THE BEST Prototypes

GM SURUS Autonomous Truck

GM SURUS Autonomous Truck

General Motors’ SURUS (Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure) is a universal truck platform that has autonomous capabilities and is powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Modules include a cab for human drivers, an ambulance and a mobile generator.

Qoobo Robotic Pillow Pet

Qoobo Robotic Pillow Pet

Yep, it’s from Japan. Yukai Engineering’s Qoobo is a simple robotic pillow that’s meant to provide the comfort of touching a pet animal. Its furry body vibrates when stroked enough times, and its tail will wag from time to time. This is what androids dream of.

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Toyota Tj Cruiser Concept

Toyota Tj Cruiser Concept

Judge not the Tj Cruiser by its cover. Except for the driver’s seat, all of the 4×4 van’s seats can be folded down completely flat. The seat backs are covered with scratch-resistant material and have lots of tie-down points, making it one of the most versatile vehicle interiors we’ve seen.

Honda Riding Assist-e Motorcycle

Honda Riding Assist-e Motorcycle

This electric motorcycle is only a proof of concept, but Honda is keen on using its Riding Assist technology on production models. The self-balancing hardware takes up only the bike’s front end. Honda hopes to first launch it on its touring motorcycles.

Plier Divider & Bar Table Concept

Plier Divider & Bar Table Concept

Laurel Hwang’s Plier is a room divider that can also perform the opposite of its original function. It has hydraulic pistons that let you fold its upper half down, turning the divider into a table. Its translucent surface alludes to its inclusive design.

Honda Urban EV Concept

Honda Urban EV Concept

The Honda Urban EV Concept is an incredibly charming mix of past and future. Its squat and boxy body is tempered by a LED-lit grill that has a message board. Inside is a massive digital dash and two bench seats. A production version will be released in Europe in 2019.

BMW Concept X7 iPerformance

BMW Concept X7 iPerformance

BMW is gunning for the Mercedes-Benz GLS, Lexus LX and other road-hogging SUVs with the X7. It’s the most spacious BMW ever designed, and has a panoramic glass roof that stretches all the way to the back. It will be available as a hybrid with a turbocharged engine. That kidney grill tho.

Prodrone Dual Robot Arm Drone

Prodrone Dual Robot Arm Drone

This variant of Prodrone’s PD6B-AW payload drone is equipped with a pair of 5-axis robot arms. The arms can carry up to 22lb., and are nimble enough to cut, join, flick or turn various objects. The drone itself flies up to 37mph for up to 30min. per charge.

BioCarbon Drone Reforestation

BioCarbon Drone Reforestation

BioCarbon Engineering is developing a semi-automated large scale reforestation system. It uses aerial drones to map and analyze land, plant seeds in a biodegradable pod, and monitor the plants’ growth. The planting drones can dispense up to 100,000 seeds per day.

Air Jordan 1 Homage to Home

Air Jordan 1 Homage to Home

Nike is teasing a bold twist to the Air Jordan 1 with a peek at a pair of unreleased sample shoes. The Homage to Home looks like two shoes stitched into one. The outer side rocks the red and black aka Banned colors, while the inner side has the classic white and red.

Red Hydrogen Sneak Peek

Red Hydrogen Sneak Peek

Camera maker Red is confident enough to take pre-orders for its mysterious “holographic” Hydrogen smartphone with barely any information about the gadget. Until now. MKBHD got his hands on three Hydrogen prototypes, and he came away impressed.

Mercedes-Benz Automated Valet Parking

Mercedes-Benz Automated Valet Parking

Mercedes-Benz’s parent company Daimler worked with Bosch to create a parking system with cars that park and retrieve themselves. The cars and the car park are equipped with sensors that guide the car to a free space. Drivers use an app to summon their rides.

LEGO Space Shuttle Concept

LEGO Space Shuttle Concept

Unlike other LEGO space shuttles, KingsKnight’s proposal is a 1:110 model, the same scale as the recently released LEGO Apollo Saturn V set. The design includes the tank and boosters, the Canadarm, a satellite, swappable decals, and seven microfigures.

