Each week Nikolas Badminton, Futurist Speaker, summarizes the top-5 future looking developments and news items that I find to be inspiring, interesting, concerning, or downright strange. Each day he reads through dozens of blogs and news websites to find those things that we should be aware of.
In Future Trends – Create Fashion with Human DNA we look at the trends that we should be aware of today, November 25th, 2016. We see fashion made from Human DNA, China breaking petent submission records, foldable cycle helmets, mobile ‘Holoportation’, and do you remember…?
Would You Wear Fashion Made From Your Own DNA?
In the near future, you might shimmy into a supple coat made of your own skin. That’s the thought-provoking—yet thankfully still fictional—premise presented by one designer who attended Biofabricate, a conference in New York City examining how new advances in organic materials are changing our world.
In an exclusive video interview, Tina Gorjanc, the designer behind the Pure Human Project, tells us about her double-edged mission: to imagine how biotech will infiltrate the luxury goods market, and expose legislative loopholes that protect human genetic information.
Read more at Motherboard
China breaks patent application record
China-based inventors applied for a record-setting number of patents last year.
The country accounted for more than a million submissions, according to an annual report by the World Intellectual Property Organization (Wipo). It said the figure was “extraordinary”.
Many of the filings were for innovations in telecoms, computing, semiconductors and medical tech.
Beijing had urged companies to boost the number of such applications.
But some experts have cast doubt as to whether it signifies that the country is truly more inventive than others, since most of China’s filings were done locally.
Read more at BBC
Foldable paper cycling helmet wins James Dyson Award
A recyclable, collapsable bike helmet designed by Isis Shiffer has been named as this year’s winner of the James Dyson Award. Shiffer, a graduate of the Pratt Institute of Design in New York, made the EcoHelmet from layers of recycled paper woven into a honeycomb-shaped structure. This radial structure allows the helmet to concertina into a flat object, while protecting the cyclist’s head from impact from any direction.
Read more at Dezeen
Holoportation is now mobile
Read more at Microsoft
Do you remember…?
Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. He appears at conferences in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe. Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.