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Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

From Clustertruck developer Landfall Games comes a silly strategy game. Originally made for Castle Game Jam, Totally Accurate Battle Simulator uses ragdoll physics to turn military battles into a QWOP party. Sign up for the alpha here.

Liddiard Omni-directional Wheels

Liddiard Omni-directional Wheels

These amazing wheels allow a car to not only move in the typical directions, but to turn on a dime or move sideways. Their inventor says they’re driven using 24,000 pounds of torque directly on the tires, and are more precise and durable than prior omni-directional wheels.

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Lenovo CPlus Concept

Lenovo CPlus Concept

Lenovo’s CPlus is a proof-of-concept smartphone that can be bent into a bracelet-like form and then straightened back into a traditional slab, albeit with an alarming cracking sound. Skip to 2:51.

Smart Slab Concept

Smart Slab Concept

Designed by Kram/Weisshaar for SapienStone, the Smart Slab is a discreetly high-tech table. Underneath its ceramic tabletop are inductive cooking, cooling and heating elements that let you cook and eat on the same surface, as well as keep food warm or cold.

BMW R5 Hommage

BMW R5 Hommage

BMW celebrates the 80th anniversary of its pre-WW II street racer with this one-off bobber. The R5 Hommage has a restored 1936 R5 engine, but the rest of it was mostly custom made by BMW Motorrad and Unique Custom Cycles.

BMW 2002 Hommage

BMW 2002 Hommage

BMW celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 2 Series with this fu-manchu’d machine. Inspired by the 2002 Turbo and built on the M2, the 2002 Hommage has racing-inspired spoilers and a carbon fiber stripe, huge wheel arches and the classic mirrored Turbo script up front.

Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato

Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato

Aston teamed up with Zagato to create the ultimate expression of its Vanquish sports coupe. The concept has bespoke carbon fiber body panels, a 600 hp V12 under the bonnet, a retractable spoiler, cool bladed taillights, and premium interior befitting a true grand tourer.

Honda: Great Journey

Honda: Great Journey

Honda commissioned designers and big thinkers from Map Project Office and Mori Inc. to conceptualize how autonomous vehicles could improve lives around the globe, and built small prototype models of their seven concept vehicles to help demonstrate. More here.

Table Tennis Trainer Concept

Table Tennis Trainer Concept

Thomas Mayer’s Interaction Design thesis project is a table tennis training program. The program is projected onto the playing surface itself, where players can view their stats, try interactive exercises and add visual effects when playing.

Shell Project M Concept Car

Shell Project M Concept Car

The fuel company turns its eye towards conservation, with the design of a city car that can get up to 107mpg (European). The diminutive 3-seater uses smart aerodynamics, lightweight materials and a low-friction engine design to minimize fuel consumption.

LEGO Voltron Concept

LEGO Voltron Concept

Just in time for the Voltron reboot, LEGO Ideas member len_d69 is proposing an official LEGO set of the Lion Force robots based on their classic appearance. The lions can transform and combine into a 16″ 2lb. Voltron mech.

Bell & Ross AeroGT Concept

Bell & Ross AeroGT Concept

Watchmaker Bell & Ross created a concept car to serve as muse for its new BR 03 AeroGT timepieces. The result is a fighter jet inspired supercar we’d love to see actually produced. Specs include a 602hp twin-turbo V8, a 0-to-60 of 3.0s, and a 200mph-ish top speed.

ICON FJ44 The Petersen Special

ICON FJ44 The Petersen Special

After selling its 100th FJ, Icon came up with a proof of concept for future FJ models, with new parts such as a supercharged 540hp V8, custom Brembo brakes and custom Fox shocks. The vehicle will be displayed at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

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2016 Jeep Mopar Concepts

2016 Jeep Mopar Concepts

Jeep and Mopar celebrate the Easter Jeep Safari’s 50th anniversary with seven concept off-road rides. The highlight of the batch might be the Trailcat, a Wrangler with the Hellcat’s 6.2L Hemi V8, but the retro Jeep Shortcut has won us over. More here.

BMW Vision Next 100

BMW Vision Next 100

The Vision Next 100 represents BMW’s ideas for its far future models. Its segmented parts minimize drag on the outside and warn drivers of obstacles on the inside. The interior also subtly transforms when going between manual and autonomous driving modes.

Adidas Futurecraft Tailored Fibre

Adidas Futurecraft Tailored Fibre

The third concept in Adidas’ Futurecraft series is a peek at the future of its Primeknit technology. It’s a machine-knitted upper that can be customized not just by size and fit but by material as well.

Nissan Winter Warrior Concepts

Nissan Winter Warrior Concepts

To combat this winter’s snowiest conditions, Nissan has kitted out a series of SUVs riding on 48-inch Dominator snow tracks instead of tires. The Winter Warrior Murano, Pathfinder, and Rogue can be seen at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, but not at dealerships any time soon.

Analog On (Trailer)

Analog On (Trailer)

Jeremy Polgar spent the last year perfecting this awesomely animated concept trailer for a film about Analog, the last android in existence and a journey of revenge which leads her down an unexpected path. We love the action, ’80s tinged neon glow, and sharp linework.

Acura Precision Concept

Acura Precision Concept

Acura tries to shake off its reputation for bland designs with an undoubtedly aggressive template. The Precision Concept has a low and wide stance, a high dash-to-axle ratio, a new grille design and literally edgy front and rear.

Samsung Modular Display Concept

Samsung Modular Display Concept

Samsung made a series of small borderless displays that can form a larger display. One of the technology’s practical applications is the Transformable TV, which can physically switch between two aspect ratios. Skip to 1:27.

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Nissan TITAN Warrior Concept

Nissan TITAN Warrior Concept

Based on the imposing Nissan TITAN XD, the TITAN Warrior raises the stakes by raising its height almost 3″, and its width by 6″. It rocks ginormous 37″ tall off-road tires on 18″ wheels. Terrain crushing ability aside, its sculpted front end and sporty interior look just awesome.

Buick Avista Concept

Buick Avista Concept

Buick kicked off the 2016 North American International Auto Show with a stunning coupe. The Avista Concept represents the company’s vision for a modern grand tourer. It has a 3L 400hp twin-turbocharged V6 and 8-speed transmission, and rides on huge 20″ wheels.

Volkswagen BUDD-e Concept

Volkswagen BUDD-e Concept

A glimpse at your grandchildren’s Microbus. The BUDD-e recognizes gestures and voice commands, integrates with home automation systems, and has large touchscreens for information and entertainment. It has a range of 373mi and goes up to 93mph.

Faraday Future FFZERO1 Concept

Faraday Future FFZERO1 Concept

The FFZERO1 Concept is a glimpse into the future of race cars. Powered by four electric motors generating over 1000 hp, a lightweight, highly aerodynamic carbon fiber shell, and a high-tech interior with augmented reality displays, and a NASA-inspired pilot’s seat.

Mazda MX-5 RS Racing Concept

Mazda MX-5 RS Racing Concept

While we’re still waiting for a Mazdaspeed variant of the MX-5, we’ve got the RS Racing Concept, a beautifully blacked-out Miata, rocking sport aero with red accents, Recaro seats, performance brakes, height-adjustable suspension, and performance chassis tweaks.

Wingboarding

Wingboarding

Aaron Wypyszynski hopes to create a new extreme pastime. Inspired by TaleSpin‘s Kit Cloudkicker, wingboarding is like wakeboarding except in the sky. Aaron is currently testing his idea on a 40% scale dummy and board. More on CNN.

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