, carpets, seatbelts, and TV screens. They were invited for a tour at Schiphol airport, which ended in a large hall where the students found a complete KLM World Business Class interior, ready to be dismantled.
The Space Case 1 wants to be the most advanced suitcase in the world with smart tech enabled features including a biometric lock
The Space Case 1 is the luggage of the future: it can be unlocked using your fingerprint, weigh itself, track itself using GPS, charge your electronics, act as speakers for your music, and a host of other smart features. It’s a smart suitcase with security and technology features intended to combat common travelers problems.
The next generation of business and first-class seats, as prototyped by Thales, pause playback while you slumber
At the Paris Air Show this June 17, French manufacturer Thales revealed a monitor that follows the eye movements of the viewer. If line of sight gets broken—for example when turning to speak to a flight attendant, or when the passenger falls asleep—the monitor immediately pauses video playback. Once eye contact is re-established, it unpauses the show.
Are mobile games powerful enough to replace company recruitment? Uber gives the tactic a test drive
As is often the case when riding in a car service or taxi, it’s difficult to imagine the experience from another person’s perspective. To present riders with an opportunity to navigate their own way from point A to point B, UberDRIVE is a mobile gaming experience to showcase the day in the life of an Uber driver-partner.
Connected and 3D printed, the SOLID bike gives directions through vibrating handlebars
Cyclists in Portland, Oregon are abuzz thanks to a new innovation in bicycle navigation. It’s called the SOLID bike, and it combines rugged, forward-looking design with the latest in 3D printing and mobile communication technology to inspire everyday cycling.
The high-speed public transit proposal from uber-entrepreneur Elon Musk moves to the concept design stage
The Hyperloop is a high-speed transport system where cargo, individuals, and vehicles travel at supersonic speeds inside tubes laced with cushions of air. This ground transport system was proposed by entrepreneur Elon Musk.
B/E AEROSPACE's design looks more like a multi-use work cubicle than your coffin-sized airline seat
B/E AEROSPACE has created a flexible business class seating area that tailors to the flyer’s needs. This adaptable seating area can quickly shift from a lounging position, to sleeping, to having a dining room table, or to be used principally for work. The area is larger than a plane’s seating area and can provide what you’re seeking in comfort.
Stockholm Arlanda Airport lets you feel foreign weather even before your flight
The Climate Portal is exactly how it sounds; it’s a series of small rooms that bring the climate of faraway places to where you are. Yvonne Boe, Communication Manager of the Stockholm Arland Airport where the device is housed shares, “We wanted to explore the possibilities of not just moving you to your destination but our destinations to you.”