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Prototypes

Audi Q4 e-tron Concept

Audi Q4 e-tron Concept

Audi’s concept for a smaller and more affordable electric SUV. Like the e-tron, the Q4 e-tron has two motors that provide all-wheel drive. There’s a 200hp rear motor and a 100hp rear motor. It goes up to 112 mph and has a range of over 280 mi.

Volkswagen ID. Buggy Concept

Volkswagen ID. Buggy Concept

While many carmakers unleashed their biggest guns at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen brought out this silly little number. The ID. Buggy is a modern take on the Meyers Manx buggy. This electric off-roader has a 201 hp motor and has a 155 mi range.

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IKEA Gunrid Curtain

IKEA Gunrid Curtain

IKEA’s innovative curtain has a mineral-based coating that is activated by both indoor and outdoor light. When activated, it breaks down odor-causing compounds as well as formaldehyde. The coating can be applied to different kinds of textiles. Available in 2020.

Apeel Fruit & Vegetable Coating

Apeel Fruit & Vegetable Coating

Apeel Sciences’ revolutionary coating slows down oxidation and water loss in fruits and vegetables, making food stay fresh for far longer. The non-toxic coating is made from a mixture of pulp, peels, and seeds that is dissolved in water then applied to the skin of produce.

Volumetric 3D Printing

Volumetric 3D Printing

Researchers at UC Berkeley have developed a 3D printing method called Computed Axial Lithography. It projects 2D slices of a 3D model into a cylinder of resin, creating an object in one go. It’s much faster than other 3D printing methods, which deposit material layer by layer.

Robomart

Robomart

Robomart is an automated platform that combines food delivery with ride-hailing systems. The idea is to have autonomous vehicles carrying produce or meals roving around, ready for nearby customers to hail them. Stop & Shop will test the system in 2019.

Xiaomi Foldable Phone Concept

Xiaomi Foldable Phone Concept

Xiaomi co-founder and president Lin Bin teased the company’s prototype for an OLED phone that folds on both sides. This allows it to transition from a mini tablet to a smartphone with no bezels on the side. It’s certainly impressive, but its palm rejection better be on point.

Ferox Azaris ATV

Ferox Azaris ATV

The Azaris ATV is one of Ferox’s proof-of-concept designs for its technology. Instead of using a drivetrain to deliver power, the Azaris’ engine – it can be gas or electric – pumps a water-based fluid to each of the six wheels, driving their in-wheel motors.

NERA 3D Printed Motorcycle

NERA 3D Printed Motorcycle

3D printing company BigRep shows us how far the technology has come by creating NERA, an electric motorcycle. With the exception of its electronics, all of the motorcycle’s components were 3D printed. That includes its airless tires, frame, fork and seat.

Orbis Electric Wheel

Orbis Electric Wheel

Orbis’ Ring-Drive wheel can be added to existing gas-powered cars, turning them into hybrid vehicles. For their proof-of-concept, they added two wheels to a Honda Civic Type R, adding a total of 100 hp and 140 lb-ft. of torque.

Astro Elroy Passenger Drone

Astro Elroy Passenger Drone

Astro’s Elroy is a single-passenger electric drone. All you need to do is to enter your destination and it will do the rest, though it also has on-board controls for manual override. It can carry up to 265lb, go up to 44 mph and lasts 25 min per charge.

Lumentile

Lumentile

Someday your entire wall or floor can be a source of light. European scientists are working on a modular tile called Lumentile that looks like an ordinary ceramic but is actually touch-sensitive and has RGB LEDs. Multiple tiles can even be turned into a video display.

Microsoft Project xCloud

Microsoft Project xCloud

Microsoft’s Project xCloud is an upcoming video game streaming service that will allow people to play Xbox One games on their PC, tablets or phones. It will work with the Xbox One controller and supports streaming via 4G connections. Public tests will begin in 2019.

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Fujifilm Rotating Lens Projector

Fujifilm Rotating Lens Projector

Fujifilm has developed an ultra short throw projector that has a lens that rotates on two axes. This allows for more options when mounting the device, as well as the option to aim at various surfaces – floor, wall, ceiling – without moving the device itself.

Volvo Vera Autonomous Truck

Volvo Vera Autonomous Truck

Volvo is working on Vera, a system of autonomous trucks for short-range jobs, such as those needed in ports or logistics facilities. At the heart of the system is an autonomous vehicle that communicates with other units for safety and efficiency.

BMW Autonomous Motorcycle

BMW Autonomous Motorcycle

BMW Motorrad spent 2 years developing a motorcycle that can start, accelerate, turn, and stop on its own. But the company won’t sell the bike to consumers. The data they’ve gathered will be used to integrate safety features into their production bikes.

