THE BEST Prototypes

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.

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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.

Hover Camera

Hover Camera

Zero Zero Robotics’ Hover Camera is a light, small and safe camera drone. Its propellers are housed in carbon fiber cages, it can shoot at 4K, and its app and follow-me controls make it easy to use. The catch? It only offers electronic image stabilization, and will cost around $600.

CityMobil2 Autonomous Bus

CityMobil2 Autonomous Bus

Trikala, Greece is testing driverless public transit vehicles being developed by the EU’s CityMobil2 group. The 10-passenger bus is essentially a road train. It doesn’t change lanes and follows a closed route, but it can be remote controlled if needed.

Domino’s Pizza Delivery Robot

Domino’s Pizza Delivery Robot

Domino’s Australia is toying with an autonomous pizza delivery robot. The company’s prototype is a self-navigating wheeled robot that has a top speed of 12mph, sensors to avoid obstacles, and compartments that are unlocked via Domino’s app.

Hotaru Portable Shower

Hotaru Portable Shower

Japanese company Hotaru is working on a portable shower system that can supposedly allow you to take up to 42 five-minute showers using just 20L (approx. 5gal) of water, thanks to its built-in filtration system.

ICON FJ44 The Petersen Special

ICON FJ44 The Petersen Special

After selling its 100th FJ, Icon came up with a proof of concept for future FJ models, with new parts such as a supercharged 540hp V8, custom Brembo brakes and custom Fox shocks. The vehicle will be displayed at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Samsung Modular Display Concept

Samsung Modular Display Concept

Samsung made a series of small borderless displays that can form a larger display. One of the technology’s practical applications is the Transformable TV, which can physically switch between two aspect ratios. Skip to 1:27.

Ehang 184 Autonomous Aerial Vehicle

Ehang 184 Autonomous Aerial Vehicle

Chinese drone maker Ehang is working on an octocopter that can carry a person. In theory, you won’t need a license to ride the 184 because it pilots itself. It has a maximum altitude of about 1200ft., goes up to 60mph and lasts 23 min. per charge. Skip to 3:50.

Blitzkrieg Speed Chess

Blitzkrieg Speed Chess

8man’s lab is working on an electronically enhanced version of chess called Blitzkrieg Speed Chess. Players don’t have to take turns, but each piece has a cooldown period before it can be moved again.

Amazon Prime Air Updated

Amazon Prime Air Updated

Jeremy Clarkson helps Amazon show off its new and improved delivery drone, which is much larger than the previously shown prototype but still takes off and lands vertically. This drone has a range of 15 miles, flies at about 60mph and carries up to 5 pound packages.

Computer Describes Real Life

Computer Describes Real Life

Andrej Karpathy’s Neural Talk is a neural network that learns to identify the objects in photos. Kyle McDonald modified the software to run in real time, i.e. to continuously guess what it’s “seeing” from a live video feed. It’s far from perfect, but it’s still impressive.

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Adidas Futurecraft Leather

Adidas Futurecraft Leather

An extremely limited edition of the Superstar with a seamless upper CNC milled from a single piece of leather. Like the Futurecraft 3D, the Futurecraft Leather represents Adidas’ goal to create custom-fit shoes. The design also drastically reduces the use of adhesive.

JB-9 Personal Jetpack

JB-9 Personal Jetpack

JetPack Aviation is developing a personal jetpack. It’s light, compact, and can take off and land on its own. Its JB-9 prototype recently flew around the Statue of Liberty. The company hopes to achieve over 10min. flight time and over 100mph top speed for its next prototype.

LEGO Land Rover Concept

LEGO Land Rover Concept

A proposal for a LEGO model of the legendary Land Rover Series III by LEGO Ideas member Dadandlad. It has opening doors and bonnet, a removable hard top and a detailed engine that’s also removable. Even Land Rover itself is impressed.

The Self-Drifting DeLorean

The Self-Drifting DeLorean

A group of Stanford mechanical engineers modded a 1981 DMC-12 to study autonomous driving systems that can adjust to extreme situations, particularly ones that require counter intuitive driving. So far they’ve taught their electric DeLorean to drift donuts on its own.

Rhei Clock

Rhei Clock

Damjan Stankovic and Marko Pavlovic’s Rhei works a lot like the Ferrolic Clock, except it uses mechanically operated magnets instead of electromagnets to control the ferrofluid. Its animation is a lot simpler, but none of the shapes produced are exactly alike.

Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA

Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA

Mercedes-Benz’ newest show car, the Concept IAA (“Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile”) is packed with futuristic tech, the most notable of which is its ability to adjust its body and wheels to take on a more aerodynamic form when it reaches 50mph.

Remote AR

Remote AR

Currently in development, ScopeAR’s Remote AR is an augmented reality app that will let experts solve problems remotely. Sketches or icons can be placed in real time over the user’s point of view to make instructions clearer.

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Lexus Slide Hoverboard (Teaser)

Lexus Slide Hoverboard (Teaser)

Lexus claims it has developed an honest-to-goodness hoverboard. The Slide is equipped with a liquid nitrogen reserve and magnets to attain frictionless movement. Don’t play with our hearts Lexus. Let this be legit.

Stair-Climbing Wheelchair

Stair-Climbing Wheelchair

The Scalevo is a prototype design for a wheelchair with an impressive capability – it can climb stairs thanks to a tank-like set of treads and a hydraulic mechanism to keep its rider upright as they ascend or descend.

GolfPod

GolfPod

Aeroe’s GolfPod is a durable golf bag that eliminates the need to get a separate travel case. It has a hardshell cover, built-in travel wheels and TSA-approved locks. It also has an accessory that lets you mount it to car roof racks.

Lenovo Smart Cast Concept

Lenovo Smart Cast Concept

Lenovo’s Smart Cast is a proof-of-concept smartphone that has a built-in laser projector. When used with the phone’s infrared sensor, the projection becomes interactive, similar to a laser keyboard.

Yeair Hybrid Quadcopter

Yeair Hybrid Quadcopter

Each of Yeair’s four rotors is powered by a 600W motor and a 1kW two-stroke engine. Yep, gas engines. This hybrid configuration allows it to fly at up to 62mph, carry loads up to 11lb. and fly for up to 1 hour. Not sure the FAA will like this.

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