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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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New Lamborghini Asterion video surfaces, reminding you of what will never be

New Lamborghini Asterion video surfaces, reminding you of what will never be

Back at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Lamborghini left us speechless with the unveiling of the Asterion LPI 910-4, the company's first plug-in hybrid. They made it clear then that the car was just a working concept, meant to serve as a technology demonstration. It offered just about the best of everything with a 5.2-liter V10, three electric motors, and an incredible 910 horsepower with 57.3 mpg. It was practically cruel to show us such a thing and then say it would likely never enter production.

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Audi R8 e-tron concept is ready to drive itself

Audi R8 e-tron concept is ready to drive itself

Just two months ago, Audi revived the R8 e-tron to take another stab at the electric vehicle market. Now it is taking it further, this time with very little help from humans. Trying to smash stereotypes again, Audi is revealing a new self-driving car that is something no other electric car has tried to be: a sports car. Based on the Audi R8 e-tron, this EV is no underdog, boasting a range of 450 km (279.6 mi), an acceleration of 3.9 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h, all on two electric motors each spewing 170 kW of power. And it can drive itself.

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Mercedes takes luxury sky-high with its concept private jet interior

Mercedes takes luxury sky-high with its concept private jet interior

While most of us fly economy, crammed into planes like a flying tin can, some people skip business class altogether and head straight for their own private jets. These luxury flyers never have to worry about getting stuck in the middle seat. With this concept design from Mercedes, the choice is between a sleek armchair and a cushy sofa. This concept design is from Mercedes' parent company, Daimler. In a unique partnership between Mercedes-Benz Style and Lufthansa Technik, the concept jet interior does away with walls and rooms. A "dynamic, spiral layout" creates the illusion of more space, while a shift in color scheme is used to indicate separate areas.

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Researchers create concrete that can repair its own cracks

Researchers create concrete that can repair its own cracks

Concrete is one of the most common building materials in the world. The foundation for the home you live in right now is probably made from concrete. Many of the huge buildings in downtown areas around the world are also made from the material. Even the Romans used concrete as a building material. Researchers are looking into away to make the material more durable and a professor from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands has created a new type of concrete.

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