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Project Scout Handheld Gaming PC

Project Scout Handheld Gaming PC

Chase Cobb’s prototype handheld PC only has a Core i3 6300 U with Intel HD 520 integrated graphics (the same CPU in these laptops), but it’s good enough to play many modern games such as Overwatch and Rocket League, and handles Xbox One streaming really well.

SIGGRAPH 2017 Preview

SIGGRAPH 2017 Preview

A look at some of the presentations coming to SIGGRAPH, the annual computer graphics conference. This glimpse at the future of animation includes a synthesized voice that can be edited using text, and facial animation that copies styles from drawings in real-time.

Ten Fold Self-Deploying Buildings

Ten Fold Self-Deploying Buildings

Ten Fold Engineering is working on pre-built structures that unfold within minutes on site, without the need for a foundation or even laborers. Their buildings are based on large levers that fold down to small volumes and unfold in a variety of ways.

The Third Thumb Project

The Third Thumb Project

Dani Clode’s concept for a motorized prosthetic thumb that’s controlled via pressure sensors on the user’s feet. Like the MetaLimbs, Dani hopes that we will one day consider advanced prosthetics for able-bodied people in the same way we treat eyeglasses and jewelry.

Airo Miro Robot Fish

Airo Miro Robot Fish

Korean company Airo is working on a lifelike decorative robot fish called Miro. It can swim on its own and avoid obstacles, and can be customized with skins. It can also be remote controlled and equipped with a camera. It lasts up to 10 hours per charge.

Komorebi Accent Light Concept

Komorebi Accent Light Concept

Leslie Nooteboom’s Komorebi projects soothing computer-generated light shows. While it can project anything, Leslie intends for Komorebi to display visuals that mimic natural light, such as a silhouette of a window or light bouncing off of a body of water.

Desktopography Concept

Desktopography Concept

Students at Carnegie Mellon University’s Future Interfaces Group proposed a computer interface that is meant to be projected or displayed on a desk. Aside from responding to touch, apps or windows can also latch onto or avoid objects to maintain visibility.

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Vectorr High-Speed Rail Concept

Vectorr High-Speed Rail Concept

In Ukiah, California, there’s a sixth-scale train set quietly ambling over a vineyard. But it’s no mere toy. It’s a proof-of-concept for Flight Rail’s Vectorr – a rail system that uses vacuum to push or pull a magnetic carriage, which in turn takes the train above with it.

Alonso Martinez’s Robots

Alonso Martinez’s Robots

Pixar animator and robot designer Alonso Martinez dropped by Tested to show off prototypes of his upcoming robot toys. Alonso wants Mira and her siblings to evoke empathy and joy through nonverbal cues, and we think you’ll agree that he’s on the right track.

Voliro Hexacopter Concept

Voliro Hexacopter Concept

Designed by a group of students from ETH Zurich and ZHdK, the Voliro is a hexacopter that has tiltable rotors, allowing it to fly parallel to walls, hover diagonally and even flip in place. The students also plan to give the Voliro an omnidirectional wheel for ground movement.

MetaLimbs Robotic Limbs

MetaLimbs Robotic Limbs

Researchers from Tokyo University and Keio University designed a pair of robotic arms and hands that are controlled with the user’s legs and feet. Called MetaLimbs, the extra limbs can be modified with different “hands” and even provide haptic feedback. Think Doc Ock IRL.

Sitting & Standing Wheelchair

Sitting & Standing Wheelchair

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab rehabilitation center is working on a wheelchair that will let users move while either sitting or standing. A belt integrated into the armrest lets the user move as well as adjust the wheelchair’s height.

Google Lens

Google Lens

Coming soon to Google’s Assistant and Photos applications, Lens offers information or actions based on a photo or what your device’s camera is seeing. It can identify objects, detect Wi-Fi passwords, offer to show you a restaurant’s reviews and more.

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