The best part? The system is powered by water, which is recycled and filtered before returning to the plants. All organic waste is also composted and reused. Not only is this technology environmentally-friendly, it also allows our space-strapped country to achieve a once unattainable dream of growing our own crops on a commercial scale and reduce our dependency on imports.
So when will we see this technology applied to other urban surface areas, like buses?
2. Pee your way out of drunk driving
Had a lot to drink but not sure if you can still drive? Fret not, Zouk and DDB Group have partnered to create a unique system to let you know if you’re too intoxicated to drive.
Honestly, I think it would be hard for drunk drivers to get out of this one. Not only would the display panel above the urinal alert drivers on the spot, a similar warning would also be dished out when they are attempting to collect their vehicle.
RFID is certainly not a new technology, but these guys have added a creative spin and made use of it to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road.
It’s a win-win situation: drivers get home safely (and without getting caught by the TPs) and other road users like us have a peace of mind when we’re out and about at night.
3. Now you see me, now you don’t
All you Harry Potter fans out there, how cool would it be to be able to hover things (or people) in mid-air with a swish of the wand and chanting wingardium leviosa?
Well, sadly that’s not going to happen (yet), but how about an invisibility cloak instead for instances when you solemnly swear that you’re up to no good?
Earlier in March, Professor Zhang Baile from NTU demonstrated at a TED conference how the combination of a calcite optical crystal box and the theory of bending of light around an object can make anything placed behind the box invisible.
Although still in its early stages, we are at least one step closer to making invisibility a reality. And hey, one can always dream.
4. Man-made meat
So the mad cow disease makes a comeback and you’re seriously craving some beef. Before you proclaim it’s the end of the world – lo and behold, it’s lab-grown burgers to the rescue!
While the verdict on the taste of the burger doesn’t make it all that enticing (think “cake-like quality” and “lacking juiciness”), one thing’s for sure, this delicacy doesn’t come cheap with a price tag of US$332,000!