For a 2-week period in June 2010 a billboard in North Carolina smelled - another 21st century invention. The billboard showed a fork piercing a piece of meat and emitted the smell of both charcoal and black pepper. A high-powered fan at the base of the billboard spread the smell by blowing air over scented cartridges. According to a Bloom grocery chain spokesperson, the scents would be blown at 7-10 a.m. and 4-7 p.m. - commuting times. The billboard was promoting a new line of beef products available at Bloom grocery stores. If the billboard was successful, Bloom is sill smelling "cents".
By 2011 there will be flying cars - that's according to the Terrafugia Corporation in Massachusetts. The "Transition" is a car-plane with wings that unfold in one minute for flying and fold back up for driving. The plane is designed to fly under 10,000 feet, has a maximum takeoff weight of 1,430 pounds including fuel and passengers and gets about 30 mpg when being driven as a car. The Transition's base price is $194,000. Options like a radio, transponder and GPS are extra. Another option is a full-plane parachute - especially handy if this invention doesn't meet the manufacturer's high hopes.
By 2015 Italian industrial designers, Marina Colombo and Sebastiano Vida, plan to launch their superyacht - super because it will also be a submarine. This aerodynamic vessel will be equipped with integrated systems of stabilization and its hybrid engine will switch from diesel to electric propulsion when it submerges. Among other luxuries the 218 feet "U-010 Undersea Yacht" will have a relaxation parlor, sauna, lounge bar and spiral staircase. However, constraints in design in order to build a cruising yacht that can also withstand the pressures of a deep sea environment could result in this futuristic yacht/sub being sub-standard.