concept design

Audi Swarm tail-lights put Speed Racer on the docket

Audi Swarm tail-lights put Speed Racer on the docket

One of the lesser-seen concepts that appeared earlier this year down deep in the Audi stand at CES 2013 was this magical bit of conceptual madness: the Swarm tail-light. This light recalls (as the title of this post implies) the fantastical visions of the brightly-lit future of the Speed Racer movie from the Wachowski tag team of excellence back a few years ago - complete with wild color combinations. What we're not sure of at the moment is if this greatness will inspire better driving or more distracted crash-ready action.

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Google Glass sees laser-projected keyboard possibilities

Google Glass sees laser-projected keyboard possibilities

This week a patent has been revealed as filed by Google for what very much appears to be a laser-projected set of controls emanating from a pair of smart glasses. This of course could mean that Google's Project Glass is about to see some amazing virtual reality controls as their two upcoming developer events come to fruition at the start of next month. And this isn't the first time we've seen wild, futuristic control possibilities for Google's Glass, either!

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Apple prototypes of the 80′s unveiled

Apple prototypes of the 80′s unveiled

The designer known as Hartmut Esslinger has revealed an amazing treasure trove of never before seen designs from the Apple archives this week in a book by the name of "Design Forward." This book was launched this week at the opening event of an exhibition by the name of "German Design Standards - from Bauhaus to Globalization" and was delivered first to the folks at Design Boom where they've been allowed to display many of the images within. What we're being shown here is a set of Apple products designed - at least in part - by Hartmut Esslinger himself during his time with what would become one of the most iconic hardware companies in history.

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New iPhone 5 cases appear in UK with 4-inch display

New iPhone 5 cases appear in UK with 4-inch display

Those of you looking for more clues as to what the new iPhone will look like when it's revealed later this year will be glad to see another set of cases full of clues popping up today. What we're seeing here, courtesy of Mobile Fun UK's secret sources, is a set of iPhone 5 (or whatever the New iPhone will be called) case images that point toward many of the elements we've been seeing the past few weeks. If these cases are correct, we'll again have the same width device that's taller and has a headphone jack at the bottom rather than the top - and the display will be 4-inches, too.

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iPad original prototype re-appears with 12-inch display

iPad original prototype re-appears with 12-inch display

This week several black and white photographs taken back around the year 2002 appeared containing what may very well have been the original iPad prototype - today some much more impressive images have been dropped. The images you'll see here show not just the supposed original "035 prototype", but a brand new iPad 2 as well. It seems that someone who owns one of these original beasts found themselves suddenly free to tell the truth about it and took immediate action to make it so.

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Facebook phone concept appears with “like” home button

Facebook phone concept appears with “like” home button

A set of conceptual renderings for a futuristic looking Facebook phone have appeared this week courtesy of designer Tolga Tuncer that are set to delight. This device completely enclosed in a combination of blue plastic and aluminum with the Facebook emblem right up front and center and a "like" thumbs up button down where you'd expect a home button to be. From there it only gets stranger - and perhaps more enticing.

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Lamp post + Umbrella = The Lampbrella

Lamp post + Umbrella = The Lampbrella

Ever been caught out in the rain without an umbrella? We feel your pain. A Russian designer by the name of Mikhail Belyaev has come up with a cool concept that could solve the problem by using street lamps. Belyaev’s idea would see umbrellas automatically deploying from street lamps when it begins to rain, providing shelter for those looking to avoid getting drenched.

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Sony FutureScapes thrills for tomorrow

Sony FutureScapes thrills for tomorrow

The folks at Sony have revealed that they've been running a set of workshops this yeah that all surround a better and brighter future under the title FutureScapes. This project is a collaboration between Sony and Forum for the Future and is bringing together futurologists, thinkers, authors, technologists, sustainability experts, and vloggers, not to mention the public - to imagine the future world of 2025, and they've created a short video presentation to make it all clear.

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Renault unveils Alpine A110-50 concept car

Renault unveils Alpine A110-50 concept car

Want to see a new concept car that looks extremely cool? Of course you do. Renault has officially unveiled the Alpine A110-50 concept car at the Monaco Grand Prix. Renault reportedly didn’t want to design a retro looking car and has instead taken some design cues from the Renault DeZir first seen in 2010. The car will house a 24-valve V6 engine underneath the hood which is capable of producing 400 horsepower and 311 foot pounds of torque.

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Starck confirms project for Jobs family, not Apple

Starck confirms project for Jobs family, not Apple

The buzz last week that iconic designer Philippe Starck was working on a "revolutionary" project for Apple was quickly shot down by the Cupertino company and now the designer himself has issued a statement confirming the same. Starck is indeed working on a design project for the late Steve Jobs' family, but it's a personal project that involves Jobs' private yacht and not a next-gen product for Apple.

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