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Kumho Maxplo morphing tire changes shape with driving conditions

Kumho Maxplo morphing tire changes shape with driving conditions

Tires are a very important part of any vehicle because they are the sole contact between the car and the road. Different tires are needed in different conditions, this is why drivers in many cold weather states have to swap to special winter tires during snowy months. Kumho has a new concept tire called the Maxplo that is designed to change its shape depending on driving conditions.

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Lexus teases hoverboard again, promises full reveal on August 5

Lexus teases hoverboard again, promises full reveal on August 5

It was almost a month ago exactly that out of the blue Lexus released a video showing off a "real, rideable hoverboard." With a design and shape clearly inspired by a skateboard, little else was shown in the teaser, with an abrupt ending as someone approached the hoverboard and was just about to put their foot on it. Well, the hoverboard, simply called Lexus SLIDE, has made another appearance in video form, with Lexus promising more details on August 5th.

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Custom Lexus RC-F projects driver’s heartbeat in glowing paint

Custom Lexus RC-F projects driver’s heartbeat in glowing paint

We often hear about unique, special cars that have their own "soul" to them, but about one with a heartbeat? Or, more specifically, one that can display its driver's heartbeat? Well, that's exactly what Lexus Australia has come up with, calling it "the world's first car with a heartbeat," with an aim of projecting the connection between driver and vehicle. The outside of the Lexus RC-F performance coupe is covered in electroluminescent paint, with the side panels pulsing in time with the heart.

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Volvo’s Excellence Child Seat Concept faces backwards

Volvo’s Excellence Child Seat Concept faces backwards

Kids and cars don't always mix well, whether it's because of toddlers' short attention spans or because of safety and comfort concerns for babies. But when you advertise a car that's designed for the ultimate luxury and comfort of its affluent owners, it better damn well make sure that it extends to owners who have babies to mind as well. Volvo is doing just that with its new Excellence Child Seat Concept for the XC90 Lounge Console Concept, but its particular implementation is definitely something of a head turner.

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Lexus teases ‘real’ hoverboard powered by magnets, liquid nitrogen

Lexus teases ‘real’ hoverboard powered by magnets, liquid nitrogen

After roughly a year or so hoverboard announcements that have turned out to be April Fool's jokes, expensive concepts, or low-tech hacks, it's easy think the same of Lexus' out-of-the-blue teaser video. As part of their "Amazing in Motion" series of unique, bizarre concepts, Lexus has revealed what it calls SLIDE, a "real, rideable hoverboard." Presented under the motto "There's no such thing as impossible, it's just a matter of figuring out how," the hoverboard is shown, well, hovering, above the ground, with steam vapor coming out.

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Freescale’s Sage smart oven blends Uber and Nespresso

Freescale’s Sage smart oven blends Uber and Nespresso

Freescale has cooked up a connected appliance proof-of-concept that it says could be the Nespresso of convenience meals. Dubbed Sage, the solid-state RF oven promises the ease of use of a microwave but producing food that's actually worth eating rather than a rubbery mess, thanks to its ability to precisely control where, when, and how much heating energy gets directed at the ingredients. The result is a single oven that can simultaneously cook multiple different meals, all in different ways.

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Scalevo wheelchair uses retracting treads to go up and down stairs

Scalevo wheelchair uses retracting treads to go up and down stairs

Most public buildings around the US have ramps that allow those in wheelchairs or with mobility issues to get where they are going without having to use the stairs. At times, the issue for people bound to wheelchairs is that the ramps might be at different entrances to the building making it a hassle to get in and out. A new wheelchair has debuted called the Scalevo that makes it easy for wheelchair users to get up and down stairs.

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HERE thinks 3D ghost trains could reassure city folk

HERE thinks 3D ghost trains could reassure city folk

HERE may be busy fettling its smartphone software as well as courting potential buyers, but it still has time to cook up concepts for future transit apps. Nokia's mapping and navigation team already pipes public transportation for almost 1,000 cities into its current iPhone and Android apps, but is looking at new 3D visualization interfaces that could replace static maps and make it easier to understand where the next bus or train is.

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Japan’s Takram develops paper-based input for projected display

Japan’s Takram develops paper-based input for projected display

The idea of collaborating with coworkers in person while using a tablet the size of a table-top has always sounded cool — it was Microsoft's first vision for the Surface, after all — but it's still likely to be a long ways off. However, Japanese design firm Takram has come up with an idea for an interactive digital table that is just as cool, but even more elegant in execution. It's completely based on paper, or rather "On the Fly Paper," and it developed for Intel's Japanese Collaboration Center.

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Lenovo reveals Magic View smartwatch, Smart Cast phone concepts

Lenovo reveals Magic View smartwatch, Smart Cast phone concepts

Lenovo is definitely on a roll at Lenovo Tech World in Beijing, its first ever global tech event. Three laptops, a tablet update, a Chromecast-like puck, a partnership with Microsoft, and Moto Maker for China. But all those are in the realm of actual or upcoming commercial products. The world's largest PC maker, who is dipping its toes in other segments of the tech world, also showed off products that, so far, remained in the realm of possibility, like the Magic View smartwatch and the Smart Cast projection smartphone.

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