concept design

eVolo 2011 Skyscraper Competition

eVolo 2011 Skyscraper Competition

Moving forward into the 21st century is going to take some significant changes in the way we build our cities, both here in the US, and worldwide. eVolo is an architecture and design journal focused on the sustainable designs that are going to drive this whole century. They've been running a skyscraper design competition since 2006. They recently released the results of this year's competition. French architects took home the first and second place prizes. Atelier CMJN's team Julien Combes and Gaël Brulé took home the first place prize for their LO2P. This huge circular structure features biogas producing greenhouses, massive air filtration, and will be built-from-recycled-cars. Yoann Mescam, Paul-Eric Schirr-Bonnans, and Xavier Schirr-Bonnans won the second place for their ingenious Flat Tower dome design. Yheu-Shen Chua from the United Kingdom took home the bronze for his re-imagined Hoover Dam.

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Corning – A Day Made of Glass

Corning – A Day Made of Glass

Gorilla Glass is a common component in today's smartphones and tablets. If you have an iPhone 4 or one of Samsung's Galaxy S you're already enjoying the benefits of Corning's scratch and impact resistant glass. Corning has been working in glass and ceramics materials since 1851. They recently released this short video showcasing dozens of conceptual future uses for various types of electronically integrated glass panels. Corning's vision for the future of these multifunction panels features everything from hand-held touch reactive displays (modeled after the iPhone) to built in architectural display panels in everything from the bathroom mirror to kitchen counters to the entire dash of your car.

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PS Squared Smart Mobile Device Concept Design

PS Squared Smart Mobile Device Concept Design

A design concept for Sony called PS Squared created by industrial designer Hirotaka Matsui, takes on a sleek and angular form. The device looks to be a small-sized tablet featuring a slide out QWERTY keyboard with raised buttons, a thin LCD screen, and PlayStation style D-pad buttons. The design was used in a video by Freescale Semiconductors to illustrate the future possibilities of smart mobile devices and how they can be integrated into all facets of our daily lives.

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Cool watch concept makes numbers easy to read

Cool watch concept makes numbers easy to read

I would bet that at some point we have all had a watch that was really hard to read. I know I have had several over the years that I would have to spend ten or so seconds starting at to be able to figure out what time it was. A new concept watch is really cool looking and it makes those numbers very easy to read too.

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MeeGo OS Concept For Tablets

MeeGo OS Concept For Tablets

With the Nokia and Microsoft partnership, the once promising MeeGo OS has been relegated to research and development status with very little chance of ever becoming a mainstream platform. However, that doesn't stop developers from continuing to think up new UI concepts for the OS such as the one shown below, designed by Jozef Kocúr.

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HTC Tube Tablet And Smartphone Concept Design

HTC Tube Tablet And Smartphone Concept Design

As mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones become ever more an integral part of our daily lives, the ecosystem in which all devices work in harmony is very important. A recent concept design by Antoine Brieux, called the HTC Tube Tablet combines smartphone and tablet via a Tube cartridge system that not only syncs the two devices but also allows for easy upgrades.

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iPad 2 For Creative And Affordable Virtual Window Concept

iPad 2 For Creative And Affordable Virtual Window Concept

If you live somewhere with an awful view, then here's an idea that can completely change your perspective. Design studio Clarke Hopkins Clarke put out a video detailing their concept of a virtual window made from multiple iPad 2 devices. Virtual windows comprised of multiple screens and various gadget wizardry have been made before but with the advent of the iPad 2, this idea can be achieved more easily and affordably.

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Apple iOS Notification System Redesign Idea

Apple iOS Notification System Redesign Idea

Apple is the company of the hour and has been for a long time. Fans tout the sleek hardware designs and the intuitive software on each of their products. The iPhone changed the smartphone landscape and iOS is regarded as one of the best, if not the best, mobile operating systems out there, save for those pesky notifications. If there is one thing fans and critics can agree on is that iOS’s notification system is downright bad.

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