THE BEST Prototypes

2015 Sony Project Morpheus Headset

2015 Sony Project Morpheus Headset

The latest prototype of Sony’s PS4 virtual reality headset has a 5.7″ 1080p RGB OLED, can refresh at 120Hz, and is lighter than the previous model. It also has better head tracking. The production version will be released in 2016. More here.

Betabrand Flashback Collection

Betabrand Flashback Collection

Clothes made of glass-coated fabric. If someone takes a picture of you with a flash when you’re wearing any of these, the glass will reflect the flash back at the camera, obscuring your face in the process. If only they worked without a flash.

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Popcorn Monsoon

Popcorn Monsoon

Industrial designer Jolene Carlier says, “most popcorn machines are very dull though the simple process of making popcorn is exciting.” So she conceived of Popcorn Monsoon, a hot air popcorn machine that’s both fun and functional.

US Navy Autonomous Helicopter

US Navy Autonomous Helicopter

The military version of Amazon Prime Air. The Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System is a US Navy program that aims to convert helicopters into drones, which can the be summoned for supply drops via a user-friendly mobile app.

Mini Ripsaw

Mini Ripsaw

We’ve featured a handful of one-of-a-kind all-terrain vehicles, but none of them are as crazy as Howe & Howe’s Mini Ripsaw. It’s based on an ’09 Polaris Sportsman 850XP and fitted with Howe & Howe’s huge-ass Ripsaw treads.

Aeromobil 3.0

Aeromobil 3.0

An impressive demo video of the flying car’s third prototype. Supposedly “very close to the final product”, the Aeromobil 3.0 goes up to 100mph on land and 124mph on air, and has a range of 540mi on land and 430mi in the air.

Rinspeed sQuba Submarine Car

Rinspeed sQuba Submarine Car

Rinspeed’s amphibious sports car, the sQuba can dive up to 10m (33ft.) and move at up to 2 knots (2.3mph) underwater. It has three electric motors – one for land, two for water – two jet ski motors and two oxygen tanks for passengers.

Nixie Wearable Drone Camera

Nixie Wearable Drone Camera

Nixie is a concept for a small and flexible camera-equipped quadcopter. The idea is that you’ll wear it as a bracelet, then when you want it to take a picture it’ll fly off your wrist, snap a shot and then come back to you.

The Suitsy

The Suitsy

Jesse Herzog must think that April Fools is in September. He’s on Betabrand gathering votes for his idea – a business suit onesie – a zip-up shirt with a jacket and a pair of pants stitched to it. Even his dog can’t decide how it feels about this.

Carpet Drawing

Carpet Drawing

Have you ever tried doodling on carpets and other furry surfaces? Professor Yuta Sugiura and his colleagues tried harder. They came up with three devices that let you draw, stamp or automatically print on furry surfaces.

Miilo Children’s Bike Concept

Miilo Children’s Bike Concept

Made by Andreas Bhend, Miilo is an extendable children’s bicycle. It starts out as a trainer bike, but you can upgrade it to a fixed gear bicycle using most of its existing parts to adapt to a child’s growth.

US Marines Self-Driving Car

US Marines Self-Driving Car

The Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate (GUSS) is a US Marines proof-of-concept autonomous vehicle. It can be controlled remotely, follow its remote control, drive to a waypoint and operated like a normal vehicle.

Coca-Cola Bio Cooler

Coca-Cola Bio Cooler

Coca-Cola and ad agency Leo Burnett Colombia came up with a cooler that runs on solar power. It uses evaporating water and a refrigerant to cool drinks. We hope they share their design with the public. More here.

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Agile Catcher Robot

Agile Catcher Robot

Engineers at the EPFL are working on a robot arm that can figure out how to catch objects on its own. Like humans, the robot learns through imitation and trial and error. Robot baseball is going to be short and boring.

Dream Cars Exhibit

Dream Cars Exhibit

From 5/21 to 9/7, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta will be hosting Dream Cars, an exhibit of various concept cars from 1932 up to the present, as well as related media. If you can’t make it there, you can check out the gallery.

Snowboarding with Jet Engines

Snowboarding with Jet Engines

Professional snowboarder Jamie Barrow went up to about 50mph using a handheld thruster currently being developed by Dreamscience. The device has four electric carbon fiber ducted fans, an aluminum frame and a 35kW battery.

Tarus 2 All-Terrain Motorcycle

Tarus 2 All-Terrain Motorcycle

Tarus is looking for investors for its all-terrain 2-wheel drive motorcycles. The Tarus 2 has a 2-cylinder engine and fat low-pressure tires. It has a dry weight of about 100 lb. and can be disassembled in less than five minutes.

Sony Project Morpheus Headset

Sony Project Morpheus Headset

A 3D virtual reality headset accessory for the PlayStation 4. It has a 5″ 1080p LCD display and uses onboard sensors along with the PlayStation Camera to track head movement and position. It also has 3D positional sound.

Quant e-Sportlimousine Concept

Quant e-Sportlimousine Concept

The Quant e-Sportlimousine is a 912hp electric car powered by a flow battery, which generates energy by mixing electrolytes dissolved in water. Apparently this makes refueling nearly as fast as with a gas-powered car. More here and here.

REMLshelf Concept

REMLshelf Concept

A flexible wall-mounted shelf system that adjusts to your needs and looks nice even when it’s “empty.” Made by students Tadej Podakar and Luka Fabjan, the REMLshelf is made of wooden beams that you can pull apart to store items.

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XchangE Self-Driving Car Concept

XchangE Self-Driving Car Concept

Rinspeed imagines how high-end cars might look like when autonomous driving technology matures. Based on the Tesla Model S, the XchangE is basically a compact hotel on wheels. With a motel bathtub paint job. More here.

Google Project Ara Demo

Google Project Ara Demo

Google presented a non-functioning prototype of the Project Ara modular smartphone at This Week in Startups. The bare bones model could cost as low as $50 and will come in three sizes. Skip to around 6:00 for the demo.

Cloudwash Smart Washing Machine

Cloudwash Smart Washing Machine

Cloudwash is Berg’s vision of a 21st century washing machine. It has simple physical controls, with notifications and detailed options controlled from an app. The app is a bit over-designed – a washing machine calendar? – but promising.

Retractable Tire Studs Concept

Retractable Tire Studs Concept

Nokian Tyres celebrates its 80th year of making winter tires by creating a prototype tire with retractable studs. When installed on a vehicle, the studs on all tires rise and retract at the same time at the press of a button.

RFID Bikealarm Concept

RFID Bikealarm Concept

Designed by Dennis Siegel, the RFID Bikealarm deters theft by emitting an ear-shattering 120dB alarm if it senses drastic movement. The owner uses a small RFID tag to wirelessly activate and deactivate the alarm.

Keyboard Waffle Iron

Keyboard Waffle Iron

The hipster’s favorite kitchen appliance. Chris Dimino turned a 60s Coronamatic typewriter into a waffle iron with a keyboard pattern. Chris made it back in 2001, but he said he’s going to sell a few functional units soon.

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