Although e-XIV looks like it should mean e-14, Korean automaker SsangYong intends the tortured acronym for its new electric concept to stand for electric - eXciting user Interface Vehicle. The press release announcing the new concept did not go into details of what the user interface might be like, but did mention it would be electrically driven, and include a gasoline engine to generate electricity once the batteries are depleted.
If you've got curves, flaunt 'em, we say. This slick mockup of a possible future Google Nexus phone flaunts its curved screen, as well as a kickstand and loads of other cool features.
The concave touch screen helps the Nexus D concept nestle in the hypothetical hand, while the kickstand lets you set it down to enjoy high-definition movies and TV. The curved screen is edged by light-up piping to notify you of a new message.
Dogs are pack animals. When their pack leaders go off to work, leave on vacation, or go run some errands, life can feel awfully lonely for the pooches left behind.
Chinese product designer Yunfan Tan has an idea he hopes will ease the sadness for pouty pups. His WithMe Bone design plays to a dog's excellent senses of smell and hearing.
The idea is you stuff a worn piece of clothing like a sock into the bone. Small perforations let the smell out. A tiny voice recorder inside tapes you saying soothing messages to Fido, such as "Good boy!" or "Please don't pee on the rug." The audio is motion activated when the bone is shaken.… Read more
With more and more cameras able to capture full-HD videos in 1080p these days, the role of a camera doesn't just stop at stills. To get professional-grade footage free from camera shake, however, you'll need specialized videography tools, which can be a hassle to transport due to their size and weight.
Los Angeles-based designer Grant Parrinello has come up with a concept design that combines multiple videography accessories into one. It acts as a steadicam to help stabilize your dSLR when you're chasing after your subject and can double as camera crane for shooting at high and low vantage points. … Read more
How do you design a water bottle for the end of the world?
That's the question that was put to the team at Japanese design-engineering firm Takram, which has worked with, among others, Toshiba, NTT Docomo, and Toyota. Their novel response? Forget about the bottle and create artificial organs that could be implanted in humans to make their bodies more efficiently use what water is available should resources become scarce.… Read more
I bet New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg would like to teach sugary drinks a thing or two with this power glove.
Actually, Canadian designer J.P. Rishea's device is a gauntlet -- the Exo Gauntlet 2.0 to be precise -- which makes it all the more badass. It's billed as having a grip strength "strong enough to break hard plastic cups and crush empty cans."
Japanese wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo and Fujitsu showed off a sensational prototype device at the 2012 Wireless Japan expo sporting a feature unlike any other on the market today: a transparent dual-sided OLED touch screen smartphone. In other words, science fiction meets reality.
The latest take on the barely there touch screen concept appears slightly more practical than ever before, as one could control the user interface from the front or rear of the phone. For example, one could pull down the notifications bar or select an icon with the unused index finger behind the phone, meaning less finger obstruction over the screen. The prototype shown at the expo featured a 2.4-inch OLED screen (320x240) and used an unidentified version of Android. … Read more
iPhone 5 rumors are swirling about, as they have been since long before the release of the iPhone 4S. We do our best to keep track of all the iPhone 5 rumors, but Isaac Royo one-upped us and created this video that imagines what an Apple promotional video for the next iteration of the flagship phone might look like.
The video and phone concept are based off all the big rumors, including the notion of a bigger screen that we just heard about.
Watch the video below and you'll see that 3.95-inch screen, a Thunderbolt port, 12-megapixel camera, retina display, 4G LTE, and so much more. … Read more
Croatian automotive startup Rimac has officially opened the order books for the electric supercar it debuted at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. Only 88 of these exotic vehicles will be produced, but don't feel like you have to rush to order. Rimac may have a hard time finding buyers willing to throw down the near $1 million it will take to purchase the Concept One.
The Concept One went on sale at the start of the Top Marques Monaco, where Prince Albert II of Monaco spent some time behind the wheel of the EV. It's priced at $980,… Read more
China's international auto show in Beijing starts on Friday, April 27, but we have an early look at the production cars and concepts that will be on display.
The show features cars from Chinese automakers and their joint venture partners, the latter including such well-known brands as Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Jeep.
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Some of the concepts will be the basis for new, global production models. Many employ electric or hybrid power trains.
Get a look at Chinese market production models from BAIC, Geely, GAC, and Brilliance, companies that may eventually … Read more