concept design

Rinspeed Budii self-driving car is a mix of tech and strange

Rinspeed Budii self-driving car is a mix of tech and strange

We've seeing an increasing number of technologies being integrated into cars, but sometimes we wonder when is too much, well, too much. Rinspeed, a Swiss automaker that specializes in putting out concept cars, may have just reached that peak. Budii, it's latest concept, incorporates many of the technologies and features you might want to see in the car of the future. But it does so in a way and in a design that leaves you scratching your head, wondering what happened on the drawing board.

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Kyocera Proteus aims to be a bendable, wearable smartphone

Kyocera Proteus aims to be a bendable, wearable smartphone

When it comes to flexible displays, Samsung and LG have taken much of the spotlight, employing those latest techniques for a variety of its products, from curved TVs to smartphones. However, that doesn't mean that other technology companies are taking a backseat. Kyocera, more known in the mobile world for its tough, rugged, and unbending smartphones, is taking a stab at it too. At this year's CEATEC, it revealed its Kyocera Proteus beta designs. Named after the shape-shifting sea god, you can very well guess what this smartphone wants to become.

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Peugeot Quartz concept boasts innovative cabin materials

Peugeot Quartz concept boasts innovative cabin materials

Giving hybrid doubters something mull over, Peugeot has unveiled its latest crossover, the Quartz concept. Aside from a rather futuristic-looking exterior that unambiguously shouts out its athletic personality, the Peugeot Quartz concept's "sedan half" also flaunts new cabin materials and processes that not only add passenger comfort and class, but also a bit of environmental consciousness as well.

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Round Apple Watch concept is everything we wanted

Round Apple Watch concept is everything we wanted

When the Apple Watch was announced, throes of attendees stood and applauded. The Apple wearable we’d all been waiting for was here — but it wasn’t what some wanted. Square rather than round, Apple Watch left some looking toward Android Wear — but what if it were round?

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BAE’s latest brainstorm: smart skin for aircraft

BAE’s latest brainstorm: smart skin for aircraft

We've seen a lot of cool things from BAE, including its "battle bots" from a couple years ago, the aircraft that transforms into a single unit, and e-ink camouflage, to name a few. Never resting, the defense firm has cooked up its latest idea: a smart skin for planes that allows them to "feel".

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Game of Thrones concept map shows transit system in Westeros

Game of Thrones concept map shows transit system in Westeros

Game of Thrones' Westeros is a lot things, but home to a subway system isn't one of them. That didn't stop one artist from envisioning what the transportation system in the fictional world might look like, however, and we can all get a look at what he has in mind with his concept designs.

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Miilo oneBike transitions from balance to pedal bike with ease

Miilo oneBike transitions from balance to pedal bike with ease

One of the best ways to teach kids how to ride a bike is with a balance bike. The pedal-less design lets them scoot along, tucking their legs when they feel comfortable enough. Kids grow quickly, though, and those balance bikes soon become obsolete — unless you have one of these!

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Givskud Zoo concept design hides human visitors, keeps animals happy

Givskud Zoo concept design hides human visitors, keeps animals happy

A trip to the zoo can be a sobering experience, depending on which zoo you visit. Animals penned up and paraded around daily aren't in the happiest of environments, and not everyone finds such places agreeable. Some Danish architects have targeted this issue with a concept design for a zoo in Denmark's Givskud that keeps humans hidden.

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Concept recycles paper into pencils right before your eyes

Concept recycles paper into pencils right before your eyes

Recycling should be important to all of us, but can also be a tedious process that we don’t see results from. Loading paper or plastics into a bin, only to see them toted off to parts unknown may not give you a sense of ownership in the process. A new design concept does, though — and it’s brilliant.

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Air Type aims to let you type without a keyboard at all

Air Type aims to let you type without a keyboard at all

As much as smartphone and tablets let us do things with a swipe or a tap, we inevitably find ourselves with the need to hammer away with a keyboard. Unfortunately, that usually means either dishing it out on a virtual keyboard, or carrying around a portable, or sometimes non-portable, physical keyboard. But if Air Type ever becomes a real product, all you will really need are two cuffs and a bit of typing skill.

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Transformer aircraft merges and splits as needed

Transformer aircraft merges and splits as needed

Imagine a future where military aircraft can merge together into a single larger unit, splitting apart only when needed and rejoining again later after the mission is finished. Sound interesting? Such is the concept introduced by BAE Systems.

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Moment Smartwatch: vaporware that promises you more

Moment Smartwatch: vaporware that promises you more

We've all heard the criticisms of smartwatches by now: they're ugly, or too limited, or don't offer enough of a reason to invest in one. Whatever your personal criticism of the wearable technology may be, the folks behind the Moment Smartwatch concept aim to squash it. Though only a concept at this point, Momentum Labs' smartwatch aims to trump competitors' offerings in many ways.

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