Gigantic "vending machine" skyscraper dispenses 3D-printed homes in Tokyo

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Could the skyscraper of the future dispense homes like a vending machine? Growing and adapting to the Tokyo’s housing demand, the Pod Skyscraper is designed to be constantly under construction – residents can order a ready-to-use modular dwelling manufactured by 3D printers installed on the top floor of the building. The innovative skyscraper, designed by Haseef Rafiei , received honorable mention at this year’s eVolo Skyscraper Competition . Tokyo is known for robotics , automation, and minimal living. Drawing upon these qualities, Rafiei created a futuristic variant on the famed Nagakin Capsule Tower . Inspired by vending machines in Tokyo, this vast framed structure houses a large number of pods equipped with basic amenities for residential and commercial use. Related: Incredible farming skyscraper could fight poverty and feed the world The pods are manufactured on-site, transported by cranes and plugged onto the megastructure. An automated system calculates the position for each pod, while disused or faulty pods are dismantled, kept in storage or brought back to the printer – creating a closed loop. Users can choose the amenities included in the design and can purchase several pods to create a larger living space. In addition to residential use, the pods can also function as small office and commercial spaces. + Haseef Rafiei + eVolo

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Nigerian man invents cool jet car that operates on land and water

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If you’re ever in Lagos, Nigeria , watch for a quirky aero-amphibious jet car roaming the streets. Self-taught inventor Kehinde Durojaiye transformed a bunch of junk he found into a vehicle capable of operating on land or in water. Durojaiye hopes his invention will one day be a common sight across the country. Durojaiye’s jet car is made with discarded materials, like an old keyboard, an office chair, and a tricycle steering wheel. He also repurposed plastic , wood, and Styrofoam. He said he’s traveled as far away as Ibadan in his vehicle, which is about 84 miles away from Lagos , and that the jet car can reach speeds of around 75 miles per hour on land and six knots at sea. Related: Disabled refugee inventor builds an electric bike to get around camp Durojaiye told CNN, “We want the whole world to know it is possible to have a kind of machine that can move on land, on sea, and fly, and perhaps move under the sea. That’s my ultimate goal.” He invents out of a workshop near a Lagos lagoon dump site, and has already built four prototypes of his car. He also works on other devices like a remote-controlled drone , and has been inventing since childhood. Now married and the father of four children, Durojaiye continues to tinker with his jet car, hoping to make it fly. The jet car has already attracted attention in Lagos; the city is filled with Hyundais and Toyotas so Durojaiye’s vehicle really stands out. He says when he drives people often want to stop and snap pictures of the car on their phones, and have been surprised the vehicle can travel on both land and sea. Lagos is notorious for its congestion, and CNN speculated a flying car like Durojaiye’s could ease traffic. Via CNN Images via screenshot

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