This skyscraper will have floating observations

It could have been straight out of Star Wars film or science fiction video game, but is actually a design for a futuristic skyscraper that will come up in Taiwan. Called Floating Observatories, it won the first prize in a recent design competition, and will be built in Taichung, Taiwan’s third largest city. The main building resembles a tree, with eight floating observatories that move up and down like leaves on its branches, reports the Daily Mail.

Each observatory will function like a lift to carry 80 people at a time and will be designed in the shape of the island nation. According to the architects, the observatories will glide on a vertical track positioned within a strong electromagnetic field and will be built using a space-age lightweight material. The tower will contain offices, restaurants, a museum and an “urban park”.

Romanian architect Stefan Dorin, who designed the tower, said: “We have designed eight spatial leaves in the form of Zeppelin-like elevators which glide up and down the ‘tree trunk’ and serve the purpose of observation decks.” At just under 1,000 ft. high, the Taiwan tower will still fall short of being the tallest building in Taiwan. Construction is expected to begin in 2012, and will be funded by the Taiwanese government. Dorin said” “Even though the floating observatories design was influenced by the sci-fi computer gaming¬† culture they are feasible and play a major role for the pathway of the tower’s museum by adding a new vertical dimension.

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3rd I: A camera implanted on the back of one’s head

It may soon be possible to literally see what is happening behind your back.¬† An Iraqi-born professor and artist is having a camera implanted in the back of his head and broadcasting everything he “sees” to the public. Wafaa Bilal, professor at the New York University, is to undergo surgery in the next few weeks to have the camera installed, reports the Daily Mail. The project, called “The 3rd I”, will involve the camera taking pictures at one-minute intervals with the images being streamed live to a new Qatari museum called Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art.

The thumbnail-sized camera will be affixed to his head through a piercing-like attachment. Bilal said that the project is “a comment on the inaccessibility of time, and the inability to capture memory and experience.” However, the bizarre idea has sparked anger among Bilal’s students at the university who feel having their movements filmed on his head camera in an invasion of their privacy.

So, Bilal has agreed to cover the camera with a black lens cap while at the university campus, according to the Wall Street Journal. Bilal is likely to get the camera installed by December 15 2010. Bilal has launched a website connected to the project. The site displays a counter ticking down the time remaining until December 15 next month, when Bilal intends to activate his head camera. It also shows a small graphic depicting a torso topped by a camera lens.

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