Wondering how humans will live, eat, play and work in the future? Gizmodo is inviting New Yorkers to pique some of that curiosity even more at their first-ever "Home of the Future," running through Wednesday, May 21st. Organized as a room-by-room show-and-tell of cutting edge innovations from telepresence robots to lights powered by plant-eating bacteria to electric motorcycles to edible cups, the interactive exhibition lets visitors try on, test out, sit on or ingest nearly everything that is on display. And if you've got your laptop handy and want to escape your office for a bit, the venue will also double as a co-working space starting at 11am each morning through the close of the event. We checked out the Home of the Future in person last week - read on for 9 cool green products we spotted at the show!
“Gizmodo readers have always been curious about how things are being made, why they were designed that way, and what they will do to enhance our world,” said Gizmodo editor-in-chief Geoff Manaugh. “The Home of the Future is a chance to get up close with these new technologies and designs, and to meet the thinkers and innovators who are reshaping the future of urban living.”
If the future looks anything like Local Motors’ sweet vintage-style electric Cruiser, we’re in for a treat. The zero-emissions bike couples retro details with an electric powertrain that helps you reach speeds of over 20 MPH. And if you like that, don’t miss a whole rack full of other green transportation options in the “Outdoors of the Future” section.
We’ve been praising standing desks for their health benefits here at Inhabitat for quite some time now, so we were excited to see the Stir kinetic desk desk in Gizmodo’s Office of the Future. Not only can you set your own optimal standing and sitting heights and times, you can also control the desk height with a simple tap, and the desk even tracks the calories your burn each day from standing.
The world’s only self-rotating, self-watering indoor/outdoor aeroponic garden tower was situated proudly in the Kitchen of the Future. Being able to snip off what you need for dinner would cut down on trips to the supermarket and emissions from produce being delivered cross-state or even cross-country.
Double Robotic‘s telepresence robot is a way for you to be more than just a voice on a conference line or a grainy image on a screen while telecommuting. Strikingly similar to the South Park gang’s solution when Stan couldn’t go trick-or-treating on Halloween, the device is basically an iPad mounted atop a Segway-ish pole/wheel combo, and is a way to cut down on travel emissions for workers.
You can’t miss the sexy Zero SR, which is parked right at the front of the space. Gizmodo reported that since the motorcycle is completely emissions-free, the guy who delivered it even did lap around the venue without fear of fumes.
The BioLite BaseCamp not only cooks up tasty morsels over a wood fire, it also charges up your electronics using said fire using its built-in thermoelectric generator.
We were first attracted to Eventual, a bio art project by Matt Neff and Orkan Telhan, because of its terrarium-like appearance but it’s actually much more than that. The fascinating piece is a light show powered by Geobacter, a type of bacteria that lives inside soil within the glass enclosure and feeds off of organic matter. For a better view of the light show, check out Gizmodo’s writeup.
And if you need yet another reason to visit the Home of the Future, they’ll also be serving up Sixpoint Hop Tech 431, a local IPA brewed with the help of the Gizmodo team at Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewery.
Gizmodo’s Home of the Future pop-up runs through May 21st and is located at 268 Mulberry Street (between Houston St. and Prince St.). The show is open to the public for free from 11am until late (closing times will vary). The space will also offer free co-working with WiFi powered by Verizon Wireless.
Lead image © Noah Fowler, all other photos ©Yuka Yoneda