THE BEST Concepts

Concept: Solar Tree

Concept: Solar Tree

Vivien Muller’s concept Solar Tree is like a bonsai tree for charging your gadgets, with 54 solar panels and an array of modular “branches” that can be connected however you like.

Fairlady Z Concept

Fairlady Z Concept

We love the refined lines of this Fairlady Z concept by automotive graphics expert Jacek of Iacoski Design. It’s a tasteful blend of the original Nissan 240Z, the current 350Z and recent GT-R.

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Concept: Vintage Wii Mod

Concept: Vintage Wii Mod

Our biggest complaint with the Wii’s white plastic controllers is how dirty they get over time; Joe D’s Vintage Wii Mod concept addresses this with a swank woodgrain on black color scheme.

Forest Fire Robot

Forest Fire Robot

Only you and your 15 ton buzz saw-wielding robot can prevent forest fires: this awesome concept by designer Jordan Guelde plays directly into countless mecha fanboy dreams.

Concept: Illum Cycling Jacket

Concept: Illum Cycling Jacket

The Illum Cycling Jacket is a solar-powered safety jacket designed to light up cyclists on the road with electro luminescent panels. It’s surprisingly stylish too; we hope it gets made one day.

Wearable Motorcycle

Wearable Motorcycle

Jake Loniak is just a college junior, but he has a bright future ahead with this wearable motorcycle concept. At high speeds, this form-fitting trike angles forward to reduce air resistance.

Concept: Little Robots

Concept: Little Robots

Designed by Alessandro Beda and Mathias Koehler, “Little Robots” are described as “geek toys” and contain floating organs; they look about 3.5″-4″ tall. Super cool, but just concepts for now.

Concept: Monza Ferrari

Concept: Monza Ferrari

Like a futuristic starfighter, Iman Maghsoudi’s Monza Ferrari concept actually changes shape depending on your speed; the wing-like design creates lift, much like an airplane.

Compose Music Transcriber

Compose Music Transcriber

Compose is an interesting gadget concept by several Chinese designers. A digital paper tablet uses a built-in mic to automatically transcribe your singing (or squawking) into notes.

Concept: Equation Bookshelf

Concept: Equation Bookshelf

Coders and developers will love the Equation Bookshelf concept by Estudio Breder, which uses brackets, braces and parentheses as clever adjustable bookends.

Concept: Oficio Workstation

Concept: Oficio Workstation

Luiza Barroso and Quentin Vaulot’s Oficio Workstation concept makes a space for those who are both messy and neat, by designating one half of the desk for clutter.

Concept: Asterisco Hub

Concept: Asterisco Hub

The Asterisco Hub isn’t the most practical of concepts (it’s quite the space hog), but it works on two very important levels: 1) it looks cool; 2) it can be used as a ninja star on short notice.

BMW Z X-6 Concept

BMW Z X-6 Concept

Like something out of Minority Report, this two-seater BMW concept by Italian design students sports suicide doors, zero emissions and a glass greenhouse. Tom Cruise not included.

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Kitchen Workstation Concept

Kitchen Workstation Concept

Schulte Design’s Kitchen Workstation is a butcher block on one end and a laptop work area on the other. The milk glass panel slides away to reveal power ports and a document tray.

Concept: Bath Safeguard

Concept: Bath Safeguard

Kai Chen’s bath safeguard is a waterproof silicon gadget that measures the temp of your water. It’s a safety device, but we think it’s also perfect for guys who like their water just shy of scalding.

SuperLigero Skeleton Watch

SuperLigero Skeleton Watch

Although only a concept, Franc Vila’s SuperLigero Skeleton Tourbillon looks downright dangerous. The watch is made with Lightnium, a highly rigid alloy of aluminum and lithium.

Honda OSM Concept

Honda OSM Concept

Honda’s OSM (Open Study Model) concept debuted at the British International Motor Show recently. It’s not only a two-seater but a low emission vehicle. Could this be the next S2000?

iThink Bionic Concept

iThink Bionic Concept

iThink is one of those products that we prefer not to “think” about, so frightening are its implications. A concept by graphic designer Paul Micarelli, it’s a cyborg implant with hints of The Matrix.

Graffiti Furniture

Graffiti Furniture

Graffiti doesn’t get much respect as an art form, but it looks pretty cool as furniture. These pieces are by industrial designer Luis Alicandu, who is also an editor at design blog MoCoLoCo.

Murasaki Storytelling Robot

Murasaki Storytelling Robot

Robo-Garage’s Murasaki prototype robot is no slouch at storytelling; “she” actually uses an MP3 player. The ‘bot rolls on two wheels and articulates her head and arms with an eight-axis system.

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