LEGO The Settlers of Catan Concept

LEGO The Settlers of Catan Concept

LEGO Ideas member The Humble Bricksmith proposes to turn the popular board game The Settlers of Catan into a set made purely of LEGO pieces. Even the dice and cards have been turned into LEGO. At only 2,717 pieces, the game still fits in a small box.

Everybody Dance Now

Everybody Dance Now

Researchers at UC Berkeley developed an amazing piece of imaging software that can transfer the dance moves of a person in a video to another person in a second video. The result is not perfect, but it’s surprisingly smooth and even captures head movements.

LEGO Voltes V Concept

LEGO Voltes V Concept

LEGO Ideas member baeeee9 made this proposal for an official set of Voltes V, the super robot from the eponymous 1970’s anime. Just like in the cartoon, it consists of five vehicles that can be combined to form the humanoid robot. We love the proposal’s sleek look.

Nail Dispensing Hammer

Nail Dispensing Hammer

Michael David Young’s patent-pending framing hammer can be loaded with sets of collated framing nails, which it can eject one at a time when you press a button on the side. It has a safety lock so that the hammer can be used like a traditional one.

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Nest Tent

Nest Tent

Product designer Sebastian Maluska came up with the Nest Tent, a simple and lightweight rooftop tent inspired by sailboats. It’s made of aluminum and waterproof sailing fabric. It can be installed in nearly any vehicle and acts as a rooftop rack when folded.

World’s First Full Color 3D X-Rays

World’s First Full Color 3D X-Rays

MARS Bioimaging has an X-ray scanning machine that can generate full color 3D images. Their technology allows for different materials to be clearly seen, including bone, tissue, fat and metal. The company hopes to have a human-scale version up and running soon.

Chainless Bicycle Drivetrain

Chainless Bicycle Drivetrain

CeramicSpeed is working on Driven, a bicycle drivetrain that uses a pinion-style driveshaft instead of a chain and a derailleur. The company claims that Driven creates 49% less friction than chain and derailleur setups, leading to a more durable and more efficient system.

CanguRo Robot Scooter

CanguRo Robot Scooter

Shunji Yamanaka and Takayuki Furuta are working on RiDroid CanguRo, a three-wheeled robot scooter. Aside from being a transportation device, it can also follow you, perhaps while carrying something else. It can also be set to go to a destination using an app.

LEGO SpaceX Collection Concept

LEGO SpaceX Collection Concept

LEGO Ideas members Valerie Roche and Matthew Nolan’s SpaceX Ultimate Collection consists of 1,583 pieces. It lets you build the Falcon 9, the Falcon Heavy and the launcher. It also comes with a cargo ship, the Dragon spacecraft and Musk’s Tesla Roadster.

Guardbot Surveillance Robot

Guardbot Surveillance Robot

Guardbot Inc. is working on a rolling surveillance robot that can be used on any terrain, and even on water. The eponymous robot can go up to 9mph on land and up to 3mph on water. It can be as small as 5in and as large as 7ft in diameter.

Dragon Drone

Dragon Drone

Developed by students from the University of Tokyo, the DRAGON is a snake-like drone with jointed modules. This allows it to change its shape in mid-air, passing through small passages and even theoretically interacting with or manipulating objects.

LEGO Hasselblad Camera Concept

LEGO Hasselblad Camera Concept

LEGO Ideas member helenfigures made this proposal for a life-size LEGO kit of the Hasselblad 503CX film camera. Her kit has a working viewfinder, a frame counter and a film winder. She hopes to make it possible to actually take pictures with the camera.

ASUS Project Precog Laptop

ASUS Project Precog Laptop

ASUS’ Project Precog is a laptop with two symmetrical touchscreens as its main output and input interfaces – no keyboards, no touchpads, no palm rests. It’s like the peak of a 2-in-1 laptop-tablet hybrid, though it remains to be seen how practical such a device can be.

Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo

Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo

The Mission E Cross Turismo is Porsche’s concept sports SUV. The electric all-wheel drive vehicle has a total output of around 600hp, lasts up to 310mi per charge and can be charged to a nearly 250mi range in just 15 minutes.

2018 Jeep Mopar Concepts

2018 Jeep Mopar Concepts

Jeep and Mopar have unveiled their annual concepts for the Moab Easter Jeep Safari. The seven vehicles include the restored 1965 Wagoneer, a stripped-down, lightweight Wrangler called 4SPEED, and the rolling Mopar catalog known as the Nacho.

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