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Rinspeed BamBoo conceptWhen Facebook just isn't enough of an overshare for you.
You know, car shows around the world are all pretty much alike, with the exception of Geneva, which has a great big extra dose of screwy. Nothing exhibits that more than...this. This is the Rinspeed BamBoo. Rinspeed always has some wild concept cars. They're kind of a boutique concept-tuner-creator, I don't know what to call them. This thing is sort of like the electric jeep meets dune buggy meets, I don't know what. Take these for example. These are the roof panels. These are also your beach blanket. They're inflatable to get rigidity and then you can flatten them out to lay on them. Look at the front of the car. They call that the Identiface screen. You can put anything you want up there. It's an electric car so it doesn't need a grill. You can put your Facebook status. I guess you can let an advertiser put their logo there and pay you? How about your destination so hitchhikers will be able to select you properly before they stab you. This thing up on the pillar is called a Rizzi bird after the artist James Rizzi who worked up the style. You would change the color of these things depending on your mood, kind of like a 21st century equivalent of a bandana and a gay bar. The tires, they're blue, of course. Now, it's meant to be a real vehicle, sort of. Top speed of 120 kilometers per hour, that's 120 kilometers per hour so about, what is that? Seventy? That's fine. Fifty-four kilowatt motor gets you about 105-kilometer range which is about 45, 50 miles. They say this thing was put here to be antidote for all the cold, impersonal street machines at a typical car show like this that are only meant to prowl the asphalt. So if you wanna get goofy around the inside, let's see. Here's a video instrument panel. That's almost passe these days, but, in a car like this, it's kinda unusual. Over here is a set of kind of vintage toggle switches but that's not vintage at all. That's a USB car key. These flowers aren't flowers-- Well, they are but they're also speakers. There's your camera on a stalk 'cause you don't wanna be away from Skype or FaceTime at any point, at least not if you're the kind of person who'd buy one of these. That's a Harmon head unit that has built-in AHA streaming radio and other sorts of online sources. Over there is the bread box in front of the passenger. That contains a 7-inch docking HTC tablet and these look like those little bamboo cups you drink sake out of. I'm sure that's not really what they intended them for.