A contest called "Design for Death" asks participants to reimagine mourning and burial for the 21st century. Their intriguing solutions range from reverent to eco-practical to downright strange.
In the final installment of Crave's series on ultra-luxurious gear for geeks, we tour the far-out side of nerd chic.
Furniture with embedded technology for hiding from the world.
This faithful reproduction of the 1969 toy even has a hand-cranked winch. Just don't expect it to haul your old jalopy.
Golfers riding aboard this sweet concept cart won't have to call out "Fore!" anymore. They can just press a button to do it for them.
A team from MIT's Media Lab pair a robotic arm with a swarm of 6,500 silkworms to explore the relationship between digital and biological fabrication.
Scientists from Harvard and Tufts create silk screws and plates for use in healing bone fractures. Unlike their steel counterparts, these could dissolve in the body and even be used to deliver antibiotics.
Compostable cocoons for corpses? Urns with OLED displays? Some of the ideas out of the Design for Death competition could dramatically change the way we bury our loved ones.
The technology, which relies on silicon and magnesium oxide-based components, could reduce the need to pass or surgically remove tiny medical implants.
commentary With tablets and televisions safely in the "shared tech" category, the still unsettling Google Glass extends the nature of "personal tech" to a whole new level.