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The Next Microsoft: The branding Surface deserves

The Next Microsoft: The branding Surface deserves

Think Microsoft and what do you get: old, enterprise, and well behind the times, perhaps? Not if one designer has his way; Andrew Kim may not have a contract with Microsoft, but that hasn't stopped him crafting a whole new branding strategy that ditches the "Windows" pane of today and replaces it with a crisp parallelogram Kim calls the "slate", before pulling in Windows Phone, Surface, Office, and Windows under some straightforward new headings.

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Iris camera concept reinvents blink detection

Iris camera concept reinvents blink detection

General camera use may well have been heavily cannibalized by cellphone cameras, but that hasn't stopped innovative concepts from attempting to rework the way we shoot photos. Iris, by designer Mimi Zou, is just one such unusual approach: rather than anything so mundane as a button to fire off a frame, Iris watches the user just as keenly as it does their subject, activating the shutter-release when they blink.

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iPhone 5 renders show most amazing vision yet

iPhone 5 renders show most amazing vision yet

This morning several renders (read: 3D illustrations) have been released showing an iPhone 5 concept that take us closer to the rumored Apple device than we've ever visually gotten before. What we're looking at here are several views of what one 3D illustrator by the name of Martin Urecht presents as "Could it be? Based on leaked videos/photos", the set of images you're about to view modeled in the rendering application Rhinoceros 3D.

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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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iPhone 5 concept images go heavy metal

iPhone 5 concept images go heavy metal

The newest set of concept images for the iPhone 5 are set to impress with no less than a full metal jacket, a 4-inch display (in HD without a doubt), and a slightly upgraded operating system to boot. The great thing about these images from [Fuse]chicken is that they're not completely wild, crazy, and unbelievable as most conceptual designs are. What you've got here is an iPhone 5 that very well may be close to what we end up seeing later this summer or early fall - check it out!

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Back to Basics: How Google’s driverless car stays on the road

Back to Basics: How Google’s driverless car stays on the road

Google's self-driving cars are making headlines again, now that they've expanded testing from California into Nevada. Competitors are hot on their tail, but currently Google seems to have an undisputed spot on top of autonomous vehicular design. So how do they do it? With a combination of some incredible software and hardware engineering, using processes developed by both Google and the best and brightest of DARPA's robotic race challenges.

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Concept capacitive tech unlocks doors with a swipe

Concept capacitive tech unlocks doors with a swipe

Most of us associate capacitive touch sensors with the screens on our smartphones or tablets, but the technology can be applied to other fields as well. The Touché project illustrates this perfectly, integrating a more contextual method of touch sensitivity into everyday objects like door handles, tables and even water or a person's body. One of the most interesting demonstrations of the technology behind Touché includes setting a door handle to different states by grasping it in different ways.

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Microsoft researching sound only gesture system

Microsoft researching sound only gesture system

The Kinect has made motion controls a reality for consoles, and we might soon be seeing similar technology make the jump to PCs and laptops. Rather than using a dedicated motion sensor bar, Microsoft Research is developing a technique called SoundWave that would detect motion and implement controls using only the microphone and speakers on a laptop.

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Lamborghini Urus official: 600hp sports SUV

Lamborghini Urus official: 600hp sports SUV

Lamborghini has officially revealed the new Urus SUV, a "super luxury" model with room for four and styling evolved from the company's crazed sportscars. "Powerful, but not bulky" and "muscular and highly athletic, but also elegant" in Lamborghini's words, the Urus - codenamed "LB736" - is currently a concept but previews what the company expects to see hit the road in the next few years, bringing with it around 600hp and the sort of performance you'd hope for from the Italian bull.

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Mercedes Concept Style Coupé is all swoops, leather and evil eyes

Mercedes Concept Style Coupé is all swoops, leather and evil eyes

Mercedes-Benz's latest showpiece, the Concept Style Coupé, has been revealed, an "almost production-standard" design exercise likely to preview the next-gen CLS. A four-door with a riot of concave and convex surface detailing, the CSC features "powerdomes" in the bonnet and a diamond-finish grille, while the wheels are the usual concept frippery and the indicator lights manage to look like evil vampire eyes.

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