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Smart Home, c. 1950

Smart Home, c. 1950

Take a trip back to the 1950s, when appliance company Westinghouse shared their vision for the “all electric” house of the future. While some of the user interfaces are incredibly dated, there are some ideas here that would find their way to homes in the 21st century – and yet others we’d still love to see.

Volumetric Sound Display

Volumetric Sound Display

Scientists from the University of Sussex are developing a method of displaying 3D tactile images using ultrasonic waves. The system works by levitating a small plastic bead and rapidly maneuvering it to create a persistence of vision effect. If they can move more dots or move them faster, they could create more complex images.

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Toyota’s Future of Mobility

Toyota’s Future of Mobility

We spent a week in Tokyo, Japan learning all about Toyota’s plans for the future, as it expands its horizons from conventional cars, to providing mobility solutions for all. The future includes ultra-compact battery-electric vehicles, self-driving cars, and even cars that can adapt to your mood.

Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept

Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept

Lexus looks ahead to 2030. This luxury electric coupe concept is powered by four in-wheel motors, and packs autonomous and driver-assistance technologies. Its windows are dimmable, and it has an interactive ceiling display that floats above rear seat passengers. With an estimated 536 hp, it can zoom to 62 mph in 3.8 sec.

Nvidia GauGAN

Nvidia GauGAN

This amazing software uses deep learning tech to create photorealistic nature scenes by sketching fields of color which represent objects and materials. The results are impressively convincing, complete with reflections. Learn more on Nvidia’s blog.

Peugeot e-Legend Concept

Peugeot e-Legend Concept

French automaker Peugeot dusts off the styling of their iconic 504 coupe and updates it with this pure electric concept car. The e-Legend has a 100kWh battery and dual motors to make more than 450 hp and 590 lb-ft. of torque, and is packed with tech like full autonomy.

The Home of the Future

The Home of the Future

With tech like Alexa, Nest, and Hue already in our homes, it’s already feeling pretty futuristic around here, but Grant Imahara and The Verge take a look at some of the other things we might look forward if we rethink the way we design and build homes.

Screens of the Future

Screens of the Future

There are video screens everywhere, from our phones to our watches to our thermostats. Universal Everything and Kouhei Nakama envision some of the form factors that screens might take in the future. Can you imagine an aquarium filled with OLED illuminated fish?

Disney’s Magic Highway U.S.A.

Disney’s Magic Highway U.S.A.

Back in 1958, Disney envisioned the future of America’s highways and automotive tech. While we still don’t have flying ambulances or self-building roads, backup cameras and traffic apps are everyday items, and autonomy is closer than ever. Watch the full movie here.

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.

The Next Billion Years

The Next Billion Years

We recently learned about the entire history of our world in about 20 minutes. While it’s far more serious than Bill Wurtz’s video, RealLifeLore’s look at the shape of things to come does pose some interesting predictions about the future of civilization.

The Five Stages of Machine Telepathy

The Five Stages of Machine Telepathy

Mice, keyboards, touchscreens. Siri, Alexa, Google. All these input methods could be replaced by simply thinking, if the tech exurb1a describes ever becomes mainstream. But the stuff that really gets us thinking is the idea of the real world Borg collective.

The Boring Company

The Boring Company

While sitting in traffic one day, Elon Musk had a crazy/brilliant idea – to build a network of underground tunnels which would rocket cars between destinations. A recent concept video envisions cars descending via street elevators, and zooming around on autonomous sleds.

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The Future of Airliners: Aurora D8

The Future of Airliners: Aurora D8

Real Engineering presents the first in a series of videos which look at future airplanes which could disrupt the commercial airline industry which has been locked up tight by Boeing and Airbus for years. First up, the Aurora D8, an unusual jet with a “double-bubble” fuselage.

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.

Microsoft HoloLens

Microsoft HoloLens

Microsoft wants to take augmented reality to a whole new level, with see-through goggles which can project full color interactive 3D objects into your field of vision. It’s still a prototype, but early hands-on users are impressed.

Meta Augmented Reality Glasses

Meta Augmented Reality Glasses

Using Epson Moverio transparent displays combined with a small camera, Meta hopes to create a gadget which provides true gesture-controlled augmented reality – and makes you look like a complete dork.

Samsung Youm Flexible Display

Samsung Youm Flexible Display

A 0.3mm thick flexible OLED display which can be bent or shaped to create cool new gadgets. Here, Samsung exec Brian Berkeley demos the tech on a curved smartphone to increase screen real estate.

HyTAQ Robot

HyTAQ Robot

This ingenious, yet elegantly-simple robot design from IIT engineers allows a quadrotor UAV to go from air to ground and back again by using a rolling cage which rotates around its mid-section.

Seventies Space Colony Art

Seventies Space Colony Art

Back when the Apollo Missions were still fresh in the mind, NASA’s Ames Research Center was hard at work conceptualizing what the future of space exploration might be. Where’d our imagination go?

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Mercedes Ener-G-Force Concept

Mercedes Ener-G-Force Concept

A futuristic vision from Mercedes-Benz for the SUV of tomorrow. The agressive G-class off-roader was designed for the 2012 LA Auto Show Design challenge – for a 2025 police vehicle.

Aegis Parka

Aegis Parka

A concept garment for the future, the Aegis provides not just protection from weather, but sensors which track pollutants, and alert you to don the built in respirator when air quality is poor.

Conversation w/ 12-Year-Old Self

Conversation w/ 12-Year-Old Self

We all wish we could talk to our younger selves, but Jeremiah McDonald actually had enough foresight to record a convo for the futureĀ about pets, passions and Doctor Who all the way back in 1992.

Volkswagen Hover Car

Volkswagen Hover Car

Volkswagen recently gathered ideas from the people of China for new vehicles, and through the wonder of technology, brought one girl’s “hover car” dream to fruition, digitally. (Thanks Daryl!)

GM Interactive Car Windows

GM Interactive Car Windows

While Samsung is showing off their transparent display tech, GM is prototyping a similar concept for car windows – offering passengers interactive media and games on touch-screen glass.

E-volo Multicopter

E-volo Multicopter

Move over, Orville and Wilbur: Thomas Senkel of E-volo recently made the world’s first manned multicopter flight with their AR.Drone-like flyer. The gently hovering flight lasted 1:30. (Thanks Stro!)

Peugeot HX1 Hybrid Concept

Peugeot HX1 Hybrid Concept

With its unusually low profile, the HX1 looks like something out of a science fiction movie. Peugeot’s first diesel hybrid, this 4WD is powered by a 2.2L, 204hp HDi engine, plus a 95hp electric motor.

Flake Concept Car

Flake Concept Car

We’re not expecting Da Feng’s Flake conceptual vehicle to hit showrooms any time soon. The idea of a shape-shifting car with 250 moving body panels is purely the stuff of science fiction.

The World of the Future

The World of the Future

The distant future… The year 2-thou-sand… Now pay careful attention and learn the wonders of the magnificent, astounding and awesome future. Will technological wonders never cease?

BMW Vision ConnectedDrive

BMW Vision ConnectedDrive

The latest BMW concept car, the ConnectedDrive melds sweeping, organic form with TRON-like tech. We love the open-air design, although you could never drive it when it rains. More pics here.

Incidental Media

Incidental Media

Dentsu London and Berg envision a future where everyday objects and surfaces exploit the Internet in their “spare time” to provide constant, relevant information and feedback. Cool stuff indeed.

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