Pablo Escobar’s brother launches gold foldable smartphone in a bid to “beat Apple”

Roberto Escobar, brother of the infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar, has launched a gold folding phone using a raunchy campaign featuring women in their underwear. The Escobar Fold One smartphone has a stainless steel case in a brushed gold finish, a flexible screen and a dual camera for taking photos. The screen…

Hyperstealth Biotechnology’s “invisibility cloak” can conceal people and buildings

Canadian camouflage company Hyperstealth Biotechnology has patented the technology behind a material that bends light to make people and objects near invisible to the naked eye. The material, called Quantum Stealth, is currently still in the prototyping stage, but was developed by the company’s CEO Guy Cramer primarily for military purposes,…

Charlotte McCurdy creates “carbon-negative” raincoat from algae bioplastic

New York designer Charlotte McCurdy has fashioned a water-resistant jacket from a plastic made of algae, which captures existing CO2 from the atmosphere. The garment is made from a bioplastic material McCurdy developed that consists entirely of biopolymers derived from algae. “The jacket is carbon-negative because it is made of marine…

Water-filled Inmergo headphones by Rocco Giovannoni allow immersive listening

Water rather than air carries sound in designer Rocco Giovannoni’s Inmergo headphones, which promise rich audio even for people who are hard of hearing. A 2019 graduate of the Royal College of Art’s MA in Design Products, Giovannoni designed the soft silicone headphones to improve upon current bone-conduction audio technology. Like…

Danish designers propose using roaming 3D-printing robots to repair environments

Buildings and coastlines could be monitored by fleets of autonomous repair robots, according to a Danish initiative that advocates “freeing” 3D printers to fix global problems. Called Break the Grid, the initiative is a collaboration between three future-focused Danish companies — GXN Innovation, the research arm of architects 3XN; additive manufacturing platform…

Whooshh Passage Portal uses AI to shoot fish through a tube over dams

Fish with migration paths blocked by a dam can be shot over the top via the Whooshh Passage Portal technology after being sorted by artificial intelligence. Whooshh Innovations is a Seattle-based company that is developing better technology to help fish migrate over dams. The Whooshh Passage Portal is their latest all-in-one…