Drawing in 3D will soon be as "intuitive as sketching with paper"

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: architects will soon be able to walk around inside 3D sketches of their projects and edit their designs as they go, according to the team behind the revolutionary Gravity Sketch 3D drawing pad. Read more »

Clothes will shrink to fit "at the push of a button" within five years

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: micro-robotics and 3D-printing are poised to revolutionise fashion, says the designer of Lady Gaga's bubble-blowing dress, in the second part of our interview with Studio XO. Read more »

Lady Gaga's flying dress offers vision of how "we may all travel in ten years time"

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: created for Lady Gaga, the Volantis is the world's first flying dress and heralds the beginning of a new era for human flight, says designer Benjamin Males. Read more »

Computers that "understand us as much as we understand them" will transform design

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: in this exclusive preview, Alexandros Tsolakis of lighting studio United Visual Artists explains their dramatic laser installation for MINI that opens tomorrow in Milan. Read more »

These gloves will "change the way we make music," says Imogen Heap

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: in this exclusive video interview, musician Imogen Heap demonstrates the electronic gloves that allow people to interact with their computer remotely via hand gestures. Read more »

Glowing trees could be used "instead of street lighting" says Daan Roosegaarde

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde is exploring ways of using the bio-luminescent qualities of jellyfish and mushrooms to create glow-in-the-dark trees that could replace street lights. Read more »

Software advances are "blurring boundaries between design disciplines"

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: architect and designer Daniel Widrig explains how he uses technology borrowed from the special effects business to design everything from jewellery to skyscrapers. Read more »

3D-printed mushroom roots "could be used to build houses"

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: designer Eric Klarenbeek, who displayed a chair made out of 3D-printed fungus at Dutch Design Week in October, says the technique could be used to create larger, more complex structures. Read more »

Wearable technology will "transform the doctor-patient relationship"

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: wearable technology will revolutionise healthcare for doctors and patients alike, says the director of design studio Vitamins in our final movie from December's Wearable Futures conference. Read more »

Wearable technology needs to "transcend the world of gadgets"

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: integration with the existing fashion supply chain is crucial to the development of a successful wearable technology industry, says solar-powered dress designer Pauline van Dongen. Read more »

Synthetic materials can "behave like living cells"

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: scientists are combining non-living chemicals to create materials with the properties of living organisms, says the creator of a self-repairing shoe made from protocells. Read more »

Advances in design software mean "materials are becoming media"

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: new technologies mean the design process is becoming akin to "creating a Hollywood film," says designer Francis Bitonti, who created a seamless 3D-printed dress for burlesque dancer Dita von Teese. Read more »

Microbes are "the factories of the future"

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: Suzanne Lee of BioCouture explains how she makes clothes that are "grown using bacteria" in this movie filmed at the Wearable Futures conference in London in December. Read more »

Virtual and augmented reality technology will converge in digital "contact lens"

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: augmented and virtual reality visualisation technologies will soon be combined in one device, says Andy Millns of 3D production company Inition in the final part of our interview.  Read more »

Augmented reality devices "in your eye" will change how we see the world

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: augmented reality technology will revolutionise the way we navigate cities, says Andy Millns of 3D production company Inition in the second part of our interview. Read more »

Advances in virtual reality will "blur the line between what's virtual and what's real"

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: in our first movie looking at the interface between design and technology, Andy Millns of 3D production company Inition claims virtual reality will soon become almost indistinguishable from the real world.  Read more »

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers launches today

Today we're launching Dezeen and MINI Frontiers - a major, year-long collaboration with MINI that will explore how design and technology are coming together to shape the future. Read more »

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Test flights approved for world's first practical jetpack

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Robot surgeons to operate on beating human hearts

News: robots could soon be operating on beating human hearts while a surgeon based in a different part of the world directs the procedure remotely, according to a designer working on a new generation of medical equipment. Read more »

Synthetic creatures could "save nature" says Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

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Olafur Eliasson's tears used to make human cheese

Bacteria from personalities including artist Olafur Eliasson, curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and chef Michael Pollan have been used to make human cheese as part of an exhibition about synthetic biology in Dublin. Read more »

"Cyborg scenario" will see computers in the brain replace wearable tech

News: surgically implanted chips that feed digital information directly into the brain will supersede wearable technology, according to the co-founder of a leading 3D imaging studio. Read more »

"Immersive virtual world" by Gareth Pugh and Inition installed at Selfridges

Visitors to London department store Selfridges can take a virtual reality tour created by technology company Inition inside a helmet by fashion designer Gareth Pugh (+ slideshow). Read more »

Google unveils collection of Google Glass spectacles and sunglasses

News: spectacle-wearing tech fans will soon be able to use Google Glass for the first time after the tech giant today unveiled four designs for frames to hold prescription lenses (+ slideshow). Read more »

Google's "smart contact lenses" could help diabetics monitor blood sugar levels

News: scientists at the Google[x] research facility in California are working on contact lenses containing tiny electronics that could constantly monitor glucose levels in the tears of people with diabetes. Read more »