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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Vivo Apex Concept Phone

Vivo Apex Concept Phone

Vivo’s Apex concept smartphone manages to stretch the screen to nearly the entirety of the front with clever workarounds. The phone’s fingerprint sensor and speaker are both beneath the display, while its front facing camera pops up from the top.

Intel Vaunt AR Glasses

Intel Vaunt AR Glasses

Intel is working on augmented reality eyeglasses designed mainly to show information. The Vaunt looks like a normal pair of glasses, and have no cameras or hardware controls. It projects a small red display directly to your eyes, just below your line of sight.

Revolve Foldable Wheel

Revolve Foldable Wheel

Revolve splits the tire into segments, which are then mounted on a hexagonal frame. The frame lets you collapse the wheel into a pod that’s 60% smaller than normal. Inventor Andrea Mocellin hopes it will lead to transforming and compact transportation devices.

Lumen Augmented Reality Concept

Lumen Augmented Reality Concept

Arvind Sanjeev’s Lumen is a portable augmented reality system in the form of a flashlight. The idea is for it to automatically recognize objects and enhance their function, provide information, display video or animation and more.

Cota Forever Battery

Cota Forever Battery

The Cota Forever Battery is a proof-of-concept AA battery that receives power over long distances, similar to how connected devices use Wi-Fi. It relays its location to a transmitter, which then sends back up to 1W of power 100 times a second.

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Razer Project Linda Laptop Concept

Razer Project Linda Laptop Concept

Razer’s Project Linda is a laptop dock for the Razer Phone. It has a 13.3″ 2560×1440 touchscreen, 200GB of storage, a USB-C port, a USB-A port, and a headphone jack. It charges the phone, while the mobile device can act as a second screen or a touchpad.

LG Rollable OLED TV

LG Rollable OLED TV

LG recently showcased a proof-of-concept for a 65″ OLED TV that rolls up and down like a giant piece of paper. More than just a party trick, the flexible display can be set to different heights to vary its aspect ratio, and can even be used at about a third of its height.

Samsung Sound Ray Concept

Samsung Sound Ray Concept

The Sound Ray or S-Ray concepts are Samsung’s small and affordable takes on directional speakers, which send sound in a narrow path so that only its target can hear it, even from a distance. There’s a neckband, a handheld and a smartphone cover.

Teeter Tot Chairs

Teeter Tot Chairs

RISD industrial design students George Duan and Megan Lee made a pair of chairs designed to give office workers a much needed chuckle. Teeter and Tot are foam-covered wooden chairs. They have springs in their legs that make them buckle when used.

LEGO Gundam Barbatos Lupus Concept

LEGO Gundam Barbatos Lupus Concept

LEGO Ideas member demon1408 made this kickass proposal for a 1/60th scale model of Gundam Barbatos Lupus from the hit anime Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans. It’s fully articulated and comes with a sword-mace and guns. DIY instruction video here.

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