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It’s widely accepted that sitting at a desk all day is bad for our health and a lot of people address this by buying one of the many standing desks that have hit the market in recent years. The Altwork Station was designed to capitalize on this trend and allows users to stand, sit, or recline in order to ensure they remain comfortable and productive. Intended for those who spend a large chunk of their lives at a computer, the Altwork Station is a pretty hefty piece of kit. It has a footprint of 18 sq ft (1.67 sq m),…

Just as 3-D printers create objects that have three-dimensional characteristics, 4-D printers create objects that have four-dimensional characteristics, in that they include a dynamic component that causes their structure to change over time — relying on water, heat, or light to activate them. Using a multi-material printer, it’s possible to generate objects with these properties all in one go. Such “programmable materials” may one day mean that you can buy flat-pack furniture at Ikea, take it home, spray it with a garden hose and then watch it assemble itself. We don’t even have to speculate: MIT is working on this exact thing.…

As it’s now 2013 many people will, quite rightly, be tapping their local futurist on the shoulder and asking, “So, where is my flying car?” All is not lost, though: the technology that could make flying cars a reality is making some headway, at least in software. The tech at issue is currently in the realm of serious simulation and is the work of a European research project called MyCopter, which is working out how squadrons of unskilled (and largely unschooled) pilots can fly future “personal air vehicles” – small helicopters that can land in a car-sized parking spot – without…