Barisieur Coffee Alarm Clock

Having a warm cup of coffee sitting on your nightstand the moment your eyes open sounds more like a dream than a wake-up call. The Barisieur Coffee Alarm Clock lures you into consciousness with the aroma of a fresh brew. Using induction heating and stainless steel ball bearings, water boils and is siphoned over your grounds to drip into your favorite mug while you sleep. The walnut frame even houses a cooler for your cream and a drawer for your sugar, eliminating the need to even get out of bed. Although this bedside barista seems like a gift from the caffeine gods, this concept is still in development and isn't currently available for purchase.

  • 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.

  • Arc 3D-Printed Bicycle

    Designed and built by a group of four Dutch college students as part of a three-month research project, the Arc 3D-Printed Bicycle is a great example of the technology's potential. The students partnered with Amsterdam-based MX3D to utilize their printing process, which uses articulated robot arms to print structures in mid-air, thus allowing for far larger objects to be made than with a traditional printer. While the spider-like frame of the bike could bring weight savings in the future, the current prototype weighs roughly the same as a normal bike, with a fixed gear configuration and off-the-shelf fork, handlebars, and seat.

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