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Considering that the earths population is set to grow from 7 to 9 billion in the next 2o years it is time to get creative about housing options. Add that with the fact that most of the earth’s surface is covered in water and that 75 percent of the world’s megacities are butted right up against the water. I’m not even going to get into global warming and sea level changes. You get the idea.  Time for a houseboat.

This isn’t your typical “houseboat”. The HydroHouse was designed by Zhivov and Baikal Yacht Group and combines a houseboat, dock, and seaplane mooring. That alone is pretty amazing but it is also transportable by a normal semi-truck. When/if the world goes full crazy, untie the ropes and push-off.

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Kitty Hawk Cora

Cora is an airplane that doesn’t need a traditional runway for take-off and landing. With Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) and an autonomous software the folks at Kitty Hawk hope this aircraft will be the sky taxi of the future. This particular model is named Cora and it can fly at speeds up to 110 miles per hour up to 3,000 feet. Video of this helicopter/plane in action after the break. (more…)

The Samson Switchblade Flying Car is almost ready to hit the market. Prices start at $85k and go to $140k depending on what bits you opt for. The Switchblade has side-by-side seating for two and room for 50-lbs of luggage. Flight speed is 200 mph at up to 13,000 feet. Get out of traffic and into the air. Standard features after the break. ...

For the most part air travel is still pretty awesome (minus interactions with the braintrust crews of the TSA). You hop on a plane in California and in just 5-hours you are sitting on the beach in Hawaii. Amazing stuff. A few things that make the flight time take longer than it should are crappy boarding/boarders (don’t get me started) and the wait between door closing and the aircraft pulling away from the gate. Stirling Dynamics...

Having recently spent too much time traveling internationally I can attest to the fact that there are many levels of quality when it comes to airline seats. Everything from age, to seat comfort, to legroom, shoulder room, and more. Some airlines haven’t a clue about ergonomics or comfort while others seem to have it figured out. I won’t go in to the best and worst airlines at this juncture. This post is about the latest Emirates Airlines commercial showing off their awesome Boeing 777 First Class Suites. First things first....

This amazing Brazilian designer, Jomar Machado, has made a crazy mash-up of retro/futuristic vehicles. You will notice Mustangs, Porsches, motorcycles, etc…    ...

The Flynano Fun Flyer is what happens when you mix a jetski with a light aircraft. It is light, nimble, fast, and can fly. It is 100% electric, made of carbon fiber, weighs less than 155-pounds, requires no license, and is built in Finland. Check it out here. ...

Paul Allen, cofounder of Microsoft, has been busy with his airplane project, Stratolaunch. This monster airplane started back in 2011 and while photos are starting to emerge the plane is still grounded. Burt Rutan, aerospace engineer, has gotten the plane this far but has yet to take it on a test flight. The Stratolaunch has a 285-foot wingspan, six 747 jet engines, 26 wheels, and can carry 250,000 pounds of fuel. The name hints at the purpose which is for low earth orbit flights and launching rockets into space. Eventually the Stratolaunch...

There is currently a Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board investigation into the crash of the experimental ICON A5 amphibious airplane. Jon Karkow, lead engineer, and coworker Cagri Sever were killed in the crash in Vacaville, California. Karkow was the pilot of the ICON A5 airplane which  had been airborne for approximately 20 minutes. The Icon A5 crash might...

This awesome little airplane is the world’s smallest twin-engine manned aircraft. It was designed in the 1970s by Michel Colomban and is named the Cri-Cri. Cri-Cri features include a single seat, an enclosed cockpit, a cantilever low-wing, two front mounted engines, and fixed landing gear. The aircraft is made of klegecell foam and aluminum and has a 16.1-ft wingspan. Video and pictures of the tiny CriCri after the break.