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Goodyear unveils spherical concept tires for autonomous cars

Goodyear unveils spherical concept tires for autonomous cars

Goodyear has taken the wraps off two new concept tires designed specifically for autonomous vehicles. The most interesting of the two is the Eagle-360, a spherical concept tire that can move in any direction using, in part, a magnetic levitation system. As exciting as the Eagle-360 is, it isn’t reasonable for the upcoming fleet of self-driving cars. To meet present-day needs, Goodyear has also introduced its new IntelliGrip concept tires.

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Spyro the Dragon returns in Unreal Engine 4

Spyro the Dragon returns in Unreal Engine 4

Just a few days ago we caught a glimpse of a Spyro the Dragon project by a designer who chose Unreal Engine 4 to revitalize the game's first level. Today we get to see that same situation done by an entirely different designer/developer: Sheffield Hallam University student Jamie Shilvock. Today we get to see a video of that project, live and ready to roll in a video which shows the entire environment, full of movement - save the dragon himself. What Shilvock has done is give us hope that this classic game - and the even more classic character - won't be just be lost to time, space, and Skylanders.

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The X-Wing vs TIE-Fighter game reboot you wish we had

The X-Wing vs TIE-Fighter game reboot you wish we had

Today we're having a peek at a game that we'd love to see come to fruition: X-Wing vs TIE-Fighter (modern). This new game would be one that builds on the excellence that were the first X-Wing and TIE-fighter games, coming correct with not only new graphics, but fully updated gaming models, including multi-screen interaction and the possibility of virtual reality gameplay. Now that you can get the original games after 20 years (now released through GOG, completely DRM-free and offline if you wish), we've got a hankering to get back in the cockpit.

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This clock needs your finger to touch it

This clock needs your finger to touch it

There's a circular clock out there in the wild today that uses an array of lights and your finger to display the time. It goes by the name Shadowplay, and we wouldn't at all be surprised if some big-name manufacturer ripped the design off from the fine folks at BreadedEscalope before the end of next year. Expect this piece of art to be popping up in a store near you before you can say "where can I buy that." For now, it is just as you see it - a single, wall-mounted piece of artwork not meant for mass production.

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Panoz unveils two-seat arrow-shaped DeltaWing GT concept

Panoz unveils two-seat arrow-shaped DeltaWing GT concept

Your dreams of a real-world road-trekking Batmobile might soon be reality in a few years, courtesy of car maker Panoz. Following through the patents it filed last April, the boutique automobile manufacturer has now unveiled the first actually implementation of those ideas. Dubbed the DeltaWing GT, it is Panoz's take on taking the rather eccentric arrow-shaped design usually found in race cars and putting it on the road. Yes, eventually the DeltaWing will be cruising public highways, which will undoubtedly be quite the road spectacle.

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Hyundai “Vision G” Concept gives a glimpse of future luxury

Hyundai “Vision G” Concept gives a glimpse of future luxury

Most of the time, when you hear the word "luxury", you naturally think of extravagance and no holds barred embellishments. Hyundai, however, believes otherwise and is putting its future luxury models on the line to prove it. The car maker has just revealed the existence of its new "Vision G" Concept Coupe, the car that will be the company's blueprint for its future premium models. What sets it apart, Hyundai says, is that the Vision G's luxury design exudes luxury without going over the top.

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Star Wars’ BB-8 droid if it were designed by Apple

Star Wars’ BB-8 droid if it were designed by Apple

Hey Apple fans, wouldn't it be awesome if just about everything was designed Jony Ive and his team at the Cupertino company? Stuff like vacuum cleaners, kitchen appliances, and even toilet seats would sleek, aluminum-covered products of precision and beauty. Okay, maybe that wouldn't be so great. But there are definitely some things we can agree would be pretty cool looking if they came Apple. Take BB-8, that cute new spherical droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, for example.

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Mini’s new concept AR glasses give you X-Ray vision

Mini’s new concept AR glasses give you X-Ray vision

BMW's Mini division just revealed its latest concept gadget, a pair of augmented reality glasses, at the Auto Shanghai show. Mini Augmented Vision is a new pairing of AR technology and driving. The design looks like a cross between aviator specs and actual aviation goggles and is capable of providing a variety of information in un-obstructive, see-through displays. The AR glasses are the result of a collaboration between BMW's DesignworksUSA and Qualcomm.

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Lincoln Continental Concept quietly sneaks in luxury

Lincoln Continental Concept quietly sneaks in luxury

While others make a great noise about their latest, greatest, and most luxurious, Lincoln is of the opposite mindset. It believes that luxury isn't loud, obnoxious, or in your face but one that is quietly just that: luxurious. That is the statement and the gamble that the car maker is willing to make with the return of the Lincoln Continental, not as a final version but as a concept preview of what is to come. Somewhat ironically, due to the name's history, the revelation is causing some noise in the automobile world.

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AVG creates facial recognition blocking glasses

AVG creates facial recognition blocking glasses

Facial recognition software is ubiquitous. From being auto-tagged by facebook to being added to a database of images, we can't control what happens to our likeness once it gets online. These days more data is being extracted from each of our online interactions. Tracking cookies and search history give companies a clear view of your Internet footprint. Most precious of all is your own face. Enter AVG's new concept invisibility glasses which were presented at in Barcelona for the MWC 2015. Once you put them on, you're rendered instantly invisible to facial recognition software.

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Nissan introduces the Ultimate Smart BBQ Vehicle concept car

Nissan introduces the Ultimate Smart BBQ Vehicle concept car

Everyone loves a good backyard barbecue, but hates the hassle of cleaning up. Now, you can take your grilling on the road as Nissan introduces their Ultimate Smart BBQ Vehicle. Designed in Japan, this is the ultimate electric vehicle for a fun time with friends. This design showcases the power of electric vehicles, as this barbecue car is designed to let you and your friends have a huge barbecue with zero environmental impact. It even comes with ridiculous amenities that could only be from Japan.

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Microsoft’s 2015 Future Vision video released, connected display everywhere

Microsoft’s 2015 Future Vision video released, connected display everywhere

Microsoft has released a new video showcasing their ideas for the future. Demonstrating how emerging technologies could transform the future, Microsoft creates a very unique compilation. It's sleek and precisely orchestrated to create an introspective look at what Microsoft hopes it can achieve for the world in the not-too-distant future. The video is futuristic but strangely grounded in reality. Each of the tasks carried out in the video don't seem that far off from today's technological capabilities. Microsoft's Future Vision is set just five to ten years in the future.

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