THE BEST Concepts

Intel Vaunt AR Glasses

Intel Vaunt AR Glasses

Intel is working on augmented reality eyeglasses designed mainly to show information. The Vaunt looks like a normal pair of glasses, and have no cameras or hardware controls. It projects a small red display directly to your eyes, just below your line of sight.

Lumen Augmented Reality Concept

Lumen Augmented Reality Concept

Arvind Sanjeev’s Lumen is a portable augmented reality system in the form of a flashlight. The idea is for it to automatically recognize objects and enhance their function, provide information, display video or animation and more.

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Cota Forever Battery

Cota Forever Battery

The Cota Forever Battery is a proof-of-concept AA battery that receives power over long distances, similar to how connected devices use Wi-Fi. It relays its location to a transmitter, which then sends back up to 1W of power 100 times a second.

Razer Project Linda Laptop Concept

Razer Project Linda Laptop Concept

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 3E-D18 Robotic Workhorse

Honda 3E-D18 Robotic Workhorse

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 Rollable OLED TV

LG Rollable OLED TV

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.

Samsung Sound Ray Concept

Samsung Sound Ray Concept

The Sound Ray or S-Ray concepts are Samsung’s small and affordable takes on directional speakers, which send sound in a narrow path so that only its target can hear it, even from a distance. There’s a neckband, a handheld and a smartphone cover.

Ares Project Panther Sports Car

Ares Project Panther Sports Car

Italian coach builder Ares Design is preparing a reimagining of the classic De Tomaso Pantera for 2018. The Ares Project Panther will be a bespoke sports car that wraps the Pantera’s ’70s aesthetic over a modern Lamborghini Huracán chassis.

Teeter Tot Chairs

Teeter Tot Chairs

RISD industrial design students George Duan and Megan Lee made a pair of chairs designed to give office workers a much needed chuckle. Teeter and Tot are foam-covered wooden chairs. They have springs in their legs that make them buckle when used.

LEGO Gundam Barbatos Lupus Concept

LEGO Gundam Barbatos Lupus Concept

LEGO Ideas member demon1408 made this kickass proposal for a 1/60th scale model of Gundam Barbatos Lupus from the hit anime Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans. It’s fully articulated and comes with a sword-mace and guns. DIY instruction video here.

The Star Wars: Concept Trailer

The Star Wars: Concept Trailer

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.

Toyota FT-AC Concept

Toyota FT-AC Concept

Toyota’s rugged compact SUV is designed as an adventurous counterpoint to its urban C-HR. It borrows design elements from Toyota’s trucks, offers increased ground clearance, AWD with terrain modes and torque vectoring, and versatile storage for all your gear.

Color Swing

Color Swing

Digital Habits shares a concept for a pendant lighting fixture which is capable of detecting the predominant color of the surface beneath it, then changing its own color to match. It may not have much practical application, but it’s still a really cool design.

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Lamborghini Terzo Millennio

Lamborghini Terzo Millennio

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.

Mazda KAI Concept

Mazda KAI Concept

One of two beautiful concept designs that Mazda brought to the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, the KAI to pushes the limits of Mazda’s excellent “KODO” design language, and is more than likely the muse for the next-gen Mazda3 5-door. Mazda, please build it exactly like this.

LEGO Puzzle Cube Concept

LEGO Puzzle Cube Concept

LEGO Ideas member Sleepy17’s playset hides all of the pieces’ studs for a clean look. The set consists of puzzle pieces that form one of two cubes when they’re correctly put together. The 3×3 cube is for beginners, while the 4×4 cube is harder to solve.

GM SURUS Autonomous Truck

GM SURUS Autonomous Truck

General Motors’ SURUS (Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure) is a universal truck platform that has autonomous capabilities and is powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Modules include a cab for human drivers, an ambulance and a mobile generator.

Qoobo Robotic Pillow Pet

Qoobo Robotic Pillow Pet

Yep, it’s from Japan. Yukai Engineering’s Qoobo is a simple robotic pillow that’s meant to provide the comfort of touching a pet animal. Its furry body vibrates when stroked enough times, and its tail will wag from time to time. This is what androids dream of.

Toyota Tj Cruiser Concept

Toyota Tj Cruiser Concept

Judge not the Tj Cruiser by its cover. Except for the driver’s seat, all of the 4×4 van’s seats can be folded down completely flat. The seat backs are covered with scratch-resistant material and have lots of tie-down points, making it one of the most versatile vehicle interiors we’ve seen.

Honda Riding Assist-e Motorcycle

Honda Riding Assist-e Motorcycle

This electric motorcycle is only a proof of concept, but Honda is keen on using its Riding Assist technology on production models. The self-balancing hardware takes up only the bike’s front end. Honda hopes to first launch it on its touring motorcycles.

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FlexSys Morphing Airplane Wing

FlexSys Morphing Airplane Wing

Aviation International News shares an informative look at FlexSys‘ morphing wing flap technology, which improves the aerodynamics of airplanes by eliminating exposed hinges and rivets. Apparently it’s made using a carbon fiber honeycomb core and a flexible composite skin.

Honda Urban EV Concept

Honda Urban EV Concept

The Honda Urban EV Concept is an incredibly charming mix of past and future. Its squat and boxy body is tempered by a LED-lit grill that has a message board. Inside is a massive digital dash and two bench seats. A production version will be released in Europe in 2019.

Kia Proceed Wagon Concept

Kia Proceed Wagon Concept

Kia flexes its design muscle yet again with a concept study for a 5-door wagon variant of its tame European Cee’d hatch. There’s nothing mild about its looks, with a Lava Red body, elongated wheelbase, 20″ rims, dramatic illuminated roofline, and over-the-top interior.

BMW Concept X7 iPerformance

BMW Concept X7 iPerformance

BMW is gunning for the Mercedes-Benz GLS, Lexus LX and other road-hogging SUVs with the X7. It’s the most spacious BMW ever designed, and has a panoramic glass roof that stretches all the way to the back. It will be available as a hybrid with a turbocharged engine. That kidney grill tho.

Mercedes-AMG Project ONE Concept

Mercedes-AMG Project ONE Concept

Born from Formula 1 hybrid tech, the Project ONE makes over 1000 hp, with a top speed of 217 mph. Its electrically-assisted 1.6L V6 turbo engine spins up to 11,000 rpm, sending power to the rear, while two 120 kW motors drive the front axle. Goes 0-to-112 mph in less than 6s.

Technologies That Will Change the World

Technologies That Will Change the World

Microscopic computers and batteries. Wireless power. Affective computing. Isaac Arthur compares the typical day of someone from 1717, 2017 and 2077 to guess what emerging technologies will fundamentally alter our daily routines. Skip to 7:07 for the future.

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