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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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Handmade 2-Stroke engine shows off the combustion process

Handmade 2-Stroke engine shows off the combustion process

The engine in your car and most motorcycles today are 4-stroke units that keep lubrication and fuel for combustion as separate parts. The 2-Stroke engine on the other hand requires the mixing of fuel and oil so that the fuel for combustion handles lubrication for the piston. The 2-stroke engine is very common in lawn equipment today and some off-road motorcycles still use this sort of engine. A person named Huib Visser built this fantastic bit of engineering you see here.

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Audi’s TT clubsport turbo is a 600HP monster

Audi’s TT clubsport turbo is a 600HP monster

Audi sure knows how to tease us, and a 600 HP version of the new Audi TT with an outlandishly entertaining rear wing and a clever electric biturbo fits the bill. The Audi TT clubsport turbo concept debuts an electrically powered compressor, fitted alongside the more conventional turbocharger, with the e-turbo taking charge of low-end boost without the traditional turbo-lag. That's enough for a 3.6 second 0-60 mph time, Audi claims.

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Hands Omni haptic glove uses air to let you feel virtual objects

Hands Omni haptic glove uses air to let you feel virtual objects

Gamers are always on the lookout for accessories to make gaming more realistic and enjoyable. A group of engineering students from Rice University has created a haptic glove that allows gamers to feel objects they see in the virtual world. The glove is called the Hands Omni and is being sponsored by a company called Virtuix and may become a retail product.

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Progress Eagle concept imagines zero-emissions air travel

Progress Eagle concept imagines zero-emissions air travel

We’ve seen a number of vehicular concepts, but some have turned their sights to the sky and envisioned what the future of traveling amongst the clouds might look like. Previously a futuristic design for the AWWA Sky Whale concept was introduced, and now its designer — Oscar Vinals — has updated his own ambitions, creating a new concept called the AWWA-QG Progress Eagle. It’s a triple-decker zero-emissions plane, and were it to be made it would be able to carry around 800 passengers.

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Lane Splitter car concept transforms into a pair of motorcycles

Lane Splitter car concept transforms into a pair of motorcycles

If you’ve ever dreamed of pretending you’re Batman and splitting your car off into a functional motorcycle, that dream has just gotten a little more real. It’s a concept called the Lane Splitter, and when assembled together it functions as a car. When a couple people need to use it, however, it splits into two motorcycles, giving one a way to let their hair down when appropriate and to avoid the rain those other times. Unfortunately, however, it remains only a fanciful concept at this point.

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Volvo unveils new Lounge Console concept for those who like to be driven

Volvo unveils new Lounge Console concept for those who like to be driven

About a week ago, we talked a bit about the Volvo XC90 Excellence that is an SUV aimed at bringing comfort to both rear seat passengers. That SUV sat four people with both back seat passengers getting more legroom and lots of amenities. Volvo has rolled out another new concept at the Shanghai Auto Show called the Lounge Console.

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Chevrolet FNR rides into Shanghai straight from the future

Chevrolet FNR rides into Shanghai straight from the future

When car makers today talk of and flaunt their concept of the car of the future, they are mostly referring to the technologies found inside the car, some of which can even remove the need for a human driver. Most of the time, however, the body of the car itself remains rooted in the present, or sometimes even in the past. Not so for Chevrolet. At the Shanghai Auto Show, it has unveiled the FNR concept, a car of the future that not only boasts of technology of the future, it actually looks futuristic as well.

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BMW apollo streamliner motorcycle concept

BMW apollo streamliner motorcycle concept

A new concept motorcycle has debuted from a designer named Mehmet Doruk Erdem. The concept is called the BMW apollo streamliner concept and one glimpse at it and you can tell it's more for top speed than daily riding to and from work. The concept looks like something that would be running the salt flats.

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Audi Prologue allroad previews wireless hybrid charging

Audi Prologue allroad previews wireless hybrid charging

Audi has added a third model to its Prologue line of luxury concepts, the Prologue allroad, a plug-in hybrid intended for adventure away from the tarmac. Borrowing the dominant grille design of the previous Prologue and Prologue Avant, as well as the long hood, the allroad opts for meatier wheel arches and sizable 22-inch wheels inside them, while driver and passengers get pre-emptive luxury with an onboard computer that not only recognizes who's getting in, but adjusts the seats and climate control to their preconfigured preferences.

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90s Oldsmobile almost had a car with an embedded NES

90s Oldsmobile almost had a car with an embedded NES

There is an old phrase that goes something like "boys and their toys", and what would better qualify as "toys" than games and cars. Back in the 90s, those games would be from the consoles of that generation, particular the Nintendo Entertainment System or NES, also known as the Family Computer or Famicom in some regions. Around that time as well, a now defunct car maker almost put out a car that would have been a gamer's game come true, one that had the gaming console built right into it.

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