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Smart Mirror

We've been promised mirrors that deliver our daily dose of morning info for decades. This Smart Mirror brings this promise into the real world. Built by Google engineer Max Braun, it uses a two-way mirror, display panel, controller board, Amazon Fire TV Stick, and a few hundred lines of code to show you the time, date, weather, and a few headlines while you brush your teeth, shave, fix your hair, or whatever else you do in the bathroom each morning. It's still a work in progress, but it isn't hard to imagine this being an in-demand product in the near future.

  • Adidas Ocean Plastic Concept Shoe

    Just in case you haven't been paying attention, there's a huge amount plastic floating around in our oceans. Parley for the Oceans intends to do something about it, and part of that includes repurposing the junk into useful products. Like the Adidas Ocean Plastic Concept Shoe. This prototype shoe has an upper made from ocean plastic content, as well as a 3D-printed midsole made from recycled polyester and gillnets. No word on when or if it will become a production item, but the sooner we get the trash out of our water, the better.

  • Poppi Airline

    Despite the best efforts of forward-thinking carriers like Virgin and Emirates, air travel remains a hellish experience for most. Poppi is a concept airline created by Teague, an air travel design firm that's worked with Boeing since the mid 1940s, that would make a number of changes to benefit both the flyer and the airline alike. Gone are the space-hogging, time-wasting overhead bins, replaced by thin compartments for things like laptop bags and jackets that can speed up boarding times by over 70 percent while your checked baggage is stamped with an RFID tag to help you keep track of it. Middle seats would become sponsored affairs, with special gifts and perks awaiting those who book them, and the elbow-killing beverage carts are replaced by vending machines placed strategically throughout the cabin. For movie buffs, there's "cinema class" with a huge screen and blacked-out lights for a more enjoyable experience, and you could buy or sell your tickets, or even just swap seats, all from a user-friendly app. It's just an idea, for now, but with any luck you'll see some of these ideas in use by real-life airlines sooner rather than later.