THE BEST Concepts

Dream Cars Exhibit

Dream Cars Exhibit

From 5/21 to 9/7, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta will be hosting Dream Cars, an exhibit of various concept cars from 1932 up to the present, as well as related media. If you can’t make it there, you can check out the gallery.

Luggage Weighing Handle Concept

Luggage Weighing Handle Concept

Selma Durand’s Weighing Handle concept helps travelers see if their luggage is near or exceeds 20kg to 23kg, the usual range for baggage carry-on. The measurement is indicated when the bag is lifted using the handle.

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Grillo Portable Grill

Grillo Portable Grill

Designed by formAxiom, this folding stainless steel grill has a unique cooking surface that resembles a sunflower, and a soft, mesh basket that holds its fire source. It’s still in the prototype phase, as they ensure it can be safely operated.

Got Chess? Flat Chess Set

Got Chess? Flat Chess Set

Peter Baeten’s portable chess set concept consists of flat pieces that slot onto the board. The pieces are laser cut and hand varnished and are stored in their own cutouts. A leather cover doubles as a play mat.

Volkswagen Golf R 400

Volkswagen Golf R 400

The best of the new Golfs might not even make it to showrooms. The R 400 concept has a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 395hp and 332lb.ft. of torque. It goes from 0 to 62mph in 3.9s and has a top speed of 174mph.

Quirky Swingling

Quirky Swingling

Currently in development at Quirky, Kevin Shay’s Swingling (aka the “UpSwing”) is a portable swing. It comes with a sturdy cable, a canvas seat and a carabiner and can be set up in under a minute. It rolls up neatly when not in use.

BMW Vision Future Luxury

BMW Vision Future Luxury

The Vision Future Luxury concept is dominated by carbon fiber, leather and wood. It also has a wide digital dashboard, a heads-up display, individual rear seats and a detachable tablet computer to control the rear displays.

Drones for Hire Concept

Drones for Hire Concept

Alex Cornell and Phil Mills’ semi-April Fools joke. Gofor is their concept for a drone rental service. They imagine drones could be summoned remotely to perform a variety of tasks, from cameraman to home security.

Ford Transit Skyliner Concept

Ford Transit Skyliner Concept

A luxury version of the 2015 Ford Transit by Galpin Auto Sports. It features four movable throne seats, a 52″ movie screen, a Kaleidescape media server and more, with all amenities and functions controlled from an iOS app.

Glow-in-the-Dark Road Markers

Glow-in-the-Dark Road Markers

A 0.3mi stretch of the N329 road in Oss, Netherlands now has glow-in-the-dark markers. They absorb solar energy during the day and glow at night. It’s part of Studio Roosegarde’s vision for a smart highway.

Land Rover Transparent Hood

Land Rover Transparent Hood

Land Rover’s Transparent Bonnet concept is an augmented reality display that enables the driver to see through the vehicle’s hood, letting him or her see the terrain underneath as well as the placement of his front wheels.

Tarus 2 All-Terrain Motorcycle

Tarus 2 All-Terrain Motorcycle

Tarus is looking for investors for its all-terrain 2-wheel drive motorcycles. The Tarus 2 has a 2-cylinder engine and fat low-pressure tires. It has a dry weight of about 100 lb. and can be disassembled in less than five minutes.

Android Wear

Android Wear

Android Wear is Google’s upcoming operating system for smartwatches. It displays notifications based on time, location and your personal info. It also supports voice commands and third-party apps. More here.

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Volvo Concept Estate

Volvo Concept Estate

A preview of Volvo’s future station wagons, the Concept Estate is what hatchbacks look like when they grow up. It has a sleek silhouette and a luxurious interior covered in wood, wool, leather and copper. More on 95Octane.

Quant e-Sportlimousine Concept

Quant e-Sportlimousine Concept

The Quant e-Sportlimousine is a 912hp electric car powered by a flow battery, which generates energy by mixing electrolytes dissolved in water. Apparently this makes refueling nearly as fast as with a gas-powered car. More here and here.

REMLshelf Concept

REMLshelf Concept

A flexible wall-mounted shelf system that adjusts to your needs and looks nice even when it’s “empty.” Made by students Tadej Podakar and Luka Fabjan, the REMLshelf is made of wooden beams that you can pull apart to store items.

XchangE Self-Driving Car Concept

XchangE Self-Driving Car Concept

Rinspeed imagines how high-end cars might look like when autonomous driving technology matures. Based on the Tesla Model S, the XchangE is basically a compact hotel on wheels. With a motel bathtub paint job. More here.

Maserati Alfieri Concept

Maserati Alfieri Concept

The heir apparent to the GranTurismo, the Maserati Alfieri 2+2 shares the GT MC Stradale’s 460hp 4.7L V8 engine, and has a body inspired by the 1954 A6-GCS3 race car. More details and pics on 95Octane.

Honda Civic Type R Concept

Honda Civic Type R Concept

Looking like it jumped out of an anime, the Civic Type R Concept has a 276hp 2L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, a massive rear spoiler, wide front and rear fenders and 20″ wheels. A production version is expected in 2015.

Google Project Ara Demo

Google Project Ara Demo

Google presented a non-functioning prototype of the Project Ara modular smartphone at This Week in Startups. The bare bones model could cost as low as $50 and will come in three sizes. Skip to around 6:00 for the demo.

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RFID Bikealarm Concept

RFID Bikealarm Concept

Designed by Dennis Siegel, the RFID Bikealarm deters theft by emitting an ear-shattering 120dB alarm if it senses drastic movement. The owner uses a small RFID tag to wirelessly activate and deactivate the alarm.

LEGO X-Men X-Mansion Concept

LEGO X-Men X-Mansion Concept

True believers! Support Glen Bricker’s proposal for an official LEGO set of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. It has four levels, including the Danger Room and Cerebro, as well as a variety of X-Men minifigs, including Professor X.

Project Gutenberg Cocktail Mixer

Project Gutenberg Cocktail Mixer

Pernod Ricard’s Project Gutenberg concept makes cocktail mixing engaging and convenient. Spirits are shipped to customers in book-shaped containers. An iPad app lets them learn cocktail recipes as well as monitor and order liquor.

iWatch Concept

iWatch Concept

There’s still no confirmation that Apple is working on an iOS-powered wristband, but that hasn’t stopped us from wondering what one might actually look like. We’re particularly enamored of the UI on Todd Hamilton’s concept design.

Lynx Smart Grill Concept

Lynx Smart Grill Concept

The Smart Grill is a voice-activated grill that adjusts its settings based on what you’re cooking, helping you through voice prompts. But it does have a manual mode for grilling pros. Consumer Reports says it will be out in 2015 for ~$7,000.

Toyota FT-1 Concept

Toyota FT-1 Concept

Designed initially as a vehicle for Gran Turismo, the FT-1 has been brought to life as a full-scale concept car. It offers a dramatic, aircraft-inspired design, and pays homage to classics like the Toyota 2000GT, Supra and Celica.

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