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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.

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?

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 future 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!)

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!)

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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.

The Wonderful Future…

The Wonderful Future…
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Gregory Benford and the editors of Popular Mechanics take on flying cars, aluminum clothes, glass cities, and other amazing visions from the future that never quite was in this fascinating read.

Ostoure Superbike Concept

Ostoure Superbike Concept

If ever were produced, designer Mohammad Shojaie’s futuristic concept bike would run on an unusual 2WD drive train, and a helmet with heads-up displays, and even an A/C system.

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Sony 360-Degree Display

Sony 360-Degree Display

3D displays are everywhere these days. But Sony is showing off the next generation of 3-dimensional screens, providing 360-degree volumetric images that you can walk around and gesture control.

ARC Rescue Chopper

ARC Rescue Chopper

Designer Leong Huang Zi envisions a future in which his duo-fan propeller aircraft is saving lives. While this concept military chopper will probably never see the light of day, we still think it’s cool.

LittleDog Robot

LittleDog Robot

Developed by the University of Southern California, the LittleDog is just like its big brother, capable of walking over difficult terrain and obstacles both by design and by learning and adapting.

BTTF II: Hoverboard Realized

BTTF II: Hoverboard Realized

Marty McFly had the coolest mode of transportation in Back to the Future II, but the hoverboard was never actually made. Artist Nils Guadagnin decided to make his own version for a recent exhibition.

Audi EXO Concept

Audi EXO Concept

We’re not sure about the shoe-like footprint of the Audi EXO car when viewed from above. Andrea Mocellin’s “human-powered exoskeleton” vehicle might help Fred Flintstone’s aching feet.

GM EN-V Concept Car

GM EN-V Concept Car

This concept car design provides a glimpse into the future of auto manufacturing. The zero-emission GM EN-V could drive autonomously, and turn its two-passenger compartment on a dime.

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