THE BEST Concepts

Evo Utility Bicycle

Evo Utility Bicycle

The Evo bicycle lost to the Denny in the 2014 Bike Design Project, but it’s a great concept as well. It has mounts at the front and rear for a variety of cargo accessories. It also has a built-in lock, headlight and brake light.

Spira Wireless Charger and Clock

Spira Wireless Charger and Clock

This concept by ÉCAL design student Alice Robbiani, is comprised of a magnetic smartphone charging case with a wall-mounted charging base. What makes it truly special is the interactivity, offering charging feedback and a clock display.

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Adobe x Microsoft: The Future

Adobe x Microsoft: The Future

Adobe’s concept video shows what it thinks will be the future of its applications in a world filled with touchscreens and mobile devices. The apps shown have convenient multitouch shortcuts and wireless interaction between devices.

Volkswagen XL Sport Concept

Volkswagen XL Sport Concept

The XL Sport has the same 1199cc V-Twin engine that’s in the Ducati 1199 Superleggera. That means it only has 197hp and 99 lb.-ft. of torque to work with, but the concept car makes up for it with its low drag coefficient and weight.

Nixie Wearable Drone Camera

Nixie Wearable Drone Camera

Nixie is a concept for a small and flexible camera-equipped quadcopter. The idea is that you’ll wear it as a bracelet, then when you want it to take a picture it’ll fly off your wrist, snap a shot and then come back to you.

The Suitsy

The Suitsy

Jesse Herzog must think that April Fools is in September. He’s on Betabrand gathering votes for his idea – a business suit onesie – a zip-up shirt with a jacket and a pair of pants stitched to it. Even his dog can’t decide how it feels about this.

The Dancing Traffic Light

The Dancing Traffic Light

For many pedestrians, the don’t walk sign is merely a suggestion. Carmaker Smart found a way to make people stop. It set up motion capture booths where people danced, and turned them into eye-catching signs. Making of here.

Google Project Wing

Google Project Wing

Like Amazon’s Prime Air, Project Wing is a concept for a drone delivery service. The current prototype features a small tail-sitter that automatically flies to the delivery zone and lowers its package using a winch. More here.

Carpet Drawing

Carpet Drawing

Have you ever tried doodling on carpets and other furry surfaces? Professor Yuta Sugiura and his colleagues tried harder. They came up with three devices that let you draw, stamp or automatically print on furry surfaces.

IXION Windowless Jet Concept

IXION Windowless Jet Concept

Technicon Design’s concept luxury jetliner that replaces windows with panoramic projection surfaces which relay what’s outside the aircraft using video cameras. It’s a cool idea, but we can only imagine the glare on our laptop screens.

Miilo Children’s Bike Concept

Miilo Children’s Bike Concept

Made by Andreas Bhend, Miilo is an extendable children’s bicycle. It starts out as a trainer bike, but you can upgrade it to a fixed gear bicycle using most of its existing parts to adapt to a child’s growth.

Denny Bicycle

Denny Bicycle

Winner of Oregon Manifest’s 2014 Bike Design Project, the Denny bicycle has a handlebar that doubles as a bike lock, a front carrying shelf, and a removable battery for its assistive motor, brake light, front light and turn signals.

Coffeemaker Clock

Coffeemaker Clock

The Barisieur is Joshua Renouf’s concept for a coffee lover’s alarm clock. When the alarm goes off, an electric heater and stainless steel balls boil the water, which will then drip onto coffee grounds. Why does this not exist already?

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B-And-Bee

B-And-Bee

Designed and produced in Belgium, B-And-Bee are honeycomb-style sleeping cells for festivals and other large outdoor gatherings. The cells are waterproof and have enough room for two people to sleep in.

Jaguar Virtual Windscreen

Jaguar Virtual Windscreen

The Virtual Windscreen Concept is a track-oriented heads up display. Similar to the interface in driving games, it can show data such as GPS, lap times and racing lines. It will even let you race against a “ghost” car.

Aston Martin DP-100

Aston Martin DP-100

The Design Prototype 100 (DP-100) is Aston Martin’s entry for Vision Gran Turismo in Gran Turismo 6. The concept car has a mid-mounted twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces up to 800hp. Check out its life-size model here.

Game of Thrones Soccer Jerseys

Game of Thrones Soccer Jerseys

As part of her I Want to Work for Nike portfolio, fashion designer Nerea Palacios modified some of the company’s soccer jerseys with a Game of Thrones theme. The Westeros Cup will probably require armor though.

Nissan Concept 2020 Model

Nissan Concept 2020 Model

Like Mercedes-Benz, Nissan also built a life-size model of its Concept 2020, the concept supercar that will be playable in Gran Turismo 6 this July. The model was displayed at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Nissan Vision GT Concept 2020

Nissan Vision GT Concept 2020

The Concept 2020 is Nissan’s entry in Gran Turismo 6‘s Vision Gran Turismo and a peek at its future supercars. The car will be available for GT6 this July, but “Nissan believes that the real-world is ready” for the car as well.

ASUS Transformer Book V

ASUS Transformer Book V

The crazy Transformer Book V concept has an Android smartphone that docks into a Windows 8.1 tablet, which has a keyboard attachment. It can switch between Android and Windows while in tablet and laptop mode. More here.

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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.

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.

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