THE BEST Prototypes

Shoetopia 3D Printed Shoe Concept

Shoetopia 3D Printed Shoe Concept

Design students Zuza Gronowicz and Barbara Motylińska came up with a shoe that’s 100% 3D printed and biodegradable. Aside from being customizable, it uses significantly fewer materials and less energy to make compared to conventional shoes.

Diodon Inflatable Drone

Diodon Inflatable Drone

Airvada is working on a drone with inflatable arms for ease of transport. The Diodon’s appendages can be inflated or deflated in just a minute. Its electronics are housed in a waterproof case for added durability. The drone will come in different sizes for various payloads.

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2017 Jeep Mopar Concepts

2017 Jeep Mopar Concepts

Jeep and Mopar will debut several concept vehicles at the 51st Annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari on 4/8/17. The highlights of the collection include the powerful Quicksand off-road hot rod, the see-through Safari, and the 1990’s Grand Cherokee-inspired Grand One.

BLIP Variable Brake Light

BLIP Variable Brake Light

Kyle McCabe shows off a neat prototype he put together a few years back – a car brake light that gets wider and brighter as more brake force is applied. A simple, yet smart idea we’d love to see go into production vehicles.

Android Magic Calendar Concept

Android Magic Calendar Concept

A winner of Android Japan’s Experiments: Object contest. Kosho Tsuboi’s Magic Calendar is a large digital calendar. Tsuboi’s prototype uses a low reflection display, but he hopes that in the future there will be an E-ink display that looks and feels like paper.

Mercedes-AMG GT Concept

Mercedes-AMG GT Concept

A four-door offshoot of the AMG GT-R. And it’s a hybrid. On paper, it seems like the folks at Mercedes-AMG have lost their minds, but in this case, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. A twin-turbo 4L V8 and an electric motor combine to give this AWD up to 805 hp.

LEGO Trico the Last Guardian Concept

LEGO Trico the Last Guardian Concept

LEGO Ideas member MProtagonist’s proof-of-concept for a LEGO set based on the tearjerking fantasy pet simulator. Trico stands nearly 10″ tall and is almost 12″ long when assembled. Best of all, you can make him do what you want 100% of the time.

Kreisel Mercedes-Benz Electric G-Class

Kreisel Mercedes-Benz Electric G-Class

To promote its high capacity batteries, Kreisel converted a Mercedes-Benz G 350 d into a fully electric vehicle. It has two motors that produce up to a total of 360kW and goes from 0 to 62mph in 5.6s. Its batteries last up to 186mi and can be quick-charged to 80% in just 25min.

Honda Riding Assist Motorcycle

Honda Riding Assist Motorcycle

Honda’s one-off Riding Assist motorcycle uses an advanced steering actuator to keep itself balanced at rest or at low speeds. Its front wheel and fork can also be adjusted to provide greater balance. As a bonus, it can move on its own and follow a subject.

The Future of Cities

The Future of Cities

Oscar Boyson traveled around the world to interview people working to create new cities or improve existing ones under a humane and optimistic mindset: that real estate companies and governments will build cities not for buildings or cars, but for people.

Razer Project Valerie

Razer Project Valerie

We’ve seen laptops with more than one display before, but Razer takes things to the next level. Its Project Valerie is a proof-of-concept that adds two additional 17.3″ 4K displays to the Razer Blade Pro, with a mechanism that automatically deploys the side displays.

LEGO Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Concept

LEGO Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Concept

LEGO Ideas member Chiho Kim’s proposal for a kit based on the iconic off-roader. The model even comes with a net to secure things at the back as well as emergency cones. Chiho has since updated the model with larger tires, a light bar, fog lamps and a winch.

LEGO BMW R60/2 Concept

LEGO BMW R60/2 Concept

LEGO’s new BMW R 1200 GS set is boss, but we think this proposal for a 1967 R60/2 has the potential to be even better. Designed by LEGO Ideas member maximecheng03, it’s a tad skinnier than the actual bike, but we’re pretty sure LEGO can easily fix that.

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Yamaha T7 Concept

Yamaha T7 Concept

Inspired by the Tenere XT600Z enduro motorcycle, the T7 concept is a long-range off-roader with a lightweight midsize chassis, an aluminum tank, carbon fiber fairing and skidplate and 4-projector LED headlights.

LEGO Power Rangers Concept

LEGO Power Rangers Concept

Minifigs with attitude. LEGO Ideas member bruceywan presents this spot-on concept for a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers LEGO set. It comes with all seven Rangers, each with a removable helmet, Zordon, Alpha 5 and the Command Center.

LEGO Fiat 500 L

LEGO Fiat 500 L

LEGO Ideas members saabfan and gabriele.zannotti’s proposal for a LEGO set based on the 1968 Fiat 500 L. The scale model of the vintage Italian beetle is made of 1,157 pieces with lots of moving parts. It even has an Abarth 595 variant.

Adidas Futurecraft MFG

Adidas Futurecraft MFG

The Futurecraft Made for Germany (MFG) shoe is the latest proof of Adidas’ continued efforts towards a future where it rapidly produces footwear that are tailored to individual needs. It’s limited to 500 pairs in Germany, but a US variant will follow.

China’s Elevated Tram

China’s Elevated Tram

Despite being named the Transit Elevated Bus (TEB), this public transportation vehicle is actually a tram because it only goes over tracks on the road. It’s just that its passenger compartment is raised to let cars pass beneath it. A TEB car can carry up to 300 people.

Computational Thermoforming

Computational Thermoforming

Researchers from ETH Zurich and Disney Research came up with a way to create highly detailed physical replicas of 3D models out of affordable materials. They thermoform the surface of the model to a gypsum mold cast from a 3D printed negative.

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

From Clustertruck developer Landfall Games comes a silly strategy game. Originally made for Castle Game Jam, Totally Accurate Battle Simulator uses ragdoll physics to turn military battles into a QWOP party. Sign up for the alpha here.

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Turtle Beach HyperSound Glass

Turtle Beach HyperSound Glass

Turtle Beach’s HyperSound brand claims that they’ve come up with the world’s first directional speakers that emit sound from a transparent pane of glass. HyperSound Glass could be incorporated into computer monitors, signage, windshields and more.

Lenovo CPlus Concept

Lenovo CPlus Concept

Lenovo’s CPlus is a proof-of-concept smartphone that can be bent into a bracelet-like form and then straightened back into a traditional slab, albeit with an alarming cracking sound. Skip to 2:51.

The Ultimate Toolbox

The Ultimate Toolbox

Richard Sink’s Ultimate Toolbox is built around a used and reinforced oil drum. It has a discreet sliding door, three concave shelves mounted on a spinning rack and four casters. The final version will be customizable.

FoldiMate Laundry Robot

FoldiMate Laundry Robot

The FoldiMate is a robotic appliance that folds shirts, pants or towels. It handles up to 20 clothes at once and has an optional steamer that removes wrinkles and a capsule-based atomizer for perfume, fabric softener or sanitizer. Drops 2017 for $700+.

Smart Slab Concept

Smart Slab Concept

Designed by Kram/Weisshaar for SapienStone, the Smart Slab is a discreetly high-tech table. Underneath its ceramic tabletop are inductive cooking, cooling and heating elements that let you cook and eat on the same surface, as well as keep food warm or cold.

Table Tennis Trainer Concept

Table Tennis Trainer Concept

Thomas Mayer’s Interaction Design thesis project is a table tennis training program. The program is projected onto the playing surface itself, where players can view their stats, try interactive exercises and add visual effects when playing.

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