Developed by students from the University of Tokyo, the DRAGON is a snake-like drone with jointed modules. This allows it to change its shape in mid-air, passing through small passages and even theoretically interacting with or manipulating objects.
THE BEST Concepts
A celebration of 70 years of Porsche sports cars. Based on the chassis of the 911 GT3, this open-top 911 features a shortened window frame, dual humps behind the seats, and a stripped down interior to save weight. Its flat-six engine makes 500+hp with a 9000 rpm redline.
ASUS’ Project Precog is a laptop with two symmetrical touchscreens as its main output and input interfaces – no keyboards, no touchpads, no palm rests. It’s like the peak of a 2-in-1 laptop-tablet hybrid, though it remains to be seen how practical such a device can be.
At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Toyota showed a concept car which serves as a preview of the return of the Supra, its powerful front engine, rear-wheel drive sports car. The racing version has lightweight aero upgrades, a giant wing, and a stripped-down cabin.
Razer’s Project Linda is a laptop dock for the Razer Phone. It has a 13.3″ 2560×1440 touchscreen, 200GB of storage, a USB-C port, a USB-A port, and a headphone jack. It charges the phone, while the mobile device can act as a second screen or a touchpad.
Honda’s concept autonomous ATV is designed to work like a robotic pack mule, carrying loads to work sites, and also performing tasks like plowing snow, tilling soil, or harvesting crops with attachment modules. It’s rugged, has a 4-wheel drivetrain, and runs on electric power.
LG recently showcased a proof-of-concept for a 65″ OLED TV that rolls up and down like a giant piece of paper. More than just a party trick, the flexible display can be set to different heights to vary its aspect ratio, and can even be used at about a third of its height.
Before the characters we know and love first emerged on movie screens, there were other conceptual incarnations created by George Lucas and artist Ralph McQuarrie. The DAVE School envisions what the first movie might have looked like had those early ideas stuck.
Automobili Lamborghini and MIT teamed up to envision a pure-electric, 4WD hypercar concept which would use supercapacitor tech to increase power density and performance, and a carbon fiber structure made using nanotech to monitor the car for cracks and damage.