Based on the popularity of the "P-TREE" at Denmark's Roskilde Festival.Aandeboom has "produced 50 P-TREES in the typical Roskilde Orange color, placed in 2 different spots near the main stage," to the delight (and utility) of "more than 100,000 visitors." Cool! "The P-TREE is a temporary tree-friendly urinal that can be fixed on every tree using straps and lashings. The P-tree gives a feeling of freedom during peeing. It is the same as peeing into the wild. The hoses from the urinal can be combined and connected on a waste pipe with container. The P-tree is very accessible for festivals, public gardens, events, etc. P-tree and Lashings are available in different RAL-colors."
Melvin the Mixed Media Machine is a Rube Goldberg Machine that photographs his audience and takes pictures and and makes video's of his audience which he instantly uploads to his website, facebook and twitter account.
The Toaster "is a large picture, 5 meter wide and 4.5 meter high, totally made from slices of bread toasted in different lengths of time to reach the nuances between black and white, ochre and rust. It took several days of work and several friends and their toasters to prepare the 2.500 pieces of toast necessary to build the gigantic mosaic, which reproduce a photograph of a toaster"
Malthus, a Meal a Day is an interesting idea by Conceptual Devices. It is designed to optimize space and costs with indoor food production. "Malthus is an in-home aquaponics unit designed for the next generation kitchen or living room. It grows one meal a day: a portion of fish and a side salad. Aquaponics farming is a technique that combines the cultivation of fish with the growing of vegetables. The fish provides rich fertilizer for the plants and in return, the plants clean the water from the tank. The fish and the plants co-exist in a symbiotic relationship. Malthus is an appliance for the kitchen of the future that grows food right next to where you cook it. Malthus consists of a fish tank that holds 400 litres which can support more then 2kg of fish like tilapia, salmon, grey fish or carp. The water is pumped through three cultivated grow beds which filter the water for the fish."
Branch Holder is a piece of flexible moulded rubber with holes at either, can be slipped onto a tree branch, making it look more like a sword, "Branch holder is a project based on a childhood memory. inspired by the children's ability to make a lot out of nothing, by imagination. The holder is functioning as a bridge, symbolising a way of thinking."
Untitled (Hello World) by Valentin Ruhry. It is a a huge board composed of scores of illuminated rocker switches. The illuminated message is a nod to the “Hello World” computer program, one of the earliest programs that prints out "Hello World" on the computer screen.
Chris Malloy of Australia claims to have built a functional hoverbike. Yes a hoverbike! Powered by 1170 cc engine is capable of lifting 270 kg off the ground. Expect this thing to be able to travel at upwards of 170 mph, and you can take it to 10,000 feet (or even higher). The machine is quite light, weighing only 110 kg when dry, thanks to a body made of carbon fiber and kevlar-wrapped foam.
Excerpts from James Sullivan's story in USA Today follow. "This spring Hawaiian big-wave surfer Shane Dorian set a world record by paddling into a 57-foot wave off Maui. For the record, he wore a new inflatable wetsuit built by Billabong. Surfers are calling the suit's development a game-changer because it provides an element of safety. Though Billabong has no immediate plans to offer the patent-pending technology to the broader market, the suit will be available to some big-wave surfers. Dubbed the Billabong V1 — referencing its ability to bring a surfer vertically 1 foot above the surface — the suit has a back-mounted air bladder and a carbon-dioxide cartridge that inflates with a ripcord. The suit's inspiration came to Dorian after a scary incident last year. "I took off on the wrong wave and had a horrible wipeout," he said. "I almost drowned." After the close call, Dorian outlined his idea to sponsor Billabong, which set out to construct a prototype. After successful calm-water tests, Dorian brought the suit to the Cortés Bank — an open-ocean surf break 100 miles off the coast of Southern California. "I paddled into a really big wave and had a bad wipeout, got pushed under, and I thought, 'This is the perfect time to test this thing,'" Dorian said. "I pulled my cord, and I went from nearly panicking to being totally relaxed. I didn't swim, I just let the thing bring me up."
EDWARD basicly is a frame and suspension contained between two wheels, with a 5 point harness and can control the machine with a gaming joystick. Its inversion control even allows you to drive upside down (if you are that way inclined). "EDWARD(Electric Diwheel With Active Rotation Damping) by students in the School of Mechanical Engineering, the University of Adelaide involved the construction of a human operated diwheel called EDWARD. Many diwheels in the past have been human powered or powered by IC engines. This one is purely electric. It has additional functionality lacking in other models, including inbuilt dynamic lateral stability and slosh control to prevent "gerbiling" or tumbling in aggressive braking or acceleration maneuvers. The diwheel also incorporates a unique feature that allows the rider to drive the vehicle when "upside down" - keeping the vehicle in its unstable state"