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Hub Kitchen Appliance

A good set of kitchen appliances can make cooking a lot more convenient. But it'll also take up a ton of room. The Hub Kitchen Appliance concept solves this problem — and more — with a clean, modern design. Using a shared base with motor and heating element attachments, it can serve as a food processor, blender, kettle, or mixer, all controlled by the recessed control dial. In addition, the Hub is designed to let you diagnose and service it, with standard connector screws, an LED diagnostics window, and separate components that can be swapped out with ease, thus ending the issue of unserviceable products ending up in landfills.

  • NASA QueSST Passenger Jet

    When the Concorde called it quits in 2003, it took with it the only supersonic travel option we had. An unlikely group is trying to build a new alternative. The NASA QueSST Passenger Jet is based on Quiet Supersonic Technology (hence the name), and would create a sound more like a heartbeat than the traditional, house-shaking boom we're accustomed to while still getting you from point A to point B with remarkable speed. There are no details yet on how many passengers the aircraft might hold, or how high it might fly, but we do know that a team comprised of specialists from Lockheed Martin, GE Aviation, and Tri Models Inc. are working on it, and that they hope to start their initial flight campaign in 2020.

  • Reflex Smartphone

    There's no question flexible screens are coming. But there is some debate on how they'll be used. The Reflex Smartphone suggests that bending be merged with multi-touch to give phones more input methods. Built using a 720 Flexible OLED screen from LG powered by Android 4.4, the Reflex accepts traditional touch input, but also uses bend sensors behind the display to sense the force you're using to bend the screen and respond accordingly. When used in conjunction with a voice coil that produces highly-detailed vibrations, the phone is able to simulate real-world actions like flipping through the pages of a book or pulling back a rubber band to fling a supernatural bird at some fort-building pigs. It was developed by the Human Media Lab at Queen's University, and while it's currently just a proof-of-concept, the Lab expects similar features to appear in consumer products in less than five years.